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

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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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TestDisk: The harddisk is reported as too small?

I am trying to restore partitions on an old hard drive. The drive has been formatted previously. I am using TestDisk 6.14. When I choose the option Deeper Search I think it finds something, because a ...
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Are all of the components on the exposed circuit board of a hard drive necessary?

So, this may seem like a stupid question, but are all of the components on the exposed circuit board on a hard drive necessary? I ask this because of a weird situation I had with a hard drive. I got ...
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Shrinking a partition in windows 7

im trying to shrink my C: drive to make another partition where im planning to install Debian. When im trying to shrink the partition, it says: Size of available shrink space in MB = 0 Is there ...
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How to extend C: drive

I have my Windows 8.1 installed on the primary C: drive and I want to extend its size from other free (unallocated) space. There are lots of solutions online but none of them is 100% correct or offer ...
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Blocking part of my hardrive from being used if it's corrupted?

I am a semi new user to Linux, but in general I'm not too familiar with setting up a custom operating system and computer environment. I have a Sony Vaio laptop that I use to run Vista on and it's ...
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MacBook 2008 blank install OS

So I just got this MacBook 2008 and the hard disk is completely empty. I checked on my Windows computer there is not even a volume on it. How do I go about installing an OS on it? Any OS. I am not ...
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How to transfer OS from failing hard disk to new external drive?

I have an old Vista Laptop whose hard disk is failing. For various reasons I must have the same exact system back again. I copied the entire OS on the C drive over to a new external drive and made it ...
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Windows XP booting across/splitting drives

Ok, so I was in the process of cloning a windows XP boot drive, because the drive has developed a read error (<8 months). A bad block was found in a text file, found during a routine backup. The ...
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Reloading applications from a crashed drive

A friend called today in a state of panic. He had taken his old Windows 7 laptop into Frys and asked them to clone his old drive onto his new SSD drive. They reported to him (I have not seen this ...
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HDD 100% active time on boot after connecting another HDD with windows installation

I tried searching for this problem on the internet but can't find anything. I have 2 independent PCs, one is running Win 8 and the other 8.1. I've recently purchased a new HDD for my Win 8 machine, ...
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Moving disk with 4kB sectors from enclosure to internal SATA controller makes MBR invalid

I recently bought a 750GB WD disk for a netbook and formatted it while connected via a USB adapter. Because the adapter would disconnect when it was trying to access the ext4 journal, I connected it ...
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Win7 System Process (PID 4) constantly accessing drive

My hard disk drive is constantly, incessantly active so long as my computer is on. Mostly this doesn't seem to affect performance- startup only takes a minute or two before the computer is usable- but ...
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“Can’t read from the source file or disk” when I try to copy files from my C:\ to another drive

When I try to drag & drop files from my C:\ onto my Mac hard drive (I use MacDrive for HFS support), Windows reports: Interrupted Action Can’t read from the source file or disk Specs: ...
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raid 0 data recovery?

HI All, I have two identical seagate 7200.9 500Gb drives confiured as a RAID 0 spanned disk in windows. One of the drives has lost power and wont spin up at all. I know this normally means death for ...
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imDisk: Create physical memory drive (not virtual memory drive) from command-line

I'm using imDisk (http://www.ltr-data.se/opencode.html/#ImDisk) to create a virtual drive in Windows 7. I use it as temp drive for documents and will be created every time the computer/windows ...
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Can data be recovered from a “broken SSD” in a similar manner as from an HDD?

Can data be recovered from a "broken SSD" in a similar manner as from an HDD? Or once the drive is "broken" is the data "toast"? EDIT: I don't mean using the same methods. I am just trying to find ...
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What happens when a RAID rebuild fails due to URE?

I understand that when a disk fails in a RAID configuration, whatever the RAID level you're using (1, 5, 6, or 10), you need to replace the failed disk and the array rebuilds. Now with large capacity, ...
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Is there a way to clone an NTFS hard drive but leave some files out?

I'm trying to find a nice way to do backups of my Windows 7 Media Center machine. Ideally I'd like to take periodic snapshots of the entire hard disk, but leave some files out of the selection. For ...
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Recover hard disk data?

When I reinstall Windows XP, by mistake I deleted all five partitions. I dit not format them yet though. So how can I recover this? When I attach the hard disk to another PC it just sais that the ...
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Hard drive issues

I have a secondary hard drive, 2TB western digital caviar, that has been giving me issues lately. The drive will occasionally have corrupt data on it and programs will be unable to write to it. This ...
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2 new Caviar Blue hard drives failed within hours on new build

I made this standard desktop build for my father with an Asus AM1M-A mboard, Athlon 5150, 4GB Kingston DDR3 1333MHz (2x2GB), EVGA 430W 80 Plus PSU, and a Western Digital Caviar Blue 500GB HD ...
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Reinstalling Windows 8 on a Toshiba Laptop C50D after wiping with DBAN - what do I need to keep to reinstall ?

I need to use DBAN on my laptop to completely wipe it before selling it After the DBAN process, I want to reinstall Win8 which it came with and put it back to a blank but user friendly state for a ...
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Boot stops with “Primary master drive - ATAPI Incompatible”

I have a MPC-414 computer which was working until the Boot order & compatible drivers were changed in the bios so now when I boot Windows 7 it freezes on a black screen & says: Press DEL ...
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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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How to unmount NTFS drive before shutdown on Windows 8.1

I have a desktop PC (selfbuilt) with 3 physical drives: - 1x SSD with Windows 8.1 Pro x64 (NTFS) - 1x SSD with Ubuntu 14.04 LTS x64 (EXT4) - 1x HDD for data storage, no software (NTFS) My issue is ...
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How can I convert an Arch Linux VDI as a fully bootable system on an external hard disk in Linux?

I run Linux Mint 17 Quiana 64 bit and an Arch Linux VM. My aim is to convert my Arch Linux VDI into a bootable external hard drive. I am using a laptop so I’ll be using a laptop external hard drive in ...
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Installing System Reserved Partition on SSD

Is it possible to install System Rerserved Partition in Windows 8.1 on an SSD having other (magnetic) disk drive plugged in during instalation? I cannot plug off my hdd without losing warranty on my ...
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Linux fault tolerant array for home server

Is there any method of creating a fault tolerant disk array with a mix of disks? I intend to use debian linux stable as a file server for home. The data is going to be cloud backed up but I don't ...
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Data Assignation Tables vs. actual HDD location values?

This is my first post to any of the 136 SE website's and I just wanted to say how much I value the community and the information. I Apologize ahead of time if this is a duplicate. I spent a fair ...
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Is it 'bad' to read of a drive while writing onto it? Can you read and write 'simultaneously'?

I had a client recently who thought I'd be copying data and try read of the same drive at the same time - and according to him it's something you can't do because you'd damage the data/hard-drive. I ...
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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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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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Win 7 Login automatically logs me off after running CHKDSK

I'm currently running Win 7 Enterprise and I have 2 hard drives. I ran a CHKDSK on both drives. The process took about 7 hours to complete. Once it completed it brought me to the login-screen. I ...
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dell optiplex gx280 installing windows 7

My dell computer has a hard drive capacity of 160GB and came with windows XP. I updated it to windows 7 but have noticed the c drive is nearly full. There are 3 folders in c drive called Users ...
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Smart disk error?

I performed disk tests with DLGDIAG and HDAT2 and none found bad sectors, but there is a !Smart error flag in HDAT2, What does this mean? Here's a screenshot.
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Do I need a UPS with a RAID-configured NAS

In order to keep my home file archive safe, I've bought a Synology NAS and configured it to use a Synology Hybrid RAID configuration. Now almost a year since I started feeling safe about the years of ...
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unknown filesystem blunder mistake

I was using my desk top having 320gb hdd, I dual booted it with ubunto lts on different partition . every thing was good but one day i was recovering my windows 7 for refreshing purpous using ghost ...
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Is it faster to copy 2 things at once or wait till other finishes

Hey guys say I have 2 drives and I am swaping the files in them... Would it be faster to copy files a-d on drive A to drive B then copy files e-h on drive B to drive A or....would it be faster to do ...
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Program to swap files between drives?

Has anyone built a program/script to transfer files between 2 hard drives, but like if both are near full....so one copies 1 file over then the other copies the other file, then they delete the files ...
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Repair or Recover data from portable external hard drive?

I accidentally dropped my 500gb Bufallo Ministation portable hard drive on the ground. It was still sorta working, just EXTREMELY slowly. I then ran the mac hard drive repair. It ran for about 5 ...
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Ubuntu 14.04: add physical space drive to folder with existing content

system: a VPS running Ubuntu 14.04, apache 2.4.7 I added a virtual disk drive to my VPS server. I would like that the OS (Ubuntu 14.04) resides on its own "system" drive, and my clients files reside ...
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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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How do I change the location of DivX cache files?

I recently installed to the latest version of DivX and suddenly found my C drive filling up with the cache files. I tracked it down to: C:\Files\My Videos\DivX Movies\Temporary Downloaded Files My ...
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Asus Vivobook v551lb-db71t motherboard speaker beep [on hold]

Every now and then while going about my business on the laptop under normal conditions the motherboard speaker on my relatively new ASUS Vivobook v551lb-db71t will chirp. I have tried contacting ASUS ...
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Windows 7 literally grinds to a halt intermittently

System is Win 7 Home Premium on Dell XPS 8100. This problem happened about a year ago and a reformat fixed it until now. At some indeterminate time of using my system it will completely slow down. ...
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Why doesn't Windows 7 always create 100MB partition?

I have two 500GB hard drives in my laptop. I have formatted both so they contain nothing. When I'm installing Windows 7, depending on the drive I choose to install Windows on I may or may not get the ...
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How to format HDD unrecoverable NTFS partitions

I know it is impossible to format the data from hdd to be unrecoverable, but I search for some really good way to format NTFS partitions. I can use Linux or Windows to do that and I think Linux is the ...
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Corrupted Bootcamp Parition lost in Disk Utility

My OSX Yosemite Mac had a partition of Win 8 that was corrupted and is not lost. Now the original 500GB drive is only 200 and unable to use the 300GB corrupted Win drive. (see photos) From other ...
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Unallocated space split

Can someone explain this one. Forgive my amateur knowledge... I am using a 500GB MBR disk for my OS drive. Before this, I had a total of 5 partitions with 2 linked together as "extended ...