Computer data storage, often called storage or memory, refers to computer components and recording media that retain digital data. Data storage is one of the core functions and fundamental components of computers.

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64GB vs 128GB SSD cache drive

I have a Lenovo Y510p which I've had for about a year. After adding some RAM the other day I saw that it has an open m2 NGFF slot into which I can put a SSD drive. So I'm planning on buying a SSD ...
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Data retention on storage devices?

Is there any official table out there that shows how many years can a storage device retain data before it becomes unreadable? Storage devices: USB memory sticks, classic hard drives, SSDs, optical ...
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File integrity monitor solution for folder on linux [closed]

I will buy a NAS to hold some very important long term storage. I would like to periodically run an integrity check on the data to make sure it doesn't get corrupted for whatever reason. Ideally, ...
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Remove a drive from Windows Storage Pool without losing data

I have a Windows Storage Pool with a 3TB drive and a 1.5TB drive. I want to move all the data from the 1.5TB drive to the (45% full) 3TB drive and then remove the 1.5TB drive. Is there any way to do ...
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How can I replace a broken M.2 SSD mounting standoff for my motherboard?

I just bought an ASUS Z97M Plus motherboard. It has an M.2 socket. Here's a pic of the socket: I want to install this M.2 SATA drive: The drive is held in the socket by a screw in a standoff, ...
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Transferring Files Over Ethernet to Network Storage Kills Internet Connection

I have an Airport Extreme router (newest model) with a USB drive attached that I transfer files to. My Mac Pro (3,1 running latest Yosemite) is connected to this router via Ethernet, and I've been ...
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SD card not formatted when using a Windows PC

I have installed Cubian on an SD card and use it to run a Cubieboard which works absolutely fine, but now when I plug the SD card into a window system to make copies, Windows says the card isn't ...
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SSD's or HDD's in a LANcache?

I am building a LANcache for a lanparty that I'm organizing. We have about 80 visitors (pretty small LAN), but our uplink is limited to 100mb/s due to reasons and it's constantly saturated with game ...
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How to bring data to Linux, currently it's on Windows machine.. (both Hyper-V guests)

I'm learning my way through couple different things at a time. Linux(no GUI) is new to me, Hyper-V is new to me.. I have 2 VMs. One running Windows Server 2012(WVM), another running CentOS7(LVM). I ...
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Linking OSX system folders across drives

I'm using Mavericks Server at work on a Mac Pro (Mid 2010). I got the go ahead to upgrade it to an SSD and install a 4TB storage drive, as well as 32GB of RAM from 6GB. I wanted to put the OS on the ...
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Solution to stack laptops safely [closed]

Not sure I'm in the right place here because what I'm looking for I suppose can be classed as hardware, but it's more to do with tidying desk space I guess. Anyway, what I'm looking for a solution ...
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Using a hybrid hard drive for storage only-not as a system drive: does the cache still work that way?

Yes, I know that hybrid hard drives (in this case a Western Digital one terabyte, 16 gig hybrid, 7200 rpm) are primarily designed for running the operating system to give improved performance. It ...
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Unable to allocate partitions to USB

I recently received a USB. It worked fine for a while, then I formatted it using the Format New Disk menu in Windows. Now, it has a lot of unallocated memory. I know this is not a fake USB drive ...
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Most universal method of storing raw text? [closed]

What’s the most universal method of storing raw text? What I mean is, if I have some text, lets say “ABC,” and I stick that text into Microsoft Notepad it will encode the text using ANSI by default. ...
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How is a 200GB MicroSD card possible? [closed]

Just recently a 200 (yes, 200) GB card has been announced by some flash memory manufacturer. The question is not about the giant capacity this card has or how they are made, but the peculiar number on ...
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Word file Error [closed]

I was working on a Word file in office and copied the file to a USB memory to continue editing on my house's computer. When I opened the file I found that the Last Modified date was 26/2/2015 but, ...
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LVM's & LVM Data recovery: 0 logical volumes in volume group

I am trying to recover data from my ssd on /dev/sda. However the way fedora installs itself is with lvm's and i dont know much about that so mounting something like that is different from the ...
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Using Synology with Lunix NAS

While looking to invest in a storage solution, I came across Synology which looks decent. I noticed in a demo of the product it runs a piece of software that processes the backup to the Synology. I ...
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safely shrinking /var/cache on Debian 7.8

Here are the top storage resource hogs on my single-user home system, which is a customized version of Debian 7.8 with lxde-core optional but no graphical login manager: 3487080 . 1732560 ./usr ...
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What kind of cables does one use to connect SAS expanders?

I have recently purchased an expensive hard-drive controller. This question is about the cable that came with it; Two of the connectors fit into a regular hard drive of the SATA (and SAS) standard. ...
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Azure Linux remove and add another disk

I had a need to increase the disk space, for my Linux azure, we attached a new empty disk and followed the steps here ...
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Does digital video degrade over time like analog tape does?

Today it is not difficult to find an old VHS from 80s or 90s that has suffered slight or serious degradation in quality over time, but back to the time when it was brand new, it was usually perfect. ...
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windows 8.1 uninstall programs not working

I am trying to uninstall some unneeded programs because my ssd is completely full. When I go to "program s and features" from the control panel and select uninstall it fails because my storage is ...
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Build external drive from memory modules?

I have a heap of memory modules (DDR2 2GB) I'm not using and was wondering if I could have any practical use for them in any other way. Is it for instance possible to attach them to some kind of unit ...
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Securely serving files from cloud

In our web aplication several pages have attachemnts. Some attachments are available for public users and some are secured to registered users. Now we don't have enough infrastructure to host all the ...
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how is data stored on HDD?

I've been digging web a bit and trying to figure out how data is stored on a HDD in a lowest level... So far I managed to figure out that HDD plate surface is divided into domains (consisting of tiny ...
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Meaning of a block [closed]

From the Wikipedia definition of block: In computing (specifically data transmission and data storage), a block, sometimes called a physical record, is a sequence of bytes or bits, usually ...
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Change AppData path for specific Program

I need to change the path of AppData of specific programs. Example of these programs: MATLAB 2014a Adobe Photoshop CC 2014 Adobe Illustrator CC 2014 Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1
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Does WD My Cloud Android app cache photos and videos to the local device?

The WD My Cloud Android app describes itself as "free up space on your mobile devices with direct photo and video uploads". If I have photos on my My Cloud, and I use the app to view them on my ...
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How to get serial number of drive in storage pool

I have a storage pool in windows 8.1 and notice that whenever I boot the computer, it hangs for a long time in the detecting IDE drives during post. When it finally gets into windows, it shows one of ...
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Efficient way to refresh an external hard disk

I have done some research and found that unplugged hard disks slowly lose their magnetic states over time, therefore I need to refresh the data periodically. Some answer in Superuser suggested I ...
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tahoe-lafs: one full copy of every file per server

I am attempting to use Tahoe-LAFS to make data available on all the machines I have set a share up on. At the moment, there are two machines acting as storage nodes. I will soon be adding a third. ...
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how to protect user's uploading files and sync two storage servers when extending storage

I have a problem with storage as explained below could you please advise me. I have created a web site that should work like Youtube. In my web site it should SAVE the HUGE number of video files, ...
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Functional MD complex RAID10 suddenly marks all drives as spares

This morning during a long ~1.5TB read operation sending data to an NFS client, my md complex-RAID10 array spontaneously stopped, then dropped four members for being "non-fresh" and failed to start ...
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Restore / Mount Windows 8.1 Storage Space

I have a storage space with two disks, which i want to use after a new Windows installation. I can create a new space, with the amount of the remaining disk space available, but cannot access the ...
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Intel SSD with retired blocks - how much life left?

It's a 4 year old Intel x25 SSD. In the program HD Tune it shows this ID Current Worst ThresholdData Status (05) Retired Block Count ...
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How exactly do you hook up 16 drives to this RAID card?

http://www.lsi.com/products/raid-controllers/pages/megaraid-sas-9240-8i.aspx#tab/tab1 I'm utterly confused only because I'm not versed as well in enterprise storage capability and solutions. The ...
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How to automatically move outlook emails to a file folder outside of outlook?

I have Outlook 2013. Is there a rule or automatic way to move emails from outlook inbox or directories to a file folder on my computer or onto a server? I tried archiving but it only creates a pst ...
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Does the RAID 5 parity drive have to be same size as the rest of the array?

In the most basic RAID 5 array, does the parity drive have to be the same size as the other 2 drives? Standard Array: 1x4TB Drive (Storage) 1x4TB Drive (Storage) 1x1TB Parity Drive Or will the size ...
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Intel Rapid Store

I am not sure if I have a port problem, HD, or MB issue. I have a Windows Home Server with six 2 TB HDs in an RAID 5 configuration. One day, I noticed the #6 HD was showing missing and there was ...
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Is It Possible to Reserve Space on a Disk in Windows?

I have a 500GB drive in my laptop with around 350GB of data. One folder on the drive is a folder that syncs with the cloud, and can have up to 100GB in it at any time. Is there any way to limit the ...
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Does Google drive storage hack raid backups of my data just in case if their hard drives go down?

I'm thinking about using the google cloud storage as my main storage device instead of buying a bunch of my own nas devices. But what i'm wondering is my data secure and backed up via with google's ...
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Is there still a reason to choose a 10,000 RPM hard drive over an SSD?

For anyone who's serious about storage performance, SSDs are always the fastest solution. However, WD still makes their 10,000 RPM VelociRaptor hard drives, and a few enthusiasts even use ...
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How can a harddrive be “optimized for surveillance storage”?

Some internal harddrives are advertised as "optimized for surveillance storage" (and similarly, "optimized for gaming"). What makes these types of drives special or different from "standard" ...
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Collective term for HDDs and SSDs [closed]

I need a collective term for hard disk drives and solid state drives for computers that do not also include other storage units like USB drives and DVDs. To be more precise, a word for the main ...
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Incorrect storage calculation on OSX Yosemite

Several days ago my storage started getting full. When I check the Storage tab I get the following picture: My guess is that apps shouldn't be more than around 10GB here, I have no idea where the ...
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How to setup RAID for data and AHCI for OS

I just bought 4 hard drives containing 4 TB each which I hope to set up in a RAID 10 setup, giving an apparent continuous 8 TB hard drive that is backed up. I also have a 256 GB SSD and a 1TB Hard ...
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Maximum number of disks and amount of storage support by Ubuntu OS?

We are using AWS ec2 instances and we want to attach EBS volumes to EC2 instances using a program. In order to over burden one particular EC2 instance by attaching more storage than it can handle, I ...
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Storing more data then the adress width allows?

I'm learning how to design an 8-bit system and the CPU I have chosen has 16-bit addresses, but I want to store more data on a long term storage device(Flash), computers do this all the time, how is it ...
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What is the state of the art in hardware for data error correction?

A decade (or more) ago when shopping for RAM one often had the option of specifying "server-grade" memory with an extra Error Correction Code (ECC). I haven't seen that as an explicit option in ...