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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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 ...
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Hard drive clicking for 16 times during startup

Sometimes when I boot my laptop the hard drive makes a clicking sound (every time 16 times), Windows does not start and I am stuck on the boot screen (note: F2, F4 or any other key do not respond). ...
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Unable to format memory card in PC [duplicate]

My memory card is not detected in PC. I tried the following but still could not recover it, Tried the HPUSB format tool it says "Memory card is write protected". Right clicked on my computer -> ...
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What is the physical location of data returned by ATA IDENTIFY DEVICE command?

I assume that this command is sent to disk and controller obtain required information somehow, according to specification T13/2015-D Revision 1a: Some devices may have to read the media in order ...
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How do I recover the space on my hard drive? [duplicate]

I a couple of days ago installed Windows XP SP3 (called "Challenger Edition") from a CD, on top of Windows XP SP2, which I've been using for the last four to five years. First up, I opened the CD ...
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iscsi storage ( target per lun )

the question is straight forward, i have 2 servers clustered and need to share the same LUN (LUN1). I have mapped the LUN1 to TargetA. The question now is should I a) connect the 2 servers to the ...
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Why is the total file and folder sizes in drive C: different from the folder size in Properties?

I have two different reports on the size of C: on Windows Server 2008 R2, by clicking the properties of C:, it shows 86.0 GB for "used space"; by selecting all contents (I have setup to view all ...
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How to deal with multiple large executables without having to upgrade a system?

I often end up buying a new laptop every second year, which is a bit of a problem. I run multiple applications that take up a lot of storage. For work, it is software for scientific computing (MATLAB ...
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What factors limit hard drive capacity? [closed]

Can anybody explain me what factors limit hard drive capacity? I mean, why don't we have HDD with 1000 terabytes of capacity? Thanks in advance.
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When I copy the contents of one drive, the copy takes up less space. Why? [closed]

I am trying to copy the contents of one hard drive to another hard drive. But once the copy is completed, the copy takes up less space than the original files. Hence not all files are being copied. ...
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Use two drives independently in NAS (Synology)

I am going to purchase a Synology server for my home. I want to have two NAS Drives plugged in internally. Can I access each drive independently? For instance: On one of the drives I want to store ...
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Need to expand TP-Links storage but there is no USB port, can i use a shared network drive?

So I got a TP-Link WR841N V9 and I installed Openwrt Barrier Breaker 14.07. It has very little memory so I want to expand it. I read that I could use ExtRoot with a USB to fix that, the problem is ...
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Hard Links in Windows - risk of file-loss?

I am now creating hard links to remove duplicate space usage in backup data. This is within single NTFS partitions. I am afraid of data-loss - losing a file completely if one link reference is ...
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How do I swap a drive on my Synology NAS without a RAID setup?

I’ve got a Synology DS213j with a 2TB and 1TB drive. I’m connecting to the volumes on the NAS via a network connection (Ethernet/Wi-Fi). Today I bought a 4TB drive and I want to swap that one with the ...
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Incorrect Calculation of storage on OS X El Capitan 10.11

The storage calculation in the “About This Mac” says that I have 330GB remaining but my apps and other things add up to about 300GB. Does anyone know how to fix this?
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Windows 10 storage pool and hard drive recovery

OS Win 1 I am looking for any suggestions as I have spent nearly 20+ hours working with MS and reading through blogs and creating/deleting storage pools to simulate scenarios. Basically I had ...
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New hard drive: checklist before entering your workflow?

1, 2... 4+ TiB of data makes a lot of (here choose the appropriate) work/recording/stress/time-to-eg-rebuild-the-array when put on an drive of unknown health. When getting your hands on a spinning ...
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How is it possible that In a 4GB memory card a folder of 24.5GB is created?

I had some problem in my memory card. I don't know how, but sometimes the data in my memory card exceeds the limits of its storage capacity. This is the screenshot of the properties of my memory card ...
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Does ZFS make sense as local storage?

I was reading about ZFS and for a moment thought of using it in my computer, but than reading about its memory requirements I thought twice. Does it make sense to use ZFS as local storage or this ...
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SSD Block Sizing

I've been looking at logical and physical block sizes for disks... [old disks] logically(4KB) -> physically(8 * 512B) -------Data Cluster [new disks,old OS] logically(4KB) -> physically(4KB(8 * ...
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Page Sizes (SSD)

New storage devices like hard disks are being made using the "new" IDMEA advanced format of physical 4KB sectors, but what is the largest page size SSD comes in? Looking around I could only find 4KB ...
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Boot Signature - BIOS

I understand that the BIOS is in ROM, and the manufacturer "typically" designs it to point to the first sector of the "active" storage device's first sector or CHS (0,0,1)*physical and CHS ...
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Why does sector-number addressing in CHS start at sector 1 and not 0?

Before LBA was introduced, why does CHS start at 0,0,1 and not 0,0,0 ?
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CHS to LBA mapping - (Disk Storage)

Before LBA you simply had the physical mapping of a disk, which originally disk access with the BIOS on an old a IBM-PC compatible machine would look something like this the following: Cylinder ...
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Directory for unfinished app store downloads?

I started downloading Xcode on App Store and it's stuck at like 95% of the download. It's a big file and I ended up finding a DMG elsewhere. How can I delete this unfinished download file? I need to ...
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How are deleted files really treated [duplicate]

this might seem a very basic question but i have been thinking about this a lot. The thing i know about deleted files is that it doesn't really disappear from the hard disk. It simply get unlisted ...
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How to set HDD to read and write

I have installed a HDD on a second SATA port. But it is set to read-only. How do I set in to read and write? It also somehow copied everything from my main SSD. I can access it but I can't write to ...
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In Windows 10 Pro Storage Space, why can't I use ReFS with Parity?

NTFS is the only option when Parity is selected as the resiliency type. I thought ReFS was suppose to replace NTFS? I am trying to create a storage space to use for network file share.
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Areca SAS controller compatibility with SATA drives

With my controller drives randomly disconnect or become unresponsive, tested in both Linux (with Areca’s proprietary driver as the open-source one has been broken for years) and a clean install of ...
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Delay accessing my second hard disk drive

I have got a gaming laptop with Windows (10) installed on my SSD (128Go) and a second hard disk drive of 1To. (7200 rpm) My SSD does not have enough space so I decided to install some softwares on my ...
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Same hard drives, different capacities

I have two exactly same hard drives WD Reds 6TB, but they have slightly different capacities, is this normal or there are some bad sectors or something like that on them?
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Can I use a boot usb as a storage device as well in windows

I recently bought a 32gb usb 3 drive and made it a bootable usb. there is about 25gb of unallocated space, which i formatted to ntfs, however windows only recognises the boot partition as it is the ...
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Why does RAM cost more than flash memory? [closed]

Why is the price/gigabyte for RAM higher than the one for flash memory, even though flash is more complex because it's non-volatile? Is it only because RAM needs to work at higher speeds?
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What does a low level storage management like iRODS exactly for (in fedora-commons)?

I am not clear about the actual advantage of having iRODS or any other low level storage management. What are it's benefits exactly and when should we use it? In Fedora-commons with normal file ...
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Add up multiple disks into single storage, replace disk without destroying data

Suppose I have a 1TB disk and a 2TB disk. If I want to use it as a single 3TB disk, there seems to be two solutions on Windows 8. Dynamic Disk in Disk Management Storage Spaces, Simple layout But ...
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Can I delete the BIOSUPDATE partition (with ASrock z87)?

I found a partition on my secondary (!) storage drive, not the system storage drive: As you can see it is in the way of easy repartitioning. I have an ASRock Z87 Mainboard, used the update Bios via ...
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Where is the data inside a disk image stored when it is mounted in a virtual CD-ROM?

I wanted to know what type of memory is consumed when a disk image is mounted in a virtual CD-ROM (for example, when we mount a .ISO file using Daemon Tools) and where is the data inside the disk ...
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RAW CD Image (3.1 GB) while downloading, now its 0 bytes

I damaged my original windows 7 DVD. So I was forced to download an image file from the internet and use my product key. But when I downloaded, it showed 3.1 GB. After the download completed, I ...
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Change user storage folder from /home to somewhere else

I want to let a user take huge space on another drive. Is there a command that I can move the user from /home folder on a mounted drive in /mnt folder? If I do move folder /home/foo to ...
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Using two persistence partitions on Debian 8 to increase storage

I use Debian Jess 8.0 with a persistence partition but no other permanent filesystem. I boot the live-cd from an SD card. Here is my persistence.conf file: /bin /sbin /boot /etc /home /lib/modules ...
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Size of files in Windows OS. (It's KB or kB?)

One "kilobyte" (KB) is 1024 bytes in JEDEC-standard, whereas the definition has shifted, in most contexts, to mean 1000 bytes (kB) in accordance with SI. To resolve this difference, binary prefixes ...