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

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How to make hard disk space virtually unlimited? [closed]

We work with video editing. We produce about 30TB of raw footage every year and we are getting crazy. In fact, we keep buying hard drives and putting new projects into different hard drives every ...
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Windows 10 can not read a perfectly fine FAT32 partition

After some time using Ubuntu, I came back to Windows (keeping an Ubuntu partition whenever I need to make repairs), but was surprised to see that Windows wasn't recognizing my data partition (formated ...
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windows 7 desktop tries to boot with usb port

I have an HP Compaq 8300 MT 3.4GHz Intel Core i7 CPU 16GB RAM 1TB HDD Windows 7 Desktop. At first all was okay but now when starting the PC it tries to boot from a USB port, NOT the HD. If I unplug ...
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Recover data from partitions (HDD from broken NAS)

I've seen similar posts around, but no answer that fits my needs (seems that most people just want to format their drives or they run linux?). But it I've missed an answer and this is a duplicate, I ...
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ASUS RT-AC87U USB Server issue

i have a lot of issues with the file server options. And the USB 3.0 port does not work with my USB 3.0 harddisk. i am able to connect it to the USB 2.0 port i would like to integrate my harddisk ...
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How to check what apps that prevent hard disk from sleeping in OS X

I am using OSX El-Capitan and i thing there is an app that prevent the harddisk from sleeping and keep it spinning. Some of the answer i have found is to check and repair the harddisk permission. I ...
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How to check the when internal hard drive connected in the system

-- its not duplicate and no answer available for the same, earlier question was asked for USB mass storage.. But the concern is with the internal drives. Can anyone know the way or software to know ...
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Can I fix my Windows installation?

What I did was I loaded up Ubuntu via USB, installed it on my second hard drive, and that messed up something with my other hard drive that has Windows 8.1 installed on it. Now, when I try to access ...
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Manualy Clean Second Partition In Android Link2SD

I use Link2SD in my Android Phone to link some of my apps into external second partition. My external total size is 32GB and I partition it into 2 partition. First Partition is using FAT32, and the ...
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HDD Guardian reports ATA error

I have just ran HDD Guardian on my Hitachi Travelstar 7K1000 hard drive (2.5, 7200rpm) and noticed that the drive reported an ATA error. The error occurred 37 hours (of disk power-on time) ago, and ...
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Outlook 2010 is very slow and error in HDD SMART [closed]

I've got a problem with PC performance when I run Outlook 2010. It's starting for 20 minutes or more. My PST data file is 50 GB, so it's a lot. I moved some messages to new data file, so it takes now ...
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how to access external bootable Linux disk from windows 7 machine [duplicate]

I have an bootable external disk which a Linux is installed on it. I can boot into it and use Linux there. It is a 1TB disk. I think it will be better if I can also use it as a storage when I use my ...
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Running a windows xp image using windows virtual PC from an external hdd

Backstory. We have an old XP computer which will be retired. This computer has an application made by a firm that does not exist anymore. The files this application produced can only be viewed using ...
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MDADM reshape really slow

To sum up : My raid reshape with mdadm is really slow. The complete story : 3 days ago I realized that one of my disks from a raid 5 array was faulty. I removed it and replaced it with a brand new ...
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Seagate SSHD “erase”

I have a 500GB Seagate SSHD. Since I want to sell this drive I wonder if there is any way to securely "erase" all of its contents so that nobody can recover them. Like overwrite erase on a regular ...
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Profiling hard drive access

I'm running Linux (elementary OS) on a notebook. The notebook has two hard drives: a 32GB SSD drive which is reasonably fast, and a 1TB mechanical drive which is really really slow. I'm playing a game ...
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how to reclaim spaces from the old system disk

I just added another SSD disk to my computer and cloned the existing Windows 7 system over. Now I want to use the old disk as a storage disk with the newly added system disk. On the old disk, I also ...
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Connecting an ATX power supply to a Hard Drive Enclosure

I have a 4 bay hard drive enclosure made by Sans Digital (one of the TR4M series)... check that, I have 3 such enclosures and the power supply died on 2 of them. I called Sans Digital and asked about ...
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Can harddrives destroy motherboards/bioses?

I have a PC that went from bad to worse. It started with harddrives problems that were not treated, and then the memory went bad according to a memtest. Now, the motherboard won't work. I moved the ...
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Repurposing Old Drives to Make OS X Compatible Shared NAS

I have a MacBook running OS X 10.11.2 and an iPhone running iOS 9.2, I noticed I have a few spare drives with varying sizes and also an SSD lying around, I was wondering what I could use them for. I ...
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Increasing memory by downgrading from SSD to HDD in laptop?

I have an ASUS Zenbook that came factory installed with a 120gb SSD. I want to increase my memory and was looking at a 2TB HDD of the same physical dimensions (HDD is 3mm thicker). I'm not a hardware ...
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Windows won't boot after adding new hard drives

I took two WD external drives, took them apart, and installed them inside my PC. They are attached with sata to a pci expansion card with sata ports. When they are connected the PC freezes at the ...
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Mounting second internal HDD in Sony Vaio

I mounted new internal HDD instead of optical drive in Sony Vaio VPCEH laptop. Special caddy was used for that purpose. Currently new HDD has power on it (i can see green light on caddy), but I can't ...
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Why are some hard disk enclosures limited in hard drive capacity?

Why are these hard drive enclosures advertised as having 160 GB maximum capacity? http://amazon.co.uk/dp/B008MRBMPA USB 2.0 interface (Compatible with USB 1.1), Up to 480 Mbps data transfer ...
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Harddrive slows down, sata errors on boot

Full rundown: This is not a new drive, I've had it for a while as an ntfs drive and I decided to install it into my linux server and switch it to ext4 filesystem. I partitioned the 4tb drive using ...
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Hardware or Software failure? [RAID5]

I have a raid5 system containing of 4 Samsung SpinPoint F4 Hard disks configured for auto spin-down after 20 Minutes. It is a Linux Software raid. Today I noticed that upon access to the network ...
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Hard hang, then BSOD

About a month ago, my computer went through a few hard hangs. They each happened when I was watching a video. The first time, it happened around 20 minutes into the video. When I reproduced the ...
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Which is the real size of a file in disk in Windows? [duplicate]

When I create a .txt file with just one character, I found that the explorer check the size in 1KB but when I check in properties they said 1bytes and size from disk 4KB, so wich is the real size on ...
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btrfs RAID-1 size

I have a btrfs raid1 filesystem with a couple of disks 1TB 2TB 2TB 2TB 5TB which should result in a total of a 6TB RAID-1 array. The result of the http://carfax.org.uk/btrfs-usage/ Total space ...
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Win 7 won't recognize 850 Evo single disk with HDDs in RAID1

This has managed to drive me nuts: I used to have 1 SATA HDD as a single drive for OS's and 2 SATA HDDs set-up as RAID1 using the onboard AMD controller for storage, everything was fine. I bought this ...
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Healthy unknown partition created in WS2012 R2 storage pools - How to recover?

I'm seting up a file server from a WS 2012 R2 VM hosted in hyper-v. I have a raid 1 array for the file server storage that is implemented by an Adaptec 5805 raid card. This disk was set to offline in ...
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Dual boot with HDD and SDD

Well... I need need some kind of advice. On my desktop PC I've got an HDD with Windows 7 and Ubuntu on it (This is great, no problem. Ubuntu was installed second and the GRUB makes me choose between ...
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What are the black circles on WD Black edition HDDs?

I need to know what are those black circles on Western Digital black edition internal hard disks. some WD hard disk have those circle and some others with exactly the same model don't have them. ...
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Can I use desktop PC's power supply to power up SATA-to-USB cable?

My desktop PC's mainboard is dead. Since I already have 2 laptops at home, fixing the PC is not a priority. I need to connect the HDDs (3.5" SATA) from the old PC to the laptop time to time, to pull ...
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How many disk drives do I need for data recovery?

I have just lost 3 hard drives (displayed as uninitialized) at once for an unknown reason and I wonder how many disks I should buy for data recovery. Currently my thinking is: I'll never touch the ...
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Elitebook not booting

I have HP Elitebook 840 (Windows 10), which uses SSD hard drive. I booted the machine from an external hard drive, and it worked. Later, I booted it from the normal SD hard drive, and it worked ...
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ibm x3850 m2 megaraid not showing physical drives

I have this ibm x3850 m2 with 2 physical drives installed but when I go to megaraid it doesn't show any of the physical drives So I can't build a virtual drive to install the OS What I have tried ...
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How to add HDD (or SSD) to desktop computer (Fujitsu-Siemens ESPRIMO P7935) equipped with TPM

I am currently trying to add a new 250 GB SSD (Samsung EVO 850) to a Fujitsu-Siemens desktop PC "ESPRIMO P7935" of a friend. The PC is equipped with mainboard "Fujitsu-Siemens D2812-A1", still running ...
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Fujitsu A514 notebook SSD runs on SATA II speeds even though SSD and motherboard supports SATA III

The problem is as in the title, I am getting lower speeds. My laptop: Fujitsu Lifebook A514 My SSD: Kingston UV300 120GB There is not much in the BIOS, just an option to turn SATA on or off. Here ...
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Windows, Moving files between two external drives made my drive C full [duplicate]

I was moving (cut & paste) a large directory from one external drive to another. As the the moving of files was progressing, strangely, the free space on drive C was also shrinking until I ended ...
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BIOS won't recognize second hard disk without restarting

I just bought a new SSD and placed it in my laptop (Dell Inspiron 3521). I also bought a CD-hard disk caddy, so I placed the old hard disk instead of the CD case. I installed Windows 10 and fedora, ...
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My M.2 SSD has disappeared from my ideapad Y510p

I have a Lenovo ideapad Y510p running Windows 10. The other day, I had to power it off by holding down the power button. Since then, my LITEONIT LSS-24L6G SSD cache has disappeared from my system. I ...
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How to remove MVS 2010 which files are lost?

I have installed MVS 2010 before in one of my drives that is now allocated to Kali Linux. However during installing Kali Linux I had to format the drive and then install the Kali. Now that the data ...
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Copy files from dying hdd and create log under Linux

How can I copy files from dying HDD and also create a log file which will include the status of given file (if it was successfully copied or not?). My goal is to run the backup tool without user ...
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Recommended hard drive free space when used for 1 full backup only

In a Windows 10 setting, what is the recommended hard drive free space (percentage) when the drive is used for 1 full backup only? In this case defragmentation should not be an issue? Microsoft ...
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Is there a RAID mode that allows files to be on one physical drive of the array?

I am wondering if there is such a thing as a RAID mode (or similar implementation) that allows to physically split up files without redundancy across multiple, differently sized hard drives to form ...
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NVMe drives and compatibility

I am trying to understand the issues with the new NVMe interface and older motherboards. I have a Gigabyte GA-Z87X-OC and I simply cannot workout whether I should buy NVMe or AHCI. In short: If I ...
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Does virtualization reduce disk trashing?

If a program does a lot of disk trashing (like Chrome), can this be reduced by running it inside a virtual machine? How does a VM host handle disk writes that requested by the virtualized OS?
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How do most encrypted drives work?

I'm considering a move to hardware encrypted drives. How do these usually work? I have trouble imagining a drive that self-encrypts. Where do the keys go? It's OK to generalize the answer but I'm a ...
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Desktop files and folders disappeared from hd(MacBook Pro 10.6.8)

Hoping anyone can help out with advice on this issue. I know there are a few options like file recovery apps/ disk warrior/ File Salvage/Data rescue /Disk Drill plus disk utilties to try. I am ...