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

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Hard Disk laggy

Hey guys I am considering to purchase a new HDD after a series of events that happened : Couple days ago my PC froze while I was playing a game, I wasn't able to close any processes with my Task ...
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How to utilize 4TB HDD, which is showing up as 2.72TB

I have two internal HDD's. They're both 4TB capacity. They're both formatted with the GPT partitioning scheme, and they're Basic Discs (not dynamic). I'm on Windows 8 64bit. I have UEFI, not BIOS. ...
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Find hard drive volume number in Windows 7

Read carefully: I need to identify the volume number not the serial of D:. This does not provide the volume number... vol D: The volume number for C:\ is... \Device\HarddiskVolume2 I was unable ...
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Why might one hard disk perform slower than another?

I have just bought two WD 3TB Reds (WD30EFRX) for a FreeNAS box and whilst doing burn-in testing it seems like one is consistently taking about 10% longer than the other. So far I've done: a dd read ...
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Enabling write cache on my unsupported flash drive

I have recently found that I can improve the performance of my computer by enabling write caching on my external USB flash drive. I have a PNY 8GB flash drive. I have done the following: Right click ...
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When I boot my computer using an ISO image, will it make changes to my hard drive? [closed]

I am using windows 7. When I boot my computer using an ISO image, will it make changes to, or wipe my hard drive? Will I be able to restart and boot to windows 7 and still have all of my data?
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How can I protect my HD from corruption/scrambling on the software side?

I am in a situation where I regularly suffer brief flickers in my electricity (getting fixed soon, it's horrible) and I fear it's going to affect the health of my work desktop. The obvious solution is ...
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Does Uninstalling a secondary HDD (Device Manager) stops it from spinning?

I have 2 HDDs and the secondary one is 3 years old, so I don't want it to keep spinning all the time (to maximize its life). I tried setting power options to turn it off after 1 minute but sometimes a ...
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SMART-Test never finishes

When running SMART-Tests using smartmontools, they NEVER finish. I always get "Interrupted (host reset.)" on various different systems and disks, including Debian in x86 and ARM, OS X on x64, with ...
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Cannot extend partition to unallocated space

so I deleted a partition in hopes to extend the primary partition, but windows simply wont let me do it http://i.stack.imgur.com/0aduV.png UPDATE: found a solution using diskpart at ...
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What are the factors that control transfer rate of large files in a single machine?

I understand the difference between SSD and Hard Drive for why SSD writes and retrieves much faster, but what other factors govern how fast files are transferred both locally on a single machine or ...
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SATA 3 PCIe Controller working with decreased performance (slower than SATA 2)

After reading this question about maxing out an SSD I decided to do so myself. My mobo only supports SATA 2 and has two PCIe 2.0 x1 connectors (which promiss up to 500 mb/s). So after some searching ...
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What do the numbers on Western Digital drives mean?

There are numerous numbers on a Western Digital drive, MDL (presumably model, ex WD5000BEKT-00KA9T0) -- not sure what the 99KA9T0 is. WWN (ex 50014EE25AC8C945) DCM (ex HBNTJBBB) LBA (ex 976773168) ...
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Paused BitLocker encryption because no longer want to encrypt the hard drive - how do I get out of encrypting?

I'm hoping someone can help. I'm not a techy and can't seem to find the same question already answered. I went to encrypt (using BitLocker) a Buffalo hard drive but after it took about 1 min to ...
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Connect USB hard drive to wireless router on RJ45 port? Possible?

just a quick story behind. I was trying to set up wireless networked hard drive at home. My wireless router doesn't take USB. I am considering few options. First i was considering to get something ...
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“We couldn't create a new partition…” error while installing Windows 8.1 on Samsung 530U

So I've been trying install Windows 8.1 on Samsung 530U, but I keep getting this error "We couldn't create a new partition...". I'm using 16GB usb stick that I made with Windows USB/DVD tool. I ...
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Format system and preserve RAID

I have a system on an SSD, and beside that, a set of 4 disks are connected over software RAID 5. I have a problem with that system now and I'd like to format that system and install a new one. If I ...
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What are the different Partition Types listed in gparted?

I am reformatting an older 40meg drive using gparted from within a Linux distro. The drive had no partitions and no partition table, so I am creating a new Partition Table via the Advanced option. ...
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what is the fastest way to copy all data to a new larger hard drive?

I was certain this would have been covered before, but I cannot find an answer amongst all the almost-duplicates that come up; sorry if I've missed something obvious. I have a full 320gb disk inside ...
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Unable to shink C: Partion [duplicate]

I have been trying to shrink my C: drive partion but currently to no avail. I am unsure about using 3rd party software to do it (such as gParted or EaseUS Partition Master Free). So I have a 1TB ...
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How to set up wireless external hard drive at home?

I am looking for a wireless external hard drive at home and needing some advice. I started googling yesterday and thought WD My Cloud seems pretty good. Before I make an impulse purchase, i read ...
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Laptop won't stop restarting, never fully loads windows

I recently restarted my computer, and it loads to the 'starting windows' page, then shows a grey page, goes blank, and restarts. It has been continuing this process non-stop. I have tried loading it ...
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Software RAID 1 Configuration

I have created a software RAID 1 quite some while ago and it always seemed to work for me. However I am not completely sure that I have configured everything right and do not have the experience to ...
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Does it matter where I put my second hard drive?

I have a Lenovo G580 (model 20150), and in addition to the built-in HDD (2.5", 1 TB, Serial ATA 2 (3Gb/s), 5400 rpm, 9.5mm) I want to add a SSD (2.5", 120GB, 256MB Cache, SATA III). It looks like ...
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Formatting HDD containing VHD

I want to format my hard drive however I lack a second or sufficient external storage to backup my important files. Is it possible to create a VHD and then format the physical hard drive without ...
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mdadm raid 6 stuck on rebuilding

I have a raid 6 running consisting of 9 1TB drives. Some time in the last couple of days, one of them became faulty and the raid startet rebuilding. But apparently it is stuck ... This is the raid: ...
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OS X Hard drive recovery

I am trying to recover data from a bad Seagate 1TB hard drive in a 2010 iMac. One day the iMac wouldn't boot (stuck at gray screen on startup). I removed the hard drive from the iMac and connected it ...
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Hard drive restore on reboot on windows embedded

My company has an old out of service device with windows embedded on it that we want to re purpose. Any changes to the drive (SD Card with 2 partitions), (ie: installed software, ip address, system ...
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Windows 7: Slow as can be - Low Resource usage

My main PC is a Dell from 2009 with Win7 SP1 that was originally a Vista machine. I installed a second HDD with Win7 on it and set Vista as the second drive. Its running with an Intel Core Q6600 ...
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Is it worth having SATA 6GB/s cables? [duplicate]

I've just received some SATA 3 6GB/s cables that I ordered last week, and it struck me how ordinary they look when compared to normal standard SATA cables. My PCI-E SATA3 card is yet to arrive. My ...
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How to connect 4-pin Molex to DC barrel plug?

I'm trying to connect a 3.5in SATA HDD that requires 12V power source to my laptop. Because the laptop can't provide 12V I need an independent power source. I already have a 12V power adapter. At the ...
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Disk usage goes to 100% [closed]

The Disk usage in my Dell Inspiron 15R 3537 with 8GB ram, 1 TB HDD, i7 4th gen, is showing 100% after the initial boot up. What should I do to rectify this problem !!
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Will an rsync copy operation “fix” issues with invalid file block counts, or does it preserve everything exactly as the source?

Here are the events surrounding my question, which may make things more relevant: I had a hard drive fail recently, to the point where neither Disk Utility or asr could fix the structure to a ...
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generic SCSI devices (/dev/sg1) do not show as HDD device (/dev/sdb)

I have a proxmox setup (A debian flavor) and an HGST SAS HDD connected through an Adaptec RAID card (no raid setup) the devices is being shown as /dev/sg1 but the device is not mapped to /dev/sdb I ...
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Understanding iotop

I have a postgresql select query that consumes only 12% CPU, and little to no memory, but it still takes about a minute to run. I immediately tried to check the IO, using iotop. Sure enough, in ...
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Spiking Disk Usage

So recently my HP Envy 15 was sent away to get serviced as the BIOS corrupted after an automatic BIOS update. To fix this, they replaced the motherboard and that is all the supposed changes that they ...
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Computer making ticking sounds, windows 8.1 crashing, continuous buzzer sounds

I have a problem that I can't get rid off. This morning I've turned on computer, didn't pay attention if the splash screen of motherboard is on the screen. Computer started to have a black screen and ...
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“Do you want to format it” Message when open partition

I can't open a partition on my PC that contains my projects and all my source code, since the PC powered off incorrectly, when I open it I found this message "Do you want to format it" the partition ...
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2012 R2 Mirrored Disk Replacement

My Homeserver is currently running on 2 pretty old 400 GB SATA II HDD drives (Manufactured 2007, running 24/7 ever since - 7 Years of Samsung Quality :P). 2 Volumes are created, and a Mirror has been ...
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Clone a hard drive with ubuntu live?

My desktop hard drive is failing and I have to clone windows 8 and all my files asap! Was thinking that I could boot into ubuntu live and copy my failing drive to an external drive then swap it out ...
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Is it safe to delete the System Volume Information folder?

I have a 3 TB external NTFS drive I was originally using on Windows. I'm now using it on a Linux samba fileserver, and there's a folder named "System Volume Information" on the HDD root. Windows ...
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Disk Error on a Dell Notebook with Windows 8.1 “The device, \Device\Harddisk0\DR0, has a bad block.”

Recently my computer freezes for minutes and after reboot I see in the Event Viewer many Errors such as "The device, \Device\Harddisk0\DR0, has a bad block." I have run chkdsk c:/R/B and chkdsk ...
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is it okay to mirror/raid1 different hardisk model in freenas

In my freenas system, I have several volumes running, one of them is consist of 2 3TB WD RED with different model (I forgot the serial, but they are different). Both are set up in a single mirror ...
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Do I need to be worried about these SMART drive temperatures?

I have 5 hard drives in a machine sitting in a cupboard. /dev/sda is a 500GB Seagate drive, and is the boot disk. /dev/sd{b,c,d,e} are 2TB drives in a raid6 configuration. smartctl is showing ...
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How to recover a Win8 Storage Pool that had it's partitions deleted

I have (or had) a 4TB storage pool that I had created using 2x 500GB drives with 2-way mirroring. Everything was working fine until I made a very dumb mistake. I was following some steps for something ...
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Can I boot different operating systems from same external hard drive?

Is it possible to use one external hard drive with multiple operating systems on it so when I go onto the BIOS of my PC and can choose to boot from USB then choose which operating system rom the hard ...
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DDRescue on Windows or another options like DDRescue for Windows

I have a drive with failed sectors ect... I can't image it with Acronis as it hangs. I can't with Knoppiz it hangs. CHKDSK hangs. I want to use DDRescure but I don't have any Linux boxes running at ...
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Mac 1 TB drive doesn't spin up on PC

I'm trying to read a 1TB drive (Hitachi hds721010kla330) from a Mac on a PC, but no matter what I do, it doesn't spin up. I tried connecting it through a USB-to_SATA controller, but also on the ...
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Recover data from a diskpart > clean command

This must be my one time blunder but I did manage to clean my 2TB backup external HDD in an attempt to clean a pendrive to make a bootable pendrive for installing Windows 8. Now the help file for the ...
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Will hard disks go bad if not used? (Not connected)

I have a Seagate hard drive that I purchased in 2011, but not even taken out of its original packaging. This one was to be used as a spare disk, in case one of two similar drives in my RAID enclosure ...