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Is it possible to detect the previous byte position on a hard drive after it has been overwritten?

I keep hearing about these statements that "a hard drive is like a cassette tape because it is a magnetic medium". That got me thinking... Back in the day when I used to play DJ as a young lad, I ...
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Western Digital Green drive from 512 byte sectors (jumpered) to 4k byte sectors (removal of jumper)

I was using a WD20EARS drive with pins 7 and 8 jumpered in order to use it on an OS that doesn't support 4k sectors. But now, I want to transfer that hard drive over to an OS that has 4k sector ...
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What are disk sectors for?

I started to get confused on how the hard disk operates, particularly in writing and reading data into its platters. According to this article: ...
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hard drive pending sector count

For some reason, my pending sector count to be remapped is unbelievably high (2163 currently). I've seen it go up 20 in one week. But no sectors have been remapped. Dell's computer diagnostics utility ...
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Is it possible to create a software RAID 1 with different sector sizes?

I bought a hard drive of a different model to my main drive and tried to mirrored them, but the following error message came up in Windows 7 Virtual Disk Manager: All disks holding extends for a ...
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Could there be data loss on hard drive due to reallocated sectors?

The SMART data for one of my hard drives indicates that it has some reallocated sectors. I've read that a bad sector will only be reallocated on a write operation (meaning the original data is being ...