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

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Damaged FAT32 HDD shows it is full but cannot show the files

During merging two 200-gig partitions (one full and the other one unallocated), Windows crashed. Now the system and every hard disk utility (defrag program) shows that the drive is full of files, but ...
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Drag drop files behaviour from external hard drive [duplicate]

I want it to work like the OS partition. If I drag a file from external HDD to my OS HDD I want the file to get removed from the external HDD. Is that possible?
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Is it possible to power a SATA drive from an 8-pin PCIe power connector?

I have a Dell Precision T3610 workstation that currently has two 3.5" SATA HDDs installed, and I'd like to add two more 2.5" disks in a hot-swap bay. I have two free SATA ports, but I'm struggling to ...
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Windows constant freezes, hard restart required [duplicate]

I'm new around this site so I don't know if I'm doing something wrong if so, I'm sorry~ I don't know if you need my specs for this problem, but I'll leave them to you anyways: -Processor: Intel(R) ...
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Macbook booting itself in to OS X Utilities

Macbook (OS Mavericks) would not boot up last night, screen would go white, I'd see the apple logo and a loading bar which didnt move, then it would shut itself down after a few minutes. I tried using ...
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Bios doesn't see MBR Hard Disk

I was trying to install steamos as a dual boot but it used to fail because it didn't see windows' free spaces. Someone said convert HDD from GPT to MBR. I did it with gdisk and now my Windows doesn't ...
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How to switch from SSD to HD in Windows 8.1?

I'm on the verge of giving up on this. I thought I would pose the question since I haven't found any answers and some other poor soul might run into a similar challenge. How do you configure Windows ...
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Hard drive is failing?

Heard some clicking from my Sager NP8652 a few days ago and thought it might've been an HDD issue. Ran CrystalDiskInfo earlier today, and I got these results: About 12 hours later, here I am with a ...
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Leveraging Raid 0 with SDD and Traditional Hard Drive

I am considering rebuilding my Ubuntu 14.04 setup and have a system with the OS currently on a 256 GB SSD and 2x 1TB HDD. I was looking at setting up a Raid 0 or stripe with the SSD and one of the 1 ...
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What is the best way to test a new hard drive? [closed]

I just bought a new internal drive (4TB WD Green) with the intention of storing most of my data on it (to be accessed over FTP). I was wondering what would be the best way to stress-test the drive. ...
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BSOD crashes after a freeze period of 100% Highest Active Time while the Hard Disk actually appears to be idle

After a few BSoD crashes of my Windows 7 that follow a period of semi-frozen environment, I have started monitoring my Resource Monitor to try to catch the culprit in act. The symptoms are: The ...
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Win7, 64bit. SSD 100GB of unknown used space [duplicate]

I running Windows7, 64bit. I have a Crucial 240GB that has over 100GB of unknown used space. I have done disk cleanup which gained 2 GB. I have looked at hidden system files which add up to 7 GB. ...
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Can a loose SATA hard drive disconnect itself because of vibration or shaking?

I have a WD Green 2TB which was working perfect until I've put it in a new case which doesn't use the standard screw system to fix the drives, but instead uses these plastic HDD trays which doesn't ...
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How to change “system” drive to another

I'm in deep trouble here (4 a.m. local time should give u some idea). My HDD has a primary partition and an extended partition with 3 logical drives in it. My problem is related to C and D drives ...
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How to password-protect an external hard drive or an external USB drive [closed]

I've got: 1 external 120GB USB hard drive (TrekStor DataStation pocket capa) 2 16GB external USB drives (EMTEC) 2 32GB or 64BG external USB devices (SanDisk, one is USN 2.0 and the other USB 3.0, I ...
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My hard drive is hanging for a couple seconds at a time

I just got a new laptop (an MSI ghost). It has a 128 GB SSD and a 1 TB HDD. Everything's fine with the solid state drive, but the hard drive hangs for a couple seconds at a time. The most obvious ...
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Is it possible to restore an image from Acronis into a single partition, instead of the whole disk?

I haven't worked with Acronis yet (or any other OS cloning software), but as far as I know, it has to be restored on a blank HDD instead of a single partition (out of 2 or more). So, is that possible ...
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Windows 7 Getting Stuck at “Starting Windows” Screen

After doing much research and spending countless hours working on my laptop, I finally decided to post a specific question about my problems. There are a lot of specifics and a lot of things I have ...
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same capacity external HDD,but different price [closed]

i am going to buy 1TB external HDD manufactured by western digital.I have found two of them in the shop's website.Both of them have 1TB capacity,but one is almost 13-14$ more than the other.Models ...
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Smart values drop to 0 then comes back up

Acronis Drive Monitor has been sending me the following (email) alerts Disk health has fallen below the warning threshold. Current health: 59% Warning threshold: 70% By the time I open ADM, disk ...
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Do apps and Operating Systems constantly read/write from/to HDD?

I was debating with guys about necessity of SSD for me. I'm Salesforce Developer. My tools are Eclipse, Firefox/Chrome, Git. Eclipse does only editing files, saving them locally and sends them to ...
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How to know if bad sectors are caused by physical or logical damage? [closed]

Is it possible to know whether bad sectors are caused by physical damage or logical damage on a hard drive?
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Windows 8.1 dfrgui not seeing drive C or not starting at all

I've made a clean re-install of Windows 8.1 x64 today. I decided to check the disk defragmentation schedule. To my surprise, dfrgui.exe did not list drive C:, showing only my external hard drive ...
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HDD activity causes lag

Whenever there is activity on the main HDD, my PC starts to lag. Most noticeably, the audio starts to stutter and slow down, and the fps in games drops by over 50%. It gets worse as hard drive ...
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Bios Doesn't See HD, But HD Known to be Good

I have an Asus Eee PC 1215B, whose hard drive I replace about 8 months ago after the previous one died. It had a 250GB SATA 3.0 drive which I cloned to a 500GB SATA 6.0 drive. After 8 months of ...
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OSX Mavericks - Recovering from an Invalid Record Count error

I've ended up with a friend's Macbook Pro that won't boot. They've given it to me asking me to fix as they have family photos not backed up (naughty, I know!) they want retrieved. When booting up, ...
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Access HDD just on demand

Id like to know if there is some option to access hdd just on demand. I have SSD + HDD combo in my laptop and im mainly using just the ssd drive. When im plugged in electricity I dont really care as ...
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Out of Range Error on Monitor (win7)

We've got two PCs with different motherboards, graphic cards, HDDs, etc. PC1: HDD1: Maxtor - SATA - 240 GB - Win XP - Partition Drives C,D,E PC2: HDD2: Samsung - SATA - 500 GB - Win 7 - Partition ...
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2nd internal HDD causes Win XP to Freeze

We've got two PCs with different motherboards, graphic cards, HDDs, etc. PC1: HDD1: Maxtor - SATA - 240 GB - Win XP - Partition Drives C,D,E PC2: HDD2: Samsung - SATA - 500 GB - Win 7 - Partition ...
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How to load Disks on the fly rather than on boot

I have an i5 4590 and 4Gb of RAM. On linux, the experience is smooth, it boots in 5 secs every things is cool. However, windows takes ages to load, and sometime immediately after boot, it won't run ...
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Broken cd drive: how to disable in bios

Recently when starting up my Dell XPS 15 I heard a noise coming from the cd drive as if the inserted cd was hitting something. This resulted immediately in a blue screen of death. Fortunately, I was ...
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A hard disk failure symptom or a Windows 8.1 bug?

A friend of mime mentions a problem that she encounter recently, as follows: She had two desktop machine. The older desktop machine run in Windows XP while the newer one run in Windows 8.1 Each ...
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Hard drive spins up randomly without any activity in Resource Monitor

I'm running Windows 8.1 and recently added a secondary internal WD Green hard drive to my rig. The HDD spins up at random intervals which is very noticeable because it is the noisiest part of the PC. ...
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How do I reformat an HDD to remove all partitions and erase all data?

I have acquired an SSD which I have performed a clean Windows 8.1 install upon it. Works great. It is the first in the BIOS boot order to load and it is the drive connected to my first SATA port via ...
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NTFS drive not working

I copied some files from another computer to my western digital external hard drive and then after I connected it to my PC Windows can't recognize my NTFS drive. A few month ago I changed partions to ...
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SSD 850 Pro into Dell Inspiron 15R

I'm planning to use a second Samsung 1TB ssd instead of my actual HDD in my Dell Inspiron 15R laptop (I already got a 256gb one installed in the optical drive bay). I would go for the 850 Pro but I ...
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Can I move a partition on a virtual disk to physical disk?

When installing Windows 7 64-bit three years ago on my new build, I had to use a software tool (Seagate DiskWizard) to create a 'virtual' hard drive as I was using a 3TB drive (over the 2TB supported ...
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ddrescue - how are my chances and how could I speed it up? [closed]

I am trying to rescue data from a damaged laptop's 500 GB hard drive using ddrescue version 1.19 on Ubuntu 14.04. By damaged I mean that the drive got corrupted when the laptop hit the ground while ...
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Why can I view my data in TestDisk but not otherwise? How can I recover the hard drive?

A few days ago I was working on my computer and my hard drive decided it was time to say goodbye; the screen froze, and when I tried booting my computer it failed. I take the drive out, put it into ...
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Recover data from linux from Mac with firewire?

I have debian linux 7.6.0 on an old macbook laptop, the screen broke. I don't have money to fix it so I was hoping to use the firewire port to connect and clone the hard drive so I can access the ...
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Hard disk sudden failure

A few days ago i bought a new hard disk for my laptop and decided to keep the old one as a backup storrage device. Since my laptop doesn't have two hard disk slots i bought a special caddy and ...
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Why 45MB Unallocated space at the beginning of a Silicon Power Marvel M70 64GB Flash Drive AND Why Drastically different sector counts?

I have a brand new Silicon Power Marvel M70 64GB USB flash drive has 45MB of unallocated space preceding the 58.89GB of available space. I don’t care about having less than 64GB since I know it’s due ...
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How to recover exFat partition?

I'm trying to recover a single 4 TB ExFat partition made in Maverick's Disk Utility. This single partition on the disk has storage files shared between Windows and Mac. It became inaccessible after ...
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Drive letters messed up in Windows 7. How do I get my drive letter back?

After Windows failed to recognize a USB device (a hub) my drive letters got messed up. Because the hub had drives J, K and L connected these letters inadvertently became available, and when I put a ...
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How to make free space at the beginning of a partition?

On my PC with Windows 7 I have 2 partition C and D and some reserved space. | reserved space | C partition | D partition | some unused space| And I want to shrink D and then increase C ...
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Windows 7 dual boot with Debian Jessie

I had debian jessie installed on a single hard drive, then i added 3 other hard drives just for storage purposes but I installed Windows 7 Home Premium on one of them. It was working fine until ...
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fdisk shows existing partition in brand new hdd

I just bought a hard disk (Seagate ST2000DM001) and got from fdisk that it is already partitioned. crown mnt # fdisk -l /dev/sdc Disk /dev/sdc: 2000.4 GB, 2000398934016 bytes 255 heads, 63 ...
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How to interpret these SMART values?

The other day I checked my SMART stats and noticed a nonzero reallocated sector count using smartmontools. About a day or two ago it showed as "16 (0 2)" and now shows as "24 (0 3)". Similarly the ...
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How to check whether an undetected hard disk is working?

I would like to know is there any way to check whether an undetected hard disk is working properly.I tried looking with different Live CDs but the hard disk is not detecting. These are my laptop ...
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Recover files without formatting from data on a seemingly corrupted Seagate Wireless Plus.

I have a Seagate Wireless Plus 1TB hard disk. Last week, when I was copying videos from my DVD collection to the hard disc, the DVD drive somehow stopped working. Now I cannot access my hard disc ...