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

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Windows Drive Name After Z? [duplicate]

I was wondering what will be the drive name used after Z:? I am planning to mount few virtual drives on my Windows machine and also have a plan to create few drives out of my existing 2TB HDD. My ...
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I'm getting HDD Controller Failure errors and I don't know why

So, uh, I got a 486SX in the shop that I'd love to see if I can get running. It was donated "in working condition" but the owner kept the HDD and I didn't get to see what size it was. I installed a ...
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Couldn't create a new partition or locate an existing one

I am trying to install the newest version of the windows 10 Insider Preview but it comes up with the error that is in the title and I have tried most of the things I've seen on the internet and none ...
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How can I compare lists of files for manual incremental backup purposes?

I have backups of my hard drives in a physically different location. Periodically I will bring my hard drives to this location to update the backups. I do this because the data on my drives is ...
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What is this dislocated hard disk component?

These are three pictures of a crashed internal Toshiba hard disk that I am trying to fix. I was wondering if you could identify this particular part which looks like its from the read-head stack but I ...
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out of 2 hard disk only one is detected while reinstalling the windows 7 os in pc

i am using windowos 7 os with 2 hard disk one hard disk is 256gb and another one is 1tb hard disk,after sometime i got some problem so thought of reinstalling the os,while reinstalling the os only one ...
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Get a Win 10 PC, booted with USB (Hirens), to recognize a hard disk. BIos only has AHCI and RAID for SATA options

This question is chained with this answer. I managed to boot a Win 10 PC with Hiren's BCD. But it does not recognize my hard disk (solid state, 256GB, in an ASUS K501U). According to (what I ...
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Cannot format new hard drive while installing

I just got my new hard drive (500GB) and I was about to install Windows 7, but received an error while formatting the partition (0x80070057—damaged disk). The disk is new and I've never used it ...
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Would Celeron 1037U be enough to record 4 1080p video streams onto harddrive?

Would Celeron 1037U be enough to record 4 1080p video streams onto harddrive? I have personal NAS server which runs Ubuntu 14.04LTS. CPU is Celeron 1037U. Would that be enough to just pick up 4 ...
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Is it possible to damage my computer by installing an old HDD?

I found an old 1TB HDD in my basement. I don't remember why I removed it from and older PC the past - maybe because it was failing, or maybe because of a computer upgrade. I'm not sure it has always ...
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EX4100 4x2TB in RAID5 with auto rebuild

My EX4100 reported that the 2TB drive in bay 4 failed. I replaced it with a new WD 3TB RED drive and restarted the system. Now bay 4 has a red light and the system is degraded. RAID auto rebuild is ...
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How to recover backed up GPT disk with DD but without the extra GPT information?

A few years ago I backed up my laptop hdd with dd so that I could install linux but then revert back to windows if I wanted to. I didn't know much about UEFI and none about GPT disks, so I didn't do ...
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My external hard drive(StoreJet 25c)500gb is always telling to format

My hard drive is always asking me to format. i will always format,it will work for a very short period,then later i realize that when i send files to that hard drive it sends very slowly,then starts ...
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Is there a way to clone a hard drive to a smaller hard drive? [duplicate]

The Issue: The issue I have is that I have several hard drives ALL 250GB, however, they vary ever so slightly on the amount of sectors. When cloning with CloneZilla on Parted Magic, I get the volume ...
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Windows Server idle hard disks

I have a small windows server at home, which is always on, but doesn't get used very intensively. In order to prolong the disk life, does Windows Server (2012 R2 in my case) offer any ability to idle ...
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No more OS detected but disk is good and os still here

I had a weird issue with my HP laptop this morning. It suddently shut down and when I restarted it, it was in some kind of manufacture mode. I managed to get it back to normal boot mode by following ...
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For Flash and SSD - what is the definition of Valid Page Count?

I have looked for hours to find a definition for Valid Page Count and have been unsuccessful. Can someone give me the definition of a Valid Page Count (VPC)?
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How should I read CrystalDiskInfo reports?

My USB disks keeps showing (after each Check Disk pass) keeps informing me about new clusters added to Bad Clusters File: but it does not list them as "damaged sectors" in disk summary: and thus ...
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File slack / RAM slack: why does Windows write arbitrary RAM bytes to disk? Does Linux too?

I just read about file slack in a book about Windows 7. What I already (think to) know: Windows stores data on the disk in clusters. A cluster usually contains 8 sectors of 512 bytes each, so 4096 ...
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Hiberfil.sys is taking gbs of HDD space

I have Windows 7 Ultimate SP1. Today I saw that Disk:C is totally full. I don't take it seriously but after some time many errors started to occur. Some of the errors say that the disk hasn't enough ...
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How can I recover my files from my computer with corrupted hard disk drive?

My HP 250G3 computer can't boot and instead says: Boot Device Not Found Please install an operating system on your hard disk. Hard Disk (3F0) F2 System Diagnostics For more information, ...
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windows 10 stuck while checking for errors in disk while booting

I have windows 10 pro. I have 1TB crucial HDD. But after some time it started to malfunction. i.e= unable to delete or copy any file on the disk. I do a search for this came to know that this is ...
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Mount and boot using Virtualbox an OS that is installed on a dedicated physical disk

Background - I am dualbooting Win10 and Kubuntu 14.04. Windows 10 has it's own 240 GB SSD (C:) and a 1 TB drive (D:). Under Disk Management C: shows as Disk 2 D: shows as Disk 1. Disk 0 is a ...
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Replace hard drive with new one on different connector

I have a small 300GB hard drive (data, not OS; some programs) which is getting full, and I've ordered a 2TB drive to replace it. I would like the replacement to be seamless - that is, I plan to clone ...
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Advanced format

I read this in a superuser.com question: The problem is that "Advanced Format" drives that simulate a 512-byte sector to the operating system but actually work with 4-kilobyte sectors internally ...
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Raid 1 size issues

I have 2 Seagate ST2000DM001 2TB SATA III, running in RAID 1, but the drives are showing different usage sizes 1 = 1.02TB of 1.80TB, and the other 2= 1.29TB of 1.80TB, what would cause this?
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External Hard Disk or USB stick , keeps data of previously connected PCs?

Do External Hard Disks or USB sticks keeps in some table or so, the data to which computer they were connected? Is it possible from the external HDD or USB stick, retrieve the info (name or ...
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Hard drive disappering from BIOS when DVD Writer is plugged in

My new WD 320gb internal hard drive (SATA) disappears when I connect DVD writer even from BIOS. But I somehow was able to install Windows 7. All part are working fine. I tried them separately and they ...
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What are the drawbacks of using SAS SFF instead of using direct SATA ports?

I am currently building my own SAN solution for at home. This box will contain around 15 disks. Of course I have a motherboard that does not contain that many SATA connections. So I am looking for a ...
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Moving pre-installed MS Office to another drive

I have a cheap Win 8.1 laptop with 32GB C: drive. The drive is fixed eMMC, it cannot be replaced with bigger drive. I am running out of space. The laptop has a D: drive with plenty of space. Together ...
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Wanna know the default location of disk drive icons in any windows os

Where can I find the default disk drive icons that I get on opening My Computer. Must be in shell32.DLL or imageres.dll , but what is the exact location and is it same for all versions of windows os?
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using bootable laptop hdd after removing from motherboard

I have a laptop. I want to change its sata hdd to sdd. But I also want to use hdd as a bootable way (i.e, all installed software and operating system). After removing from the motherboard of laptop, ...
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Local disk: These files might be harmful to your computer

When moving or copying files from my local harddisk, I get the message: These files might be harmful to your computer. Your internet security settings suggest that one or more files may be ...
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Windows 10 MSI RAID1 2TB 4096 sector size

I have bought 2 new 3.5" Seagate 2TB Desktop Internal drives. I have them set up in my BIOS with hardware RAID1 as a single drive. I formatted it as a single GPT, NTFS (4096) drive. When I run ...
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Denied SYSTEM access to my drive, how to re-enable it?

I gone into my drives properties and denied SYSTEM's access to it: Now I can't access that drive and can't find a way to return the system access. Tried to add it this way but it didn't work: ...
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SMART Warnings on UDMA CRC & Write Error Rate/Count: Excel Hanging

I am working on a Dell Latitude E5530 and it is hanging during copy/paste operations in Excel. MS Office has been uninstalled and reinstalled already but this issue is continuing. I ran HDAT 2 on the ...
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Strange laptop behaviour. How to test reliabilty of the hardware?

TL:DR Windows was not booting, tried reinstalling windows few times didn't work, suddenly did work, worried about how long it will function normal before crashing again. Any tests I should run to test ...
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Is my hard drive faulty?

I have a new laptop with both an SSD and an HDD. However, it seems like the HDD is faulty because content on it seems to skip. For example, I'd play a game on it and occasionally the game would freeze ...
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Fixing a NTFS hard drive that will mount but not boot

Something went wrong during the upgrade to Windows 10. Now I have a Windows computer that won't boot, but if I boot into Ubuntu I can mount the drive in read only mode, and copy things off of it. Is ...
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Ubuntu 16.04 SSD+HDD partitioning scheme [closed]

So, with Ubuntu 16.04 coming I want to reinstall Ubuntu only on my 128GB SSD and 500GB HDD. I've looked around the web and I couldn't find any clear, beginner friendly information on how I should go ...
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Windows 7 Pro create/restore image left 'All Users' and 'Default User' pointing to D:\

All, I apologize, I am not a windows user (not primarily), but I can find my way around under the hood OK. This has me bewildered. I have a 1-user (me) Win7 Pro install that I used create image (to ...
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What kind of M.2 SSD fits in my notebook

I am buying a new Notebook, the HP Probook 440 G3. It comes with an empty M.2 Slot, and i want to get an SSD for that. I'm a little confused right now though: I could find out that I need a 2280 Sata ...
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Can I turn on a laptop with a brand new clean HDD? What will happen?

I've just installed a brand new hard drive in my Dell Inspiron laptop. As I understand it is absolutely clean, no OS in it, it is just from the box, from the store. My question is, can I turn on my ...
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Is it safe to put two hard disk in one case?

I want to put two hard disk in one case (cover). One hard disk is on the top of another and there is no gap or there is nothing between it. As shown in the attached photo. Is it safe to do so? Does ...
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Can't mount volume in TrueCrypt

I have external HDD where was created number of partitions, one of them is standart truecrypt volume. But now it can't be mounted, it doesn't shown in Select device dialog. I see this partition in ...
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Strange behaviour of USB HDD in Win7

So what happens is that my external drive continuously drops in and out since about a week. But i had this device running without a problem for over a year. And also i didnt make major changes to the ...
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How to clone a floppy boot disk to a hard drive and make it bootable?

I'm trying to preserve some old bootable floppy disk by trying to clone it to a hard drive (disk C:) to run on the same hardware. (Important note: The hardware shall remain the same. I cannot use a VM ...
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Will frequent defragmentation damage a hard disk? [closed]

Is it advisable to run a defragmenter daily? I heard that frequent defragmentation will damage the hard disk. Is it true? If so, how does it happen?
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Notebook won't boot properly and SSD disappeared

I bought a Lenovo ideapad U410 a while ago. It had a 20 GB SSD in addition to the 500 GB HDD. Someday it miraculously stopped booting properly. The Lenovo screen showed up for minutes. And the only ...
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PC Gets Stuck On BIOS After Adding New HDD

I recently decided to make my external 2 TB HDD a internal, everything was going fine. After booting a few times, my PC decided to get stuck on the BIOS screen (Press DEL to enter BIOS). if I try to ...