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

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Theoretically(!) is it possible to write analog signal (sound) to HDD, like on magnet tape?

I mean, with hardware modifications of HDD, for example, by connecting directly to heads to record signal, and then play it back.
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Can a loose SATA hard drive disconnect itself because of vibration or shaking?

I have a WD Green 2TB which was working perfect until I've put it in a new case which doesn't use the standard screw system to fix the drives, but instead uses these plastic HDD trays which doesn't ...
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How to change “system” drive to another

I'm in deep trouble here (4 a.m. local time should give u some idea). My HDD has a primary partition and an extended partition with 3 logical drives in it. My problem is related to C and D drives ...
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How to password-protect an external hard drive or an external USB drive

I've got: 1 external 120GB USB hard drive (TrekStor DataStation pocket capa) 2 16GB external USB drives (EMTEC) 2 32GB or 64BG external USB devices (SanDisk, one is USN 2.0 and the other USB 3.0, I ...
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What do the columns in smartctl output mean?

Here's a part of my smartctl -H /dev/sda output: ID# ATTRIBUTE_NAME FLAG VALUE WORST THRESH TYPE UPDATED WHEN_FAILED RAW_VALUE 190 Airflow_Temperature_Cel 0x0022 053 028 045 ...
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Windows 7 Getting Stuck at “Starting Windows” Screen

After doing much research and spending countless hours working on my laptop, I finally decided to post a specific question about my problems. There are a lot of specifics and a lot of things I have ...
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My hard drive is hanging for a couple seconds at a time

I just got a new laptop (an MSI ghost). It has a 128 GB SSD and a 1 TB HDD. Everything's fine with the solid state drive, but the hard drive hangs for a couple seconds at a time. The most obvious ...
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Smart values drop to 0 then comes back up

Acronis Drive Monitor has been sending me the following (email) alerts Disk health has fallen below the warning threshold. Current health: 59% Warning threshold: 70% By the time I open ADM, disk ...
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Booting Windows 8.1 on a cloned drive?

I had no way to backup my hard drive, so I had to clone it directly to my new drive. And because of the position of my GPU, I could only have the 2 hard drives plugged in, not the Blu-ray RE drive. So ...
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Is it possible to restore an image from Acronis into a single partition, instead of the whole disk?

I haven't worked with Acronis yet (or any other OS cloning software), but as far as I know, it has to be restored on a blank HDD instead of a single partition (out of 2 or more). So, is that possible ...
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same capacity external HDD,but different price

i am going to buy 1TB external HDD manufactured by western digital.I have found two of them in the shop's website.Both of them have 1TB capacity,but one is almost 13-14$ more than the other.Models ...
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How do I install and run LAMP on a secondary hard disk on Ubuntu?

Background I've been using a local WAMP dev/testing server (Windows 7) for many years now, and it has become a royal pain to install/maintain SSL/Memcached etc on this environment, considering my ...
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2100: Detection error on HDD0 black screen error lenovo thinkpad carbon x1

I am having an issue with this lenovo thinkpad carbon x1, It's about 3 months old. With normal use, It all of the sudden goes into a black screen saying 2100: Detection error on HDD0 (Main HDD) Press ...
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How to set the spin down timeout on WD Green HDDs

My internal WD20EARS disk does not spin down autoamtically. I tried hdparm -S 1 (5 seconds), but nothing happens. I disabled the IntelliPower headparking with wdidle3 from the Ultimate Boot CD. hdparm ...
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SSD stays inactive during startup/shutdown

This morning I upgraded my laptop replacing the old 5400 rpm hdd with a new SSD (Kingston v300 480gb). Performance look good, both on benchmarks (crystal disk mark) than on personal feel. I'm ...
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NTFS log file specified size too small?

I was checking my disks and it (chkdsk X: /v /l /x /b) says the log file size (65536 kB - default size) is too small, in each of my partitions, so I doubled it, and redoubled it, and it's now it's 1MB ...
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Diskless Windows and Power Faliures

I face a lot of power cuts and can't supply backup to all the computers. Due to this, many of the machines come up with hdd errors where the hdd becomes only readable (especially my SSDs). So, I have ...
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In VBS, check if network drive exists and mount it otherwise check until it's available

I need help creating a VBS script to do the following: launch a service called "NAS PM service" net start "NAS PM service" then check if \\192.168.1.1\drive1 exists IF EXIST \\192.168.1.1\drive1 ...
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copied boot partition to ssd and windows fails to boot

I just got an ssd, my main drive has 2 partitions. The second one stores some large installed apps, but nothing should be used for bootup that I know of(there maybe a few things, not sure, but ...
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How can I remove the “connecting to networked drive” popup when waking from sleep in Mac OS X?

Every time I wake my laptop up, I get the “connecting to networked drives” popup. There has got to be a way to turn off this notification but have been unable to find a way. I’m using a Western ...
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Is there a current Seagate Seatools for Linux available? [on hold]

I have a Seagate drive in a Linux server at a datacenter I would like to test. Is that possible? This Seatools is ancient and does not start on my CentOS 7 box. I know I can use smartctl, etc to ...
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Why is my 3.5" SATA hard drive not spinning up via USB?

I'm having issues connecting a 3.5 inch WD Caviar SE (WD3200AAJS) via a SATA to USB adapter. The drive is recognized, but it doesn't spin, so it just shows up with a capacity of 0 bytes. Note that ...
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How to know if bad sectors are caused by physical or logical damage?

Is it possible to know whether bad sectors are caused by physical damage or logical damage on a hard drive?
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Can’t access USB flash drive anymore

I have a 32 GB Lacie Cookey USB flash disk that doesn't show in the Computer window but it's visible as a device. cmd > diskpart DISKPART> list disk Disk ### Status Size -------- ...
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Do apps and Operating Systems constantly read/write from/to HDD?

I was debating with guys about necessity of SSD for me. I'm Salesforce Developer. My tools are Eclipse, Firefox/Chrome, Git. Eclipse does only editing files, saving them locally and sends them to ...
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Windows 8.1 dfrgui not seeing drive C or not starting at all

I've made a clean re-install of Windows 8.1 x64 today. I decided to check the disk defragmentation schedule. To my surprise, dfrgui.exe did not list drive C:, showing only my external hard drive ...
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My internal HDD is not detecting

My internal HDD is not detecting, i tried to connect with other machines still its not detecting, No sound from HDD when powering the machine. The disk is not recognized in BIOS (I think), Samsung ...
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Out of Range Error on Monitor (win7)

We've got two PCs with different motherboards, graphic cards, HDDs, etc. PC1: HDD1: Maxtor - SATA - 240 GB - Win XP - Partition Drives C,D,E PC2: HDD2: Samsung - SATA - 500 GB - Win 7 - Partition ...
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2nd internal HDD causes Win XP to Freeze

We've got two PCs with different motherboards, graphic cards, HDDs, etc. PC1: HDD1: Maxtor - SATA - 240 GB - Win XP - Partition Drives C,D,E PC2: HDD2: Samsung - SATA - 500 GB - Win 7 - Partition ...
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Can’t get Seagate Seatools to do a thorough test of a 1TB SATA drive

I have a Seagate 1TB HD set up as my boot drive, and according to its SMART parameters, it’s starting to fail: the “Reallocated sectors count” is at 458 (and has been increasing for the last months), ...
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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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HDD activity causes lag

Whenever there is activity on the main HDD, my PC starts to lag. Most noticeably, the audio starts to stutter and slow down, and the fps in games drops by over 50%. It gets worse as hard drive ...
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Bios Doesn't See HD, But HD Known to be Good

I have an Asus Eee PC 1215B, whose hard drive I replace about 8 months ago after the previous one died. It had a 250GB SATA 3.0 drive which I cloned to a 500GB SATA 6.0 drive. After 8 months of ...
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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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Networking 2TB hard drive [on hold]

2TB hard drive is connected to my TV unit, so see the movies. this hard drive I want to access it from laptop and mobile. TV, Mobile, Laptop are all connected to same router. how to make media ...
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OSX Mavericks - Recovering from an Invalid Record Count error

I've ended up with a friend's Macbook Pro that won't boot. They've given it to me asking me to fix as they have family photos not backed up (naughty, I know!) they want retrieved. When booting up, ...
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Linux: What is the best way to copy from a damaged HD?

I get I/O errors from my storage HD when i try to copy files. These are large raw video files, so I can tolerate errors. cp stops on the first read error and scp/rsync complains and deletes the copy. ...
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Windows 8.1 Update 1 Disk Usage 100%

Background Information / Computer Specs I have a 14-inch Samsung Series 5 Ultra. Core i5 CPU, 750GB HDD, 8GB RAM, Intel HD Graphics 4000. I've had the computer for about 1.5 years with no major ...
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RAID solutions for a home server instead of ZFS [closed]

I’m using Ubuntu Server with 4 2TB disks and I’ve been using ZFS for around 8 months on my HomeServer. But now I have reached the capacity of my pool, so I want to purchase a new drive and add it to ...
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Access HDD just on demand

Id like to know if there is some option to access hdd just on demand. I have SSD + HDD combo in my laptop and im mainly using just the ssd drive. When im plugged in electricity I dont really care as ...
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ekrn.exe is constantly writing to my HDD

I installed Windows 7 about five days ago, and I realized that the system is constantly using my HDD. I turned off file indexing, and every other services, without any effect. Now I downloaded ...
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SATA HDD suddenly stops being detected by any computer

So I have a 500gb Seagate HDD that, after powering down my computer one day, stopped being read by ANYTHING. It's not a mechanical error that I could diagnose; it spins up and down quietly and makes ...
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External WD 2.5" 1TB USB 3.0 VS Internal Seagate 1TB Sata? [on hold]

I am planning on to buy external storage for my DELL N4001 Laptop. Following are the configurations: Windows 7 640GB HD 6GB RAM I stumbled upon following two options but don’t know which one ...
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Hard drive failure? Can't use recovery. Diskpart & Wmic inconsistencies

I have an Acer Aspire Switch 10 tablet (64 GB) with Windows 8.1. One day, it started to fail at boot screen (it gets stuck at the first boot screen with Acer logo). Firstly, I tried to use a ...
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NTFS drive not working

I copied some files from another computer to my western digital external hard drive and then after I connected it to my PC Windows can't recognize my NTFS drive. A few month ago I changed partions to ...
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How to load Disks on the fly rather than on boot

I have an i5 4590 and 4Gb of RAM. On linux, the experience is smooth, it boots in 5 secs every things is cool. However, windows takes ages to load, and sometime immediately after boot, it won't run ...
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RAID 5, Read Speed and Caching [on hold]

I currently have two WDC Black 4TB in Raid 1. I have a lot of large files on drives (ISOs, MSDN, etc). I was thinking about adding another drive for a RAID 5. Will increase sequential speed by ...
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Hard drive spins up randomly without any activity in Resource Monitor

I'm running Windows 8.1 and recently added a secondary internal WD Green hard drive to my rig. The HDD spins up at random intervals which is very noticeable because it is the noisiest part of the PC. ...
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Can I move a partition on a virtual disk to physical disk?

When installing Windows 7 64-bit three years ago on my new build, I had to use a software tool (Seagate DiskWizard) to create a 'virtual' hard drive as I was using a 3TB drive (over the 2TB supported ...
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Broken cd drive: how to disable in bios

Recently when starting up my Dell XPS 15 I heard a noise coming from the cd drive as if the inserted cd was hitting something. This resulted immediately in a blue screen of death. Fortunately, I was ...