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

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Is there a performance difference when installing an OS on the last partition?

I have a laptop with Windows installed on a GPT hard drive. I want to have another partition to store data and yet another to install Linux Mint (or Ubuntu, still deciding). Should I install it on the ...
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Correcting drive letters after a partition clone

I have an old XP computer with 3 drives: Disk0 = C: D: E: F: (my current boot drive) Disk1 = I: (a data drive) Disk2 = J: K: L: M: (A new 2x bigger drive in an USB external case) J is a "partition ...
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Defragmenting using Defraggler made the fragmentation worse and increases “used space”

I decided to do a full defragmentation of my C: drive for the first time this day. The defragmenter I use is Defraggler by Piriform. When I analyzed the drive, it detected 13% fragmentation. After ...
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Optimal load balancing between two hard disks. Does RAID 1 do the trick?

I am looking for a linux disk system for streaming media purposes that would do smart load balancing and minimize hard disk wear. To illustrate my points, lets take a physical hard disk device and ...
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Restore device by Time Machine backup of another device

I have a Time Machine backup for an iMac-500GB and backup size is 100GB. Now trying to restore it on a Macbook-250GB and it doesn't work and restore application alerts that there's no enough space for ...
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Re-enable Windows 8.1 software raid 1

After re-installing my Windows 8.1 OS, not suprisingly, the software RAID 1 (mirror) does not work. In Computer Management -> Disk management there's a red X over a "no named" volume, with status ...
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Windows 7 will not start with SSD

I have a Windows 7 Desktop, with a 320GB HDD. I recently found an old SSD in my garage, and out of curiosity tried to connect it to my PC to see if it still worked. After plugging in the SSD to SATA ...
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AHCI Mode for Windows XP

Sorry for making questions about Windows XP, but I have a client that still uses it and he insists not to go towards Seven, 8 or 10. I read some articles about AHCI drivers to load during ...
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Does having some Bad Sectors indicate that the drive will crash soon?

I have a Hitachi HTS723232L9SA62 320Gb 7200RPM HDD. I checked the SMART status and there are 3 bad sectors, totaling 1.5MB. This means that approximately 0.00046875% of my hard drive has gone bad. Is ...
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Convert a Laptop to PC

I have a laptop, but it is not functional. The processor is dead and hence left the laptop useless, I could fix the processor, but it just is very very expensive. I was wondering, remove the RAM and ...
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I've messed up with dynamic partitions and I need to be able to backup some files

I had a dual boot of winxp on C, and win7 on S. All partitions are NTFS. It was in this order: C, S, (ext4 7gb partition), F. I originally wanted to remove C and the ext4 partition, to have one ...
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OwnCloud and mindlna in same folder (law-management) - minidlna.c:474: error: Media directory not accessible! [Permission denied]

I have a question about my configuration and the permissions in my Raspi B with minidlna and owncloud. I have set my user pi with the permission dmask=007 aka 0770 on every start because it is ...
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Why does my hard drive perform well in benchmarks but slow in applications?

My hard drive has been acting slow lately, taking several seconds to load an application. It's the Hitachi HTS723232L9SA62 (7200 RPM). I ran a benchmark and the speeds were in the 70 Megabytes/second ...
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partition drive not appearing in explorer

I originally had a 2 terabyte hard drive partitioned as a 256GB OSX partition, and a 1600~ Dynamic disc (shows up as two blocks on disc management) After i went on disc utility to delete my ...
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SSD Won't Initialze

I bought a bare bones computer with 1TB HDD and 250GB SSD in it. I would like to install windows on the SSD and leave the HDD for files. When I installed windows it asked me what disk I would like ...
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Having trouble recovering data from an older Seagate HD

I am trying to recover files from an older HD (Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 500Gb). I am really just hoping to get some family pictures off of it. It was at one time running Windows (I'm not sure which ...
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ASUS Maximus Ranger VII and Samsung Pro SSD 850

I have bought above mentioned pieces and am trying to install windows 8.1 as os on the new machine. The harddrive is detected properly in the bios but get following error in windows setup: Cannot ...
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Is there a logging tool to find the process(es) that use resources in Windows 7

I have got the following scenario: On Windows 7 64 bit, my programs collect data from external sources and store them to the computer's second hard disk (not the boot disk). The amount of data is so ...
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High disk usage after recovering from standby in Windows 7 when switching from one app to the others

I have a problem with my Windows 7 64bit (Sony VAIO Core i7, 6GB of RAM, 1TB HD with over 300GB of free space) that i hope someone can solve. I frequently use Visual Studio and other CPU/memory ...
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Windows 8.1 refuses to recognize my extra HDDs

Alright, so I've been trying to install a few extra hard drives since my storage has been getting quite full recently. However, Windows 8.1 will not let me set the disks up for proper use, or do ...
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Eraser says filesystem not suported

I tried to use Eraser to delete specific files but it didn't work out. I get the error filesystem not supported How do I solve my problem with Eraser? EDIT: I'm trying to delete files on the ...
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What is the name of Windows service which makes the drive unbootable when moved to the other computer? [closed]

My notebook might break anytime soon. I know that there is or at least was a Windows service(not BitLocker, it starts with an 'E') that disables possibility of simply moving hard drive to another ...
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SSD upgrade underperforming

I upgraded my Windows 7 PC from a Samsung Spinpoint F4EG HD204UI HDD to a SanDisk Pulse SDSSDP-128G-G25 SSD but, unlike seemingly everyone else in the world, I have never noticed a performance ...
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Running Windows 7 through external USB hard drive on Windows 8 machine

We have just relocated from the US from the UK. In the UK my husband was using an HP computer with a 1TB Western Digital Hard Drive which says it is SATA with 64MB Cache and has the code WD10EARS on ...
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External HDD disk must be turned on twice always

My external 3.5 inch, 3 TB hard disk must be always started twice. Each time power it up (after about 2-3 days of not using it, as it acts as backup drive only) it starts emitting a very constant ...
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Cloning windows from a hard disk drive to a m.2 ssd

I'm looking at cloning windows 8.1 which is on a hard drive onto a m.2 ssd. My understanding being the process would be installing the m.2 ssd, cloning the hard drive onto it. Then going into the bios ...
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SSHD with Win8.1: Write caching necessary for performance improvements?

I bought a new laptop with a SSHD drive. I usually disable write caching on all my HDDs. Will disabling write caching prevent the SSHD from reaching its full potential? I tried copying some folders ...
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How long does defragging using Piriform Defraggler take? [closed]

I heard that defragging can make the computer faster. I downloaded Piriform Defraggler as they say that it's a better option than Windows' built-in defragging tool. I ran an analysis using Defraggler ...
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Windows 7 Paging file on hidden drive

I am running Windows 7 X64 Pro and I had a extra 650Gig Hard Drive laying around that I thought would be a good candidate for turning it into a drive for keeping system restore and page file. Now the ...
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Cloning and replacing a HD. The full story

I have an XP machine with 1 drive partitioned as: C, D, E, F and want to make an exact copy of it. Run some HD cloning software and clone the original drive. Physically remove/replace the HD in the ...
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Testing Crucial SSD

I looked and did not find any SSD Hard Drive checking tools for Crucial like there are for other drives. Is there a way to test Crucial hard drives for failures other than SMART data? I've done 2 ...
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Acer Aspire Can't boot from CD

My harddrive is slowing down more and more, so I decided to install a new harddrive. I have the installation discs for the default software for the computer, but something is troubling me. I have ...
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Clonezilla image vanished after supposedly successful disk backup

I've just finished cloning my hard disk to an image and restarted into Windows only to find out that there is no image on the destination disk! I don't know how is that possible especially that it was ...
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Ext3 drive empty and detected as ext2 after restoring superblock with e2fsck

I have an ext3 disk from my NAS. I took this drive out of the NAS and mounted it under my Debian Wheezy system. When I ran fsck it told me that the superblock was bad. I don't haver a full log, but ...
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Hidden Folders on Windows XP partition

I have a 11 year old hard drive from where I want to rescue documents. The hard drive is connected to my Windows 7 machine over USB on D: . If I look into the Recent folder on: D:\Dokumente und ...
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BSOD Win 7 0x1a MEMORY_MANAGEMENT (ntoskrnl.exe): Could it be a faulty HDD cloned image?

Some years ago I had a failing HDD that, in its dying breath, had a cloned image of it installed onto a new HDD. The problem is that the old HDD wasn't working anymore in the end and some data (I ...
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Problems after successful reformat and installation

I gave up on recovering my hard drive from a crash that corrupted my entire drive. I went ahead and bought a new copy of Windows 8. Affter I bought it, I preinstalled Window WinXP to ensure that it ...
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Sync Dropbox to External hard drive, unlinking, etc

My laptop is jam packed full in terms of storage (it is quite old and has limited storage anyway) and I have just got some external hard drives to free up some space. Approx. 30GB of this is ...
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What if computer get full when synchronizing with Google Drive

As said in Google Drive Help page, "your device can sync with Google Drive on the web so that you can view your files from any device. https://support.google.com/drive/answer/2374992" If my files on ...
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Can I put a full SSD in a new PC? [duplicate]

I own an Asus X53S and I have put in it a SSD drive (1 Tb) that contains both the operative system (Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit) and the personal files. I have recently bought an Asus N551JW-CN068H ...
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dd from /dev/zero to /dev/sda does not overwrite the whole disk

I issued dd command to zero out my hard disk. The command completed successfully but only part of the hard drive was overwritten: mint@mint ~ $ sudo dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sda dd: writing to ...
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Mounting EFI partition on Windows [duplicate]

I'm trying to mount the EFI Partition from Disk Management but all the options for the EFI partition are greyed out, so I can't do anything.. here's a screenshot from the problem :
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Hard drive swap/upgrade - a few questions

I am thinking of upgrading my HDD (hopefully to SSD) in my Asus K53S laptop. If I just pull out my old HDD and plug in a new one will my computer boot up as normal and allow me to log on? If not, ...
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Transform my Samsung M3 External HDD to Internal?

So I've got an external hard drive which is a Samsung M3 Station 3 1.5TB USB 3 (here is the manual). Now I've disassembled it as I could (kinda proud of myself, it's very clean :D) and I've got a HDD ...
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2010 HP Desktop Seagate Hard Disk Failure Imminent

My HP Desktop is giving me the message for my 750gb Seagate Hard Drive (the one that came with the PC) that Hard Disk Failure is imminent. I have been receiving this message since I reset it to ...
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HDD on SATA I (1.5 Gbps)

I am planning to buy an SSD for my laptop, but my budget isn't high enough to afford something like a 1 TB SSD; the most I can get on my budget is 240 GB.  So I am planning to go for an SSD, which I ...
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Bus error with read-only file system on 9 out of 13 machines

Machines are just hanging. I can't reboot with sudo reboot, because it gives me bus error. I see the message about read only file system and this kind of messages in dmesg I can guess that the ...
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Testing batches of hard drives

I've gotten a hold of a bunch of old sata hard drives (around 10 or so) but I have no idea if they're working or not. Is there an efficient way to test all these, rather than powering off, opening ...
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Windows 8.1 To Go inaccessible boot device error

I have a Windows 8 partition on my hard drive which I've been trying to get to boot into Windows. I first just boot into my drive, then I get a screen saying: :( Your PC ran into a problem ...
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Cloning HDD sector-by-sector (dd/ddrescue), how to skip bad blocks in the middle?

I've got a HDD with unrecoverable bad blocks. HDD is part of Raid-0 array. If I access bad blocks by any means HDD hangs. Let's assume the HDD full capacity is 500,000,000,000 bytes, bad blocks are in ...