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

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Why do I have 300 GB of ghost data on my harddrive?

If I enable both hidden and system files, and then select them all while in the C:\ Drive, the properties window adds their data up to 220 GB. However, if I right click on the C:\ Drive itself and ...
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Set cloned drive letter to C

I want to switch my laptop HDD from the current 640GB device to a new 480 SSD HDD. So I've shrinked and cloned my windows partition to the new disk; 100MB boot partition too I've also set up the MBR ...
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My PC freezes and makes loud noise on speakers

I have this issue: my PC is randomly freezing and making loud noise on speakers sometimes. Incidentally, my Hard Drive seems to be with problems. Everytime I log in to windows, I get a warning: ...
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What are the differences between MBR vs GPT vs any other partition scheme?

Can anyone tell me what the main differences between i.e. MBR vs GPT or any other partition scheme are? Why would one choose one over the other? I am not an expert but from new release of Mac OS X ...
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Chkdsk An unspecified error occurred 6c6f6766696c652e 29c

I ran the chkdsk /R command on an external WD 1TB hardrive connected via SATA. Here is the output log from chkdsk from event viewer. Not sure what the error message means? Chkdsk was executed in ...
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How often to run SMART tests on hard drive?

For a hard drive with SMART, how often should the quick test be run, and how often should the full test be run? Should the tests be run more frequently as the drive gets older? Does the manufacturer ...
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fsck on mac partition

How do i run a fsck command on a partition (disk0s4)? I tried »fsck -fy« in single-user-mode but it only checks the boot partition (disk0s2) which is ok. »fsck -fy /dev/disk0s4« does not work: »fsck ...
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How to boot a computer with a HDD from another PC?

I need to back up the files of an HDD but the only way I can do that is to plug it into another computer's HDD input. The problem is, now the other computer will not boot. If I try to boot with safe ...
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How can I have a second copy of my Windows 7 Laptop Hard Drive? [on hold]

I want to have a clone of my Windows 7 Laptop Hard Drive and use it to boot my Laptop just by swapping the Hard drives. I want to do this just in case the default Hard Drive dies suddenly. Please what ...
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Hard drive failed in RAID 0; can no longer boot windows

I have a laptop with two 500GB spinning disks, which are configured in RAID 0 (stripe). I smacked my laptop and it turned off. When I turned it back on It said one of the hard drives failed and it ...
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My C Drive in windows 7 is nearly full but is not real

I installed my Windows 7 in 3-4 months ago and it ran very well until yesterday. My C drive is about 40Gb. The combined total of all the visible folders in the root directory of my C drive is 16Gb ...
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Windows 8.1 Installation: device removal and restart

I'm doing a windows 8.1 clean installation. It was purchased as download from the Microsoft Store and written to and booted from a USB flash drive. The installation creates hard drive partitions, ...
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Intermittent ATA (read fpdma queued) errors and SMART errors in Ubuntu - Power supply or motherboard? [on hold]

Hardware: Gigabyte GA-970A-D3P (6 SATA3 connections) 2 1TB WD Green HDs, 2 3TB WD Blue 450W power supply (cheapy that came with the case) Software: Ubuntu 14.04.1 running kvm/qemu ...
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Copy C Drive, will it start up? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Clone a Hard Disk Content to Another Hard Disk Bit-for-bit copy of hard drive in Windows? I was just wondering, if you simply using something like gparted to ...
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Windows bug? Freeze while copying files. Parallel another copy may unfreeze

How to debug problems with simple copying files? I often have a problems when just copying many files from one disk to another. Probably the problem occurs only with ONE of hard drives, installed on ...
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chown not working on ext4 hard drive

I have a new 3TB internal hard drive and after writing some data to it I completely zero'd the drive using DD. I then created a partition table (GPT) in Gparted and created an ext4 partition. All went ...
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Is it possible to access Storage Spaces from Windows 8.1 instance running under VMware Workstation?

I have a single Storage Space (2-way mirror) under Windows 8.1. The disks are in an external eSATA enclosure. It's mounted as a single drive. I'd like to access the data on the Storage Space from ...
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Why are there so many files in C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Crypto\RSA\MachineKeys

I am running out of disk space on C:-drive. We see many (millions of) files in C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\Crypto\RSA\MachineKeys What are these files ? Why are so many files created? How can we ...
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How to tell if laptop supports SSD

So I was considering buying a Lenovo Z710 laptop - 59421370 which you can see the specs here I noticed that it has an SSHD drive which I don't like. I jumped to the online chat and asked an ...
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Cloning two internal HDDs on to one external HDD as a backup

My Asus M51AC desktop PC has a 500MB HDD with pre-installed Win 8 (upgraded to Win 8.1), so I also installed a 1TB HDD with OEM WIN 7 Pro SP1. Can I copy/clone both HDDs to one backup 2TB HDD, so I ...
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Does a unused HDD have a longer lifetime than a used one?

Does a HDD lying in my desk degrade with age (or is its service life driven only by usage)? If yes, are there publicly available statistics relating to any drive degradation when inactive for long ...
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Local hardware specialists tested my HDDs for me, PC came back slow / hanging randomly

I was concerned that my HDD may have been about to fail after I heard a couple of clicks (perhaps I was overly paranoid, but it's almost deadline time at University and I'm a Computing student - so ...
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Is it possible to backup the MFT in Windows? - NTFS

I experienced my first crashed Hard Drive a few days back, luckily it was not the primary disk and was just full of software which I could reinstall on. I tried several utilities like Easeus ...
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Compact files into contiguous area on disk [on hold]

Consider the following case: a disk has two very large files stored one after the other - the first being slightly smaller than the second. As far as I know (and please correct me if I'm wrong) - If I ...
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Will a large block size affect speed noticeably? [on hold]

I've seen discussions about it being fine to have a large block size on drives where large files will be stored because not much space will be wasted. But will it also help to speed up reading? I'm ...
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Hard drive showing incorrect free space after recent RAM upgrade

After recently upgrading my ram from 8GB to 16GB I noticed that my hard drive went from ~22GB to ~8GB (120GB ssd) even though all of files on the drive only accumulate to 72GB. I have tried numerous ...
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Access Windows Hard Drive In Linux

I have a hard drive with data on it that I have been using as external storage in Windows 7...when I plug it into my Linux machine this is what I see: /dev/sda Block device, size 596.2 GiB ...
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Can prematurely powering down a computer cause bad sectors in a hard drive?

Q1: Can forcibly powering off a PC without using the built-in shutdown/reboot functions, cause a HDD to accumulate bad sectors? Whether it be the result of BSODs, lockups, crashes, etc. Q2: If so, ...
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New Samsung XP941 SSD showing values for “Used Reserved Block Count”. Is this bad?

I have a brand new Samsung 512GB XP941 SSD. Installed Windows and had it all up and running for about a week now. However... when I ran Crystal Disk Info it's only showing a Health Status of 92% and ...
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My WD Blue 1TB drive goes to sleep every 20 seconds

I really can't google this one out, so if someone could give me some advice I'm on a laptop, I'm using Windows 8.1 currently Recently I bought an SSD and set it up as my system drive I've taken out ...
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TestDisk Read error at **/241/1 (lba=15183)

After my HDD got broken, Windows says it needs format. So, I'm using TestDisk to fix it. But a read error always occurs when I execute the Quick Search or the Deep Search process. To get one ...
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Incremental or Differential Backup from Server to Local HardDrive [on hold]

I just want to know, is there any software that can be installed in Windows to perform Incremental or Differential Backups from a server (running Linux) to local hard drive? Can I use FileZilla or ...
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How can I erase a 250gb external usb drive with linux partedmagic boot cd

I run a dual boot of windows 7 and xp on Dell Optiplex 280 with a Pentium 4 mobo, a CPU of 3 Ghz and 2GB ram. My question is "How do I use the ERASER TOOL in Linux Partedmagic Boot Cd to completely ...
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Windows 8 “Please wait” screen

I enabled AHCI mode for SATA (and virtualisation) in my BIOS and rebooted to Windows 8. This failed, so I switched it back. I realise now that something like this is required to change to AHCI mode. ...
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Hard disk error in Intel Matrix Storage Manager

I have two hard disks, both 160GB, and with Intel Matrix Raid on these two disks, I created two volumes Volumne0 Raid1 Volumne1 Raid0 Now, one of the hard disk shows error in the Intel Matrix Raid ...
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Building a new desktop PC for running After Effects for under $500 [on hold]

I am a student with a part-time job, so I don't have a very high budget. I want a smooth experience on Adobe After Effects, so I am considering building a new PC for under $500. I know it's not that ...
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Windows 8.1 file explorer is Super slow

I have a newish ( a couple of months old) laptop. i7 4700mq gtx765 8gb ram I'm using an ssd boot dirve and a HDD for storage. The computer has absolutely no problems running programs but it is very ...
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cp file in /dev/sdc, now drive isn't readable

So I was trying to instal Arch on my Laptop, and I wanted to copy boot.efi into my usb. cp boot.efi /dev/sdc cp boot.efi /dev/sdc1 cp boot.efi /dev/sdc2 and now its not being read. How can I fix my ...
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Free space from C drive due to wrong installation

I am totally new to Ubuntu and stuff. I tried installing it from USB, changed setting and when I tried to install It gave me three options remove windows and install ubuntu, install alongside windows ...
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What Makes an HDD incompatible with a Computer? [on hold]

Recently I was replacing the HDD in an old Dell Optiplex GX520 with 4GB RAM. However, when I went to install Windows 7 Pro x64 on the fresh, blank disk, the installation got hung up, saying (like in ...
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Windows 8 PID4 Constantly Writing to “wfpdiag.etl”

The C: drive on my Windows 8 machine is clicking away at 1 second intervals, writing to wfpdiag.etl. I'd like to find out why. Looking at the Resource Monitor and the Sysinternals Process Explorer, I ...
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eSATAp and 3.5'' HDD [duplicate]

Are the red ports below eSATAp that can power a 3.5'' HDD? I saw this post about 12V eSATAp and I would guess that they are. However I have a cable like this: which claims to support 3.5'' ...
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Can i claim warranty for HDD separately? [on hold]

My lenovo laptop had one year warranty, which is now over. It has a toshiba hard disk which is not working properly. Can i claim warranty for HDD separately ?
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What makes an external hard disk different from the internal one?

I mean I can basically loosen an external hard disk and insert it in a laptop but will it work as well as internal ones? What makes them different?
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Forcing programs to be installed to another drive

I have an SSD as my main Windows drive, with a 640GB 2.5" HDD, partitioned to store programs and user settings, and also to act as backup (it's the only thing I had lying around at the time of ...
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Adding used hard drive to Buffalo NAS

I have a low end Buffalo NAS (lswvl is the model). Currently I had one disk in slot 2 which was installed long time ago and it was a fresh drive and fresh install - meaning I (probably) formatted ...
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How can I merge a standard hard drive to a hard drive with the os on it to act as one?

I have an extra drive (Internal) and it has nothing on it including no partitions on it on my windows 7 laptop. Is there a way to make the Disk 2"MBR" Drive (I don't know what MBR means but that's ...
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SMART User Capacity and fdisk -l size value differ. Why? Security issue?

I'm just wondering why the size of my drive that smartctl ("User Capacity") shows differ from the value that fdisk -l, dmesg, hdparm shows and differ from the drive specification values from the data ...
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Slow data transfer between two SATA III HDDs

Is 30 MBps (30 megabytes/sec) an acceptable data transfer speed for SATA III to SATA II copy? I'm copying data off one HDD into another. Both HDDs are Seagate ST3000DM001, one from 2012 and other ...
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Which drive is \Device\Harddisk1\DR1?

While I was trying to find out why the main disk is performing a form of unexpained "thrashing"(while there was no RAM issue), freezing up apps temporarily, I found a relevant error in the logs: ...