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

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Extra space after resizing NTFS file system

I had a 500 GB hard drive with 2 partitions on it. A Dell recovery partition and a 495gb partition. The larger had a windows 7 pro. Installed on it, and some personal data, such That windows showed ...
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Is my OS installed onto my SSD?

I ordered a new laptop that came with a 500 GB HDD, so I added a 128 GB SSD. I kind of assumed they would install the OS onto the SSD since in my experience that has been the norm. I'm pretty sure ...
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Understanding a HDD data storage and uninstalling windows

Before I go into my exact query here is a small prologue saying what I basically understand about any HDD. May be some 6 years ago, many as a million notebook computers, mine was also manufactured ...
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Access old Users folder on backed up hdd

I tried googling to no avail. Here is my problem My old harddrive needed to be replaced, so i imaged it and copied to a new hdd. I later upgraded the hardware significantly and installed a new ...
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ASUS laptop stuck in splash screen loop. Can't access BIOS with HDD installed

I have an ASUS laptop (model u56e, windows 7 64-bit) that is baffling me right now. I was recently on a trip, laptop working fine, though partitioned SATA HDD a bit overloaded with vacay pics. On way ...
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My computer takes 2 minutes to load MS Excel. Is RAM the culprit?

My main laptop is broken and I am using my old one. It performs office work slowly, and I was particularly upset when it took 2 minutes to load MS Excel. I know this is not a specific question, but ...
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Windows cannot be installed to this disk. Ensure the disk's

I recently put together a self built rig. The all the parts seem to work, but when I try to install windows 8, I get the following error message: 'Windows cannot be installed to this disk. This ...
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What is using up my C drive and why is it automatically restarting?

I'm facing two major problems with my Lenovo Thinkpad laptop(Windows 7, 4GB Ram) 1) Free space in my C drive is gradually decreasing. 2) My system is automatically restarting. Its happening even ...
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PXE media failure.Hard Drive most likely failed

I had a dual boot setup (Windows 7 / Crunchbang 11 ) on my 640GB WD hard drive with 3 primary partitions and 1 extended partition(Linux).sda7 was root(~25GB) while sda8(~220GB) was home A week or ...
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How do I physically replace an internal dual-boot hard-disk, without fresh OS reinstall?

On dual boot Win XP SP3 || Lx Ubuntu 14.04 LTS aka Trusty, I need to upgrade my /dev/sda (disk 0) to a bigger disk. /dev/sda has 7 volumes (logical and extended partitions) and 2 OS (XP and Trusty). I ...
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Copying files from hard drive B (desktop's HD) to hard drive A (laptop's HD) and putting back hard drive A into laptop

I just bought a new Hard drive for my laptop, but all my files are on my desktop. I thought of just plugging in my new laptop's hard drive into my desktop and copying and pasting my files (from ...
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(How) can I “reactivate” a dynamic disk spanned accross two physical disks (connected via USB) from another computer?

I built a new system that has a RAID 5 array and I wish to recover files that were stored on my previous computer's spanned dynamic disk system. That system is not bootable, so I cannot start it up ...
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Switch HDD mode from RAID to IDE [closed]

I made an ghost of 2 drives that were installed as raid 0 I made a ghost to one big drive. Now in the bios, the big drive can only run in raid0 modus. Is there a easy way so I can run this drive as ...
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Attaching SCSI drive through USB

I have a number of wide, 68-pin SCSI drives for which I need to copy the data off. I have tried to use a wide-to-narrow SCSI adapter (68-pin to 50-pin) coupled with an Adaptec SCSI-to-USB adapter ...
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Can't recongnize my SSD device file in /dev

I am using Ubuntu and can't find my SSD device file. The /dev directory has following contents: agpgart audio audio1 audio2 audio3 audioctl char console core dsp dsp1 dsp2 dsp3 fd full kmem kmsg log ...
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Whats the meaning of “???” in ls command output

I am using WD my passport hard disk. when i use ll -l command in my hard drive it shows as below ls: cannot access The.Big.Bang.Theory.S07E15.HDTV.x264-LOL.mp4: No such file or directory ls: cannot ...
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Am I using Fusion Drive?

I just installed a Fusion Drive on my late 2011 Macbook Pro 17". But I'm not sure now if i'm using Fusion Drive now... Here are some screenshots: Can anyone tell me if I'm using Fusion Drive or ...
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Why does an HDD vibrate? [closed]

Just curious, maybe it's a stupid question but i'd like to know why the following happens: Even though a hdd platter is extremely well balanced/aligned, it still buzzes and vibrates when spinning. A ...
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OS partition has 512 bytes clusters, should I convert to 4k?

I made a mistake and formatted the OS partition with 512 bytes cluster size, thinking that this will save a lot of space when storing small files (That was a long time ago, I didn't know that it will ...
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we couldn't create a new partition or locate an existing one intalling windows 8.1

I'm trying to install windows 8.1 and I'm getting this error message after I choose the hard drive to install the windows in we couldn't create a new partition or locate an existing one just to be ...
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Why so many steps in adding new disk and what do they do? [closed]

Why is it necessary to initialize, format, create a volume and a partition on a new hard drive? What are there differences? I have red on Google and most of them seem to do the same thing.
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External hard drive formating and partitioning [duplicate]

I have external drive of 1 TB.The drive is formated as FAT32 for the data I need(around 400 GB).Now I want to create a new partition(without loosing my fat32 data) but I want it NTFS so it can hold ...
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Keeping internal HDD as external

I am looking to get a disk to backup all my data in case something hapens and both my internal drives' filesystem get corrupted. I am thinking of getting an 'internal' hard drive and simply keep it ...
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Is CHKDSK stalling?

I have a Lenovo Y510p running on Win8.1. I've tried running a CHKDSK on boot but power issues with the charger meant it died while it was running(11%). I tried SHIFT+F8 to try restarting into safe ...
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Strange SSD Response Time Spike

I have a Samsung 840 EVO 1 TB SSD disk. I am streaming data to this sequentially at a rate of 60 MB/s to four different files (15MB/s each) with the size 168GB (preallocated) each in a circular ...
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Is it possible to mark or segregate bad blocks on HDD?

Hello I want to know if is it possible to mark bad blocks on HDD for OS to not use them. I don't want to save data written on this blocks, just want to get rid of them. I found some article where ...
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How to safely eject 2nd HDD (internal)? Win 8.1

Nowadays I got some problems with my 2nd HDD which i use just for storing data. It's not an external HDD, but it is inserted in HDD caddy(I replaced optical drive in my ThinkPad T400 with this caddy). ...
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Toshiba external hdd shows no media in disk management

I have a Toshiba 2tb external hdd which was not showing in explorer(windows 7). then i opened disk management, there it showed the volume size and all. first I tried assigning a letter but nothing new ...
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Recommended RAID5 stripe size?

I have a RAID5 array built from 4 1TB drives. I initially set the stripe size to 1M since I will be storing large files (much larger than 1MB). The NTFS cluster size is 64KB (largest possible). ...
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HP computer wont boot from bootable DVD and CD

My notebook is one HP 1000 Notebook having windows 8.1 installed. Last night I was trying to split the partition C and add some spaces to partition D. So i was using PartitionWizard to do it but it ...
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Configuring RAID on Intel DX58SO CTRL+I does not enter RAID Config Utility

I have two 3TB HDD plugged into SATA 0 and SATA 1. I configured the drives for RAID in the BIOS and now when I boot I see the RAID config screen. The screen lists all my drives as it should and says ...
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How to disable or choose the 'correct' windows boot manager?

I have recently changed motherboard CPU and Ram, my PC was growing for around a decade and it's a bit of a mess. I have 4 Hard drives 1 SSD and 3 HDD all full of valuable data (not photos). Before ...
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How to set the spin down timeout on WD Green HDDs

My internal WD20EARS disk does not spin down autoamtically. I tried hdparm -S 1 (5 seconds), but nothing happens. I disabled the IntelliPower headparking with wdidle3 from the Ultimate Boot CD. hdparm ...
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My 3TB HD can't use 3TB? (only 2)

I have a Toshiba 3TB harddrive model HDKPC08. When I formated it using the windows 7 installer I saw a 2tb partition and another partition roughly 700 or 600gb. This appears to be a 3TB HDD. However I ...
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HDD Regenerator won't fix bad sectors

I got pretty new Toshiba 500GB HDD as 2nd HDD(just for data) in my ThinkPad T400. Seller told me, that he just replaced this HDD with SSD in his new laptop. After about month of using I tested this ...
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Faster shutdown or restart than holding the power button and its drawbacks

I am looking for a way how to turn off a laptop with Windows 7 very fast. Fastest way I know of is holding power button for 5 seconds. It is unsatisfying because it is long time and because I need to ...
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(Virtual HDDs/VirtualBox) I messed up the /dev/sdX of my Linux virtual drive; how do I fix it?

I'm having a bit of trouble porting my Linux physical partition to a VDI for running it in VirtualBox. First of all, Linux Mint Petra was on the same HDD as my Windows 7 and I was able to dual-boot ...
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What damage can vibration cause on hard-drive?

My laptop's hard-drive completely died last week. It started with a boot-up failure, so I started up a live USB to inspect the drive. This didn't really work as it seemed to freeze the system up, but ...
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How to detect if I/O errors are because of HDD fail or other Hardware/Software issues?

On my current system I had a 2TB HDD from Segate, after 2 years Windows started to restart on boot, so I formatted and installed ubuntu. All worked great but after a while I would get I/O errors, ...
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How to properly clone harddisk to external hardisk

First let my tell my needs: I mainly work on my desktop PC. IT is Windows XP SP3. But sometimes i have to leave my home city for urgency and from there i have to work on my pc. So, i keep teamviewer ...
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Run Apple Hardware Test on Mac without SuperDrive

I suspect the hard disk in my Mid-2009 Macbook Pro is about to die. I am having unusual problems saving from Dreamweaver CS6 and Xcode 5 where it will simply not let me save, and then refuse to Quit ...
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SSD Causing Battery To Die Almost Instantly?

I'm a little stumped a what the problem is. I recently got a used a laptop and I swapped out the 500GB 5400RPM hard drive for a PNY 120GB SSD drive. When I unplug the power from the laptop, the ...
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What are the consequences of deleting AppData\Local\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\Recovery?

My laptop is starved for space and at times something goes crazy and eats it all. Today I was down to 3 MB (yes, meg) on C at one point. I keep no working files on C, they are all on D. I can't adjust ...
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Cloning Single OS partition to ssd

I'm planning on migrating my Windows8.1 OS to an SSD, i plan to do this with EaseUs Todo backup. The thing is, my HDD is divided in 4 partitions, one which i personally use, OS and files on it, the ...
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Brand new HDD acts very slow

SMART data shows nothing wrong. I just bought the drive. It is a 500GB HDD from SEAGATE with 16MB chache 7200RPM. I have a fresh install of Windows with a few applications, nothing major. Yet, coming ...
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The amount of space reported by OS does not match reality

My computer says that I have a 74.4 GB drive. Of that 231 MB are free. TreeSize application states all my files take up 64.3 GB. Where is the missing 10 GB?
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Where has all my drive space gone? [duplicate]

I selected all folders, right-clicked and picked Properties. It shows me all files and they total up to 45.7 GB. But then I look at My Computer and see that I should have 74.4 GB: Where has all ...
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external hd formatted for bootcamp setup drive now can't be found

I've recently setup bootcamp on my Mac (OSx Mavericks). Using the bootcamp assistant I setup an external HD with the bootcamp files as recommended and have installed IE 8.1 successfully. I've now ...
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While installing windows only 700GB of 3TB is showing as a partition?

I recently bought a new hard drive and installed windows 7. Then I found out I have to install it using GPT so I tried to re install. Apparently I deleted the windows partition because after ...
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Toshiba Satellite P850 - Freezing and Stuttering

I've about exhausted all my known options at this point. I own a Toshiba Satellite p850 which was new in 2012. The laptop frequently (several times per minutes) locks up or stutters the entire system. ...