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

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Resizing dynamic disk

I merged 2 partitions using other software, instead of using Windows' tool (Administrative Tools->Computer Management->Disk Management). Is there any way to un-merge those 2 partitions, or at least ...
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HD has one bad file that it won't fix

there is one particular file that my external hard drive always freezes on when I try to read. Since I know a bit about HDs and RAID, I would have thought it should try to automatically perform error ...
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Recovering drive via boot to Win7 setup command prompt

I am trying to recover data from two old IDE drives. Drive1 has been successful, but something is wrong with Drive2. It does not appear as a drive letter. Due to limited legacy hardware, the only way ...
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SATA HDD suddenly stops being detected by any computer

So I have a 500gb Seagate HDD that, after powering down my computer one day, stopped being read by ANYTHING. It's not a mechanical error that I could diagnose; it spins up and down quietly and makes ...
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New 3TB seagtae internal hard disk hangs after inactivity period

I have two interal seagate 3TB hard drives and 5 external usb drives. Now wvery time i try to move mouse after some inactivity peroid. my system hangs and i ahve to wai for 2-3 minutes to get going. ...
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Extra HDD or hybrid SSD for my Laptop

I have an SSD installed on my laptop and currently it boots 4 Operating Systems. I have my old HDD installed but it is low on capacity. I want to increase the capacity by buying another HDD. I see the ...
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Issue adding second SATA hard drive to Inspiron 660/Win 8 Pro [closed]

I just purchased a Dell Inspiron 660 with Windows 8 Pro. I added a second hard drive to the machine. This drive contains all my data (files, music, pictures, etc.) The boot drive is plugged into ...
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Resize exfat Hard drive

Is it still impossible to to resize, shrink or extend exfat partitions ? I cant find a way to do it, neither in windows nor with partitioning software. Any ideas other than formatting the partition to ...
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Can I use the Snow Leopard install discs to recover a Mountain Lion Time Machine backup onto a new hard drive?

I'd like to install a new SSD into my 15" mid 2010 MacBook Pro which is currently running Mountain Lion. Previously when I have changed the hard drive I've been able to recover the system using its ...
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Formatting a 3tb drive

I have purchased 2 WD red 3tb drives to store my music library (it has outgrown the 1tb drives). One drive is the library, the other is backup. They will be housed in a Vantec 2 drive enclosure, ...
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Windows 8 Installation doesn't detect my SATA Maxtor 6V250F0 HDD

I've been using Ubuntu on a desktop computer I have in my house and I'd like to try to install Windows 8 and replace the Ubuntu system. In the installation wizard of Windows 8 I get stuck in the ...
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Install Windows 8 Apps to custom directory

I'm running Windows 8 Pro on a laptop. I initially installed the OS just to fiddle round with it and get to know something I'd inevitably end up having to fix for someone. The problem being I only ...
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HDD spins up/down in a strange way during Windows 8 shutdown

In my PC I have one SSD and one HDD. In the SSD I have installed Windows 8, while the HHD is for personal data storage. Until yesterday the SSD was in AHCI mode and the HDD in IDE mode. The problem ...
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Is it a good practice to create a separated partition for a grub2 loader?

I want install Debian 6. I want have a grub2 as a boot loader. I read, that creating a separated primary /boot partition for the kernel (with read-only access) is a good practice. Is it also a good ...
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Hard drive for Windows Surface tablet RT

I believe Windows Surface tablet RT come with solid state drive. What is the speed rating of it, is it Serial ATA II or III? or 3?
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Cloned Windows 7 to new HDD and want to change the drive letter to C

I used Clonezilla to clone my existing hard drive to a new one I bought. I then changed the BIOS to set the new drive as the first in the boot sequence. I'm pretty sure that I'm still running Windows ...
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Cloning to a smaller hard drive with DDRescue

I am currently working with a 700 GB Seagate hard drive that's beginning to fail. I'll call this "SDB" from now on. I'd like to clone it while I'm still able to. However, the only hard drive that I ...
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replacing failed HDD in Lacie 2big

I have a Lacie 2big Network, 2 x 1 TB in mirror. One of them failed 3 days ago. It produces a clicking sound, the Raid status shows endless "Synchronizing". If I buy a new HDD, same type, and replace ...
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How can I save my operating system and transfer it to a new SSD? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How do I transfer a Windows 7 installation to a new HDD? I recently purchased a Mushkim SSD to replace my failing hard drive of my H/P Dv6-12465dx laptop. Physical ...
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wd800B-015 usb drive installs as unknown device

Drive worked well for years but now installs as unknown device and is not accessible. I have tried many solutions with no success. I plugged the drive into a friend's computer, it installed as ...
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How to fix an SSD

I have a Samsung 128 go SSD : MZ5PA128HMCD-01000. When I'm using it : there is always I/O errors. I tried to secure-erase it. But it is impossible to create a new NTFS (or any filesystem...) ...
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Impossible to create/format install Windows 7 on unpartitioned HD

I am going nuts reinstalling Windows 7 on one of those Acer aspire all-in-one... The original OS (Windows Professional x64) was not starting, after the initial screen the BIOS was prompted. So Step ...
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Partition error being reported by only some programs

I am getting an error about the partitions on one of my drives. I checked my hard disk with Acronis Disk Director 11 Home, HDTunePro, MiniTool Partition Wizard, Hddscan, HDD Regenerator 2011, WD Data ...
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Can I boot, format and install Windows XP without a keyboard?

How can I bootup, format and drive and install XP without a keyboard? Is it possible?
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how can I fix a bad sector? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: External Hard Drive bad sectors recover/mark utility in linux I suspect my laptop's harddisk has a bad sector. Could anyone tell me what is the most reliable way to fix ...
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Corrupt file indicative of corrupt hard drive?

I have noticed that two files on my (almost full) 2 TB hard drive have been corrupted. One file has 20 kB (!) corrupted, i.e. consecutive 20 kB have changed, even though the modification date of the ...
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Which disk is \Devide\HarddiskX\drX?

I'm randomly getting errors in the System Log about a "Controller error on \Device\Harddisk3\DR3"; this may be of course a driver error, a NTFS error, or, more seriously, a failing disk. But I have ...
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Cannot access external HDD

A few days ago, used my external HDD (a 2TB Seagate) in order to transfer some files on Vista. During that, I noticed some malfunctions on my system(it was running too slow, Windows Explorer crashed). ...
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System Drive Partitioning in Windows XP - Slow C: Drive - Need options to delete and recreate C: (may be bad sector in drive) [closed]

My PC runs with 4 disk partitions with C(30 GB - Active System Drive), D(140 GB), E and F as drive letters. Now, C drive is showing some problems and it takes too much time to format and install back ...
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How to list the hard drive backplanes on Ubuntu?

I have a Ubuntu server with 9 backplanes. Each backplane can have 5 hard drives (45 in total). I plugged in 45 hard drives, and a quick ls /dev/sd* shows only 43 drives (other than the boot drive). ...
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Hard drive emits a ticking sound, but S.M.A.R.T is not reporting any issues [closed]

One of my drives exhibits near-death symptoms a short time (10-15 minutes) after the system is started. I did a S.M.A.R.T check and the verdict is good health. I happen to know for certain that ...
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Install Linux with two hard drives

I've a machine with two hard drives. The first one has 80 GB and the second has 120 GB. I'm about to format this machine and install Linux, and I want to install all the main partitions (/, ...
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Clonning boot partition to a separate drive with Clonezilla

I am having this problem i cannot solve and I hope ill find someone willing to aid me here- I have 2 hard drives. The 1st one (Source) has 2 partitions. !st partition has German windows xp installed ...
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advices on backing up storage drive [closed]

I have a storage drive that needs to be backed up in case the drive fails... my OS is not on this drive... I was thinking RAID 1 might be what I needed, but everywhere I read, everyone says NO to RAID ...
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Installed second hard drive in computer and get BSOD with stop 0x00007b

I have a computer with a Intel DH55HC MB. It has eSata on the MB ports that work with SATA drives. Anyway I installed a second 1tb drive and reset the boot order. Windows starts and gets a BSOD with ...
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Why might the BIOS report the wrong size for an HDD?

I have four HDDs in my system. Seagate 250GB (boot drive with Windows 8 RTM installed) Samsung 500GB Samsung 1.5TB Western Digital 200GB I recently had my power supply fail and after replacing it ...
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EXT4-fs error (device loop0) ext4_mb_generate_buddy

I've been randomly getting theses in my /var/log/messages [5747511.945300] EXT4-fs error (device loop0): ext4_mb_generate_buddy: EXT4-fs: group 1: 29505 blocks in bitmap, 29455 in gd Not had any ...
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no hard drive detected on compaq presario m2000 (IDE hard disk)

My laptop crashed. At first I thought it was a hard disk problem. I bought a new one but the computer keeps telling me that no hard drive is detected. I have tried to install windows XP SP2/3, ...
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How to use a hard drive after it has been part of a RAID0 array?

I have two Crucial M4 128GB SSDs. They were in a RAID0 array, but the array no longer exists and I need to check each of them to see which one is bad, if either (could have been the controller, who ...
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Is it possible to mount a disk image, created with dd, to a directory on a mounted external usb hdd?

I have an image of my home (/dev/sda3) partition, which I've created using the "dd" command. dd if=/dev/sda3 of=/path/to/disk.img I've deleted the home partition via gparted in order to enlarge my ...
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VirtualBox Linux Mint Refuses to Save to Hard Disk

Every time I start up Linux Mint and add some files to the Desktop, they disappear when I shut down and restart the OS. I could just save the state of the machine every time, but that's a bit ...
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Unable to mount hard disk : Error mounting: mount exited with exit code 13

I get the following error while accessing my hard drive (NTFS partition). It was an internal hard drive, it started giving issues due to some corrupt boot sector. So I brought a casing for it and ...
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Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 Failing Again

I've got one of the infamous Barracuda 7200.11 hard drives (ST3500320AS), and it ran fine for several years, then failed with a bunch of LBA read errors. It was still under warranty, so I got it ...
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No drives to choose while formatting

I was trying to format my friend's computer and when we came to the point where we have to choose which drive to install windows on, there was no option to choose from, i.e there were no drives ...
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Sata internal harddisk not working

recently my system was very slow, so i formatted it and installed ubuntu. After the reboot i was getting 'Out of Disk' error while booting. I took it to my friend and checked with the USB kind of ...
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HP Notebook NC8000 multibay 40 GB SATA installed disk seen as 9 GB in MultiWord DMA2

I've installed 40 GB A-data S599 SATA SSD in Multibay but it's being shown as 9 GB and works only in MultiWord DMA 2 mode (about 30 MB/s). How to correct this ? I'm using Samsung HM160HC 160 GB PATA ...
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External hard drive spins up then goes off all of a sudden

I have an old seagate 750gb with about 350gb of data on it. Its been lying a cupboard for well over a year and I decided to see what was on it and if I could recover the files. I find that there were ...
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Hard Drive Not Cooperating

I've run a live Disk Verification and "restore" on my Macbook and it prompts that my disc cannot be repaired. I have tried to "partition" but have close to no idea how to do it effectively and my ...
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2TB NTFS storage HDD, backup/mirror/sync to external HDD, software options/solutions needed

I have a 2TB internal HDD, with a single NTFS(Windows 7) partition used for storage purposes. I want to backup/mirror/sync it to an external 2TB HDD. From what I know that mirroring can be done ...
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Machine locks up / freezes for ~30s periodically

I'm having a strange lockup issue with my girlfriend's laptop. I think the drive might be dying, but I'm not entirely sure. Obligatory spec: Win7, Core 2 Duo, 3GB DDR2, 1TB SATA HDD, latest BIOS + ...