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

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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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How do I evaluate an SSD caching solution for home desktop use?

I've got a 30GB SSD that I would love to start using as a cache for my larger HDDs. I primarily want to improve apparent performance for general desktop use. I do the occasional massive DB migration ...
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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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Do hard disk drives turn on 512e (512byte emulation of 4k sectors) as-needed depending on host controller?

I have a 4 TB hard disk that has 4k physical sector size (Advanced Format) and I attached it to two SATA host controllers (one internal and one in a USB enclosure). On the (older, about 2010) it comes ...
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What might cause an increase in offline uncorrectable and pending sectors counts on an *idle* drive?

I have a Western Digital Elements Desktop USB-connected hard drive. Basically, it's a glorified package for a WD30EZRX drive. I use it to hold system backups (old now, at that), so there's nothing ...
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Reading bad blocks from hard disk too slow in Linux

I'm trying to recover data from an old 320G hard drive (full of bad sectors) to a new one. I found that ddrescue is a good tool for this task due to it's smart algorithm. I have already done this once ...
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PC won't boot from flash drive after computer hibernated (grub on hdd corrupt too)

I had 3 OS installed: Windows 7 , Fedora 17 and Mageia 2 in my Acer Aspire 4253 laptop. I deleted the partition of Mageia and my grub got corrupted. I didn't have an installation DVD of either Win7 ...
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Is it necessary to do a block copy when replacing Windows OS?

So, here is what I did: I made an image of my 400GB OS partition with the following command: wbAdmin start backup -backupTarget:F: -include:C: I tried to split the partition into C: (100GB)and ...
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restore failed-error coded=0x3ed (the volume does not contain a recognized file system drivers are loaded and that the volume is not corrputed)

I have an aspire z3101-u4062 that was donated to me. the previous owner pirated movies and went on bad web sites The computer most likely got a nasty virus. I turn on screen it just flashes a small ...
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Warranty on server grade hard-disks. Is that a good thing?

I couldn't come up with a better question and I hope this does not belong to server fault. Recently I obtained some western digital RED hard-disks, which are specially build for NAS. They come with ...
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Best practise for debbuging hdd

I just logged onto my machine when suddenly ls gave me an Input/output error. After rebooting the machine /dev/sda1 could not be mounted. dmesg results in : [ 545.691453] EXT4-fs (sda): VFS: Can't ...
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RAID-0 setup, 1 broken drive, still 1 partition seems unharmed. Why?

It is not my setup and I do not know a lot about RAID, so I have trouble analysing what is going on here: What I observed: Two 1 TB HDDs are in a RAID-0 Array GParted sees 2 (1 TB) partitions ...
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HDD very slow performance after full copy from SSD

The PC: Core i7-4770, 16GB RAM. There are 120GB SSD and 1TB HDD (new without any bads). On the SSD I had Windows 8.1 installed with all other stuff. Someday all programs exceeded 120GB limit and I ...
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Missing Hard Drive Space

I tried to shrink my C: drive from 600GB down to 300GB and it worked fine initially. Then I booted into my other OS and shrunk its partition down as well. When I booted back into Windows Disk ...
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hard drive detected internally but not externally

I have an acer laptop with a WD hard drive I have been using for about a year. Of late I noticed my system slow down dramatically. Further inspection revealed that the hard drive was going bad. The ...
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Preventing unused spare hdd from spinning up during suspend and shutdown

I recently replaced my sata hdd with an ssd, and keeping the hdd in as a spare. It's not used, not event mounted to filesystem. Yet, when suspending or shutting down the system, it quickly spins up, ...
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Why won't my SSD boot when it's cold?

I know that some SSDs rarely have an issue with "cold boots" under certain firmware and software configurations. However in this case I have had two SSDs (different brands) that would literally not ...
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Weird HDD Slowdown Issue

I'm experiencing a strange issue with one of my SATA HDDs. Basically I have two internal HDDs that I am connecting to the PC through a SATA-to-USB adapter. I am not keeping them inside the PC since ...
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Unable to See Partition While Installing Windows XP

Sorry if this has been asked and answered before. I have a 500 GB HDD that had three partitions and am looking to combine into one so I can re-distribute the space and reinstall WinXP and W7 for a ...
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Error mounting external hard drive

When I tried mounting an external hard drive connected via usb I got the error quoted below. So far I've tried using ntfsfix and chkdsk. My operating system is Arch Linux and the drive is NTFS ...
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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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Safe option to handle NTFS on Mac

What are the risks associated with the following methods and which one is the less likely to damage the OS or the drive? Tuxera/Paragon OSX "native" NTFS support (via terminal tweak) Windows Virtual ...
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Long response time from HDD

I've faced weird issue with my HDD. I bought it new on august, the model is: WDC WD10EZEX-00RKKA0 After 10 minutes it starts to freezing every time i make any request to HDD. At first i thought it ...
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NASWare vs. NASWare 2.0

Can someone outline the difference between WD's original NASWare firmware and the new NASWare 2.0, used in their RED-series HDD's? I can only seem to find features of the new NASWare 2.0.
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Disk Image Clone Issues

So, here's my situation. I have a 1TB HDD that I want to clone onto a much faster 120GB SSD, without particular partitions. The software which came with the SSD, Acronis True Image HD, keeps running ...
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Can not copy files after installing windows

I am experiencing a weird problem. I was running Xubuntu on my laptop until yesterday that I had to delete Xubuntu and install Windows. I had a NTFS partition on my Xubuntu that I kept some files on ...
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Use NTFS HDD with FreeNAS

I'm making my old pc into a FreeNAS server to share my files in my home network. I have the server already up and running ok but I bumped into a problem when I tried to add 2 HDDs. For some years I ...
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Windows 8.1 - Why are there multiple recovery partitions in the system?

DISKPART> list partition Partition ### Type Size Offset ------------- ---------------- ------- ------- Partition 1 System 500 MB 1024 KB Partition 2 OEM ...
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Werster Digital WD20EZRX 2 TB drive not showing in Windows xp but detects in ROM

I have system with Processor: core 2 quad q9650 Motherboard: Intel DG33FB mother Ram: 4GB I have dual operating system Windows Xp pro 32 bit and Windows 7 Ultimate 64 bit operating system installed. ...
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Ubuntu 12.04 unable to mount first partition of internal hard drive

I used to have Windows 7 installed, but some day it crashed (or the hard drive crashed, I'm not sure) and the laptop wouldn't boot. So I decided to boot Ubuntu 12.04 from a CD and it worked. For ...
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Hard drive copied itself to another drive

I have 5 hard drives on my computer. The first contains a Windows 7 installation The second and third are drives I use to store data and media. The fourth is an Ubunut installation The fifth is an ...
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hard drive raw read error rate 9

My main HDD is about 2.5/3 years old. All that time, it has been running with about 40-45 (temperature). I have had a HDD failure before and it was really frustrating, I don't want that to happen ...
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TrueCrypt system encrypted drive fails to load Windows

I have full system encryption on my Win 7 Pro/64 hdd. I boot the machine and enter the TrueCrypt password, and Windows starts to load but fails with the error message "The boot selection failed ...
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mdadm RAID monitoring no DegradedArray email

So, I have a couple of MDADM RAID arrays and I want to set up monitoring with email notifications for drive failures through sSMTP but I can't seem to get it working. The system in question is a ...
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windows 8 & 7 on separate HDDs

I had windows 7 on my old hard drive then I bought a new one so I decided to install a win 8 on it . now I have them on separate disk and if I want to use one I should select that Hdd on setup boot ...
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dd backup produces bigger image file

I created a disk image with dd. The hard disk capacity is 2 GB. However, the image produced a 3.8 GB file. I used: dd if=/dev/mmcblk0 > /mnt/sd/disk0.img (where mmcblk0 is a microSD card, with 3 ...
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New Sony Vaio S15 HDD clicking sound

I have a 3 day old S15 vaio. The performance is ok. No freezing or anything like that. But from the hdd I hear a clicking sound. Not a continuous sound. Typically I hear it when I am not touching ...
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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: ...
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How to move a win xp installation from two partitions of same HDD to two separate discs?

I have a question regarding windows setup: I have a win xp installed like this: one disk drive with two partitions C: - system data, etc. D: - all user data (user accounts) now I bought an SSD ...
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External HD Hitachi XL1000 doesn't work

I have an External HDD Hitachi XL1000. I use it on Debian Wheezy and Windows 7, both worked perfectly. After backing up my files to format Win7 PC, the HD don't work anymore. When I plug in the ...
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Ubuntu 12.10 - Session.log filling hard drive

Here's a goofy problem. On my Ubuntu computer the session.log and session.log.old files have been continually filling up the hard drive. I've got a 80gb partition for the OS and these logs have ...
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Disk showing as dynamic with Acronis and Easus Clone, but it's actually basic

I regularly clone my Dell Inspiron 1525 hard drive with Vista home premium to an identical HDD through a USB using either Acronis True Image 2010 Home or Easus. This time when I use it, either I get ...
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What does “Updating Boot Support Partitions for the volume as required” mean?

I have used GNU ddrescue to copy a crashed WD external disk over to an identical one. ddrescue told me that 9 MB out of 2TB could not be rescued, so I think that's pretty good. Anyway, being a Mac ...
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How can I conclusively show that my hard drives are unrecoverable?

I have seven or eight IDE hard drives (and one SCSI) that used to be in computers I used to have. I got rid of the computers, but kept the drives, thinking I would copy the data from them someday. ...
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Possible HDD malfunction. Need help in diagnosing

Today when using my PC as I did for almost 4 years I experienced the following: during opening new tab in Opera browser screen froze. Music (AIMP 3) continued to play for about 5 minutes and then ...
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1TB Caviar Green no longer detected after BIOS upgrade

Just after I upgraded my BIOS, I enjoyed a constant black screen after the BIOS Screen, which said something like CTRL + ALT + DELETE to reboot. It was no longer detecting something. So I removed the ...
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Win 7 long HD bursts causing lag

When I'm working on my computer (usually using Word), I experience these annoying long HD hits which freeze up my typing or other activities. When I look at the Resource Manager (Disk) at the times ...
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How to mount a disk with data (a deleted partition table) from gpart and testdisk

I am trying to recover the ext4 partition table of a 2TB disk, where I have 900.000 files. I have cloned the original HD and now I am working on the cloned HD. And I am running Parted Magic Live CD. ...
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Turned off system drive on netbook to update Windows, now it disappeared

I have an Asus EEE 901 Netbook. It has a 4gb "system" solid state drive (soldered to the motherboard) and an additional 32gb solid state drive as the primary slave. I have Ubuntu 11 installed on the ...
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How to change hdd read error timeout?

I'm recovering data from an hdd using ddrescue. With "retry" disabled, it takes roughly 30 seconds for every unreadable sector. The hdd has tens of thousands of bad sectors and the process is taking ...