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

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What is the actual content of a non-booted hard drive

I am trying to modify some Windows and Linux (obviously I'm talking of several computers, not only one) files. I know their path, but their location is just a fake location which is actually ...
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Unable to unlock bit locker even with recovery key and password

OS: Widows 7 ultimate 64bit. I recently installed a fresh copy of the above OS. I have an external hard drive that I just unplugged from my computer while I did this. I have the recovery key and ...
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Where is the MMC CARD that I see in the my computer

There is no MMC CARD connected to my computer, But when I open MyComputer I see a MMC-Card drive there that has 487 MB of 487 MB free space! Disk Management output : And Diskpart output : ...
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1TB hard drive issues

I have a problem with my secondary 1 TB hard drive. When I copy large amounts of video files to it for storage it "disappears" after a bit. I have to re-boot to see the drive again. The drive always ...
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Lenovo E440 hybrid IDE - is it replaceable

I have an E400 notebook and I found that it has behind standard 3.5" IDE small card SDD-like. But I cannot find any replacement for it. I want to replace default 16G "SSD" which something bigger, but ...
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Task Manager shows a 100% disc usage almost constantly, tried everything

I've done numerous scans, no malware at all, I've defragmented the drives, disc clean-up, system refresh, factory settings reset, read loads of posts on this, increased/decreased virtual memory, ...
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What might cause a file to become corrupt, that is never written too?

I have an image in a folder on my Macbook that is used to store files for rotation as my background. The folder contains about 20 photos, and I haven't moved or modified the folder in nearly a year. ...
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WinPE 5 - How can I change the USB/CDROM drive letter?

If i boot up my custom WinPE 5 x64 image from an USB stick the following drive letters are assigned: C: ==> USB Stick X: ==> RAM Disk This seems to be a problem for our SCCM 2012 staging process ...
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Do laptops really need hard drive caddies?

I purchased a used laptop which came without a hard drive or caddy. Is the caddy really a necessary component in all laptops? I know this is not always true, but in mine the hard drive inserts ...
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Old VAX machine crashed need to recover files

So I had a client contact me about some data recovery. I told her I'd take a look. Well when the box arrived I saw my first microVAX 3500. The only thing the lady was able to tell me was "one day it ...
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BIOS not detecting working SATA hard drive

Some time ago my power supply died. It's a long story from then till now, but the important bit is that I ended up with a new hard drive and a new power supply. I tested to see if my original hard ...
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How can I install a desktop 3.5" SATA drive on a laptop without any adapters and use it as the main(system) drive?

I am pretty sure I'm the first human in the whole universe and multiverses. Here it is... like an idiot I bought a 3.5" SATA drive for my laptop. I used it to install the OS through USB but I got the ...
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How to check Windows version installed on Hard Drive?

How do I check which version of Windows is installed on an old hard drive, from a Linux command line?
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Unable to access hard drive

I am trying to mount my external hard drive but I keep getting this error Unable to access “Backup Data” Error mounting /dev/sdb3 at /media/root/Backup Data: Command-line `mount -t "ntfs" -o ...
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Rebuild a partition table

My external drive managed to lose its partition table it seems and I was seeing if I could repair it. I have tried testdisk and nothing comes up, no matter how much I search for it. But using ...
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Computer won't start when connecting SATA HDD

I just bough a new HDD some time ago and recently i bought another SATA cable to have both HDDs connected at the same time, to transfer all the files from the older one to the newer. When i connected ...
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How to make a hard disk inaccessible in Windows 8?

I installed two Windows 8. One for work and one for entertainment. They are on separate drives (the first system is on a SSD and the second system is on a HDD). Since I will probably install some ...
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Replaced HDD, windows cd-key scratched from laptop sticker, what to do?

guys, My girlfriends pc hdd died and her (pretty old i3 dell) got a new hdd. I was planing to install previous windows 7 home premium using cdkey from the back of her laptop, but its all worn out. I ...
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virtual memory implementation [on hold]

I have a doubt regarding virtual memory that is it the memory where page files are maintained of the programs which are installed on the system,and is it made in each drive. basically the confusion ...
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Resizing partition in Windows 7: how long does it take?

Okay, maybe this is me worrying about nothing, but... I have a 500 Gb. external drive where I want to create a second partition. I plug it into my Windows 7 box, use Disk Manager and pick the "Shrink ...
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Are loud “scratchy” hard drives always prone to failure?

I have been using the same hard drive to back up my main computer for around 4 years now. It hasn't failed yet, but has been getting increasingly louder with time. The sound isn't "typical" of normal ...
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Computer can be powered on once after new SSD install

My computer has a strange behavior since I installed a new SSD (Samsung Evo 840). When I pushed start button the first time after connecting the new internal SSD everything was ok. I managed to ...
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linux splits one 3 TB external USB HDD into 2 physical drives?

I recently bought a 3 TB harddisk which I inserted into a external USB drive enclosure and connected it to linux debian. Unfortunately it now shows up 2 separate physical drives: one with 2.19TB and ...
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HDD bad sectors - chkdsk versus hdtune

I bought new HDD WD Blue (WDC WD10EZEX) as a secondary storage media (no RAID or anything, just a bunch of big video files on NTFS). There were a few problems at the beginning, Windows freezed at ...
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Attaching SCSI drive through USB

I have a number of wide, 68-pin SCSI drives for which I need to copy the data off. I have tried to use a wide-to-narrow SCSI adapter (68-pin to 50-pin) coupled with an Adaptec SCSI-to-USB adapter ...
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Clone A USB Stick Including Partitions And All Hidden Files [on hold]

I have a USB stick that I need to clone entirely. This includes it's partitions and all hidden files. There are 2 partitions of different types on the USB stick, so when it is plugged into windows it ...
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Why is gzip slow despite CPU and hard drive performance not being maxed out?

I have some JSON files, 20 GB each, that I want to compress with gzip: gzip file1.json This takes up one full CPU core, all fine. It processes around 25 MB/s (checked in atop), my hard drive can ...
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Dual boot with SSD and hard drive

I have a PC with an SSD drive containing Windows 7 and a hard drive for files. The harddrive has about 500GB of free space. I want to install Windows 8 on a new partition. Can I setup the partition ...
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Non-System Disk Utilization is High

I have Windows 8.1 Pro, and for the couple of months I've had it, disk usage for non-system disks (aka, all disks except C:/) is almost always much higher than the drive Windows is installed on (C:/). ...
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Genymotion: failed to attach drive

I did lot of searching in Google but still not solved. I am using windows 7 Basic x64. Firstly, it was running perfectly but after I made some changes in vmbox for file sharing it stopped. I did ...
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LVM2 Luks Encryption

I have set up LVM2 with Luks encryption on my drive and I have an issue. When I run disk usage analyzer, it shows that total filesystem capacity is 9.9GB and 9.7GB is used. I have a 250GB hard ...
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Repair or Recover data from portable external hard drive?

I accidentally dropped my 500gb Bufallo Ministation portable hard drive on the ground. It was still sorta working, just EXTREMELY slowly. I then ran the mac hard drive repair. It ran for about 5 ...
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Format (raw) partition windows 8 - cannot access it

I have just made a new installation of windows 8 to my computer and partioned the harddrive. The problem is that one partition is raw, that is its not formatted to a specifik filesystem yet. What I ...
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Upgrading windows, finding the proper SATA drivers for the windows

I am trying to reinstall windows and have an error from both a USB bootable .iso and a install CD stating that I need the SATA drivers to continue. I cannot seem to find the proper driver or how I ...
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Any way to read the dead external storage?

I have managed to gather a huge collection of dead storage disks (USB drive and external hard drives). Some of them are my own and some of them from office. They have all completely stopped responding ...
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TestDisk: The harddisk is reported as too small?

I am trying to restore partitions on an old hard drive. The drive has been formatted previously. I am using TestDisk 6.14. When I choose the option Deeper Search I think it finds something, because a ...
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Reinstalling windows on a multi-drive system, what to do with the data drive?

I need to wipe my Windows install by performing a clean installation. I have two drives: C: F: I have a lot of stuff on the F: drive. If I'm thinking right, can I just unplug the F: drive from ...
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How can I improve the performance of my audio software?

I am running OtsAV on Windows XP. The way it works is by buffering a small amount of data from the hard drive just before it needs to play it. It used to give flawless sound no matter what else was ...
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How can I protect my HD from corruption/scrambling on the software side?

I am in a situation where I regularly suffer brief flickers in my electricity (getting fixed soon, it's horrible) and I fear it's going to affect the health of my work desktop. The obvious solution is ...
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HP Probook 4530s great specs, but lagging. Hard Drive?

I have this laptop, which has a i3 processor, 4gb memory, 7200rpm hard drive. So there is nothing wrong with the specs. Even when I have no applications open, simply closing and opening windows, ...
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When will Fragmentation appear such that a Fragment is at an lower address as the Basefragment?

By Basefragment I mean the first fragment of a file -- containing the header etc. Lets say I have a file which is fragmented into 3 fragments (1, 2, 3). 1 has the lowest address. I think most file ...
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fdisk doesn't see ssd, clonezilla does but fails anyway

I'm trying to clone a Windows 7 Pro installation from one SSD to another. The current SSD is nearly full, so I'm cloning it to a larger disk. My problem is that there is something about the source ...
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Accessing an old, populated hard drive with a NAS?

Trying to brush up on my general understanding of hard drives and partitions... I have an old SATA hard drive with a load of stuff on it. As far as I'm aware it wasn't the OS's boot drive before I ...
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Dual boot, 4 disks, raid0

I have windows 8.1, and ubuntu 14.04 on the Disk 0. On ubuntu the four disks are merged. on windows i want to merge disks 1,2,3 (the windows half). but when i click to new striped volume, it says ...
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Intel Rapid Storage: Error Occured(0,1)

A friend of mine is experiencing this problem. Every time the machine starts this error Error Occurred(0,1) is shown as at the next picture: Then in Windows the RST utility shows this error ...
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Slow internal disc to disc file transfer speed

I ran the HDTune drive monitor while I was transfering about 80 GB of various sized files, most of which was running about 40 MB/s, but you can see where it spiked down to under 1 MB/s. ...
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Why does file system get error repeatedly even if I fsck it over and over again (on linux)?

My system is Gentoo Linux, my file system is reiserfs. A couple days ago, I unpacked a big tarball which is more than 100MB, and is about 1.3GB and 10,000 files after unpack , then I found several ...
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Quick way to backup data from partition with cross-linked files [on hold]

I've got a problem with one of my partitions (no system, only data). I can save files on it just fine, read them too. But any attempt to resize the partition using Paragon Partition Manager software ...
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How do I fix my MBR when windows 7 system recovery shows no drive

I accidentally pulled the power plug when my system was starting up, and I started to get a boot error after POST. Something like "something not found, insert a bootable disk and press enter" So I ...
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Rebalance hard drives in a Storage Space Pool?

I have 2x 1.5TB drives in a (two-way mirror storage pool). That pool recently hit 100% capacity meaning both drives had 0% space left. I added 2x 4TB drives to the storage pool but Storage space ...