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

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Can't extend C partition. How to make unallocated space “adjacent”

How do I extend my C drive? From: Extend a Basic Volume You can add more space to existing primary partitions and logical drives by extending them into adjacent unallocated space on the same ...
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windows partition manager gives an error when trying to shrink the main partition

Whenever I attempt to shrink the main partition to make a bit more room for Ubuntu it gives the error The volume you selected to shrink may be corrupted. Use Chkdsk to fix the corruption problem ...
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Separating two hard drives (physically? SATA-Switch, Pulling Cords, ..) [closed]

I need a recommendation regarding the (maybe physical) separation of a production environment (first OS on a sata hard drive) from another (second OS on a sata-hdd) - a bonus would be, If the first ...
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Can't seem to figure out how to encrypt Kali Linux post-installation

So I've been trying for the past few days now to encrypt my Kali install with LUKS. I've mostly been switching through different Linux distros to see what might be a good fit. I didn't choose to ...
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Troubles using a internal hard drive as storage on my Windows 7 machine

Recently I plugged my Ubuntu hard drive into my machine again and since I never ever actually use Ubuntu I just erased Ubuntu so that Windows would detect the drive since it's empty. Apparently, that'...
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Weird partition table

I was given a hard disk to repair/extract data from. This hard drive was once the hard drive of a computer that had windows and linux installed (using grub to change between two). Booting from the ...
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Recovering a lost partition table on Windows 8

First of all sorry that I cannot provide additional screenshots and codes (the reason is, why I am here). I have a Lenovo Thinkpad which is equipped with two storage disks, a 500GB HDD and a 128GB ...
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Partition with hard drive dissapears after reboot

I bought new Asus ROG GL552VW with SSD with M.2 and HDD with regular sata. I installed Windows 10 on SSD and I have empty NTFS partition on HDD. But after restarting Windows HDD partition dissapears ...
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Files on my secondary hard disk keep disappearing and can be recovered with CHKDSK /F, but CHKDSK /R and SMART find nothing wrong

My desktop has an SSD (840 Evo) as my boot drive and a 3TB WD Red as my data storage drive. I recently reinstalled Windows 10 on my desktop because it was becoming pretty bloated, and since then I've ...
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Linux: WD USB not seen via df command from cli - also not automount (only from graphical itf)

Situation: on linux (Mint): new external WD usb disk (after plug-in autodetected, accesible via /media/user, also visible via df cmd) formated to the ext4 (I know, my stupid step :( - but I had a ...
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There is a way to see the physical location of reallocated disk sectors?

Before SMART, you could just read the HDD, count the LBA position and guess what is on what position and display on a graph or something. Now HDDs reallocate sectors on their own, and present to the ...
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Windows 7 Boot Error 0x0000007B

I fear I've messed up and hope this can be resolved. Here is the video of what happens what I boot my computer. The boot sequence gets to the Windows logo and then crashes with the error shown above ...
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Is my HDD failing as SMART parameter (Reallocated Sector count) is very high(390K)

I have a 2 year old 500GB HGST 5400rpm laptop HDD. I started tracking its SMART parameters a while ago, and number of Reallocated sectors(in decimal) has increased from 65k in Nov,2015 to 390k in May,...
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Ubuntu - Checking whether a harddrive is unpartitioned, runs an OS, or just a data disk?

I dug up an old harddrive and I want to see what's on it. I don't remember if it was ever partitioned, or if it runs windows, or if it's just a backup disk. Here is what I've done: Plug in disk, ...
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Backup and restore in LVM

I created a linux machine (Ubuntu), long time ago, where I used only an HDD, I used the default installation (it was long time ago), so basically the situation is this: Device Boot Start ...
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C Drive Only Shows Recovery Folder

My mother's laptop recently upgraded to Windows 10 by itself. Machine is a Dell Studio 1558, which previously had Windows 7 Home on it. She's been running into some issues with the fan running hard ...
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Sata HDD spins for half a second and stops

I'm trying to plug a 1TB Sata HDD. I already have a 500GB one. However, the SO (Win7) doesn't detect it, neither does the bios. I tried switching SATA ports with the older HDD and with a DVD Drive, ...
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Server lock-up, fsck after reboot

After locking up for whatever unknown reason, my dedicated server shows the following after rebooting: It has been stuck on this for about 2.5 hours now. It shows no progress indicator of any sort ...
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Recover Data Using Synology NAS

I bought a Synology DS415play around 2 years ago, and plugged 3x 4TB hard drives into it and set them up as a Synology Hybrid RAID. I've been using it to store my media on it and haven't touched the ...
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Cannot see Hard Drive in OS X Installer

My Mac shows the flashing folder with a ?. I have inserted the reinstall Snow Leopard CD. When I open disk utility my Mac HD is not showing. I have not backed up photos for a few months. Should I ...
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Windows Boot Manager shows an operating system that is not installed

I added a hdd to my laptop that already had Windows 7 on it. I booted into it a couple times. Then I formatted the hdd because I already have Windows 7 on my primary drive and just needed the new ...
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How do I tell Windows to keep internal disks offline?

I don't want Windows to bring disks that are internal online automatically. Windows To Go has such a feature that can be set via an XML file; however, it requires jumping through a lot of hoops, ...
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Oracle Linux, Hyper-V VM and Virtual Discs

I have a Oracle Linux 6.5 VM that in the command windows constantly displays "end_request: critical target error, dev sda. sector 235913472" then a separate line that says "dm-2: WRITE SAME failed. ...
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Is it possible to write data to hard disk or any memory at 1Gbps ? if not why and how can we achieve that

If I am getting a data at 1Gbps from any sensor or any hardware. how can I write it to memory with same speed ? I am not bothering about data I want writing speed should match with my receiving speed.
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Dell Inspiron 7559 Hard Drive Upgrade

I want to know if it is possible to replace the SATA HDD on my Dell Inspiron 7559 with a SATA SSD (not an m.2 drive).
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Can't create vmdk from raw disk: VERR_SHARING_VIOLATION

I'm using this answer to create a vmdk file from my secondary hard drive. My problem is I keep getting an error stating: VBoxManage.exe: error: Cannot open the raw disk '\\.\PhysicalDrive0': ...
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WD Elements not mounted, appears to be disabled and can't be read on any platform

I use a Mac, and my portable HD suddenly quit on me. I searched the forums here and tried some of the terminal commands I came across to no avail. Here is the diskutil this is what it looks like ...
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Bitlocker encrypted system drive causes hourly spin-up of all other HDDs

Cleanly installed Window 10 Pro v1511 with 3 internal SATA disks, old BIOS w/o TPM. Once the system drive is encrypted with password protected Bitlocker, my other two drives spin-up from standby on ...
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Using storage spaces like raid 0 + mirroring?

I have a few drives I'd like to use but I'd get more space out of them if (this assumes its possible) I could set the two smaller drives up like raid zero, then have the "raid 0 drive" mirror a x3 ...
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Restoring a Windows registry backup in another hdd

I've messed up my Windows registry but I have a backup from that section (HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE/SOFTWARE/Microsoft/WindowsNT/CurrentVersion/ProfileList). Turns out I cant boot Windows nor a repair CD ...
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Who can explain the new options of chdsk on Windows 8/10?

Who can explain the new options of chdsk on Windows 8/10 ? The new options are 1./scan 2./forceofflinefix 3./perf 4./spotfix 5./sdcleanup 6./offlinescanandfix 7./freeorphanedchains 8./markclean ...
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my windows 10 pc got really slow although CPU and memory usage is fine. what else can I do?

since two weeks my windows 10 pc got really slow, and I have no idea why. I can still do everything, but everything takes much longer to a degree that I'm struggling to get my school work done. ...
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Windows 10 100% disk usage

I have Windows 10 on my laptop, and I can't do nearly anything with it because my disk is kept on 100% even when I'm doing nothing. Some of my observations: In most cases, the disk is eaten up by: ...
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Can a SATA 2.5" disk with a smart error work as removable disk?

I have a hard disk that reports a smart error when I try to use it as the installation disk for w10, but when i plug it as an external device it seems to work fine. Can I use it as removable disk ?
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SSD not showing up in left panel of windows explorer but is detected by disk manager and “Computer”

My SSD is working great. I have Windows installed on it. Disk Manager and "My Computer" recognize it. But there is a strange issue : It is not showing up in the left part of the Windows explorer : ...
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INACCESIBLE_BOOT_DEVICE after swapping out hard drive

I had a regular HDD in my laptop. I decided to switch it to a SSD recently. I put my old hard drive into a USB3 casing so I could boot to it still for programs I still need on the Windows side, and to ...
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Where is data corruption during copying files likely to happen?

Assuming both the source and target devices are in good working order, where is corruption most likely to happen (if it does)? For example, suppose that I'm backing up stuff from an internal HD to an ...
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Failed Redundancy Error on Windows Server 2008 Mirrored Volume

So I helped a friend set up a home network. He has a Windows Server 2008 server with multiple disk drives set up. These drives are mirrored. Somewhat frequently the Failed Redundancy error pops up. ...
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Harddrive suddenly got really slow

My computer has multiple hard drives. The one I am asking about has my Steam games and backups of websites I built for work. Last night I noticed my Steam games got really slow and was frequently ...
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Change Read-Only (even Admin) permission on Removable Hard Disk Drive

So basically, I made a goof-up and removed all permissions except Read-Only on my external HDD. Somehow Windows 10 allowed me to remove the permissions for the Administrator also. Now the HDD is all ...
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How to install windows 7 OS into external Hard disk from linux

I have a linux machine installed in my computer and i have a external hard disk of 1TB inserted into linux machine. I tried installing windows into external hard disk but i get some error like you ...
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SATA hard drive has extremely slow write speed

It was fine until one morning, a few days ago. Any ideas? Can it be fixed? P.S. completing that benchmark took FOREVER
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Does URE apply in non-RAID setups?

According to this article (http://www.zdnet.com/article/why-raid-5-stops-working-in-2009/) if you have a RAID 5 setup and one of your drives decides to die you would replace the dead one with a new ...
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How do I get Windows 8.1 to enable Recycle Bin on a removable drive?

I want to use Recycle Bin functionality on my removable USB Sandisk flash drive. i.e. I want to be able to retrieve my file after an accidental delete. A related question exists (How do I get Windows ...
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SSD HD works for 10 seconds and shuts down

I used Samsung MZ7LN256HCHP SSD Hard-Drive for quite a while. Yesterday it broke. It didn't turned on the operation system (windows 10) and just stuck on loading. On rare cases it did turned it on, ...
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Install and run Windows XP from SDCard

I'm planning to revitalize one of my old notebook Acer Aspire 3600. In the user guide: Storage subsystem 40/60/80 GB or larger ATA/100 hard disk drive I'm planning to replace the existing hard disk ...
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Removing partitions from Chromebook (Chrome Recovery Utility not working)

I dual installed GalliumOS and ChromeOS on my Lenovo 100S ChromeBook. I tried to uninstall GalliumOS but didn't manage to delete its partitions. Now I have ChromeOS installed, but it has under 1 GB ...
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Switch hard drives and data [duplicate]

Ok, I know there is something that looks the same but my case is not the same. I have a computer with windows 7 and 5 hard drives. My C drive is full. I want to move the data from hard drive C to ...
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SSD to SSD migration, with some software installed on HDD

on my machine i have 1 SSD (C:) of 120 GB that is almost full, only 7 GB left. And another HDD (K:) 1 Terabyte, where i have installed some programs and where i store files. I've bought a new SSD (...
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How many data sectors usually are there between two consecutive servo sectors?

I only find 1 document from 2005 that said there are about 100-150 servo sectors per track in a HDD. I also read that there are about 600-800 data sectors per track so I guess may be 4 data sectors ...