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

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Many Transition from drive PhyRdy to PhyNRdy causing latencies in Windows 7?

My old Windows 7 pro sp1 laptop is becoming slow. It freezes randomly for between 1 and 3 seconds before displaying a context menu, or when switching between windows. After long searches, I suspect ...
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Can I remove this “SSD Partition” from my hard disk storage?

My disk partitions are like this: C is an SSD with the OS. D is an SSD with my User files on it, and H is a HHD for all other files that is, storage. C is the boot drive, installed a fresh copy of ...
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Is it possible to restore windows 10 from empty hard drive if plenty of system restore points saved? [duplicate]

Apparently my hard drive was wiped so I lost everything. I don't know if this is possible, but would the system restore points I had saved be in some other partition that I would be able to boot into? ...
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Can't mount my external hard drive

After a repair task with disk utility I can't mount my external hard drive on my mac. I have tried to mount it on terminal mount /dev/disk1s1 but I receive this eror mount: /dev/disk1s1: unknown ...
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HDD mounting screws size [duplicate]

I recently bought a WD Green HDD (WD30EZRX) and it came without any screws. What size screws do I need for it? The screw size is not listed in the product specification on the manufacturer's website ...
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Performance benefit of defragging laptop hard drives [duplicate]

It seems like defragging is becoming much less important now that hard drives are faster and SSD and becoming popular. I'm curious: what kind of performance improvement does defragging have on laptop ...
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Mount external drive from command line just like in GUI?

When I connect my 3 TB drive to my laptop (running Kubuntu 14.04), I can see it with fdisk -l and can mount it with mount as root, but I end up seeing all the files as root:root with strange ...
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Cannot run BIOS with any SATA device connected to Mobo

Just built new PC but can't run the BIOS. I remain stuck on the splash screen. I have DVD-RW drive in SATA1, SSD in 2, hard disk in 3. If I disconnect them all from the motherboard then I can ...
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Boot selection failed because a device is inaccessible, not the usual boot error though?? (0xc000000e)

I need some help fast please. I recently booted up my gaming rig after swapping out a 7970 graphics card and upon system boot up, as the Windows 7 logo appeared the system crashes and a BSOD appears ...
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Preserving One Key Recovery feature while migrating to a smaller SSD

The question is simple, but the answer might be complicated as I am not targeting One Key Recovery feature of a specific vendor, I'm searching for a answer in general. Suppose I'm migrating from a 1 ...
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Windows OS on external hard drive

Is it possible to install Windows OS to plug and play storage device such as external hard drives, HDD enclosures (with SATA hard drives), USB flashdrives[1] and the likes? What OS's? And if it's ...
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Rebuilding FakeRAID RAID 5 with new disk, no partitions show up, invalid PMBR

I have a RAID 5 array with 4 2TB disks on a HP Z800. One disk failed and was swapped out for a new one. I went into BIOS Intel Storage Matrix Utility and set the Array to rebuild with the new disk. ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Access / fix corrupted windows file system SSD under Linux

After my PC crashed apparently due to a corrupted RAM module (scanned my RAM after the crash while trying to find out what went wrong and tons of errors came out) I now seem to have a locked / ...
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How do I restore a file tree in windows visible after data recovery?

To be brief.. New terabyte HD gets messed up after a few weeks due to motherboard incompatibility. After a successful Easeus partition wizard scan, Easeus can see all my old file tree / folders and ...
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Programmatically read “Turn off hard disk after” value in Windows

I'm looking for a way to programmatically read the current setting of the "Turn off hard disk after" value, located in the advanced power options in Windows 7 and later. I'm aware of the powercfg ...
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Paused BitLocker encryption because no longer want to encrypt the hard drive - how do I get out of encrypting?

I'm hoping someone can help. I'm not a techy and can't seem to find the same question already answered. I went to encrypt (using BitLocker) a Buffalo hard drive but after it took about 1 min to ...
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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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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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windows 7 enterprise : 'net use' fails with 'system error 50 has occurred'

Windows 7 Enterprise SP1 x64 I was having problems mapping a local drive to a network shared folder, so I opened cmd.exe and ran : > net use > System error 50 has occurred > The request is ...
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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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difference between MBR and disk label

Is MBR/partition table = disk label ? I read about about the description of disk label as The first sector of a disk that contains disk geometry and partition information. ...
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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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How much data does windows write on boot

This question was inspired by Bob's comment to my answer here. On boot, windows writes files to the hard drive (I imagine this to be the case, as it has a way of detecting if the boot was previously ...
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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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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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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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Will a SATA SSD drive work in WWAN (miniPCIe) slot?

My company gave me a Dell E6450 with a built in 256 GB SSD (way too small). Dell does not make a CDROM replacement SSD for the E6450 (!!!), believe it or not. Therefore, I see a good option as ...
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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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How to remove password lock on WD mybook 1TB

How do I disable the password lock on my My book 1 TB, I want to so I may use it directly with my xbox 360, since it won't pick it up on my pc list.
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HP Pavilion P6210Y [Pegatron M2N78-LA Motherboard] will NOT detect replacement Western Digital 640GB SATA Hard Drive

I'm working on an HP Pavilion P6210Y (Pegatron M2N78-LA motherboard) that's hard drive has crashed. The issue that I'm running in to is that for some reason the computer absolutely REFUSES to detect ...
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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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Sony VAIO Recovery Partition Corrupted

I have a Sony VAIO SVE15126CN. When I installed and Opened EaseUS Partition Master I saw some unallocated space there. I added that space to the recovery partition. Now the recovery partition is not ...
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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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Secondary Internal HDD Vanishes/Reappears Randomly In Windows 8.1

To clarify, I'm referring to entire disks disappearing, not just partitions. The PC in question is an HP Pavilion 2325DX. Both drives are variants of HGST. One is in the primary slot, the other is in ...
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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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After upgrading from Windows 7 to Windows 10, system thinks GPT partition is MBR

I have a Windows 7 system with 3 hard drives - Disc 0 is the boot disc formatted with MBR, Disc 1 is a 4 TB disc formatted with GPT, and Disc 2 is a 2 TB disc also formatted with GPT. Disc 1 has one ...
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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 ...