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

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Is it possible to run any bootable system directly from USB without any installation? [on hold]

I have a NetBook that won't boot. Its hard drive got locked by a cracker that I think came in through my always-on Wi-Fi. Is it possible to run any bootable operating system directly from a USB drive ...
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Bluescreen Stop 0x00000027 RDR_FILE_SYSTEM after cloning system on new HDD

A couple of months ago I got a new 500GB HDD for my no-name-brand Laptop PC and I cloned the complete Win 7 Pro 32bit system with clonezilla from the old 70GB drive to the new one. At first everything ...
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Unable to format or initialize HDD

I have an Dell Latitude E6410 laptop that belongs to a client. I want to install Windows 7 on it, but when I try to create a new partition or format the drive from the Windows Wetup, i get an error ...
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Why does copying files from one partition to another of the same disk take time?

Applying my general understanding if partitioning is done within the same physical hard drive, copying data from one partition to another should involve only changing indexes to where the GUI ...
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Is disk read/write speed affected by processor architecture? [on hold]

I am not sure what effect if any a 32 bit vs 64 bit architecture processor has on disk read/write speed. I believe that a 64 bit processor can address more main memory than 32 bit processor without ...
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HDD working on Mac but asks to be formatted on PC

I have a 1TB Toshiba external HDD, 2 years old. A few days ago it suddenly stopped showing up on my PC. Whenever I connect it, the system asks if I wish to format the HDD and I cannot access my years ...
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Does restart count as harddisk boot?

Does restart count as harddisk boot? Most reference sites state that the life span of hard drives depends on the number of boots (On/Off) where the drive arm lands its head on the drive platter. The ...
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chkdsk /f /r alternative in ubuntu linux

In windows os chkdsk /f /r will fix a hdd error automatically.i have lost access in my laptop though i am able to live boot into my laptop using linux.I have live boot ubuntu 14.04 and i am in a need ...
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Can I modify the SMART value of Raw Read Error Rate Worst Value to be greater than 1?

I have a HP Pavilion g6 2136tx Laptop which was functioning correctly until one day Windows 7 Ultimate x64 couldn't boot up. Tried System Restore and Windows Startup Repair tool, both of which failed. ...
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Multiple storage controllers in same PC [on hold]

What limits the number of controllers inside a single PC? For example, if I do not care about enclosure, power, cooling considerations - and all the other superficial facts - what are the negotiable ...
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Hard disk not detected in BIOS, disk does spin up when powered

A friend asked me if I could fix his laptop, with the description "black screen on boot". Having tried using his laptop I immediately noticed that the laptop's BIOS claims there is no hard disk ...
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Laptop Turning On and Off

Just for a heads up, I am not computer hardware savvy, but I do have a basic understanding of parts and what they do. I have not replaced any parts other than the hard drive but that was before the ...
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Low Disk Space on Windows 7 [on hold]

This is about my office computer (Windows 7) on which I want to install TeXmaker. I realised that I had not enough disk space for TeXMaker. However I thought it would be a good idea to uninstall ...
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Can I recover data from a clobbered NTFS volume? [duplicate]

First of all, yes, I know I'm a moron. Long story short, I overwrote the first few dozen megabytes of a 2 terabyte disk, clobbering the partition table and beginning of an NTFS partition. It's all ...
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BIOS Hard Drive Password Security?

I have a Dell Latitude E6400 and I would like to know how secure setting a BIOS HDD Password is? Does this apply some form of encryption to the contents of the drive or is it just some simple lock on ...
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Using Terminal to copy Aperture files from external hard drive to Mac

I'm a novice Mac user who inherited photo equipment from my photographer Dad. He used Aperture to manage his thousands of photos. I tried copying a 20 gB file to my computer but it's failed each ...
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Is it safe to destroy a hard drive by putting it in an oven? [duplicate]

I want to destroy my hard drive. I wonder if it is safe to put it in an oven until it is destroyed? If there is a better way, please let me know, given that I have neither the right screwdriver nor ...
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If I open a document from a USB flash drive but do not save it to the computer, can someone access the file’s contents after I remove the drive?

I have a USB Flash drive with confidential information on it and I will need to access this information on someone else’s computer. The computer is a PC and operates on Microsoft Office 7. If I open ...
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it possible to disable HDD after 20 min idle but not SSD (Windows 7)

Hello my operating system is Windows 7. I have 3 hard drives: 1 SSD (which hosts Windows), 2 HDD (just a file storage) Is it possible to turn off HDD after some idle time but leave active SSD? I ...
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Can't mount filesystem on HD that came from WD NAS

I have a WD NAS drive, I need to recover some deleted files, so I've taken the drive out and plugged it into an Ubuntu machine to get direct access to the filesystem... When I check the drive in ...
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EaseUS partition manager terminated abruptly, leaving HDD partition to be unusable

I was using EaseUS partition manager to extend my drive's capacity by including a 100GB partition into it. The drive was earlier partitioned as 100GB+831Gb = 1TB(Toshiba HDD) and I was making it a ...
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iCloud Drive taking up space on local drive?

My computer seems to be keeping a local copy of my iCloud Drive folder. Is there any way to disable this? I know this because in my "Library" folder, there is another folder called "Mobile Documents" ...
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Windows hibernation not working properly

When I turn the notebook on again after hibernation, it says that Windows found a problem and had to shut down. I think the problem is with the transfer of archives from RAM to the disk, because it ...
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Recover data in ubuntu [on hold]

I'm using Ubuntu 14.04 right now on my laptop. I have a laptop hard drive that I want to recover data from it. I tried every possible method to get my lost data back but none was successful as I ...
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How to access S.M.A.R.T. values when using RAID and Intel Matrix Storage?

We have a RAID 5 array using Intel Matrix Storage (i.e. a motherboard based RAID). One of the hard drives has started to make a grinding noise, and the array is currently rebuilding. We'd like to ...
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Is my SSD starting to fail?

I have Plextor 256 gb M2P which is only 3 years old. I tried to make a backup image of my system drive with reflect (macrium) and windows backup but it both fails each time with an IO error. Altough ...
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HDD Surface Read test showing very slow blocks (> 500 ms). How can I fix?

I am performing a hdd read surface test with hddscan and it is showing some very slow sectors. Is this ok? Can I fix this somehow?
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Error booting after installing Windows 8

I get this this error after installing Windows 8: The Group Policy Client service failed the sign-in. The universal unique identifier (UUID) type is not supported. Previously I used to use ...
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Drive unable to initialise,“Device Not Ready” when attempting to connecting hard drive to windows 7

I have an old Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 hard drive that I am attempting to connect to a Windows 7 machine by using a USB 2.0 to IDE/SATA Adapter.(it was previously connected to an internal IDE ...
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raid5 after changing disk, data disappeared in lost+found or?

I lost a drive so I stopped my array, changed the drive, reassembled the array. So far so good except that when I tried to mount the array I had an error about md0 file system (sorry I rebooted so ...
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Why is deleting a file faster than copying?

Why it takes more time, say 10 minutes when copying a file But It takes very less time when deleting the same file, it would take 10-20 seconds.
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Safe to manually spin down hard drive with hdparm?

I have a laptop with a ssd for primary OS drive, and a large Spinning disk for storage. I currently have an alias I use for manually spinning down the drive when I'm not using it (after umount of ...
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How do I set up a RAID 0 on windows 8?

I have a windows 8 machine with a 2T internal hard drive and 12G of ram. I have an external WD 3T that automatically backs up my entire I tunes Ibrary. I have added a second 2T internal drive and ...
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I can open a file with Ubuntu but Windows 7 says file is corrupted and unreadable

I guess the following command will work (gotten from here: http://josmangarsal.es/no-se-puede-tener-acceso-a-x-el-archivo-o-directorio-esta-danado-o-es-ilegible-windows/) chkdsk x: /f However I'd ...
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High average response time from HDD

Specs: CPU: i5 2500k GPU: 6870 2GB Memory: 4gbx2 MOBO: Z68XP-UD3 HDD: ST31000524AS, WDC WD10EAVS OS: Win 10 Tech Preview. Past OS: 7, 8, 8.1 (problems occured on all of these.) Problem: So I ...
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Why isn't my new USB 3.0 card / USB 3.0 hard drives working under FreeNAS?

I have a Dell Inspiron Desktop 580 into which I have installed a RocketU 1144A USB 3.0 card. The system is running FreeNAS 8.0.1-BETA4, which is based on FreeBSD 8 and supposedly has USB 3.0 ...
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Accidentally written a small bootable image to an external HD, deleted it and now have a large 'unallocated partition'. What are my options?

I was trying to get a 65MB bootable image (Nook Manager, for rooting my Nook ebook reader) to write to an SD card in Win32 Disk Imager. Somehow it must have selected my external HD and written the ...
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Determine which physical HDD is which

I have an Asus M5A88-M motherboard with six identical SATA drives running Windows 7. One drive is the boot/OS drive and the others are just data drives, but I don't know which is which. Suddenly the ...
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Zero inodes even after formatting hard disk

I have an external 1Tb harddisk which due to some reason was showing following under df -i Filesystem Inodes IUsed IFree IUse% Mounted on /dev/sdb1 0 0 0 - ...
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Why Superfetch and Prefetch on Windows 8.1 cause high disk activity on Pagefile disk?

I have an SSD running Windows 8.1 Pro x64, which only has 128GB. To leave it a little more free, I have left only 200MB of Pagefile in it. I have another HDD which has 1TB. In it, I made a new ...
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Western Digital Elements 1TB USB3.0 Spins up and then beeps?

Well, today, I unplugged my WD external HDD from my laptop so that I could move it to a different port. I was not using any program that would be accessing the drive at the time. However, when I ...
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Windows To Go - prevent internal disks from going online

I created Windows To Go from Windows 8.1 Pro according to these manual http://www.howtogeek.com/196817/how-to-create-a-windows-to-go-usb-drive-without-the-enterprise-edition/. But host PC disks are ...
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I have a sony laptop that will not boot up [on hold]

It is running Windows XP professional and I want to format the drive to put it in factory setting so I can donate it to a charity. The original recovery discs are not available. David
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Deletion of files on any external drives impossible (Win-7, Win-8)

SINCE TODAY I cannot delete any file on any external medium, FAT or NTFS, card or disk. On two machines, one Win 7, the other 8.1. It worked yesterday, and I havent changed ANYthing. I wanted to copy ...
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Possible HDD failure soon?

4 days ago, I decided to download HD Tune just to see how my hard drive was doing. When I checked the program today I saw this... When I first checked I had ~8300 Retry Counts and in 4 days it ...
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Determine which files are stored in bad sectors

I ran CHKDSK last night (log below) and noticed that apparently I have 4 KB of data stored in bad sectors. Is there a way to find out which files are stored in (or at least are partially stored) in ...
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Computers won't boot from an SSD but all files are detected

last night when my girlfriend was over, she pressed the power button on my desktop five or six times to try and turn it off. This morning, the computer wouldn't boot, and I got a read error from the ...
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Using gnu dd_rescue to rescue data from a failed hard disk

I'm using gnu ddrescue 1.18.1 from the SystemRescueCD Linux distribution. I started the recovery process yesterday using this tutorial: ...
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Your Mac OS X startup disk has no more space available for application memory

The error message given in the title is perhaps the most incredibly annoying message I have ever had the mispleasure of reading. I thought my "startup disk" was the CDRom that has the image of the ...
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Specific model of laptop hard drive dies after using it in laptop?

I have a Dell Inspiron 17R 7720 Special Edition laptop. It came with 2 hard drives of 1 TB (thus a total of 2 TB). To date, the motherboard has been replaced at least three times now due to ...