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

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Wester Digital Passport External Hardisk failure

I dropped my WD passport from a height of about 3 feet on a solid surface. I connected the harddisk to my Lapotop running windows 8.1. The LED on the haddisk is blinking. I can feel the hard disk ...
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Is there any way to setup a 3TB SATA drive in Windows XP? [duplicate]

I have a Dell OptiPlex GX520 PC and I want to setup Western Digital 3 TB (dynamic disk) in my PC. But it reads only 700 GB from Windows XP although it read 3TB from the setup screen of my Dell. The ...
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How do i recover data without reformatting drive after USB to SATA conversion?

My External USB Hard Drive became unusable. Removed the enclosure and connected via SATA. Windows is failing to recognize without formatting. What are my options to recover drive without losing data? ...
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How can I use my laptop like an external hdd with use of any cable [duplicate]

I want to use my laptop like an external hard drive. How can I completely access my laptop's storage on another computer with the help of any cable? Can we mount a particular partition of the laptop ...
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Cannot get RAID working with Mac Mini after adding drive

I had a working RAID array with 3 2TB drive in an external Startech.com SATA enclosure that was set to RAID5 I wanted to add another 2TB drive, so I added the drive but according to the manual, I ...
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HDD not listed in BIOS, but can boot to it if overridden?

I have a custom built Windows 8.1 PC running off an Asus H97I-PLUS motherboard with four drives (2x HDD, 2xSSD) attached with SATA cables. I was fiddling with the overclocking wizard. After a game ...
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How to install Windows 7 to an USB HDD from Linux? [duplicate]

I'm trying to install Windows 7 from a CD to a HDD connected via USB. Windows complaints about not being able to install itself to USB-connected drives. All guides I found involve downloading a set of ...
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Should I buy a 'Red' or 'NAS' Hard Drive if my desktop computer is on all the time? [closed]

I leave my computer on all the time. Over the last 10 years I've lost an average of about one hard drive per year. I have Seagate and Western Digital warranty exchange addresses memorized :-) Right ...
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Sata Power Connection Broken Off but Pins are ok

So, that crappy plastic connector holder on my hard drive broke off while I was moving drives around. Does anyone have any suggestion on a work around, I've tried crazy gluing a Sata Power plug to ...
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Install existing win98 hdd in win7 computer

I want to take the hard drive from my win98 and install it into a win7 computer (remove the existing hard drive in the win7). I use win98 to run dos programs that I created years ago and I want to ...
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Windows 7 Hard Drive Related Black Screen

I have a laptop with Windows 7 and a few days ago I started noticing the hard drive making the distinctive tick associated with some sort of fault. I ran dskchk (with both options enabled) but it took ...
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Linux machine with RAID 1 not booting after failed drive

I’m not that experienced with Linux and am troubleshooting a machine that is no longer booting up. Originally it had two drives installed in RAID 1 and one drive failed. I took the good drive out and ...
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Important files possibly leaked into mapped network drive

I recently mapped a network drive. While moving important sensitive files. I accidentally dragged one into it. The computer froze for a while and went back to normal, there was no indication of file ...
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What is “File Packing” done by an Operating System?

I am reading a book on Operating Systems, and I am confused in a part about Internal File Structure. Quoting from the book: Disk systems typically have a well-defined block size determined by ...
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Changing drive format and restoring an Macintosh via Time Machine

Recently I had to take my Mac into repair and they had to wipe everything I thought I had my data mainly photos backed up on my Western Digital Elements hard drive through Time Machine. Once back ...
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Windows Defender Waking Up Hard Drive

I have an external hard drive that I only use for storage, I almost never write data to it but it can be useful if I want to access some data that I have in it. When it’s possibile I’d like for the ...
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WD Elements Bought 2 weeks ago : clicking noise on only Some devices

I bought the 1TB WD Elements USB3 external hard drive 2 weeks ago, and i have some weird issues with it when i tried on: windows 7 >> worked - Read & write linux mint 15 >> Not recognized. ...
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Sometimes when booting computer hangs on BIOS splash screen

I have a desktop computer with an Asus P8Z68-V LE motherboard. It has a Wester Digital 1 TB hard drive, Samsung SSD, DVD/CD drive, an external hard drive that is always connected to a USB 3 port and ...
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Time Machine restoring data back to my Mac

Lately I had to take my Mac in for repairs and while it was there they needed to delete and start again. I had backed everything up on a hard drive in Time Machine but once I got my Mac home I tried ...
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Restarting computer several times makes windows unbootable

My bro took my hdmi cable. Seeing that nothing shows up on the screen I restarted computer several time I got this problem A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent ...
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How can I clone an entire drive to a smaller drive w?

I have a 1TB hard disk which is set up as MBR with 3 primary partitions. The sizes of the partitions are exactly 250GiB, 250Gib, and 192GiB, respectively. The remainder of the drive is unallocated ...
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Recovering files from dying hard drive with USB [closed]

So, I've got a dying hard drive. I'm trying to get files off of it (for school) before it takes a dump. My problem (unconfirmed problem): Whenever I try to enter the Removable Disk (USB) My computer ...
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Removing or overriding Windows 7 system image in windows 8

Before upgrading my PC to Windows 8.1, I did a standard Windows 7 backup to a 1TB hard drive. Now that I am in Windows 8.1, I would like to create a new System Image Backup, however I don't think the ...
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Moving program files or user to E:/

My C: drive is only 40GB, but I do have an E:/ partition which is 100GB. Is there a way to SAFELY move Program Files or User account to E to use all that free space on it?
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Deleted my Windows 8.1 recovery partition

I bought a HP Envy refurbished laptop from a non HP official source. It came with DOS. I downloaded Windows 8.1 from dreamspark and installed using USB. During install when it asked for the partition ...
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Windows XP machine doesn't see Debian disk in VirtualBox

I have created a test Windows XP machine for testing software. I also have an old Debian HDD. But I have forgotten my Debian password (it last ran 2 years ago). I think I'll either reset the password ...
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Duplicate last full backup from Areca

Using Areca Backup, I create full and incremental backups to a secondary drive during the week. I want to replicate the latest full backup or full + incremental to an external hard drive, which is not ...
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Can BSOD cause bad sectors on a hard drive?

What I mentioned as "bad sectors" here are quoted from following scan/test: result from CHKDSK, referred as "Bad Sectors" on the report screen. result from HD Tune - Error Scan, referred ...
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Security level of a hard drive password

I’m about to get a new laptop. I’d like to have some basic security to prevent access to my data in case of getting lost or stolen. At some point I will replace the hard drive with a self-encrypting ...
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Understanding the wide variation in reported performance of a hard disk drive in a USB 3.0 enclosure as shown HD Tune

I have a USB 3.0 external HDD enclosure, and I installed an old HDD from my desktop into it. Naturally I’d like to see how it will perform, so I have HD Tune running a benchmark. However the graph ...
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How to configure RAID on Toshiba Satellite P500-15e laptop?

I had bought a laptop (Toshiba Satellite P500-15e) when studying in France. Once I installed OpenSuse linux and regarding the fact that I didn't know anything about it, I had to erase it. ...
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Transfer speed when moving files around the file system

When I am copying files to other locations on my hard drive, what is the speed I am seeing measuring? Is this the write speed of the HD or the SATA transfer speed?
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HDD starts when accessing file from SSD

My OP system is installed on a SSD drive and I just accessed a txt file on my desktop (not a shortcut) and when I ran it, it took a while to open and my HDD backup drive started running. Seemed like ...
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Hard drive clicking after computer being hit, stopped after a few reboots, will my hard drive survive?

I managed to accidentally hit my desktop pc, and the hard drive (my data drive, I have a SSD for boot) started to click and rumble and it was really loud. I rebooted the pc a couple times, and it ...
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Common causes of overheating cpu & hard drive?

Wife's laptop is constantly registering higher than normal temperatures for the hard drive and cpu. The fan is working, and is constantly running. The temperatures for the hard drive and each core ...
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How to install Windows 7 after removing Windows 10?

After this problem (not being able to mount ntfs drives in Linux after installation of Windows 10 because of hybrid shutdown technology) I have deleted both Windows/ntfs partitions and created new ...
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How does HDD firmware espionage software work [closed]

NSA's most recent addition to modern espionage is some type of HDD firmware, as found by Kaspersky and later reported by Reuters, Ars Technica and others. But I don't get how it functions: Does it ...
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User with permissions can't access file in shared folder

I have a user in my network, he has permission to read, write and modify on a shared folder but when he tried to open file in the shared folder he can't... The operating system is Windows Server 2003. ...
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RAID 1 accidentially booted in AHCI mode

I have two Samsung 840 EVO SSD's in RAID 1 (Asus P87-Pro and Intel Controller) with Windows 8.1 Pro on it. After a BIOS update, apparently all BIOS settings was reset, which apparently changed the ...
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Is it safe to add a 3rd partition to my hard drive so I can format Windows while saving important data?

Is it safe to add a 3rd partition so I have 3: system reserve C:windows Important data Then move all important files to the 3rd partition, then re-install Windows, then proceed to move those ...
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USB 3.0 flash drive not working on USB 2.0 port

I've recently bought a USB 3.0 flash drive and wanted to try it out. I connected it to a 2.0 port and it didn't work. The light on it starts blinking for about 1 second and stops. I also get a message ...
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Mix 3 different sized hard drives into a RAID 5

I’ve got three hard drives different sizes and I want to create a RAID 5. The three drives—all Seagate—are: 1.5 TB 3 TB 700 GB Is there a way to RAID these or is it possible to do the folloiwng: ...
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Flash drive is only recognized either/or by Chrome OS, Windows

I have had problems recently after I formatted a USB flash drive on my Chromebook. When I plugged it in to my computer, it did not show a notification for the drive, or indicate that it recognized it ...
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Can not extend disk partition even if the unallocated space is on the left

I shrinked my F drive to create unallocated 20 GB volume. Now I want to extend my F drive back because I don't need it anymore as I have solved the problem for which I initially created it. I want ...
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What is the bios settings I have to use to recognise my seagate hard drive?

I have installed the windows OS on my hard disk. But somehow, it does not recognise the seagate hard disk, in the existing bios mode settings, that is enhanced settings, enabling both sata and pata to ...
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System freeze when running badblocks

quick background: a file transfer between two partitions did not complete, had to restart (running LinuxMint) - from then on, I'm getting the Smart-warning msg to replace my hard-drive soon - output ...
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Can a large hard drive (3 TB) make Windows XP 32bit un-bootable?

As my old hard drive failed, I cloned the operating System (Windows XP SP3 32bit Professional) to a new hard drive (WD 3 TB). It took several attempts, until it worked, but finally it was ok: I had ...
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USB 3.0 HDD not working

I'm using Windows 8.1 When I plug in my brand-new-awesome 2TB Adata HDD in a USB 3.0 port, it isn't recognized by the OS When I try to use a USB 2.0 port, it works well The drivers seem to be ...
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Hard Drive Remaining Space Not Matching up With Current Space

my hard drive is reported to have 65GB left out of a possible 223GB, however running WinDirStat and doing it via Windows, the hard drive only has about 60GB of used space. Where has the other 150GB of ...
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How does badblocks command display errors?

I'm scanning a brand new 2TB USB3 external drive, using: sudo badblocks -svw /dev/sdd and am getting the following output: Checking for bad blocks in read-write mode From block 0 to 1953514583 ...