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

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BSOD Win 7 0x1a MEMORY_MANAGEMENT (ntoskrnl.exe): Could it be a faulty HDD cloned image?

Some years ago I had a failing HDD that, in its dying breath, had a cloned image of it installed onto a new HDD. The problem is that the old HDD wasn't working anymore in the end and some data (I ...
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Hidden Folders on Windows XP partition

I have a 11 year old hard drive from where I want to rescue documents. The hard drive is connected to my Windows 7 machine over USB on D: . If I look into the Recent folder on: D:\Dokumente und ...
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Problems after successful reformat and installation

I gave up on recovering my hard drive from a crash that corrupted my entire drive. I went ahead and bought a new copy of Windows 8. Affter I bought it, I preinstalled Window WinXP to ensure that it ...
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Can I put a full SSD in a new PC? [duplicate]

I own an Asus X53S and I have put in it a SSD drive (1 Tb) that contains both the operative system (Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit) and the personal files. I have recently bought an Asus N551JW-CN068H ...
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Boot from a DVD with an ubuntu iso on a PC with no OS

I got a 32 bit computer from my school and I fixed it up with a graphics card and HDD (cause the school took them out before giving it to me). Obviously a brand new HDD has no OS so I've tried booting ...
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Sync Dropbox to External hard drive, unlinking, etc

My laptop is jam packed full in terms of storage (it is quite old and has limited storage anyway) and I have just got some external hard drives to free up some space. Approx. 30GB of this is ...
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What if computer get full when synchronizing with Google Drive

As said in Google Drive Help page, "your device can sync with Google Drive on the web so that you can view your files from any device. https://support.google.com/drive/answer/2374992" If my files on ...
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Fix Intel RAID0 array, one of disks has bad blocks

I've got an issue with a firmware Intel RAID0 array. It consists of 2 disks 500 GB each. The second disk has several bad sectors, and I can't remap or hide them (they are 8 LBAs or 4096 bytes). I ...
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Cloning HDD sector-by-sector (dd/ddrescue), how to skip bad blocks in the middle?

I've got a HDD with unrecoverable bad blocks. HDD is part of Raid-0 array. If I access bad blocks by any means HDD hangs. Let's assume the HDD full capacity is 500,000,000,000 bytes, bad blocks are in ...
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dd from /dev/zero to /dev/sda does not overwrite the whole disk

I issued dd command to zero out my hard disk. The command completed successfully but only part of the hard drive was overwritten: mint@mint ~ $ sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda dd: writing to ...
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Mounting EFI partition on Windows [duplicate]

I'm trying to mount the EFI Partition from Disk Management but all the options for the EFI partition are greyed out, so I can't do anything.. here's a screenshot from the problem :
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Windows cannot access my external harddisk partition not responding

I'm currently having problem with my External HDD Partitions OS : Windows 8 64 bit. I plugged in my laptop USB port and my laptop recognized the HDD and this is what I sees in "My Computer" So ...
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Recovering data from a hard drive with bad sectors

A friend of mine recently gave me a laptop that wasn't booting past the Windows screen. I replaced the hard drive with a new one and put the old hard drive in my comp. to try and recover the data. ...
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HDD on SATA I (1.5 Gbps)

I am planning to buy an SSD for my laptop, but my budget isn't high enough to afford something like a 1 TB SSD; the most I can get on my budget is 240 GB.  So I am planning to go for an SSD, which I ...
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2010 HP Desktop Seagate Hard Disk Failure Imminent

My HP Desktop is giving me the message for my 750gb Seagate Hard Drive (the one that came with the PC) that Hard Disk Failure is imminent. I have been receiving this message since I reset it to ...
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What causes average response time into the seconds for an SSD?

I'm using a Samsung 700T tablet/convertible (basicallly, the Samsung equivalent of the Microsoft Surface Pro.) It runs Windows 8.1 This comes with a dual-core ULV CPU, 4 GB of RAM (which is too ...
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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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Hard drive swap/upgrade - a few questions

I am thinking of upgrading my HDD (hopefully to SSD) in my Asus K53S laptop. If I just pull out my old HDD and plug in a new one will my computer boot up as normal and allow me to log on? If not, ...
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Transform my Samsung M3 External HDD to Internal?

So I've got an external hard drive which is a Samsung M3 Station 3 1.5TB USB 3 (here is the manual). Now I've disassembled it as I could (kinda proud of myself, it's very clean :D) and I've got a HDD ...
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Convert FAT32 to NTFS, risk/time? [closed]

After a quick search I found that through a command prompt I can convert a drive from FAT32 to NTFS without losing data(see here). What I want to ask here is, how safe is this method on a 1.5 TB drive ...
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HDD connected via USB cable - Disk unknown not initialized

I am using laptop with windows 8. I have connected my HDD via USB cable. There are two lights on cable 'Access' and 'Power' access is glowing bright red and power dim red. When I connect HDD system ...
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Laptop won't boot, restarts on its own + black screen

yesterday I was playing on my Win 7 laptop when suddenly my screen went into this colorful faulty state, something of this , though not exactly. And a second after my laptop died starting itself up ...
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Visual Studio across two drives, one drive failed

Recently my D: drive hard disk failed, Visual Studio 2013 update 4 was installed there, but of course VS also took 10+ GB off the C drive where the OS (Windows 8.1) is for its installation, basically ...
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How much time until an unused hard drive loses its data?

Do you guys know how much time needs to pass until the data stored on a hard drive starts to degrade? To keep the data intact for long periods of time, I heard you need to periodically rewrite it on ...
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How can I remove the option to eject internal SATA drives from the Windows 8 tray icon?

The Safely Remove Hardware icon in Windows 8 (and 8.1) offers the ability to eject my internal SATA drives, including the boot drive (see example). I don't see myself ever needing this - especially ...
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Testing batches of hard drives

I've gotten a hold of a bunch of old sata hard drives (around 10 or so) but I have no idea if they're working or not. Is there an efficient way to test all these, rather than powering off, opening ...
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Low disk performance with Windows 8.1

I have a Dell XPS 15 (L502X) that have a Core i5-2450M, 6GB RAM and a 1TB WD 5400RPM HDD. This notebook Achilles' heel is the disk. It's slow and I understand that if I do stress it to much, it lends ...
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Desmistifiying SATA hotplug

I have a BIOS that has an option to enable hot-plug on individual ports. I have a sliding enclosure for HDD and SSD (nothing more than a pass-trhu to power and a sata port) that allow me to cut power ...
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Clash between two OS'

My Lenovo Ideapad came with a Windows 8, later upgraded to Windows 8.1. Recently, I tried to load Kali Linux onto it, but had to abort it midway due an error with a file called GRUB. I also ...
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One 4TB hard drive or two 2TB in RAID 0 – which gives better performance? [closed]

I’m looking into getting a new Synology NAS and looking at these two options for hard drives: 2 bays: 1 x 4TB - file system (video, music, private cloud) 1 x 4TB - daily backup 4 bays: 2 x 2TB ...
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Unknown volume listed under Windows defragmenter

Does anyone know what "\?\Volume...." is or why it would be listed as a disk on the windows defragmenter? It is not listed on other defragmenters like defraggler. The E: and F: drives are ...
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Hard disk does not show any Partitions during windows installation

I have a samusung laptop 365e which ive been using for over a year now, it's been working well but it started freezing all of a sudden during it execution. it then finally refused to boot but instead, ...
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recover data from a previously RAID 1 drive?

Normally it's a drive that fails, but in this case it was my motherboard (I think). System is completely dead. It was a Dell XPS420 with a Intel ICH7R Matrix RAID controller on the motherboard. ...
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My computer is eating hard drives

About a year and a half ago I built my computer, and I was knowledgeable enough to put it together but definitely not to troubleshoot all of the issues it's had. A few months ago the 2TB Seagate hard ...
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Speed of an Internal File Transfer on a Remote Device (HDD/NAS)

I have a "WDMyCloud" which is a 3TB NAS with a linux based OS. I have attached another external drive to it so I can copy all of its contents. The second drive was mounted automatically and shows up ...
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Windows Server 2003 R2 Assigned Letter C to System Reserved Partition

I have a Windows 2003 R2 server that installed a System Reserved Partition of 100MB and the Boot Partition on Disk 0. For some unknown reason, the System Reserved partition is assigned drive letter C. ...
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WD USB HDD not recognized: Elements 10B8 [duplicate]

Any idea what could be the problem and how to solve it? Details: HDD: WD Elements 2TB (P/N: WDBU6Y0020BBK-05) When first connecting the device to my ThinkPad T420si (4174-E37), a dialog appeared ...
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What would put a HDD under 350g's of force? [closed]

I always see the label and it says 350g's withstandable. What would put this over 350'gs? Is it even possible to hit 350Gs of force to a hard drive?
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How to copy partition from one disc to another (boot partition keeping all the vital data)?

I have bought a new laptop but the HDD, which runs at 5400 rpm, is not sufficient for me. The laptop runs Windows 7 64-bit. I have my 'old' one (a better one - Seagate Momentus 7200 rpm) and I would ...
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Passport Ultra - not being recognized by MAC

My passport Ultra is not being recognized by my MAC - I have tried to hook it up on another MAC and changed cables already.
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Any harm in swapping SATA ports?

I have 3 disks in my desktop PC (Z77 Intel Ivy Bridge chipset with 2x SATA 6gb/s, 2x 3gb/s ports). Current disk / drive letter mapping: Drive C: | SSD Intel 530 Series | Main Windows 8 drive Drive ...
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'Could not find this item' error message on new hard drive

I have recently put a new hard drive in my laptop, and rebuilt my laptop from scratch, and now I get the following messages anytime that I try to create a file/folder or copy files/folders onto ...
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Unformatted Seagate SATA 3.5" internal hard disk casing to recover data

I used to have a desktop which was running on a 160GB internal hard drive. I moved cities, so I ditched the desktop and took out just my internal to the new place. The disk has Ubuntu 12.04 installed ...
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Import foreign disks in RAID-0 config

I've to import 2 disks in RAID-0 into another computer. Both source and target PC run Win8. In the target PC I see two foreign dynamic disks and when I right-click on any of those and then I select ...
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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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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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Conflicting hard drive space reports, missing about 46gb of space

Filesystem Size Used Avail Use% Mounted on /dev/sdb1 36G 22G 12G 65% / udev 10M 0 10M 0% /dev tmpfs 1.6G 9.1M 1.5G 1% /run tmpfs 3.8G ...
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Dynamic disk mirror broken after motherboard replace

I have a desktop computer which was setup as follows: Windows 7 Pro 16gb ram Phenom II CPU GA-880GM-UD2H motherboard 2 x 120GB Kingston SSD in (fake)RAID-1 (boot drive) 2 x WD-3000 3TB hard drives ...
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Set Default Windows Installer Disk [duplicate]

I was wondering if it was possible to set the default disk to be used my MSIs, E.G. Install to D:\Program Files by default rather than C:\Program Files, and, if it is possible, how to do so. Thanks!
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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 ...