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

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How to do a Diskpart Clean on OS X

Is there a way to perform a Diskpart Clean via OS X? I have to completely bomb some drives so that they can be formatted correctly in a buffalo Linkstation I have, however it's posing an issue as it's ...
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What should I do to use my hard drive on a Samsung Tablet? [migrated]

I have a 2 TB hard drive full of movies. I am getting bored watching movies on the computer so I decided buy a Samsung Galaxy Tab. My hard drive is NTFS and my friends told me that I have to convert ...
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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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What's a fast way to copy a lot of files from an internal hard-drive to external (USB) storage?

I have a large amount of data - about 500 GB - on the internal hard drive of a desktop PC. This includes music, videos, PDFs... you name it. I want to copy everything to an external USB hard drive ...
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CRC Error..HDD failure or Windows failure?

I have seagate hdd with windows 7 ultimate installed on partition C and the partition D for data. Suddenly while booting, windows ask me for disk checking volume/partition D for consistency. If i let ...
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Wester Digital Passport External Hardisk failure

I dropped my WD passport from a height of about 3 feet on a solid surface. I connected the harddisk to my Lapotop running windows 8.1. The LED on the haddisk is blinking. I can feel the hard disk ...
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Is there any way to setup a 3TB SATA drive in Windows XP?

I have a Dell OptiPlex GX520 PC and I want to setup Western Digital 3 TB (dynamic disk) in my PC. But it reads only 700 GB from Windows XP although it read 3TB from the setup screen of my Dell. The ...
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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 do i recover data without reformatting drive after USB to SATA conversion?

My External USB Hard Drive became unusable. Removed the enclosure and connected via SATA. Windows is failing to recognize without formatting. What are my options to recover drive without losing data? ...
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How can I use my laptop like an external hdd with use of any cable [duplicate]

I want to use my laptop like an external hard drive. How can I completely access my laptop's storage on another computer with the help of any cable? Can we mount a particular partition of the laptop ...
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Cannot get RAID working with Mac Mini after adding drive

I had a working RAID array with 3 2TB drive in an external Startech.com SATA enclosure that was set to RAID5 I wanted to add another 2TB drive, so I added the drive but according to the manual, I ...
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Ubuntu won't boot with 4 hard drives

I got two HGST 4TB HDD's for my birthday and I'm trying to put them in my media center which already has a 128GB SSD and a 2TB HDD. The motherboard is an ASRoxk E350M1 which only has 4 SATA headers so ...
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Unable to see storage devices on Resource Monitor

I have a small problem after fixing some sync issues with my SSDs. It seems that I am unable to see storage devices on "Storage" on Resource Monitor's Disk tab. I can only see the consolidated Disk ...
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Disable or sleep secondary hard drive in Macbook

I've done some quick Googling but didn't find an answer. I've put an SSD in my Macbook, and at the same time moved the original hard drive to the optical drive bay. I'm running the OS and most of my ...
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M.2 SSD not recognized by Windows 7 Ult installation

I've installed a Crucial M500 480GB SSD in the M.2 slot on an ASRock Z87 Extreme6 motherboard. When i to install Windows 7 Ult on it the drive doesn't show. With diskpart it shows as drive 0. I can ...
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How can I stop Hard disk spinning when bluetooth audio is played for NAS content?

I am keeping music folders on NAS drive and synced those to laptop through windows file synchronization. When playing these media files through WMP/VLC while redirecting output through bluetooth, HDD ...
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Move EFI System Partition to another drive

I had a Windows 8 installation on an HDD, using UEFI as boot. The HDD has the following GPT table: DISKPART> list partition Partizione ### Tipo Dim. Offset --------------- ...
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HDD not listed in BIOS, but can boot to it if overridden?

I have a custom built Windows 8.1 PC running off an Asus H97I-PLUS motherboard with four drives (2x HDD, 2xSSD) attached with SATA cables. I was fiddling with the overclocking wizard. After a game ...
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Drive partitioning for SSD cache

i just purchased a new laptop Asus N551JK-CN103D which comes with a 1TB hdd and 24GB SSD(or mSSD) which I think can be used as cache. I have a couple of questions but here is how I setup my laptop, it ...
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What is “File Packing” done by an Operating System?

I am reading a book on Operating Systems, and I am confused in a part about Internal File Structure. Quoting from the book: Disk systems typically have a well-defined block size determined by ...
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How to detect if a USB port is 3.0 or 2.0?

I have a Toshiba Canvio 3.0 external HDD. It has USB 3.0. It flashes blue if you connect it to a USB 3.0 port. If it is a 2.0 port, the light becomes white. Yesterday, I plugged it in and the light ...
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How to install Windows 7 to an USB HDD from Linux? [duplicate]

I'm trying to install Windows 7 from a CD to a HDD connected via USB. Windows complaints about not being able to install itself to USB-connected drives. All guides I found involve downloading a set of ...
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Should I buy a 'Red' or 'NAS' Hard Drive if my desktop computer is on all the time? [on hold]

I leave my computer on all the time. Over the last 10 years I've lost an average of about one hard drive per year. I have Seagate and Western Digital warranty exchange addresses memorized :-) Right ...
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How can I recover data from an interrupted file system conversion? [on hold]

I attempted to convert a USB 2TB drive (containing around 500GB of data) from NTFS to HFS+. The process was done using Paragon Partition manager on Windows. It started OK, and began walking the disk ...
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Sata Power Connection Broken Off but Pins are ok

So, that crappy plastic connector holder on my hard drive broke off while I was moving drives around. Does anyone have any suggestion on a work around, I've tried crazy gluing a Sata Power plug to ...
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Upgrading Hard Drive: Should One Purchase Online or at a Store [on hold]

I am buying an internal hard drive. I don't know if I should buy online which would have a warranty but I would have to pay for the shipping of any bad products to manufacturer - or buy at a store ...
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Move AppData (via symlink?) to a different drive

I've been looking for ways to move AppData off my SSD but the symlink methods won't work since they attempt to make the link in the folder that my AppData folder is in. Since the folder exists and ...
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Install existing win98 hdd in win7 computer

I want to take the hard drive from my win98 and install it into a win7 computer (remove the existing hard drive in the win7). I use win98 to run dos programs that I created years ago and I want to ...
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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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Windows 7 Hard Drive Related Black Screen

I have a laptop with Windows 7 and a few days ago I started noticing the hard drive making the distinctive tick associated with some sort of fault. I ran dskchk (with both options enabled) but it took ...
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Linux machine with RAID 1 not booting after failed drive

I'm a Linux noob troubleshooting a machine that is no longer booting up. Originally it had two drives installed in RAID 1 and one drive failed. I took the good drive out and made an image of the ...
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How can I clone an entire drive to a smaller drive w?

I have a 1TB hard disk which is set up as MBR with 3 primary partitions. The sizes of the partitions are exactly 250GiB, 250Gib, and 192GiB, respectively. The remainder of the drive is unallocated ...
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Important files possibly leaked into mapped network drive

I recently mapped a network drive. While moving important sensitive files. I accidentally dragged one into it. The computer froze for a while and went back to normal, there was no indication of file ...
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How can I make two partitions on usb drive on windows 8 both accessible? [duplicate]

I wanted to have 2 partitions so that I can use my 8gb HP v165w pen drive to have some files on first partition and autorun of a keylogger on another partition so that when I try to give a game to my ...
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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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Understanding the wide variation in reported performance of a hard disk drive in a USB 3.0 enclosure as shown HD Tune

I have a USB 3.0 external HDD enclosure, and I installed an old HDD from my desktop into it. Naturally I’d like to see how it will perform, so I have HD Tune running a benchmark. However the graph ...
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Windows Defender Waking Up Hard Drive

I have an external hard drive that I only use for storage, I almost never write data to it but it can be useful if I want to access some data that I have in it. When it’s possibile I’d like for the ...
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How can I save some bitlocked drive that used to open automatically if I can unenscrypt the c: drive

My computer no longer works.. I mean the windows do not restart and go to blue screen. I did a bunch of chkdsk and things are improving. The windows can restart and then go to a blank black screen ...
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Changing drive format and restoring an Macintosh via Time Machine

Recently I had to take my Mac into repair and they had to wipe everything I thought I had my data mainly photos backed up on my Western Digital Elements hard drive through Time Machine. Once back ...
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Does low free-disk space on HDD cripple computer performance?

I have 320 GB HDD on my computer. All drives are pretty full. The C drive has just 1.5 GB free space. Other drives have around 5-6 GB free space. Can this be the reason why my computer runs slow? I ...
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External HDD connecting via USB disconnects wireless LAN connection

Strange problem. I have this MEDION Akoya PC that has a dedicated bay to slide an external HDD sold separately. It's very handy indeed cause the slot is providing a fast USB 3 connection and power ...
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WD Elements Bought 2 weeks ago : clicking noise on only Some devices

I bought the 1TB WD Elements USB3 external hard drive 2 weeks ago, and i have some weird issues with it when i tried on: windows 7 >> worked - Read & write linux mint 15 >> Not recognized. ...
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How to install Windows 7 after removing Windows 10?

After this problem (not being able to mount ntfs drives in Linux after installation of Windows 10 because of hybrid shutdown technology) I have deleted both Windows/ntfs partitions and created new ...
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Sometimes when booting computer hangs on BIOS splash screen

I have a desktop computer with an Asus P8Z68-V LE motherboard. It has a Wester Digital 1 TB hard drive, Samsung SSD, DVD/CD drive, an external hard drive that is always connected to a USB 3 port and ...
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Recovering files from dying hard drive with USB [on hold]

So, I've got a dying hard drive. I'm trying to get files off of it (for school) before it takes a dump. My problem (unconfirmed problem): Whenever I try to enter the Removable Disk (USB) My computer ...
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Can BSOD cause bad sectors on a hard drive?

What I mentioned as "bad sectors" here are quoted from following scan/test: result from CHKDSK, referred as "Bad Sectors" on the report screen. result from HD Tune - Error Scan, referred ...
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Time Machine restoring data back to my Mac

Lately I had to take my Mac in for repairs and while it was there they needed to delete and start again. I had backed everything up on a hard drive in Time Machine but once I got my Mac home I tried ...
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Restarting computer several times makes windows unbootable

My bro took my hdmi cable. Seeing that nothing shows up on the screen I restarted computer several time I got this problem A problem has been detected and windows has been shut down to prevent ...
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Moving program files or user to E:/

My C: drive is only 40GB, but I do have an E:/ partition which is 100GB. Is there a way to SAFELY move Program Files or User account to E to use all that free space on it?
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How do I get ExpressCache working?

I have an ultrabook hybrid: ssd and hdd. ssd was working on purchase, but after I've re-installed windows -- I can't make it work. I installed the necessary software: IntelRapid ExpressCache ...