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

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Strange behavior checking disk power state

After sending the command to put a traditional hdd drive to sleep, via hdparm -y , I get a very strange behavior: If I execute this command: while [ 1 ]; do smartctl --nocheck standby -i /dev/sdb ...
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Deleting VMWare virtual disk?

Alright, so I think I may have made a mistake. I made a couple virtual machines, allocated them 60 gigs each, and then when I messed up I just went to the Virtual Machines folder and deleted them. ...
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How to clone Windows HDD to a smaller SSD with Windows built in tool

I would like to move my OEM Windows from a big HDD to a smaller SSD. Windows 7 + SP1 has a built in toool. My problem is that it could not find a way for it to make an image file only of the used ...
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Hard drive making weird sounds

I just tried to save an image file that I made and my hard drive sounded like a jet engine firing up, but more "buzz-ish", and now it's just making a buzzing sound. Is that a bad thing? This also ...
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Files take up more space on one drive than another?

I have about 1.5TB of files on one external hard drive (a WD My Passport Slim). I copied these files onto another drive (an internal drive, a WD Red, that I have attached externally via an adapter). ...
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How do hybrid drives handle large files like hiberfile? [closed]

Short question: How does a hybrid drive handle large files which are occasionally used but only sequentially read/written, like hiberfile? Long story: I have 12 GB ram in my desktop, and due to ...
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write-to-newfile vs overriding: performance issue

I observed huge difference between following two scenarios for copying a file: Copying a file into a new file. Copying a file in an existing file and overwriting it. I expect both operations take ...
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Transferring data from windows hosting disk to Ubuntu hosting disk from within Windows 8.1

I have two disks in my pc (disk 1: a SSD hosting Ubuntu. Disk 2: a mechanical hard disk hosting Windows 8.1) I basically have no internet connection on my Ubuntu operating system due to the fact that ...
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Read-only file system error for a 4TB WD RED HDD under Ubuntu 14.04

I have two 4TB WD RED HDDs in a machine running Ubuntu 14.04. One drive is perfectly normal, but the other one does not allow writes. The error says Read-only file system (30) in Midnight Commander. ...
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windows 7 stuck on starting windows, hard drive error, trying to boot safe mode

Machine getting stuck on booting windows 7. i narrowed down to one of my hard drives, removing that hard drive allows windows to boot fine. However, i cant boot into repair or safe mode if i attach ...
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Windows 10 Tech Preview error: “Windows cannot be installed on MBR disks”. My hard drive is GPT. Why am I getting this error?

I'm trying to install the Windows 10 Technical Preview from a USB drive. The hard drive I'm trying to install on has multiple partitions and is formatted with a GPT partition table. When I start up ...
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Internal hard drive runs faster in an enclosure then plugged into the case

Long story short: My OS is on an SDD, I use a secondary hard drive for storage. Secondary hard drive fails, backup data and put it on a new laptop sized HDD I bought. Runs horribly, have to put it ...
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Disk load at 100% and PC is extremely slow

I'm experiencing this problem where my disk load is always high. I've seen other people with this same problem here but their solutions are not solving my problem. Let me explain: From last night to ...
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ASUS G74sx - after BSOD, HDD & CD-Rom dissapears even from BIOS

I have an ASUS G74sx DH-71 laptop. Prerequisites: HDD running in AHCI mode. HDD S.M.A.R.T. 100% Health - Tested no bads, realocs or other issues. Ram Tested with memtest86+ 6 Cycles - No Issues. ...
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Access Ubuntu formatted HDD as external USB drive from MAC

I am having one HDD in which Ubuntu was installed, now that system is not working properly and I wan't to use that HDD as external HDD with my MacBook Pro installed OS X Yosemite. I have HDD Case to ...
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Partition hidden after installation of linux

I tried to install a linux on a partition I made and couldn't complete the process due to some technical problems. I then aborted the installation and went back into booting via windows 8. Now the ...
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copied boot partition to ssd and windows fails to boot

I just got an ssd, my main drive has 2 partitions. The second one stores some large installed apps, but nothing should be used for bootup that I know of(there maybe a few things, not sure, but ...
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Some programs do not run on certain drives

I have multiple games downloaded from Steam etc. I also have 3 hard drives, 1 internal(C:), 2 external(F: and G:). When I install games on C or F, all games run perfectly. but when I install games ...
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How do I install an Intel SSD 530 series in my desktop PC? [closed]

I recently bought an Intel SSD 530 series. I have watched many tutorials and read the manual, but I'm not able to find a slot for the SSD and I also can't find where to plug in the cables. All I know ...
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Dead Partition Recovery?

I have a hard drive that seems to have lost it's partition. Everything is wanting to just recover "RAW" data which, if I understand RAW data accurately that does me no good as I need to recover the ...
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random filenames on external hdd drive

i am in big troubble. My friend gaves me his external usb hdd drive and told me, his files are deleted and renamed. I just want to restore the data with the program "recuva" but it dosn't work. I ...
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Moving file system and changing default drive from SSD to HDD Windows 8.1

I recently built my first computer and installed Windows to my SSD. At first my HDD was not recognized so I wasn't able to configure it at all, but now that I have that worked out I would like for ...
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Make recovery disks from the recovery partition

I've got an HP Pavilion a6500 which I need to recover. Research said that recovery disks could be made from whatever Manager, but I tried that and it told me that I already have recovery disks. I ...
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Windows 8.1 Hard drive constantly access but Task manager only shows low usage (< 5%)

I have been running Windows 8.1 for a year and within the last couple weeks I noticed the disk drive constantly being accessed. However, the disk light on the machine is barely coming on so I looked ...
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See Drive In Virtual Box

I have a Virtual Box running Ubuntu, with Win 7 as my base system. I have an external hard drive that when I connect to my Win7 machine I get a prompt that "Windows must format this drive before it ...
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M.2 SSD not recognized by Windows 7 Ult installation

I've installed a Crucial M500 480GB SSD in the M.2 slot on an ASRock Z87 Extreme6 motherboard. When i to install Windows 7 Ult on it the drive doesn't show. With diskpart it shows as drive 0. I can ...
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My C drive displays as a folder

My local C disk drive is showing as a folder and shows it as being empty. My computer runs but I can not access the c drive. How do I change the folder back to a local drive?
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USB 3 Hard disk interferes with Wireless KB/M

I have a DELL Inspiron 17R SE laptop, which I use with a Microsoft wireless desktop set. On occasion I connect a WD 2TB Elements external hard disk When I do that, I notice the sometimes the mouse ...
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Installing windows 2000 pro from hard disk

I'm wishing to install Windows 2000 Pro on my computer from a hard disk: Source of hard drive is from a discarded Dell computer, I have product code #. Computer to be installed on: I MAC, Snow ...
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Is it slower when using 3TB hard drives on Windows? [duplicate]

For some reason I have a notion that it's somehow detrimental to the performance of your windows machine (and other OSs?) to use hard drives that are larger than 2TB. When I was thinking about this, I ...
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Transfering Freecell stats from one computer to another

My Windows 7 system died (boo hoo). I now have another Windows 7 system (YEAH!!!), but, I would like to transfer my FREECELL stats. (500 plus wins without a loss - thank you very much.) The system ...
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Have 9ZQ2P6 500 2TB Couple issues to address

Drive is permanently connect to computer via USB port. When the computer is turned on or restarted (mostly runs 24/7) The Seagate drive does not "wake up" (small LED does not light). I have to puwer ...
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Recovered files are filled with zeroes

I've used r-studio to attempt to recover files (jpeg images) which were lost during an (supposedly) accidental format of an NTFS partition. After a disk scan, R-studio finds a big number of "possible ...
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Broken GPU on laptop, worth fixing/is it possible?

Ok, so my 'gaming' laptop has had a bit of a bad week, the screen broke, hdd is on it way out but worstly im pretty sure the gpu is dead. ...
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What is the use of a Read Only partition?

What is the use of a read-only partition? I am particularly interested in gpt-formatted disks. If the partition is read-only, then data cannot be written to it. If we're reading data from it, then how ...
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ASUS x551ma wont boot from DVD-ROM, when chosen in BIOS

I have gone through stages of ensuring that FAST START option in WIN-8 was disbled, to restarting and going into BIOS via F2, then choosing all fast boot options were disabled, then to BOOT ORDER. ...
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Backing up multiple PCs in a network

Background: I have a small network that consists of roughly 10 PCs. Every week or so, we are required to backup all partitions of every PCs to one external HDD. Problem: I find that the process is ...
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Bad sectors in the same place?

My disk work perfectly but every time I found lot of bad sectors between the range 4000 Mb to 6000 Mb and remap them with tools Victoria or Hdd-Regenrator then CHKDSK /f /r. Can I make that range ...
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Can I repair HDD with completed_read_failure reported?

I have a broken HDD here. There were some problems reading from it so I ran on it smartctl -t short smartctl -a The result is: SMART Self-test log structure revision number 1 Num Test_Description ...
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3.5" HDD not spinning up connected to Notebook. Notebook and HDD are technically fine

I connected a 1TB 3.5" HDD with a breakout cable to my notebook. When I start the notebook, the HDD is not spinning up nor is it getting recognized. I toggled the Bios options AHCI on/off and LBA to ...
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Decrypted Trucrypt drive won't mount in another computer

I am upgrading computers and will use Bitlocker on the new machine. I decrypted my system drive on the old machine that was encrypted with TC so that I can more easily transfer my old data across. TC ...
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Maximum SATA drive size for Intel DP35DP?

I've got an Intel DP35DP motherboard on which I am trying to connect a WD Green 3TB drive. But the BIOS (and Win 7) only recognizes it as 750+G. I've tried to find the specs for the DP35DP to figure ...
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Re-merging two disk that used to mirror each other

I have had two hard disks that mirrored each other (RAID 1, software based). After I recently plugged them out of the mother board and plugged them back in, this mirrored volume was unavailable. I ...
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Emulate 512-byte sectors with Xen

Anyone know how to make Xen 6.2 emulate 512-byte sectors when exposing a drive to a virtual guest? This would allow exposing native 4kB sector drives to older virtual guests like Windows 2003/2008 ...
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hdd crashed 'magnetic surface degradation'

my computer hdd just died, no odd sounds before or after, even when connecting via usb, test shows 'no bootable device - please insert boot disk) i'm told 'magnetic surface degradation' has occurred - ...
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Installing windows 7 on another harddrive

Currently I have installed Windows 8 on my HDD and my friends broke one so he purchased a new one and asked if I can install Windows 7 on it for him so I've got it plugged in. How can i install the ...
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Where to place 2.5 inch HDD in Be quiet silent base 800?

I just bought a new tower called "Be quiet Silent Base 800". They indicate that it is possible to install 4 2.5 inch HDDs in it. I am unable to determine where/how to install 2.5" HDs.
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OS does not boot after cloning from HDD to SSD

After cloning some of my partitions to SSD (I only left the file partition not cloned yet) I can't boot from my new SSD. The screen is blank with the underscore blinking in the top left corner. The ...
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Secondary Internal HDD Vanishes/Reappears Randomly In Windows 8.1

To clarify, I'm referring to entire disks disappearing, not just partitions. The PC in question is an HP Pavilion 2325DX. Both drives are variants of HGST. One is in the primary slot, the other is in ...
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How can I get a Dell XPS 8300 to boot from some medium?

I recently attempted to install Windows 10 Technical Preview on my Dell XPS 8300. Before the installer there was a blank partition, some windows7 partitions, and an ubuntu install. Issues occurred ...