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

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3TB Drive doesn't always show up initialized in USB3 Dock

Have a perfectly fine 3TB GPT drive which shows up in most of our machines when direct connected and often in docks. But, we've used it in a few new USB3 docks and sometimes it will show up as ...
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Windows 7 hard drive constantly running [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Tool which finds which process is causing the heavy hard drive activity? I'm running Win7 x64 Ultimate on a quad-core AMD with 8GB of RAM and a 500GB drive. Something ...
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My external HD turned to RAW - How to recover my data?

I have an external HD (WD MyBook Essentials) with all of my backups (1TB) for some unknown reason, when I try to connect the drive (Tried several interfaces: eSATA/plugged it into my PC/USB) I get ...
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connecting to hard drive via internet

I have a network hard drive on my network at home. It is a very simple network, it consists of a wireless router and modem and a wireless hard drive. Of course there are often also laptops connected ...
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Choosing a right SSD for a notebook - from the *modern* point of view [closed]

I'd like to buy a new laptop, probably with an SSD drive. Lots of vendors provide a ready-made solutions, typically with some random 128GB or 256GB SSD included for a almost average retail price plus ...
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Hard drive failure - Can I recover data? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Recover harddrive data How to recover data from external hard drive I have an external hard drive that connects to the PC via USB. Recently it stopped working, when I ...
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Does anyone know the exact symptoms of the Intel 6 SATA bug? [closed]

There has been a bug discovered http://www.anandtech.com/show/4142/intel-discovers-bug-in-6series-chipset-begins-recall It was acknowledged by Intel and recalls have been ordered. However, since ...
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USB harddisk reconnecting at random moments

I'm using an external USB box for one of my harddisks in Windows 7. At random moments, windows shows me the popup asking me what I want to do with the connected USB drive. It seems Windows somehow ...
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An issue with hard drive Disk Signature?

I have used a Linux live CD to do a full copy of my laptop's encrypted hard drive (it runs Windows 7 ultimate) to an external hard drive. The MBR is the only thing not encrypted on the drive. My ...
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Change partition type in windows

Is there a way to change the partition type of a partition of an external HDD in windows to one that windows does not support? For example change an ntfs partition to ext3 or Solaris. Are there any ...
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how to find bad disk in raid array?

I have a RAID5 array and one of the disks clicks whenever I start up the array. During array operation, it seems to run fine though. This has me worried that I'm going to start running into problems ...
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Linux swap position on hdd

As far as I know hard drives are faster at the beginning of the disk. If this is true, why does Ubuntu put the swap partition to the back of the disk by default?
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Creating recovery flash disk-on-key using recovery dvd disk for hp pavilion dv6510ej laptop

I have hp pavilion dv6510ej laptop and recovery dvd disk. Recently I have to format all my hard disk so I lost my recovery partition. I want to restore my laptop using the hp recovering dvd disk, ...
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How to get OSX to recognize a disk's full size after cloning onto a larger drive?

I have taken a 250G hard drive from my MacBook pro and cloned it sector-by-sector (using Acronis True image; which would be equivalent to running something like dd if=/dev/sda of=/dev/sdb) onto a ...
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External USB drive enclosures: Plastic or Metallic for better heat dissipation? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is an external hard disk with a metallic chasing better for heat dissipation than a plastic one? I noticed a metallic casing is warmer for the same disk than a plastic ...
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Are “Green” Hard Drives a Suitable a Storage Medium when Running Windows Home Server? [closed]

Does anyone have experience running WHS using "green" hard drives? What have your experiences been? Normally I wouldn't touch them for a server that has even moderate use but they are also much ...
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rebuilding raid array (rocket raid 1740)

so my rocketraid 1740 controller has 4 connectors .. i set it up with raid 5. drive on port 4 failed, but it comes back online after computer reboots. array saw this, and started to rebuild the ...
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Hard Drive Recovery

I'm attempting to recover a hard drive, which may or may not be possible. It shows up in the BIOS, and in Windows Drive Management, but unloaded and cannot be loaded due to CRC failure. I tried ...
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HD recognised by BIOS but not Windows

I accidently dropped a hard drive a while back. It worked afterwards but now it seems something is wrong. I'm unsure if the drop has killed it or not. The BIOS recognises it, but Windows 7 doesn't ...
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Macbook Pro won't boot from DVD with SSD

Here's the timeline of events. Had a running MBP 17 Early 2011 Thunderbolt with OWC Mercury Extreme Pro SSD 115GB drive. Installed Windows 7 via bootcamp. I have done this multiple times before and ...
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New Hard Drive not recognized on boot

I am upgrading the hard drive on my Dell Precision M4400 laptop. The current drive is a Seagate Momentus 7200 80GB. The new drive is a Hitachi 5K500 250GB. --> Both are SATA. I have an external USB ...
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How can I control hard drive usage for some programs?

Is it possible to limit hard drive IO per process? I recently upgraded from a Core 2 Duo E6600 @ 2.8GHz to an i7 2600K @ 4.5GHz. It's a pretty big step from 2 slow cores to 4 fast cores. Also, I've ...
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How can I repair Mac OS Extended Journaled Hard Drive that doesn't show up in Mac Finder or Disk Utility

I have a 120 GB Seagate SATA hard drive formatted as the default "Mac OS Extended Journaled" in a 2006 MacBook with Snow Leopard. It also has Windows XP installed with BootCamp. Everything worked ...
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Thinkpad T500 - Applications hang when attempting to perform HDD writes after docking the PC

For the past four days, my laptop PC, a Lenovo Thinkpad T500 running Windows XP SP3, has been getting into a "bad state" after waking the PC up from sleep and docking the PC. The most prominent ...
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Operating System Not Found - BIOS recognizes, Live OS doesn't (Laptop)

Here's the deal: I have a multi-partitioned hard drive on my laptop set up with GRUB. I got a blue-screen while working on Windows 7 and when rebooting I got the Operating System Not Found error ...
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What seems to be plaguing my hard drives?

I recently had to toss an old desktop of mine. It was gradually getting slower, and after shutting the desktop down for long periods of time, it would choke up on startup. Sometimes it'd give a disk ...
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Internal HD not detected via IDE/SATA usb on Vista

I was viewing some files from my old hard drive taken from an XP machine, on a Vista machine via a IDE/SATA usb cable and accidentally dropped the hard drive (about from a knee height), which landed ...
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Recover data from a Windows Dynamic Volume Spanned Disk

I have a dynamic volume created with two spanned partitions over two disk. Recently, one disk has started failing, and I want to copy the data inside that disk to another disk, before replacing it. ...
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Updating the RAM and HDD for my Dell OptiPlex GX280

I'm looking to upgrade my Dell OptiPlex GX280, but can't figure out what type of DDR2 RAM to get, and I also can't seem to figure out if I am supposed to get an SATA, SATA-II, or SATA-III hard drive? ...
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Windows Server 2003: How to save everything in drive D?

I have a client who has 5 computers and 1 Windows Server 2003. The client saves all the files from the program to drive D (285GB) in the server which is a network/shared folder. In drive C: which is ...
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BIOS hanging when configured for AHCI mode

My system was working fine until I decided to resize my primary partition. To do this I had to reboot. During POST my BIOS hung right as it was detecting the different drives. I updated my BIOS to the ...
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External-Harddisk drive couldn't run unless in safe mode

This is the strangest thing ever happened to me... I have an external harddisk drive (ext-HDD), bought around 2 years ago (don't know whether this is an important issue or not). Here, I have a video ...
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Replace a motherboard or try to move HDD to a new computer [closed]

The motherboard on my HP P6214Y is fried and the local computer repair shop wants $300 to fix it (I paid $500 for it 1.5 years ago). Should I order my own OEM motherboard from Hong Kong for about ...
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Files corrupted by NTFS compressed disk… files not readable

A time ago I formatted an HDD to be NTFS Compressed, and I stored there a lot of important files (Fireworks PNG files, zip files, rar files, php, html js files...). Yesterday I opened a png file with ...
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Hard drive not showing all files?

I've had this issue for a little while but did nothing about it. I have a caddy in my PC and I removed my HDD from it many times and it has worked fine. Now it's in there and I had to to a "check for ...
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Does mounting a harddisk vertically decrease its lifespan? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Does vertical position affect hard drive? Does mounting a harddisk harddrive vertically decrease its lifespan? I am already aware, or guess, that: There is a large ...
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What does this SMART status mean? [closed]

What does this SMART status mean for my HDD?
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Installed Windows on drive G — how much freedom do I have with drives C and D now?

I had a hard drive partitioned into C and D, which I outgrew. Bought a new drive, inserted it into the computer (at which point it became drive G), and installed Windows on it. Tried unplugging the ...
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Boot Sector Missing in External hard drive

Yesterday I needed to copy some data from my girlfriend's laptop to mine. To do so I just copied my whole data from my external hard drive to my PC and used the hard drive for data exchange. After ...
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Repair (or relocate to new enclosure) a failed disk array

I now have 2 failed external hard drives that won't mount. They are well past warranty. Opening one reveals two 3.5" HDDs...connected to the controller via SATA. (haven't opened other one so not sure ...
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Hard disk reporting significantly lower capacity

I have a Samsung SpinPoint P120 SP2514N 250GB hard drive that Windows 7 reports to be a 31.5GB disk. The drive is definitely a 250GB disk - this is not a case of mislabelling. If I go into disk ...
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Rearranging Partitions?

Is it possible to rearrange the order in which hard drive partitions appear on disk? Of course, there would be no point in doing this to a SSD, but I have heard that for a HDD the operating system ...
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Recover information from Iomega Portable hard drive

I have a portable Iomega 250GB HDD. It worked wonderfully for years and passed its warranty period a long time ago. It then started acting up and finally didn't work any longer. The odd thing is that ...
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Which will give me better performance? Raid 0 with two 7200 RPM HDD's or one WD Velociraptor 10,000 RPM?

I will be using one of these configurations for my VMWare Workstation Development VM's (with the RAID setup I can probably get my games on there too). I will mostly be running a Win 7 VM with Visual ...
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Software RAID-1 on Windows 7 doesn't work as expected

Because of problems with the RAID config on my motherboard, I've decided to go the "easy" way and use software RAID. So I made one big mirrored partition on my two identical hard drivers. I copies a ...
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How does one turn off all writing to attached disks in Windows 7?

I would like to turn off writing to all non-system disks in Windows 7, including indexing, I would like for the functionality to be equivalent to mount -o loop,ro in Linux if possible. Is there a way ...
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How to copy most of a Linux filesystem onto a new drive?

I am getting a SSD and I'd like it to become my new Linux boot drive. However, it is smaller than my current hard drive's root Linux partition, so I'd like to copy over the filesystem and exclude some ...
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external hard drive not recognized

i recently bought a 500GB iomega eGo external hard drive. It use to work fine but now when i plug it into my USB the drive doesn't show up in my computer or disk manager. But when in device manages it ...
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Computer Not Recognizing New Harddrive Missing 200+ Gigs on an older Dell e1505 [closed]

I've tried setting the LBA in the BIOS but mysteriously there is no BIOS setting for LBA on this Dell e1505. I tried the registry hack to flip LBA on in Windows. Currently, running Windows XP Media ...
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Add a small RAID card? Will it help overall stability and performance of my nine hard drives?

Will I get any extra genuine added performance and RAID stability if I insert a basic RAID card into a PCI-E x1 slot? I am considering the Adaptec 1220SA - 2 port SATA, PCI-express (1x), RAID 0/1. ...