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

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Write Activity to .vmem file even though the VM is suspended

I have a VMWare VM I have to use for certain tasks at work. For some reason while the VM is running or suspended something is doing massive (in terms of operations, not Bytes/s) I/O on its .vmem file, ...
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Windows page file on multiple hard drives

I cant find any documentation or articles online online for this... how does Windows handle page files on multiple hard drives? Does windows treat them as a concatenation, writing to one till its ...
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2.2 TB limit applies even to eSATA drives? 3TB appears as 746 GB

I have an Icy Dock 3.5" external enclosure with USB 2.0 and eSATA. I have an Intel DG45ID motherboard with USB 2.0 and eSATA ports. In the past I had a 2 TB Seagate drive in the enclosure, and it ...
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Can a failed Btrfs drive in RAID-1 be replaced live?

I am trying to decide on a filesystem and would like to know if it is possible to replace a failed drive in btrfs RAID without downtime. Suppose I create a new btrfs filesystem using the command ...
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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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Can a single OS installation on an SSD be shared between a desktop and a laptop?

I recently purchased an SSD and was wondering if there was an Operating System that allows you to swap between two different machines essentially sharing one partition? Perhaps multiple hardware ...
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My C drive is 20GB large and almost full, how do I regain space?

I have Windows 7 Ultimate installed on my PC. The C drive has a capacity of 20 GB and I have only a few applications installed. Still, the drive shows as being almost full up to its capacity and keeps ...
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What is the fastest way to securely overwrite an old hard drive? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Securely erasing all data from a hard drive I'm going to give my HDD away, so I'm writing it full of crap so there is no possibility to recover any of my files I had ...
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How can I recover a crashed hard drive?

My hard drive from my MacBook crashed and died hard last week. I replaced the drive with a new one, and installed 10.6/Snow Leopard on it. The old drive is now in a usb enclosure, and I really need to ...
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BIOS Hard Drive Password Security?

I have a Dell Latitude E6400 and I would like to know how secure setting a BIOS HDD Password is? Does this apply some form of encryption to the contents of the drive or is it just some simple lock on ...
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Is BIOS considered an OS? [closed]

This question comes to mind when dealing with RAID arrays, but is not necessarily applicable to the subject. How is that the BIOS is able read from a hard drive to effectively load the OS, when ...
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Bad Sectors on Hard Drive

I run check disk pretty regularly on my hard drive, and lately it's been saying that I have some bad sectores (66, to be exact). I've run smartctl and HD Tune. Both tell me that I have bad sectors and ...
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Are there any performance benefits to fully formatting a hard drive (vs. a quick format)?

so I have a 1TB HDD, and here's my question: Is it worth doing a hard format? Does it have any performance variance from say, quick formatting? I understand the technical difference between the two: ...
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How is the extra mSATA SSD disk used/configured in a Dell XPS laptop?

Some machines in the new XPS laptop range from Dell come with a regular, large (500GB+) HDD and an additional 32GB m-SATA SSD. The only detail I can find about this extra drive on the Dell site is ...
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How often do you have to wipe/shred your files, to make them not undeletable

If you have a private data on a recent, normal hard drive - how often do you have to delete the data, to make it unrecoverable. Not in the sense, that a forensic team of 20 experts with a budget of ...
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What is a bare or OEM hard drive?

I am looking for a new internal hard drive for laptop and found the terms like Bare drive and OEM drive. I searched the net and found that bare drives don’t come with cables and manuals. But I am ...
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Why is Windows constantly spinning up my secondary HDD?

I'm having a problem with windows constantly spinning up my secondary HDD. My main OS is on the C: partition of my SSD and on my HDD I have a D: partition for storage and an E: partition for recovery. ...
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What happens when windows runs out of drive letters? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What if the hard disk is partitioned into more than 26 sections in Windows? What happens when windows runs out of drive letters? I searched Google and got no definite ...
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Best media for long-term backup without access : USB key vs DVD vs SD card vs HDD vs SSD vs …? [closed]

Consider that one want to keep a backup of some data by placing a media in a secret place (under earth, in a rock, in a wall...). What would be the best media with the best long term data stability ...
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Clone a Windows Installation to a 3TB Hard Drive; MBR to GPT

I have Windows 7 Professional 64-bit installed on my desktop. Unfortunately for me and my wallet my hard drive is failing. I have purchased a 3TB hard drive as a replacement for my current 2TB ...
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How to password protect an external hard drive without encrypting it?

I carry my external hard drive around with me sometimes, and was wondering if there was a way to password protect the entire drive, with no hassles or anything, just a simple password protection...if ...
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What is causing hard drive grinding?

My windows (XP) hard drive grinds a lot and it negatively affects the performance of other applications. I have plenty of RAM and have already verified that this hard drive activity is not page file ...
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Trying to remove/diagnose single Current_Pending_Sector in S.M.A.R.T. data

I'm in a process of doing a fresh Linux install and before I went to do that I thought that it is a good time to verify HDD health since I can safely overwrite any data on the HDD if needed. First ...
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Does multi-platter hard-drive use all of their heads to read simultaneously?

Suppose we have a harddisk with 2 platters with characteristics below: Rotational rate: 10, 000 RPM Avg sectors/track: 1000 Surfaces: 4 Sector size: 512 bytes I was reading "Computer ...
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Making SSD & HDD work together like a hybrid

I have a 90GB SSD but 90GB soon gets filled up. My users folder alone is 26GB. To get round this I use Symlinks (read the How-To Geek article for more). Is there any way to make a separate SSD ...
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Why is my disk at 99% usage here?

I have a similar issue as this user. You can pretty much take his screen shot and apply it to my issue: Windows 8.1, 99% disk usage or in that vicinity for a longer period of time (minutes). Yet the ...
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Can a mirrored (RAID-1) disk be plugged into another system to be read?

If I have disks in a RAID-1 array, can I take one of them out and plug it into a different system to be read? This means, on the target system, treating the disk from the RAID array just like an ...
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How can I find out what is using the hard disk? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicates: hard drive activity by program? What is causing hard drive grinding? Once or twice a day my computer starts writing significantly hard to the hard drive, the HD led ...
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Can I connect a SATA-II hard drive to a SATA-I connection?

I have an older computer with a SATA-I connection. My hard drive crashed and I need to buy a new hard drive. Will I run into problems if I connect a SATA-II drive to my computer?
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Swapfile on different drive

Is it worth to spend money on a small capacity HDD (~5-20 GB, very cheap though) to use it as swapping area for the OS? I do believe it will increase the OS performance , or maybe SSD (still ~5-20 ...
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Do hard drives need a GUID partition table (GPT) to boot in UEFI mode?

Is EFI booting something hardware specific? I have a desktop motherboard with a UEFI Bios, but I can only boot from USB drives in "UEFI" mode. Both the DVD drive and the HDD's (a RAID 0 array) boot ...
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How to check if my eSATAp port provides 12V power?

I have a Lenovo ThinkPad Edge 13" model 0217-2QG with eSATAp port. How do i check if my port provides 12V power (enough to power a 3.5" HDD)?
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How often do drives need to be spun up?

I've got a Frankenputer that is used as a workbench PC to help fix other machines. As such, it's only ever used when something else is broken, so there are often long stretches where it's sitting ...
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Is there a clean way to obtain exclusive access to a physical partition under Windows?

I'm trying, under Windows 7, to run a virtual machine with VMWare Player from an OS installed on a physical partition. However, when I boot the virtual machine, VMWare Player says that it couldn't ...
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How can I fix the boot process on my HP laptop?

My question is kind of similar to this issue. I installed an SSD in my aging HP DV7t-2000 laptop because the old hard drive was failing. Now, when I boot the laptop, it says on the splash screen ...
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How should I image a hard drive in a platform independent and future-proof manner?

What methods of producing hard drive images stand out with regards to being platform independent and standing a good chance of usability in the future. Some considerations: Can the imaging program ...
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Filesystem compatible with GNU/Linux and Mac

Which filesystem is compatible with GNU/Linux and Mac OS? I want to be able to read/write from both GNU/Linux and Mac OS. For example I want to copy a file to my external hard-drive from GNU/Linux and ...
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What “TYPE” of harddrive is in my old 286

I have a very old(1989?) 80286 computer. I can tell it was a very good machine in it's day. It has a harddrive installed. I finally got a PS/2 to AT keyboard plug today and got it to boot. Now I ...
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run a computer without RAM? [duplicate]

I was reading about CPU fetch time, where I found that CPU take very less time to access data from RAM as compared to accessing hard disk, and that RAM is present for storing the information and data ...
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Is RAID 0 as risky as people say it is?

I'm just about to set up my hard drives with RAID 0. Is it really as risky as people say it is?
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Can I change the path and directory of the “hiberfil.sys” on Windows 8 due to reduce my C:\ disk usage? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to change location of hibernation file in Windows 7? I have a SSD with 32GB and a HDD with 500GB on my notebook and after 3 months using Windows 8 it startd to ...
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Partitioning a hard drive

Is there a way to split a hard drive into more than 4 primary partitions? I am installing multiple OSs, and it would make life a lot easier if there was a way to do this. My hard drive is 1TB.
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What's the difference between “shutting down the computer” vs “shutting down the hard disk”?

I was wondering: What's the difference between shutting down the computer and shutting down the hard disk? Aren't they the same thing? That is: I can't use the computer if the hard disk is shut ...
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Can a virus corrupt a hard disk?

Shorter version: Hard disk corrupt, vendor claims warranty does not apply since it was "due to a virus" and "problems due to software are not covered under the warranty". Longer version: My Dell ...
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What can I do with a large Hard Drive?

So I'm looking into the world of external Hard Drives bigger than I can easily comprehend (1-2TB sort of sizes. A few years ago I thought 100GB was big. Blimey), and just wondering what possible uses ...
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Cloning single disk drive to multiple drives simultaneously

I am looking for a way to clone single disk drive to more than one disk drive at the same time. I have prepared system images on 1TB disks, and it takes almost 2 hours to clone one disk to another, ...
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How useful is hard drive encryption?

So, let's say you have a notebook, and you encrypt the entire hard drive. Whenever you boot it's gonna ask for a password, meaning nobody can access your data without the password. On the other hand, ...
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Storing hard drive near electric wire

Can storing a hard drive near an electric wire (220V) damage the hard drive? I have no clue about such things so I thought I'd ask here. It's just that I found a suitable storage place for one of my ...
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Disable “Turn off hard disk after” in windows 7

How can I disable this feature? In the power options apparently I can only choose the minutes and I don't see a "Off" option. If I set it to 0 minutes, it sets itself to 1. For now I set it to ...
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How many times can I format a hard disk? [duplicate]

Is there a limit to the number of times I can format a hard disk? I tried to find this information on Wikipedia, but I didn't find an answer.