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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How to securely erase the data on a QNAP NAS HDD

I have a disk in my NAS with lots of smart errors. I am going to do a RMA (send it back), but I don't want my data on the disk disk to be exposed. It doesn't have any form of encryption on it, so it ...
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Edit file system type without formatting

I'm using windows 10 and I recently removed a drive from a windows storage space I'd created. After doing so I can no longer see the drive from the Disk Management application. How can I fix this? ...
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Free Up Storage Space on OS Partition Windows Server 2008

Managing a server running Windows Server 2008 that was not given enough storage space on the OS partition to begin with. While resizing would be the best option, I need a quick solution (other than ...
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Is there a program that can expand a hard drive partition by adding online storage?

I want to enlarge a local partition by adding online storage but I know no such provider. I use Win 10 and Ubuntu 15.10. On Ubuntu I only have 15 GB left on my largest partition. Is it possible to ...
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Device Mapper partitions on RHEL

I've 2 HP Proliant DL 380 Gen8 servers. RHEL 5.10 is running on them. The servers are in cluster. In my cluster configuration I've defined my clustered services to be mounting on partitions defined on ...
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Change Windows storage size measurement from 1024 to 1000?

Is there a way to change the way Windows calculates storage size/capacity? I've recently got myself a 2TB drive only to discover Windows reports it as being 1.81TB. I know why, this goes back years ...
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Replication between storwize v3700 production and DR

i need to configure replication between IBM storwize v3700 Production and DR when i am creating partnership it gives error unreachable ip address but i can successfully ping ip address .
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Windows Drive Name After Z? [duplicate]

I was wondering what will be the drive name used after Z:? I am planning to mount few virtual drives on my Windows machine and also have a plan to create few drives out of my existing 2TB HDD. My ...
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Using a windows thunderbolt motherboard PC to connect to Pegasus Raid formatted for Mac

I currently store my Lightroom Catalog on a MacBook Pro, and use a thunderbolt connector to a Pegasus2 R2+ Raid storage disk for the full image files. I'm thinking of getting another PC which has a ...
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How can I compress a large file on an already-full disk? [closed]

I have a full disk containing a large file that I want to compress to free up space. Most compression programs require me to have enough free space on the disk to store the compressed file alongside ...
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Deleting files on a Windows 7 system takes MUCH longer than it should

I have 6 systems which are running as VM's and they are identically configured. The config has: Windows 7 - Service Pack 1 Processor: Interl(R) Core(TM) i7-5600 CPU @ 2.60GHz RAM: 8.00 GB System Type: ...
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Can I mirror a system drive to a partition?

I have a 240GB SSD with the system and I'd like to make daily copies of it onto a partition on a bigger HDD. I am aware od RAID, but it requires me to use whole drives, and of typical backup ...
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Increase storage allocated to Linux directory

I've a challenge I simply can't Google. I manage a Mail server that currently urgently needs more disk space. The partitioning is as follows; Filesystem Size Used Avail Capacity Mounted ...
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Where are file/folder names stored?

If I were to have a file with no data in it, it would be 0 bytes. However the file I have just created has a file name. Where and how is that data stored on the drive? Is there a difference between ...
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Starting data on a freshly bought storage drive?

I just bought a 480 GB SSD drive, and started by cloning my old HDD drive's content over. However, a lot of the sectors were unreadable and so I ended up aborting it. To get rid of this half-written ...
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How come my disk utility shows that more space is being used compared to my terminal/OmnidiskSweeper? What is the hidden space DaisyDisk shows?

I have a 120 GB apple harddrive. Disk utility shows there is 119.36 GB being used but my terminal (as well as OmniDiskSweeper) only finds 104 GB. Even though I am administrator, I understand there is ...
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At work I have 3 desktop machines, how do I transfer files between them fast [closed]

At work I have 3 desktop machines. How do I transfer files between them fast? Should I buy a small switch or hub and connect the three desktops together? If I buy a switch would it be best to by a ...
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Merge a cloud/virtual storage with a local?

When my local storage /dev/sda1 is almost taken, I would like to increase the size of a partition using storage space I have in the cloud e.g. dropbox, google drive or similar. Is it possible to do ...
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Memory card as a secondary drive for asus x 205ta laptop

since only 13 gb is been provided by asus as an internal storage, i wish to extend it using a sdxc 32/64 gb class 10 memory card,is it a wise choice,if not any suggestions,thanks in advance.
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Storage Controllers QLogic Fibre Channel Adapter

I am new to Fibre channel and looking to implement it in my lab I have R900 with QLE2462-DELL Device Manager shows these as Storage Controllers Network Connections doesn't show them, i think ...
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Incoherent disk space used on OSX

Running iMac (27-inch, Late 2013) and OS X El Capitan 10.11.3, I can see: 351.21 GB used by Apps according to Storage tab 159.24 GB used on disk according to Disk Info Why is that so much ...
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confusing, seemingly unpractical Linux disk partitioning scheme

Below is the output of df -h on our Redhat linux system. $ df -h /dev/mapper/vg_d0-lv_root 50G 41G 5.9G 88% / tmpfs 12G 0 12G 0% /dev/shm /dev/sda1 ...
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Windows 10 HDD to SSD for primary partition [duplicate]

Just upgraded boot partition to a 480gb SSD and its so much quicker, but.. Now my primary partition is divided as followed. [111.16GB System Reserved][224.53GB NTFS][111.333GB Recovery Partition] It ...
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What kind of wear does writing and deleting large volumes of data put on storage devices?

The title pretty much says it all. What kind of wear does writing and deleting large volumes of data put on an HDD? What about a SSD? Will it affect lifespan, speed, or efficiency? When I say large ...
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How to add storage to VMWare vSphere without wiping the data

I have a question on how to add a storage drive in VMWare vSphere. Let's say I have installed ESXi, and I have 3 storage drive, and all 3 are showing at the Configuration tab in vSphere. Storage drive ...
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How to know if an SDcard is about to fail?

I have an SDcard that is still working fine for about 8 years now. I am using it for an DSLR camera. I am quite paranoid that it will soon stop working while taking photos of an important event. Are ...
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Why does my 500GB hard drive have a capacity of exactly 500,107,862,016 bytes?

Why does my 500 GB hard disk show up to have exactly 500 107 862 016 Byte? I'm aware of the GiB vs. GB issue and know that manufacturers of hard drives use 1000 as ...
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How much data storage will be lost converting a 4 GB Compact Flash from FAT32 to FAT16?

i would need to know how to calculate the space still available after formatting if had been lost. I will use a device for collecting physiological data that requires FAT16, on the other hand i would ...
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Password issue. MYBOOK 2TB Ext USB HDD does not accept my password

I bought a MY BOOK 2TB External USB data drive for my personal home stand alone computer. I use windows 8.0pro, the data drive is about 5 years old, does not have any wifi, network capabilities and ...
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USB 3.0 port transfer speed on HP Laptop not exceeding 40 MBPS

I tested the internal HDD with CrystalDiskMark and was able to get 109 MBPS both on sequential read and write tests. Then, when I tested my 1 TB WD My Passport USB 3.0 External HDD with ...
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How to get vendorId and productId of storage drive in Windows?

How do I obtain the vendorId and productId of a storage drive(e.g. internal hard drive or external USB hard drive) non-programmatically in Windows, either with a command, or GUI? Note, I'm not ...
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How to allow a user to have read&write access to his files on a SAN from two servers?

I'm sorry if the following sounds like a naive question, but I know nothing about SAN. We have a SAN that is connected to two servers. Now, I would like to know if it is possible for a user to be ...
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Windows 10 system files taking 190GB [duplicate]

I have a Samsung SSD 840 EVO of 250GB as my main drive with Windows 10 Pro N and it shows up as being almost full, although I don't have too much stuff in it, but when I took a look to the storage use ...
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Windows Server Storage Pool migrate to Windows 10

I have a PC that is currently running Windows Server 2012 R2 and It has 4 HDD's in a storage pool. I would like to uninstall windows server on that machine and replace it with Windows 10 (there is no ...
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Change memory size units in Windows 10

Just as the title implies, how can you change the unit sizes displayed in Windows? Instead of displaying files like this: +--------+---------------+ | Name | Size | ...
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Why is my Virtual Machine Backup larger than virtual machine drives

As part of a disaster recovery test, we made a backup of a virtual machine that runs our SQL server. The backup file was >360GB and took a long time to copy over USB 2.0 (don't ask me why our disaster ...
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“other users” files clogging hard drive and can't remove [duplicate]

I have installed windows 10 and now for some reason when viewing storage usage a large part of the C drive is taken up by files from "other users". However, I am the only user registered on ...
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Are worn-out flash memory blocks not deletable?

My phone became very slow so I thought if formatting the internal flash memory completely and doing a block erase/write test could make my phone faster. However, I've heard that flash memories wear ...
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Mapped Drive Storage Size Matches my Windows Drive?

I have a couple of drives mapped to a SharePoint site. When I open Windows 10 Explorer and look at the details of my Windows (C:) drive, it tells be there are "4.77 GB free of 66.7 GB". When I look ...
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Storage of Asus ZenPad C 7.0 z170mg 8GB

The device has 8GB storage. But Clean Master and Windows show just 3.53 GB. And sum of spaces (available, apps, pictures, audio, cached data, misc) is approximately 3GB. Where is the rest of the ...
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Is it possible to define k, M, G, T prefixes as decimal in Windows?

In Windows, is it possible to display file/storage sizes in decimal k, M, G, T; or, to replace K, M, G, T with Ki, Mi, Gi, Ti? (Incidentally, I personally prefer ×2^10 to Ki.)
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How to download files directly on router/modem instead of PC

I have a modem/router (DSL-2750B) with a external hard drive plugged in the USB port. My idea is to download files directly to the external drive instead of my PC. The reason why I would like to do it ...
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Intel SSD cache doesn't work

I have a laptop with a small SSD cache. It had worked properly before I did a fresh Windows installation. After installing Windows I installed Rapid Storage Technology software from Intel but it ...
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Recommended RAID Mode for Small NAS Array

I am interested in purchasing a NAS array as a home server, and I am looking at currently 4x2TB drives in a 4-bay Netgear ReadyNAS array. I understand that RAID is not a backup and am will be backing ...
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SSD memory combination [closed]

I have a question about SSD's. I have read that there are SSD's that use a combination of RAM and flash memory so that RAM can receive a backup from flash memory when a power outage occurs. I don't ...
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list out free bricks on glusterfs storage nodes

I'm trying to aggregate storage on different four machines using Glusterfs.Each machine has multiple bricks and I'm going write a program to create multiple replicated volumes from the bricks on ...
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How to hide the actual size of a hard drive

Hypothetically I have a 200GB hard drive. But I want it to appear as a 100GB hard drive. How would this be accomplished?
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Comparing files in folders in windows

I am in need of a solution that allows me to compare a sum of of files within two different directories. I was performing a half terabyte copy to Onedrive for business from a NAS device when some ...
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How can Windows 10 function on as little as 32 GB of disk space?

There are a number of sub $200 Windows 10 laptops with only a 32 GB SSD hard drive, like Lenovo 100s, HP Stream 13, etc... Given that the Windows directory itself is over 32GB on my regular laptop, ...
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Will FreeNAS/ZFS let me manage my storage this way

I'm considering FreeNAS; and want to confirm that my understanding of what I can/can't do with storage in it is correct beforehand. Initial build out: 1 storage pool with 2 x 6TB drives mirroring ...