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

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Working HDD not detected in one PC but works well in others

I have an Intel Core-i5 laptop (NP300E5X). I had installed Windows 10 technical preview on it. I had it running for about 3 weeks without any problem but once when I powered on the PC from sleep, it ...
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how to recover data from a logically corrupted external hard drive using testdisk

So I think ignored too many of my computer's warnings and disconnected my external hard drive without properly ejecting it and now it seems the file system is corrupted. Are there any programs that ...
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External HDD gets recognized under Linux Mint but not under Windows 8

I have a system with Windows 8. I had the problem, that whenever I plugged in my external hard drive, the HDD booted up and then, after 5 seconds shut down again. At first I thought this would be a ...
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Formatting FAT32 with 32KB cluster on Windows 8.1?

I'm lucky: I own a laptop only capable of running Windows Vista. I say this because I had to use said laptop to format an SD card to FAT32 wtih a 32KB cluster, something I found I'm unable to do using ...
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Is my hard drive in the process of becoming faulty?

There was no lead up symptoms to what I'm currently going through with my home machine. What happened was; Casual non intensive usage on the machine, then everything locked up and would not resume ...
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How much “Load_cycle_count” can my hard drive hypotethically sustain?

I'm using S.M.A.R.T. to check my hard drives, i recently purchased a used WD Caviar Blue 2.5" and i noticed that the Load_Cycle_Count has already exceeded the 300k mark, which is the maximum that the ...
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How vibration sensitive are hard disk drives?

I've gotten my hands on a seriously cheap laptop grade 2.5 inch drive. I'm intending to use one on a desktop that dosen't have 2.5 inch bays as a boot drive. While I know there are adaptors available, ...
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Unable to use unused free space in WIN 7 Disk Management

I want to add atleast 5 gb space to my win 7 drive [C]. The problem is I am unable to convert/format the contiguous free space for some reason into any type of partition [please see the screenshot ...
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How to setup Raid0 while having a ssd has main boot

i tried setuping this up. SSD with windows to boot on 2 x 2T Hard Drive When i switched my sata configuration in my bios to Raid to configure the other disks, my main boot ssd stoped working. It ...
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Counting disk capacity using cylinder-head-sector model

Let's look at fdisk -l /dev/sdc output. # fdisk -l /dev/sdc Disk /dev/sdc: 786 MB, 786432000 bytes 255 heads, 63 sectors/track, 95 cylinders Units = cylinders of 16065 * 512 = 8225280 bytes Sector ...
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WesternDigital My Passport Ultra creates strange folders [duplicate]

I have bought WD MY PASSPORT ULTRA one year ago and didn't have any problems till now. Strangely named folders create automatic like: 21f6f6c95cd7485f8f1b fde4dbe0ee62bce74f96a9a6dde8 What to do ? ...
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What happened to my computer, and what are my recovery chances?

Today I was just using my computer as normal when it froze. Restarting, it froze on the windows logo (As in startup). Restarting again brought me to the "Windows failed to start" screen, where I tried ...
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WD Passport Ultra Stops Working out of nowhere

My WD Passport Ultra has stopped showing up in device manager/windows explorer and anywhere really. I've tried it on a different computer and with a different USB 3.0 cable as well as plugging it ...
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Hard drive recognized in BIOS, but not device/disk management

I installed windows 7 x64 a day or two ago, after install I could use the HDD fine. Today I noticed it wasn't showing up in my computer, so I restarted my computer, but it still was not showing, I ...
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Recovery D drive. Can I delete it?

Hi I've got a 5 year old Dell Precision T7500 - nice machine it has been too. It was getting all clogged up with software, and I need to do some video work, so figured it was a good time for an ...
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Does Windows 7 always report it is on C Drive? How can I make it say it is on another drive letter?

I am setting up a multi-boot windows 7 PC, and I have read things that seem to imply that whichever windows 7 OS partition I boot up, it will always say it is on C- Drive [by default]? Is this true? ...
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First 0x7E00 bytes on USB flash drive have become invisible

I have somehow managed to make the first 0x7E00 bytes (63 sectors) of my USB flash drive invisible to every program in Windows XP. I have tried about 15 different disk editors and tried a lot of MBR ...
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eSATA drives keeps disappearing, only reappears after reboot

I have one relatively fat PC at home, that I use as a server, a back-up drive included, and as my gaming PC as well. The Operating System is Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit. I currently have an ASUS ...
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My hard drive has been running for 26 billion years?

I have a Ubuntu server I'm loading up with (used, pulled from other systems) hard drives for storing downloaded files. I've been using smartctl to test each drive before I start using it. One of the ...
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Best way to avoid HDD head parking under OSX via bash script

After replacing the optical drive of my MacBook Pro (mid 2012) with a SATA-II HDD, I'm having trouble with the HDD's annoying head parking after short intervals of usage. Since I'm using the MacBook ...
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how to recover bitlocker encrypted partition

I had formatted my laptop and installed windows 8.1; it was previously Windows 8. After completion of installation, three drives were missing. I successfully recovered two drives but the third one, ...
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2TB hard drive only showing as 4GB

When I place the drive into an external enclosure, Linux Mint “Disks” application states that the drive is only 4GB, but it's a 2TB hard drive. Disks also reports “Disk is OK, one bad sector.” Any ...
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Unknown RAID Recovery?

I have an uncommon situation. I work as as IT administrator, I recently came across a box of ten hard drives that came from a company that we purchased a few years ago (before I started with this ...
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Slow internal disc to disc file transfer speed

I ran the HDTune drive monitor while I was transfering about 80 GB of various sized files, most of which was running about 40 MB/s, but you can see where it spiked down to under 1 MB/s. ...
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Long running chkdsk on Windows 7 1TB external hard drive

We had a lightning storm and power fluctuated. External hard drive lost some files. I thought I could run a chkdsk on the drive. It has been running over a week. I checked box, "Automatically fix ...
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Use physical harddisk in Virtual Box

Using Virtual Box, how can I install an OS to a secondary, physical disk, and boot it in both (at separate times) Virtual Box, and as a typical secondary OS install?
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Computer bios boot slow

My computer is having a terrible time loading some bios info. I have 1 ssd as boot drive, and 2 hard disks for data storage. I came up with the conclusion that the additional hdds might be causing ...
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new laptop with 2 physical drives, one 128GB SDD, one 1TB HDD

Both laptops have Win7 64-bit. Old computer only has one physical drive. I want to move applications & data from old to new laptop. I've been trying to use PCMover Ultimate, but I keep getting a ...
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Trusthworth partition manager for resizing partitions and moving data

I am looking for a partition manager capable of moving, resizing partition with a very low risk of data loss. Is there any partition manager that can do this job for partitions in various formatting ...
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Harddrive connected in remote linux server?

Is it possible to detect the new Hard-drive connected in which slot of motherboard on remote linux server and details about the hard-drive using dmidecode command? If possible please share the ...
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What are the performance differences between SSD caching and native SSD usage?

I am looking at making some changes to my computer. I currently have a machine running on the X79 chipset and I am using a dedicated RAID controller. The controller is an LSI MegaRAID 9260-8i SAS / ...
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Can't install Windows 7 with UEFI off on GPT drive

I need to have a dual boot with Ubuntu and Windows 7 on my notebook with UEFI. I had to turn UEFI off to install and boot Ubuntu. Now I'm trying to install Windows 7, but it says it can't be ...
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Upgrading internal hard drive to 2 terabyte on Windows 7, do I need GPT/UEFI?

I'm currently trying to upgrade my PC from a 1 TB hard drive to a 2 TB one. I've been through a lot of pain so far, but I hope I'm near the end of it. What I want: All of my data on my 1 TB moved to ...
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Failing end-to-end-error on new drive

I have a 1tb HD that has been assessed as having a failing end-to-end-error. Its powered on time is 5 months and 24 days. This seems like a very short life for a hard disk. Am I correct? How is such a ...
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Getting 0xc00000e windows 7 “Boot device inaccessible” after random crashes

I've been having some weird random crashes that I can't seem to locate, and I'm unsure if it's windows or hardware related. It's a brand new computer and very powerful. I've run into a couple of ...
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Recover “Press F11 for recovery” option in boot of windows 7 machine

I just Copied the contents of an old ssd to a new ssd, a larger one. I used gparted to copy the partions and change the size of the partitions. After this i use the windows boot disk to restore the ...
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Can't access to specific drive in windows 8

My laptop was working fine . But suddenly when I open my computer it was very slow , it took a long time to see the windows login screen . After It was opened my laptop was working extremely slow . ...
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HD Tune shows calibration error— should I replace the drive?

I just bought a brand new Seagate 1TB "Backup Plus" external USB 3.0 drive, and in running some diagnostics, HD Tune is showing a "calibration retry count" warning as shown in this screen grab. ...
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Can't boot from my OEM partition Recovery [duplicate]

I have a sony Vaio laptop VGN FS515 H. I try to use his Recovery partition Tools by typing F10. The problem is that the recovery partition (OEM) won't boot and an error message says :"that my ...
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Removing Master Hard Drive Password

I bought a second hand IBM T42 and discovered that it has a USER+ MASter Hard drive password. I know the USER PASSWORD so I can log-in. However I will like to alter the MASTEr password and I am ...
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USB - Harddrive - How to use a USB Flash drive as a HDD harddrive?

As you see in the picture below, Windows knows which devices are USB's and which devices are hard drives. How can I make this USB into a hard drive? Can I format it or something? I need to do this ...
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Recovering data from a fried external hard drive

I've got an old Seagate FreeAgent external hard drive, 500 GB. It’s the kind that needs an AC adapter to power it. It has been sitting in storage for about 3 years when I pulled it out to get the ...
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Why my new partition disappears?

I use windows 7 Pro. I shrink from Drive C for creating a new partition using Disk Management. After entering the amount of space and pressing Shrink button, the amount decreases from Partition C but ...
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External HDD on a Windows 8.1 HP

I have Win 8.1. First day in Windows. Just moving over from Mac. Can;t affored a new Mac. I have lots of data on an external HDD from my Mac. I want to access those files on the PC. When I plug the ...
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Synology: SMART status is abnormal but no errors shown

I have a Synology DS509+ NAS that is showing an "Abnormal" S.M.A.R.T. status for one of its drives: However, there seems to be nothing wrong with the S.M.A.R.T. test results: So, what's going ...
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Synology DS1010+ shows degraded under status

As the title says I've got an error on my friend's NAS this evening. Even when I check that disk, it said that it's "abnormal" under smart test but the status shows "Not initialized". Under the ...
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Online Drive Replacement: BTRFS with RAID 6

on a testing machine I installed four HDDs and they are configured as RAID6. For a test I removed one of the drives (/dev/sdk) while the volume was mounted and data was written to it. This worked ...
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Is cloning a partially allocated 2 TB drive (src) to a 1TB drive (dst) possible? [duplicate]

I am thinking of trying to clone some clean installs of Windows OSes (dual-boot) from a (src) 2TB drive (1863 GB) to a (dst) 1TB drive (931.5 GB). The 2 OS partitions on (src) would only be 200 GB ...
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Must I backup the 100MB hidden partition when creating a disk image with Clonezilla?

I'm running 32-bit Win 7. I just finished a clean install, with Windows Update patches and service packs. In order to save time in the future, I made an image of the C: partition using Clonezilla. ...
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Install win 7 along with a previous linux installation

Trying to install windows 7 on the last partition of my hdd (WD 500 gb lpvx advance format drive). The disk already has 6 previous partitions which have Debian Lenny, Wheezy, and Ubuntu studio 12 ...