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

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Why is deleting a file faster than copying?

Why it takes more time, say 10 minutes when copying a file But It takes very less time when deleting the same file, it would take 10-20 seconds.
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HP Probook 4530s great specs, but lagging. Hard Drive?

I have this laptop, which has a i3 processor, 4gb memory, 7200rpm hard drive. So there is nothing wrong with the specs. Even when I have no applications open, simply closing and opening windows, ...
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Transplant hard drive from Toshiba Tecra M7 to Toshiba Portege m780

I want to transplant my hard drive from my Toshiba Tecra M7 tablet running Windows 7 (full license - not OEM) to my new Toshiba Portege m780. They are both tablet pc's with Intel processors - Tecra ...
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Where is Linux root filesystem on an attached drive

I have a CentOS system with many configurations/applications installed on a hard drive. I have installed a new CentOS system on a different hard drive. I have booted from the new system/hard drive and ...
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Cloning laptop HDD to SSD using old HDD external closure

I have an old 3.5" external closure which I used to copy some files from a HDD out of a bust computer. Can it be used to clone my laptop's 750GB 2.5" HDD to a 2.5" SSD namely the crucial mx100 256GB. ...
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Boot stuck at blinking cursor before GRUB - only works via BIOS boot menu

I have a new box running Debian Squeeze. Grub is installed on /dev/sda, but when booting up I just get a blinking cursor, before the Grub menu. I can only boot to grub successfully when I choose boot ...
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Bad Windows Partition Recovery

We have a Seagate Barracude 750GB SATA Hard-Drive that is now refusing to access the partition Windows 7 is located on. I have trouble shooted this hard-drive with both Windows Tools and Linux ...
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Is there still a reason to choose a 10,000 RPM hard drive over an SSD?

For anyone who's serious about storage performance, SSDs are always the fastest solution. However, WD still makes their 10,000 RPM VelociRaptor hard drives, and a few enthusiasts even use ...
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WD 3TB HDD showing as only 746 Gb when installed, but okay via media player

I have a similar issue to this old chestnut. I installed a 3Tb HDD (GPT formatted) in my Astone media player and my PC recognises as 3TB no worries. I then take it out of the media player any ...
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Debugging an external HDD

I'm using an external HDD which is my old laptop's HD with 2.5 SATA enclosure. I tried to delete a partition in Windows and stopped it unknowingly. When I reinsert it, my OS including Ubuntu freezes ...
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Why a disk drive could not be connected (physically) to 2+ computers?

A friend of mine if a disk drive could be connected to more than one computer and I jumped directly to the "no" answer, but I realized that pretty much any inconvenient I could think of would be easy ...
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How to recover data from a hard drive crash?

Last night my 500 GB Seagate hard drive was fine but this morning it suddenly started crashing, somehow I made it work after a chkdsk but 2 partitions show space is full now but it wasn't when the ...
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On a failing hard drive, I am able to view data but unable to copy it - why?

I have a 2.5" external hard drive that is failing. It's not making the expected 'clicking' noise that most hard drives and I am able to view the data, but I am unable to actually retrieve the data. ...
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laCie 1TB USB3.0 not detected in windows 7 64bit

I have a problem with my laCie rugged USB3.0 1TB. When I connect it via USB2.0 it works correctly according to USB2.0 specifications. Recently, I have bought a USB3.0 adapter and when I connect the ...
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Hard drive recovery using Kali (Handling Bad Data)

I have a drive that I need to recover, I have ran Kali Linux via Live CD and it detects a problem with the drive instantly, this problem is handled bad data, and it says that drive failure is ...
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Is It Possible to Reserve Space on a Disk in Windows?

I have a 500GB drive in my laptop with around 350GB of data. One folder on the drive is a folder that syncs with the cloud, and can have up to 100GB in it at any time. Is there any way to limit the ...
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Should I install my operating system on my SSD or HDD?

I'm currently deciding whether to install my Operating System on my SSD (solid state drive) or HD (hard drive). Will I be having programs on the HDD and the OS on the SSD or vice verca? Which will ...
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Nginx slow downloads even with low disk io

I run a small video streaming website and i've been noticing some problems with videos on my site. I have multiple 1gbit servers and the servers are only going at 1/4 port speed. When I try to load ...
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Fix bad blocks on Mac hard disk

I have a hard disk that I scanned with TechTool and it reports one bad block. As far as I can tell, TechTool only scans and reports a failure. It doesn't fix anything. Back in the day, Norton Disk ...
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Data recovery on a data HDD (no OS)

I am helping a family member with a dead hard disk. It is a seagate 200Gb 3.5" HDD in one of those old-school external enclosures. The problem was that windows failed to detect the hard disk when ...
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RAID 0 disk failure, how to recover the RAID?

Situation is this. A PC with 2 hard disks, in an RAID 0 Array. The electronics on one of the disks has failed. I can not find the same board for the disk (I've tried this, removed board from the OK ...
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Combining two disjoint ddrescue backup images

I have a 3 TB drive which recently started to malfunction. I was using the ddrescue utility on Debian to read data off the disk to a different external hard drive. However, after 2 TB of data had been ...
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Why isn't my new USB 3.0 card / USB 3.0 hard drives working under FreeNAS?

I have a Dell Inspiron Desktop 580 into which I have installed a RocketU 1144A USB 3.0 card. The system is running FreeNAS 8.0.1-BETA4, which is based on FreeBSD 8 and supposedly has USB 3.0 ...
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physical drive error, how to data recover

I have a hard drive which I believe has a physical fault on it and thus is failing. I don't really have the cash to pay someone else to do the recovery and my backups have failed as well (which ...
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Long beep after formatting an Acer X1430 desktop

I booted up this machine using a Fedora Live USB stick, did a backup and proceeded to format the hard drive using GParted. Opened the disk tray and inserted my Windows 7 installation disk. Everything ...
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What is a bare or OEM hard drive?

I am looking for a new internal hard drive for laptop and found the terms like Bare drive and OEM drive. I searched the net and found that bare drives don’t come with cables and manuals. But I am ...
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Raw data dumper for Windows/Linux

Recently I lost Windows MFT and lost all my files. All data recovery software seem to fail, because I'm looking for a specific file that doesn't have a common header. By using Active@ Disk Editor I ...
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New SSD showing values for “Used Reserved Block Count”. Is this bad?

I have a brand new Samsung 512GB XP941 SSD. Installed Windows and had it all up and running for about a week now. However... when I ran Crystal Disk Info it's only showing a Health Status of 92% and ...
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Does 100 files of 50mb each cause the same wear than a single 5000mb file when being written to an HDD?

I want to know what causes more wear on the disk, not talking about SSD's and USB's, only normal HDD's if that matters. Does the times written matter? Only the space occupied matter by the File ...
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How to add a mirror-disk to my OpenSolaris?

I have a machine with two harddrives. I have installed OpenSolaris on one of them and now I want to add the other one as a mirror-drive in my zpool rpool. I guess I have to format the second disk ...
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OS Installation on SSD and storage on HDD

I have an Dell 15z 5523 laptop with 32GB SSD and 500 GB HDD. I want to boot my OS from the SSD but use the HDD for storage , i.e. Programs Files, Users etc. How should I do it?
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Can a failed Btrfs drive in RAID-1 be replaced live?

I am trying to decide on a filesystem and would like to know if it is possible to replace a failed drive in btrfs RAID without downtime. Suppose I create a new btrfs filesystem using the command ...
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Clone to smaller hard drive with less data than smaller hard drive

How do I clone the data (not the partition) from a larger drive to a smaller drive? I need this to run in Windows 7 64 Bit, not a bootable live CD/DVD and I need a freeware or open source program. I ...
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Upload photos only from recursive folders into Amazon Prime Cloud Drive via Windows

Does anyone know of an intelligent way to upload only photo file types into Amazon Prime Cloud Drive from one folder recursively using Windows 8.1? Phrased another way: I have one folder with many ...
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Can't create partition or locate existing one when installing windows 8.1

I'm trying to install windows 8.1 and I'm getting this error message after I choose the hard drive to install the windows in we couldn't create a new partition or locate an existing one just to be ...
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Computer won't recognize new hard drive

I have a 1TB external drive. It is actually an internal laptop drive I got out of my old HP Pavillion DV7 which I broke. I liked that computer so much I found the exact same model on eBay and bought ...
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Move Windows to Existing (Non-Blank) Drive

My current setup is an SSD that has Windows installation on it, plus an HDD that holds most of my data. The HDD has plenty of space on it (more free space than the full size of the SSD). I'd like to ...
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Delete a Dynamic Partition

I want to delete my dynamic partition to install windows 7. I have 5 dynamic partitions currently on my hard disk. I don't want a single chunk of HD to be created. I just want one of the dynamic ...
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Hard Drive Thrashing - Google Chrome [duplicate]

I went to my Task Manager - pulled up the I/o Reads and I/O Writes and this Google Chrome was going crazy. So I deleted the program... Guess what? Still there going crazy. So I disconnected from the ...
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SATA 6Gb/s drive only works in legacy mode (SATA 3Gb/s)

I've got ASUS Sabertooth 990FX mobo (rev. 1.0) with AMD SB950 controller for SATAIII drives and JMicron JMB362 for SATAII drives. I've got Intel 330 SSD hooked up to SATAIII (AMD) controller and it ...
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Win 8 / 7 Dual Boot Nightmare

I need help as I don't have any knowledge about windows boot process, but I'm willing to learn. Have an Acer Aspire V3-771 that came with Win8 preinstalled on 750GB HDD. Decided to try to use Dual ...
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Improving Windows 7 perfomance on a PC with slow HDD

I have a pretty good PC (Core i7-920, 12 GB RAM), but it has a slow HDD (WD Green series, 5400 RPM - linear read-write speed is solid, but random access is horrible). Any common HDD-related operations ...
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100s of Reads vs 100s of Writes

Consider a pretty fast Hard Disk. I know many writes to a single disk will always be slower than many reads. For instance time taken to complete 100 write operations is much longer than time to ...
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Can I connect SATA harddrive to my laptop through USB port

I have 160 GB SATA harddrive in my PC, but my PC is not working. I want to copy my SATA hard drive data to my laptop. Is it possible to connect my pc hard drive to a laptop via USB?
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Recover an overheated hard drive

So, today I was stupid, and left my laptop powered on and in my backpack for a few hours. When I took it out, the battery which had been fully charged was almost out of charge. So, I power cycled it, ...
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Excessive overheating of laptop after disk partitioning

I have a laptop-pc (Samsung series 7 notebook and windows 8 installed) of about a year and a half old. It has been working completely fine for the most part until recently when I partitioned its hard ...
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How do I diagnose this hard drive or motherboard issue?

I am having a weird issue with a laptop I am fixing (let's call this laptop Broken). I used a second, working laptop to diagnose issues (let's call this laptop Working) I got Broken, and the HDD ...
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Computer won't start when connecting SATA HDD

I just bough a new HDD some time ago and recently i bought another SATA cable to have both HDDs connected at the same time, to transfer all the files from the older one to the newer. When i connected ...
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Ubuntu formatted drive not visible on macbook pro or windows desktop

I have an older SSD (12.04 installed on it, encrypted) that was inside an ubuntu server, this particular server is on its last leg so I removed the SSD and tried mounting it on my mac to format it, ...
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Bad Block on Virtual Machine (Virtual or Physical Problem?)

I am dealing with a virtual machine that is receiving the following entry in the event log: TIME OF EVENT: 7/30/2011 3:47:05 PM EVENT LOG: System EVENT SOURCE: disk EVENT ID: 7 SEVERITY: Error ...