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

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how to find whether my hard disk is hdd or sdd

Where it is written that my hard disk is SDD or HDD.. I have tried searching msinfo32 Device manager Disk management I need to to see a word solid state drive or Hard disk drive in windows 7. It ...
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External Hard Drive does not appear in Computer

I am using a WD My Passport external Hard drive. The drive does not appear in Computer, Device manager nor in Disk Management. How may I bring it "back to life" or at least restore the data that was ...
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SSD Performance showing as 'bad'

Today I stripped down and rebuilt my PC (to get rid of surplus cabling, and to give it a clean since it was pretty dusty in there), and everything is running fine. Well, except my SSD (apparently). ...
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How long does low level format of external HDD take?

I'm kind of at a situation where I'm having to do a low level format for my 1 TB WD external hard disk drive. Earlier, I tried all possible ways of formatting it but it just would not get formatted. ...
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How can I tell if “badblocks” is still working?

I started "badblocks" without any options on my 1 TB external harddisk as below: >> sudo badblocks /dev/sdb Its been running for the past three days, and all what I can see is a long column ...
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My external Hardisk in not working

I have My passport Essential SE 1TB . the problem with my device is. The light is blinking and the harddisk is spinning but it is not shown in My computer. I am using Windows 8.1 64bit. The device is ...
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Replaced HDD, windows cd-key scratched from laptop sticker, what to do?

My girlfriend's laptop's HDD died and her (pretty old i3 Dell) got a new one. I was planing to install previous Windows 7 Home Premium using product key from the back of her laptop, but its all worn ...
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Running Windows installer from hard disk on Linux

I am trying to install Windows Server 2012 on a Hetzner dedicated server with Linux. Hetzner provides free KVM access whenever I need it, but unfortunately, their KVM's have a broken ISO mounting ...
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Unable to unlock BitLocker even with recovery key and password

OS: Windows 7 ultimate 64bit. I recently installed a fresh copy of the above OS. I have an external hard drive that I just unplugged from my computer while I did this. I have the recovery key and ...
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Why does file system get error repeatedly even if I fsck it over and over again (on linux)?

My system is Gentoo Linux (kernel is 3.16.0), my file system is reiserfs. A couple days ago, I unpacked a big tarball which is more than 100MB, and is about 1.3GB and 10,000 files after unpack , then ...
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combine partitions when already split up with Windows XP installed on one

I'd like to consolidate two partitions on my laptop. I have Windows running on one partition, and I have another partition that I store data on. These partitions are on the same hard drive. Is this ...
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elasticsearch + kibana: disk usage grows over day

recently I have installed a kibana/elasticsearch bundle on a remote machine serving as an rsyslog aggregation node. The machine is a Linode VPS, and for some time now I've been getting notifications ...
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How can I determine what is causing my hard drive to become busy/stuck?

I've got a relatively new Dell e4300 laptop running Windows 7 32-bit (fully updated). Several times throughout the day, it will seem to hang. When this happens, I'm able to move the mouse but the ...
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Toshiba 2TB USB External HDD disconnects during coping of files on Debian/testing

My new Toshiba 2TB USB3 external hdd is repeatedly disconnecting during transfer of files on Debian/testing running 3.14-2 Kernel. The partition I'm transferring to is NTFS as I use it for shared ...
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Forcing programs to be installed to another drive

I have an SSD as my main Windows drive, with a 640GB 2.5" HDD, partitioned to store programs and user settings, and also to act as backup (it's the only thing I had lying around at the time of ...
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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 ...
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Self Encrypting Drive (SED), partition modification?

I have been given a computer with a Win 7 on it and a Seagate ST500LT015 SED drive. I love the idea of have hardware based encryption eeven if having a TPM that does "whatever it wants" is kinda ...
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How indicative are SMART read & write errors of total failure?

My computer had recently crashed very unusually and began exhibiting slow performance and graphical glitches. I checked my read errors and write errors and they are steadily rising (Like 10/second ...
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Recovery hard drive

I accidentally formatted my RECOVERY hard drive (of file system type RAW). Actually, I don't really know what was inside it and what was it for, I thought that inside it were all my documents, from ...
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Where is the MMC CARD that I see in the my computer

There is no MMC CARD connected to my computer, But when I open MyComputer I see a MMC-Card drive there that has 487 MB of 487 MB free space! Disk Management output : And Diskpart output : ...
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What is the actual content of a non-booted hard drive

I am trying to modify some Windows and Linux (obviously I'm talking of several computers, not only one) files. I know their path, but their location is just a fake location which is actually ...
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1TB hard drive issues

I have a problem with my secondary 1 TB hard drive. When I copy large amounts of video files to it for storage it "disappears" after a bit. I have to re-boot to see the drive again. The drive always ...
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Lenovo E440 hybrid IDE - is it replaceable

I have an E400 notebook and I found that it has behind standard 3.5" IDE small card SDD-like. But I cannot find any replacement for it. I want to replace default 16G "SSD" which something bigger, but ...
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Task Manager shows a 100% disc usage almost constantly, tried everything

I've done numerous scans, no malware at all, I've defragmented the drives, disc clean-up, system refresh, factory settings reset, read loads of posts on this, increased/decreased virtual memory, ...
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What might cause a file to become corrupt, that is never written too?

I have an image in a folder on my Macbook that is used to store files for rotation as my background. The folder contains about 20 photos, and I haven't moved or modified the folder in nearly a year. ...
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WinPE 5 - How can I change the USB/CDROM drive letter?

If i boot up my custom WinPE 5 x64 image from an USB stick the following drive letters are assigned: C: ==> USB Stick X: ==> RAM Disk This seems to be a problem for our SCCM 2012 staging process ...
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Do laptops really need hard drive caddies?

I purchased a used laptop which came without a hard drive or caddy. Is the caddy really a necessary component in all laptops? I know this is not always true, but in mine the hard drive inserts ...
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Old VAX machine crashed need to recover files

So I had a client contact me about some data recovery. I told her I'd take a look. Well when the box arrived I saw my first microVAX 3500. The only thing the lady was able to tell me was "one day it ...
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BIOS not detecting working SATA hard drive

Some time ago my power supply died. It's a long story from then till now, but the important bit is that I ended up with a new hard drive and a new power supply. I tested to see if my original hard ...
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How can I install a desktop 3.5" SATA drive on a laptop without any adapters and use it as the main(system) drive?

I am pretty sure I'm the first human in the whole universe and multiverses. Here it is... like an idiot I bought a 3.5" SATA drive for my laptop. I used it to install the OS through USB but I got the ...
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How to check Windows version installed on Hard Drive?

How do I check which version of Windows is installed on an old hard drive, from a Linux command line?
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Unable to access hard drive

I am trying to mount my external hard drive but I keep getting this error Unable to access “Backup Data” Error mounting /dev/sdb3 at /media/root/Backup Data: Command-line `mount -t "ntfs" -o ...
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Rebuild a partition table

My external drive managed to lose its partition table it seems and I was seeing if I could repair it. I have tried testdisk and nothing comes up, no matter how much I search for it. But using ...
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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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How to make a hard disk inaccessible in Windows 8?

I installed two Windows 8. One for work and one for entertainment. They are on separate drives (the first system is on a SSD and the second system is on a HDD). Since I will probably install some ...
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Resizing partition in Windows 7: how long does it take?

Okay, maybe this is me worrying about nothing, but... I have a 500 Gb. external drive where I want to create a second partition. I plug it into my Windows 7 box, use Disk Manager and pick the "Shrink ...
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Are loud “scratchy” hard drives always prone to failure?

I have been using the same hard drive to back up my main computer for around 4 years now. It hasn't failed yet, but has been getting increasingly louder with time. The sound isn't "typical" of normal ...
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Computer can be powered on once after new SSD install

My computer has a strange behavior since I installed a new SSD (Samsung Evo 840). When I pushed start button the first time after connecting the new internal SSD everything was ok. I managed to ...
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linux splits one 3 TB external USB HDD into 2 physical drives?

I recently bought a 3 TB harddisk which I inserted into a external USB drive enclosure and connected it to linux debian. Unfortunately it now shows up 2 separate physical drives: one with 2.19TB and ...
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HDD bad sectors - chkdsk versus hdtune

I bought new HDD WD Blue (WDC WD10EZEX) as a secondary storage media (no RAID or anything, just a bunch of big video files on NTFS). There were a few problems at the beginning, Windows freezed at ...
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Why is gzip slow despite CPU and hard drive performance not being maxed out?

I have some JSON files, 20 GB each, that I want to compress with gzip: gzip file1.json This takes up one full CPU core, all fine. It processes around 25 MB/s (checked in atop), my hard drive can ...
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Dual boot with SSD and hard drive

I have a PC with an SSD drive containing Windows 7 and a hard drive for files. The harddrive has about 500GB of free space. I want to install Windows 8 on a new partition. Can I setup the partition ...
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Non-System Disk Utilization is High

I have Windows 8.1 Pro, and for the couple of months I've had it, disk usage for non-system disks (aka, all disks except C:/) is almost always much higher than the drive Windows is installed on (C:/). ...
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Genymotion: failed to attach drive

I did lot of searching in Google but still not solved. I am using windows 7 Basic x64. Firstly, it was running perfectly but after I made some changes in vmbox for file sharing it stopped. I did ...
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LVM2 Luks Encryption

I have set up LVM2 with Luks encryption on my drive and I have an issue. When I run disk usage analyzer, it shows that total filesystem capacity is 9.9GB and 9.7GB is used. I have a 250GB hard ...
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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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Format (raw) partition windows 8 - cannot access it

I have just made a new installation of windows 8 to my computer and partioned the harddrive. The problem is that one partition is raw, that is its not formatted to a specifik filesystem yet. What I ...
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Upgrading windows, finding the proper SATA drivers for the windows

I am trying to reinstall windows and have an error from both a USB bootable .iso and a install CD stating that I need the SATA drivers to continue. I cannot seem to find the proper driver or how I ...
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Any way to read the dead external storage?

I have managed to gather a huge collection of dead storage disks (USB drive and external hard drives). Some of them are my own and some of them from office. They have all completely stopped responding ...
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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 ...