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

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Copying contents from an NTFS disk to exFAT formatted disk

Will there be any problem if I copy contents from an NTFS file-system hard disk to an exFAT file-system hard disk? I will taking files from Windows 7 on an NTFS file-system EHD and copying them on a ...
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Emulate SD Card as internal hard disk

I'm currently using my SD card (32Gb) as a secondary memory storage because my Windows 8 (not RT) tablet has too little space (50+Gb) by default. I expect to leave the SD card plugged in all the time. ...
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How can I reallocate an ext4 file system in an extended partition without lose data?

I resize the disk using the Windows default program. I don't know why, the extended partition of Linux now result unallocated. I'm sure I don't "touch" the extended partition, and I don't know why ...
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How to restore files that are there (hard drive size proves it) but not visible? [closed]

There were some viruses on my laptop which got into my 500GB drive. All viruses cleaned but now the files are not visible. When I check the hard drive size it hasn't gone down but is the same as ...
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CPU fan runs only after removing “12 V power supply connection from motherboard” or HDD power supply"

My PC config (4 years old): Motherboard: ASUS M2N 68 - AM Plus CPU: AMD PHENOM X2 545. HDD: WD 320 GB RAM: 2 GB DDR2 800Hz Power supply: Intext 450W switching PSU About a month ago my PSU was gone ...
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Writing hundreds of files to disk a second

I'm working on a bit of software for which it would be useful for us to write betweeen 100 and 200 files a second to disk. The files vary in size from 1k to 3k. Ubuntu is the operating system, using ...
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Access denied to write boot record under Windows XP on Award BIOS

I've recently deleted a NTFS partition by mistake. I haven't created a new partition in its space (it's unallocated right now). I tried recovering it using Active@ Partition Recovery software under ...
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How do I remove an extended partition?

I originally had a logical partition "Data Storage (E:)" which I wanted to shrink. I did so using Paragon Partition Manager (as Windows 7's disk management wouldn't let me shrink), thus creating ...
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Disk Partitioning and moving the user directory to the partioned drive in Windows 8

I have recently purchased a Dell Inspiron Laptop with1.9 Ghz Intel 2127U Processor, 4GB DDR3L RAM, 500 GB SATA HDD and Windows 8 (64 bit) pre-installed Operating system. Now is it really beneficial ...
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convert windows 7 to BIOS from EFI

So I got a new HDD, a larger one, and I want to transfer all my 7 stuff to that without having to reinstall. With doing my research I can do this by creating a system image. The only issue is my ...
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Steps of manual HDD to SSD migration

Ok, I want to do a "paranoid" migration from a a HDD to a SSD. There will be no shrinking involved. For the moment this is what I know/have: 1) Connect SSD and create an 1MB aligned partition, at ...
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Mounting a large disk image over a network, it disconnects eventually

On Windows 8, I have mapped a network drive to Z:, which resides on a Mac computer on my homegroup on my gigabit network. When I mount a disk image (roughly 10 GB) on the network drive, such as an ISO ...
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IDE DMA sector numbering

I'm just playing around with the QEMU system emulator, and taking a look at the IDE disk emulation, specifically at the DMA disk accesses. I'm a little confused as to how DMA requests are actually ...
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Bad logic board or connections in Mid 2009 MacBook Pro

I have a MacBook Pro (mid 2009, 13", 2.26GH) running Mountain Lion. I started getting intermittent beach balls and lock ups and thought the hard drive was failing. I got a copy of Scannerz to test it ...
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Cannot fix Windows 8's BCD, “fatal device hardware error”

Yesterday I turned on my laptop and it got stuck in an infinite Boot/bluescreen/automated repair/black screen loop. I booted into linux from a flash drive and performed memtest86 (everything ok there) ...
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Ubuntu hard drive partitions check

I was given a brand new Sony Vaio Series Z (vpcz13v9e) by the company I'm consulting for. I cannot use Windows for what I do, so I've asked the IT department of the company if they could set the ...
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Password protect a hard drive partition [closed]

I run a computer training institute. I have deployed 15 N-Computing L300 devices, connected to a single server, an Intel core i7 with Windows 7 Ultimate. The hard drive has 3 partitions. Along with ...
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disk write cache buffer and separate power supply

Windows has a setting to turn off the write-cache buffer (see image) Turn off Windows write-cache buffer flushing on the device To prevent data loss, do not select this check box unless the ...
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drive visibility on ubuntu that has formatted by windows

i always use windows and now i want to install ubuntu as my second OS(multi boot) i'll install ubuntu on separate drive. will i be able to see my other drives that were formatted by windows? the ...
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Most efficient way to setup a slave hard drive for only data?

I recently installed a new mobo and I did not realize it would cause me to reinstall windows (otherwise it would BSOD). So I bought a new HDD and still have my old HD with all the data on it, I ...
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Merging partitions - Help for recovery

I have a 1TB external HDD. There were two partitions on this HDD. My first partition was a 60 GB partition and the second partition was a 871 GB partition. I did not need the data on the first ...
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Does the type of SATA port matter in regards to fileservers?

I want to build a dedicated home file server that will also be used for streaming numerous video files. Does the SATA bandwidth matter if I will be using 1tb 7200rpm drives? Also, would I be able to ...
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Are these SMART values for my hard drive good or bad?

I have the following SMART test values for my hard drive. (Click image to enlarge) My computer sometimes stutters and runs very slowly, and I can hear the drive spin. I've never had any issues with ...
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Installing applications off Msata SSD Drive?

So i have a windows 7 running on a 32GB Msata SSD drive. I have tons of game to install, (Dota2, GTA , NBA.. etc) and definitely the SSD is not enough to fit in all this things. So my question is if ...
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Moving Windows\winsxs\Backup to another drive

I've installed an SSD and for a number of big directories (e.g. Users\me\Downloads), I've been able to use the Sysinternals "junction" command to create a hard link on C: that references a copy of the ...
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Windows 7 laptop keeps restarting if external hard drive isn't connected

My laptop restarts whenever I try to start Windows without my external HDD connected - after I log in an error message pops up (one of those 0x... errors) but it reboots before I can read what it says....
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One unknown drive in previously operational RAID5 array

I have a RAID5 array on my computer, 3X 200GB sata drives. Everything has worked great forever but all of a sudden when I turn it on the BIOS shows that only two of the three drives are functioning. ...
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Hitachi hard drive with apple firmware - possible to install Windows on?

My friend gave me a spare harddrive he had, a 320GB Hitachi HTS545032B9A302. I was hoping I could use this in place of my 70GB internal drive at home. However it says on the label that it has Apple ...
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Hard Drive Encryption

I have a new HP laptop 2540p and was wondering how hard is it to encrypt the whole hard drive? Does it slow boot time? Does it make loading programs take longer? You have to enter a password at boot ...
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How to restore a Windows 7 Bootcamp partition

My iMac was one of those suffering from a faulty Seagate HDD, and it failed a few weeks ago. In anticipation of getting it repaired at the Apple Store, I was able to clone the OS X partition easily ...
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Fedora 18 add new hard disk with LVM Partition

I recently built my 1st computer and realized today that despite having multiple hard disks, I'm out of space because I did not set up the partitions correctly. I am trying to add two of my hard ...
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How do I safely move a Windows 7 software RAID 1 volume to a new PC?

I have 2 identical drives in an old PC running as a mirror RAID (RAID1) using the Windows 7 software RAID. These drives are data-only drives and are not being used to boot an operating system. How do ...
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Can i have a SSD + Hybrid combination in my laptop?

I have a Toshiba Qosmio x870-144. It has a 128GB SSD and a 1TB 5400 RPM HDD. I have a spare Seagate 750GB Hybrid 7200rpm. Can I replace the 1TB HDD with the Seagate? Will I get better performance? ...
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Can I go from noraid to raid1 to an existing Windows installation?

I am planning to switch from Ubuntu to Windows 7 for my HTPC and later add an extra 3TB disk. Can I install Windows 7 on a 3TB disk and later add a disk and upgrade it to 2x3TB software raid1 without ...
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Power management in Solaris 11 using poweradm?

In Oracle Solaris 11.1, pmconfig had completely vanished, and poweradm is available instead. While pmconfig was still available, I used to... Auto suspend : Let my server suspend from 2 AM through 7 ...
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Transitioning to Ubuntu

I am currently running Windows 7 with 2 hard drives. An SSD where the OS and apps are stored. A HDD which stores all my videos, music, files. (NTFS) If I was to format the SSD and install Ubuntu, ...
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Windows 8 Pro 100% Disk Usage on Startup

I had Windows 7 on this laptop before. This didn't happen. It just goes all the way up to 100% and everythings slow when the real usage is only like 0,8MB/S-1MB/S What could be wrong? I already did ...
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Email alerts for drive failures

At our office, we're using a Windows 7 box as a file "server" for our accounting department. I have a spare drive in it that mirrors the accounting share for redundancy. Are there any utilities out ...
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What is meant by “Single Driver Per channel”? SATA

In the following context SATA only supports a single driver per channel? What is a channel?
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How do you remove a hard drive password on a Lenovo Y580?

I've got a Lenovo IdeaPad Y580 with hard drive passwords enabled for both drives. The circumstances (frequent travel) that prompted me to install hard drive passwords are no longer in my life, so I'd ...
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One Step Migration to SSD?

I've read several of the migration guides for moving an existing windows install from a HDD to a SSD. Steps are basically: Attach external drive copy hdd image to drive (conezilla) install ssd boot ...
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Mint cannot find HDD

Something went wrong with our home computers boot files for Windows XP, thankfully we had all the files backed up but we no longer had the Windows XP installation CD to reinstall Windows XP. So I have ...
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WD external Hard disk volumes are not recognizing by data recovery tools

It is regarding my WD 1TB external harddisk. The issue:- Accidently dropped from my hands(approx 1 feet height). It worked properly for one day, but since day 2, I realised that my laptop is only ...
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Move Mac OS Hard Drive from One Mac to Another

I currently have two Mac Minis, one is the current gen, another is a 2009 model both loaded with OS X Lion. I am trying to boot the new Mac Mini with the hard drive pulled from the old one using a ...
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gparted doesn't work with an external hard drive with sector size of 4096

When I open gparted, I got below: sudo gparted ====================== libparted : 2.2 ====================== Device /dev/sdc has a logical sector size of 4096. Not all parts of GNU Parted support ...
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Issue reinstalling Windows 7

I'm trying to reinstall Windows 7 on my laptop, but after I select the language, time, etc. and click "next", nothing happens. I can't do the "repair startup" option or boot into Windows. Is ...
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How would I make a bootable CD/USB drive that auto-boots a system from a specific, non-default hard drive?

Context: I have a system that consistently forgets hard drive boot order. I specify it in the BIOS, and after the next reboot, it's gone. My primary boot drive is on an addon card (SAS HBA). The ...
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How to fix MBR of external hard disk?

I have a 320 GB WD hard disk and recently some folders got corrupted. I tried to use HDD Regenerator to fix the hard disk. While it was repairing, it was interrupted. Now the hard disk won't mount ...
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Unallocated space isn't seen by Windows XP setup

I'm trying to install Windows XP on a TravelMate 7530 laptop. I used WinSetupFromUSB to make an bootable USB installation disk. The problem occurs when the installation is started. The step where ...
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File system for storage in Mac OS X

Recently I bought a new HDD for my Mac, but I'm not sure which file system would be best for storing large amounts of data. Since NTFS isn't supported natively in OS X (10.8) I was looking into ...