A hard disk drive (or HDD) is a non-volatile, random access device for storing digital data.

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Moving linux boot loader(s)

I recently resurrected one of my old laptops as a home-server. I decided to get rid of the original windows install and get linux up and running. The laptop has two harddrives: One SSD (/dev/sdb), ...
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VirtualBox only creates new virtual hard disk when there is enough space on 'C' drive

There are >200GB free on my 'F' drive but it failed to create a fixed-size VHD with size = 200GB. Failed to create the hard disk storage C:\Users\abc\VirtualBox VMs\OSOS\OSOS.vhd. Could not ...
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Intel Software Raid: Downgrade from RAID10 to RAID 1

My configuration Windows 8.1 Asus Z87I Pro (Rev C2) 4x WD Red 3TB, set up as RAID10 in the Intel tool / EFI My target I want to remove 2 of the HDDs permanently from the RAID because I don't ...
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Seemingly random reboot during OS installation

I've recently changed my mobo and as usually in this case my OS wouldn't boot properly(I got past login, then, after few seconds, reboot). I proceeded to fail-safe mode, backed up my data and begun ...
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Diagnosis for a very slow hard disk that is not making any noises [closed]

My laptop’s 2.5 inch hard disk become very slow. According to the symptoms outlined below, is the I am experiencing problem is located on the hard disk drive’s platters or the hard disk drive’s board? ...
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Moving User folders from C drive to a new E drive then reinstall Windows 7 on the C drive

I know similar questions have been asked before, but I can't find one that addresses the Win7 reinstall. Also, I am not too tech savvy. There are five users (Me, wife and 3 sons) The PC is about 4yrs ...
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How to diagnose missing disk space?

I had a program installed: "Digital Lifeboat", which was a distributed backup service. The company closed up last year so I uninstalled the application. After uninstall, it left behind some folders ...
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Which partition contains my C drive? [closed]

I'm trying to install Windows 8 on my laptop (currently running Windows 7). I am presented with a dialog where two drives are shown, along with their sizes. I don't know which of the partitions ...
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Copy data from 1TB SSD to 2TB HDD [with speed/cost constraints]

I have data being recorded to an external 1TB SDD at a rate of ~2GB/min. This occurs for multiple consecutive hours until the drive is full. Once that happens, the data needs to be offloaded to the ...
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Can I use dd to upgrade 1-bay synology NAS to bigger HD?

I have a 1-bay Synology NAS (DS112). According to the Synology compatibility list it can take a 6TB disk. If possible I'd like to clone my existing 2TB disk to the 6TB disk using dd or any other tool ...
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Extreme speeds from a hard drive that shouldn't be this fast?

I have a Seagate 7200rpm drive and for some reason ATTO Disk Benchmark concludes that this drive is around 220 MB/s read and write. Isn't this unrealistic for a drive of this kind? ATTO displays the ...
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Notebook only works without Hard Disk

i'm having some troubles with an old Toshiba notebook. Like 2 months ago it stopped working and it only loads the BIOS and then nothing happens. I tried formatting it, but the same happens, it doesn't ...
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How to calculate average read/write seek time?

I have this disk. How can I calculate average write seek time or average write time from these specifications? I found that disk have Access Time: 8 ms but I read that this is not the time I'm ...
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Low speed on an 850 Pro RAID-0 array

I recently bought two Samsung 850 Pro 256GB SSDs in order to replace an old SSD and build a RAID-0 array on my PC. So, the configuration of the PC is the following: CPU: Intel(R) Core(TM) i7 CPU X ...
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Why are there no external solid state hybrid hard drives for sale? [closed]

There are external hdds, and ssds, but not sshds. Why is this? Will I have to buy an internal one and put it into a 3'5 inch enclosure? Is it that simple?
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dd cannot write the last 24 kB of a disk

I have an old 320 GB laptop hard drive that I'm getting ready to sell (or donate). To prepare it, I'm using dd to write one pass of random data, then one pass of zeros: dd if=/dev/urandom of=/dev/sdb ...
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Should I replace HDD in raid array every N years even if disks aren't corrupt?

Typical scenario: I made a raid 1 array out of 2 disks, that contains data I wouldn't like to lose. I found that average life-time of HDD (rotating drive) is 3 - 5 years. Does it mean that if the ...
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Why is computer slow in switching between opened applications?

I like to open a lot of Chrome tabs, but when I try to switch between open tabs, the tab tends to re-render. When I have some other applications open alongside with chrome, those applications also ...
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How to boot a USB 3.0 SATA HDD inside a Windows 7 Qemu Virtual Machine

I have a Windows 7 VM, that I would like to recognize a SATA HDD that is plugged into a Voyager Q (USB 3.0 "enclosure"). I have tried various commands, and tried logging the output of the command ...
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Unable to mount corrupted (?) ext4 filesystem on usb hard drive (Ubuntu 14.04)

I have a 1 TB external USB hard drive from which I deleted the original NTFS partition and created an ext4 partition through gparted. I then started copying a 500 GB file onto the new partition, but ...
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windows 7 creating extended logical partition in disk manager causes computer not to boot (black screen)

I searched around and could not find a post or solution for the same situation I am having, so I am going to describe what happened/happens below: I have Windows 7 Home Premium installed on my Medion ...
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Win 8.1 Pro: Disk Mirroring questions

So its my first time setting up any kind of redundancy for my media and I have a few questions. My setup is as follows: Shuttle SH87R6 Intel i7-4790k 8GB RAM Win 8.1 OS on Samsung 850 Pro 512GB 2x ...
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RAID to handle 800 random blocks per second

This is a homework. We are supposed to pick HDD, imagine we are buidling RAID to handle 800 random blocks per second (550 reads/250 writes). I have picked RAID5 made out of 3 HDDs. But it is too ...
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How possible a hard drive that used to have bad sectors now have none?

I have a 3TB hard drive for which I recently received a SMART alert saying there's about 16 bad sectors on it : C5 Current Pending Sector Count 0x10 C6 Uncorrectable Sector Count 0x10 I ran CHKDSK ...
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The place to store user data in Linux

Where to store the user data, such as documents, photos, music, videos, ebooks etc. in Linux? The main idea is to be able to reinstall & reformat the system drives in Linux without the fear of ...
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OSX: How can I clone a larger hard drive to a smaller one?

I'm replacing my spinning disk drive with a smaller SSD, because it should make my system much faster[1]. The data I have on the larger drive will fit on the smaller one. So far, I've done the ...
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Easiest way to dual boot from 2 HDD?

I want to dual boot using my two hard drives. I have Windows 7 on one of them already, and I want to put SteamOS on the other. I think all I have to do is create a SteamOS disk, remove the Windows ...
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When connecting an HDD to a different computer, are non-system partitions accessible?

My hard drive consists of two partitions: C:, the system partition containing Windows 8.1 and my programs, D:, a regular partition where I put all my documents and files. I plan to buy an ...
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Cant find HDD adapter Vostro 3350

I need to find an HDD adapter for the Dell Vostro 3350. I've searched for over an hour on google for the part but cannot find one from a reliable source. The various part numbers for it are: 5GDTY, ...
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Permanently delete files or folders from a Windows 7 local hard drive?

I heard some people mention that files or folders are deleted from local hard drive for good, there is no tracing back. Is that really true? If not, how do I permanently delete files or folders from ...
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Need clarification on what IDE hard drive size—2.5 inch versus 3.5 inch—actually means

I have some older IDE (parallel ATA) hard drives I want to check for files before tossing them out. I have found SATA/IDE to USB Adapters to use, but they specify 2.5" and 3.5" hard drive connections. ...
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How to measure a HDD's RPM speed?

EDIT: My original intent with this question was to figure out if it would be worth purchasing a 7200rpm drive if mine turns out to be 5400rpm, but JakeGould has made it clear that RPM alone is not ...
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How can I get the ID of an online disk in a ZFS pool?

I rotate physical disks in and out of my mirrored ZFS zpool (using ZoL) to use for offsite backups; to help streamline the process I've been using udev rules to respond to the drives being swapped. ...
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What to do with this defective hard drive, recognized by BIOS but not by OS?

I’m trying to recover a 2.5-inch Toshiba HDD drive from a laptop, which suddenly stopped working. When powered on, the disk was totally silent and thus not spinning anymore. Since it is out of ...
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How to encrypt all—or part—of a USB hard drive that can be accessed by both Linux and Mac OS X?

I bought a new USB Hard Drive that I want to use as a back up for my Linux (Ubuntu 14.04 LTS at the moment) and my Mac Mini (running Mac OS X 10.9). I can do this perfectly at the moment, but I want ...
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Has the internal SATA mobile rack fried the HDD?

I just built a machine with a Coolermaster Silencio case that has an internal SATA mobile rack. After booting to Windows 7, I inserted a 2TB SATA HDD and the machine crashed. Now that 2TB HDD is no ...
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Does multitasking while transferring a huge amount of data corrupts the file?

I was copying a huge folder ~500 GB from a hard disk to a new location in a different hard disk. Will the files be corrupted if I was multitasking while copying took place? I was playing a video game ...
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Connecting IDE 3.5" to laptop SATA

Hey people I have this hard drive and I would like to connect it to laptop which has SATA connector, I could buy IDE to SATA adapter but what about the power supply?
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NFS and physical storage used in client

I tried searching on the Internet information about NFS and the resources it uses, but I could not find a definitive answer to my question. I want to understand the following: Having two servers on ...
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How To Defrag Windows 8 System Reserved Partition

Today I was cleaning up my computer and stuff and when I was defraging my partitions I saw that the System Reserved partition is 100% fragmented. So I tried to defrag it, but it doesn't seems to ...
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Almost Immediate Corruption of Files and Directories from Windows

I'm having a problem I've never seen before in which Windows (8.1 x64) corrupts hard drives almost immediately. The hard drives remain largely functional, but after a week or so the hard drive ...
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Almost succeeding Moving Windows 7 to an SSD from Hard Disk without reinstalling

I am trying to do so and I am almost able to do so. This is how I did it Install windows on the ssd. Then, if I reboot, the SSD suddenly becomes drive C Run command prompt from windows ...
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computer suddenly loses power: no event of the shutdown [closed]

I'm looking for some diagnostic advice. computer was assembled 2 years ago, no issues since. symptoms: computer randomly loses power (usually happens in 2's. IE computer suddenly loses power. I ...
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Dual/Triple Booting without BootMGR/GRUB/others using PHYSICAL HDD's

For starters I have looked over EFI Boot: Two independently bootable physical hard drives? but TBH it's a little complicated for me, maybe just because I'm unfamiliar with the terminology. All I know ...
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Copying files from SD to external hard drive - keeps saying the folder no longer exists but allows me to copy one at a time

So this is a very peculiar problem... I have a 16GB SD card that has RAW photos of it from my Canon DSLR camera. I also have an IOGear SD-to-USB converter. I am trying to copy the photos off of the ...
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Damaged FAT32 HDD shows it is full but cannot show the files

During merging two 200-gig partitions (one full and the other one unallocated), Windows crashed. Now the system and every hard disk utility (defrag program) shows that the drive is full of files, but ...
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Drag drop files behaviour from external hard drive [duplicate]

I want it to work like the OS partition. If I drag a file from external HDD to my OS HDD I want the file to get removed from the external HDD. Is that possible?
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Is it possible to power a SATA drive from an 8-pin PCIe power connector?

I have a Dell Precision T3610 workstation that currently has two 3.5" SATA HDDs installed, and I'd like to add two more 2.5" disks in a hot-swap bay. I have two free SATA ports, but I'm struggling to ...
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Windows constant freezes, hard restart required [duplicate]

I'm new around this site so I don't know if I'm doing something wrong if so, I'm sorry~ I don't know if you need my specs for this problem, but I'll leave them to you anyways: -Processor: Intel(R) ...
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Macbook booting itself in to OS X Utilities

Macbook (OS Mavericks) would not boot up last night, screen would go white, I'd see the apple logo and a loading bar which didnt move, then it would shut itself down after a few minutes. I tried using ...