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

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Linux: get the current boot disk's device name

When booting a machine by USB stick, sudo fdisk -l outputs you two devices marked with an asterisk, and you'll never know which was the boot device. I need a list of all disks attached to the ...
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Is it ok to replace the hdd with a ssd for data drive?

Nowadays everyone has windows and softwares installed on a ssd. But most people still have HDDs for their personnal data (movies, music, work related data etc), usually on large hdds (1to and more). ...
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Disable win7 harddisk ram for a specific software

Sometimes when you ask matlab to create a very large array, it exceed actual ram and tries to go into harddisk, which slows down the computer so much that it becomes impossible to close matlab, only ...
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Lenovo Boot Failed

I am Using Lenovo G405s and running Windows 8 on my laptop, and whenever I turn on the laptop this error pops up - SATA HDD : WDC WD5000LPVT-24G33T1 boot failed SATA ODD : MATSHITA DVD-RAM ...
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Precise physical layout/geometry of the hard disk drives

The question is how is the physical layout of the hard disk? Any academic or OS level documentation only has logical diagrams (with perfectly shaped sectors), however, the real-world physical-layout ...
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PC hard locks on motherboard splash screen

So I recently suffered a nasty computer crash after trying to remove a theme pack I was using, and nothing would get me back to accessible windows (not safe mode, system restore, etc.) so I backed up ...
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Can't get fsck to run on my macbook (checking external drive)

I have a 3TB Seagate GoFlex drive which shows up in Disk Utility but not on the desktop. Disk utility can't repair it so I wanted to try fsck. Last login: Fri Jul 31 00:22:20 on ttys000 $ DISKUTIL ...
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Accessing laptop's hard drive when OS won't boot

What is the best way to access a laptop's hard drive to recover data (assuming there is still intact data) when the OS (Windows XP) won't boot? EDIT: I've tried booting from a disc, but that failed ...
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How to copy files while not modifying the file creation times at all?

Just like the cut and paste works: it doesnt modify the file creation times at all. Where to get such program? I dont want to lose the info when my files were createn, and i dont want to cut/paste ...
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Move partitions from pen drive to unallocated space in hard drive

I have built and installed Chromium OS on a pen drive following the instructions on this page. I can boot into the pen drive and use Chromium OS as if it were installed on my computer, I'm able to ...
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Does CPU matters in disk read/write speed

I thinking to buy my old Mac an SSD, but after asking around to some friends, and looking to different disks, some of my friends said that the SSD's read/write speed won't matter because my CPU won't ...
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How to partition a hard drive for cloning? Clonezilla

I am running windows 8.1 on my desktop PC, which has two-3TB hard drives installed. The first drive is where windows is installed. It has one NTFS partition labeled "System Reserved", another NTFS ...
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Unetbootin can't find Hard Drive?

I am trying to use Unetbootin to download the new Windows 10 iso directly to my secondary Hard Drive. I formatted and partitioned the drive as so: Allotment: 100GB Drive letter: A File System: NTFS ...
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External hard drive does not show up on Windows 7 - Disk Management says 'You must initialize a disk before logical manager can access it'

I recently plugged in an external hard drive of mine and noticed that it doesn't show up on the list of drives in Computer. I opened Disk Management (dskmgmt.msc) to check and it said that 'You must ...
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Install Windows two times, each one thinks it is on “C”?

I'm having two SSD drives in my machine (let's call them SSD A and SSD B) I run Win 8.1 on SSD A, SSD B is empty. From the view of Win 8.1 SSD A has the drive letter C, and SSD B has the drive ...
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How to Change/Remove UEFI Hard Disk Password

I am using an ASUS laptop running Windows 8 and have forgot a UEFI password. The password isn't essential to startup, for I have a user password and a master password. I know the user one, but I've ...
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Installed windows 10 and Linux, how to safely remove the Lenovo recovery partitions without messing up the boot?

Please look at the following screenshots. Is /dev/sda1 useful at all (Windows says it is a Recovery Partition)? Can I remove it? It is only 1000MB and removing it seems no use, so the best I can do ...
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Can a Disk Image (Disk Utility) be opened by two users on separate machines at the same time?

I have created a Disk Image to place confidential information into that myself and another colleague will be working on. problem is, we have just discovered that we both can't access the disk image at ...
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merging a system partition with a partition preceding it

My hard drive is 500 Gb, I partitioned it with 400gb for windows 7 and 100gb for Windows 10, however I am in need of a bit more space, thus I shrank 50gb from the windwos 7 partition, besides ...
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3TB hard disk displayed as 746GB

in BIOS , UEFI Boot is enabled , ACHI Mode is selected , and the 3TB Hard disk (Seagate ST30000DM001) is installed at SATA Port 3. However, in Windows 7 64-bit, 3TB hard disk is displayed as 746GB, ...
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Upon booting an Arch Linux installation media, how do I know which drive is which?

So let's say I have a 5 disks. How do I know which one is /dev/sda, /dev/sdb, /dev/sdc and so on?
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How can I convert/merge a primary partition into the extended?

I don't know if I am the only fool out here but I want to have only one partition as a primary and other(s) under extended. Currently I have disk state as: Is there any way I can merge the RAW ...
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NAS via HDD connected to PC or HDD connected to the router

Hardware I am working with Netgear Nighthawk AC1900 (R7000) (USB 3.0; running stock firmware, but can run Tomato if needed) Seagate FreeAgent GoFlex Desk 2 TB USB 3.0 External Hard Drive (MPN: ...
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Why do my external USB hard drives become slower when I have filled them up only to a third?

The read/write speeds of my external USB3 hard drives (*) are significantly higher when the disks are empty (no normal files; less then 10MB used) compared to when they are moderately full (2.5 ...
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USB 3.0 hard drive docking station does not work unless using USB 2.0 port

I have a Sharkoon SATA QuickPort with USB 3.0 connection (http://www.sharkoon.com/?q=en/content/sata-quickport-xt-usb30-v2). Whenever I connect this device to a USB 3.0 port on my computer with a hard ...
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Can I install the free Windows 7/8 -> 10 upgrade on a new empty drive?

With the new Windows 10 coming out soon as a free upgrade, I'd like to know if and how I can install the upgrade on a new HDD. I assume the files needed for Windows 10 are only for upgrading an ...
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Mac Hard Drive full message when it's not

For the past week or two I've been having an issue where apps will say that my Hard Drive is full (not the startup drive, the one where my home directory is). iMessage is saying "Disk Full. Messages ...
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What are the posible solutions for maximum partitions achieved

Good day to you first. After solving a problem with rercieveing a file from my problem at this topic - Extracting files from windows to linux on a same partition i formated my C: (dev6) partition ...
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Manually controlling hdd sleep

My question is about controlling and getting info about HDD sleep (or HDD hibernation) in Windows 8.1. I am not referring to system hybernation. How to manually put hdd into sleep How to check, if ...
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What is the fastest way to mark bad sectors *without data recovery*?

I have an out of warranty laptop that has an hdd with bad sectors. I say that because chkdsk /r got stuck for over 24 hours at certain %. I also left GRC's SpinRite running for 4 days. It is my ...
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Use an external laptop hard disk drive to a desktop

I'm a programmer and my choice of equipment is laptop. I have a personal laptop at home and a desktop and often (like every other day) I take some of my work home. Recently my laptop is damaged, so to ...
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Slow reading file data

I've worked on systems for quite a few years now and this one has me pretty baffled. I'm running Windows 8.1 and recently (I know for certain this problem didn't occur 1 week ago at least) all ...
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Why is CBS.log file size 20 GB

Two days ago I had full C: drive after which I deleted 8 GB of data. The next day the hard drive was full again, so I continued with deleting another 5 GB, and once again the next day the disk was ...
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Mac OS not allowing for disk partition

I tried adding a disk partition through Disk Utility on a Retina MBP under OS X 10.8.4. It was supposed to be a small, ~20 GB ExFAT partition on a 512 GB disk. For some reason, my disk was ...
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ATA100 IDE HDD vs ATA100 IDE SSD

UPDATE: Bought a cheap 32GB SSD, and it's made a difference. Most apps now take no more than 2 seconds to open, many seem to open within a second. Apps like Google Chrome now take about 5 seconds ...
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BTRFS delete missing drive, ignoring I/O errors

I have a BTRFS file system, distributed on 3 drives (no raid). One of my drives died yesterday. I can still mount the file system using sudo mount $path -o degraded,ro About 120k files (out of ...
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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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Are there SSDs compatible with PCIe x1?

My internal hard drive is ticking. It's gonna be dead soon. I've backed up all my data, thanks for your concern. What I'm doubting is, I have an old computer, that I plan on replacing in a year or ...
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Windows Disk Management Not Allow 'Delete Volume' and 'Extend Volume'

I am trying to delete my existing windows partition using disk management, when i am rhight clicked on the slected partion the 'Delete Volume' and 'Extend Volume' options are grayed out ( doesn't ...
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Second HDD / SSD Via Caddy (ODD) Needs Restart To Be Seen / Recognized

Problem: Every time system restarts/shuts down, the hard drive connected via caddy adapter (inserted into the optical drive bay) is not recognized after system boot Annoying solution: restart (works ...
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HDD to usb converter for 2.5 inch 5200RPM disk [on hold]

I want convert my laptop HDD to external HDD. HDD configuration is: Rotation Speed: 5200RPM Size: 1TB Which converter case is good for normal HDD? USB 2.0 or USB 3.0 as per speed. As USB 3.0 is ...
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Good block size for disk-cloning with diskdump (dd)

I use dd in its simplest form to clone a hard drive: dd if=INPUT of=OUTPUT However, I read in the manpage that dd knows a blocksize parameter. Is there an optimal value for the blocksize parameter ...
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Is the Archive hard drive ok to use for backups [on hold]

There is 8TB Archive Hard Drive Available from Seagte. First there two types and i didn't knew whats the difference Seagate 8TB Archive HDD (ST8000AS0002) Seagate ST8000AS0002 8TB ARCHIVE HDD 3.5in ...
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OK to swap a SATA DVD for a SATA HD?

I'm considering picking up a used Lenovo M58 in its small form factor case to build a linux (ubuntu) server. The M58 has a standard 3.5-inch bay for an internal SATA HD and a 5.25-inch half-height bay ...
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HDD naming in Linux?

Does Linux attempt to give a drive the same letter each time? For example, if was to connect two drives to my computer, then disconnect them and reconnect them in reverse order would sdb and sdc ...
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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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Windows Disk I/O 100% at boot for 20 Minutes

I have a fast computer (quad-core i7, 3.5 Ghz, 24 GB of RAM, Windows 8.1) and I installed a new hard drive less than a year ago that was supposed to be as fast as you could buy for an HHD and not an ...
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Sharing external hard drive on a network (WINDOWS 7)

I will like to share a 1TB hard drive to users on my network and create users, set permissions to files and folders. But i'm having a hard time accessing the users on the network. As it is i can only ...
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Harddisk not mounting: not recognized under Devices - Ubuntu

I am using Ubuntu 14.04 desktop computer. According to my code I mounted my harddrive and then copy a file in it. I also use 2 USB for this copy operation. Today I got into trouble. Firstly one of ...
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How to isolate bad sectors on a hard disk in Windows 7? [duplicate]

If I know that a hard disk has bad sectors, how can I "mark" them so that Windows 7 doesn't write to them when I copy files and stuff?