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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persistiant demand-based client caching for network storage

I'm going to preface this by saying that I really don't know if this is the right venue for this question. Aspects of it could be highly technical, but I would rather stay away from that side of ...
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Windows 7 clean install taking up 71.6gb on my SSD [duplicate]

I installed windows on my SSD as the C:\ drive and it is 71.6gb used out of 111gb. I should note that when I select all the folders in C:\ and right click and view properties of all the folders in ...
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How is my mac full? OmniDisk and disk utility show hardly anything

I have a macbook retina with a 120 GB hard drive. I have a few applications, but I have hardly any videos or music to clog the thing up, but I have only 3 GB available it says. I know there could be ...
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Using Laptop with HDD Inside When Moving in Car

I have recently read that modern hard disk drives dislike any kind of vibrations. So my answer is: is it possible to use a laptop with an HDD inside it without any negative consequences when moving ...
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NAS with DLNA, WiFi and torrents? [closed]

I understand the FAQ discourages asking for recommendations, but I don't think this question will be obsolete anytime soon... I'm looking for a NAS device that has an inbuilt torrent client, a DLNA ...
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Downloading files from zip and extracting suddenly extracts random things?

I recently downloaded a gmod map of 5 mb and I got like 70 gb left as storage. Now I tried extracting the map to the desktop and all of a sudden it says:"Cant extract, need 11.7gb to extract" So I ...
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How do I find the remaining space on an External Drive?

Through terminal on Linux, what exactly would I type to find External HDDs and their remaining storage space?
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How can I automate multiple back-ups of Mac OS, data and archives?

I would like to automatically back up my Mac OS, Data on the Mac, and also Archived data that I only keep on an external storage device (because the mac has limited storage itself). I imagine the ...
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Single storage setup for multiple users

I have a relative who employs several people for data entry and stuff. Currently, he has 3 employees, each with his own computer, but wants to expand with 2-3 more computers. What he is fearing is ...
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Optimizing SSD storage usage on an SSD (primary/boot) & HDD (secondary storage) combined desktop

Second question ever posted here, and this one has been on my mind a while... I built a computer at the end of the last summer; I'm using a Samsung 120GB SSD as the boot drive, and a Western Digital ...
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How can I utilise unused space on a large network in a decentralised yet resilient manner?

I administrate a large windows network and I would like to make use of the unused space on the workstations, is there a free way to do this? Let's say we have: 200 Windows workstations each with ...
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Why are consumer grade RAID controlers MORE expensive than complete external array solutions and are they compatible?

I'm looking at consumer grade ESATA DAS solutions for my home lab. I use vmware workstation with mucho VMs currently all stored on the same 1TB 7200 RPM SATA disc- performance is pretty terrible as ...
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SQL Server - Database with strange storage space

I have a strange problem with one SQL server database: The database takes 180GBs on disk, with no space available; while the only table it contains should use only sth like 25GBs: EDIT: database ...
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Where is my disk space going?

I have a 1TB partition mounted with all my local non-program data in it, and it was showing as only having <250 GB of space left. So I went to do what I usually do, move the worst of it onto my ...
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Track down flash drives that my laptop has accessed

I have some personal information stored on my laptop, and I suspect that somebody had copied them onto an USB portable flash drive. Is there any method by which I can track down a list of flash drives ...
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Why doesn't SSD lose their data when the computer is turned off?

If I understand correctly, both RAM and SSD's use flash memory. SSD's use NAND flash memory though. When RAM loses it's electric current , it loses all the data. Why don't SSD's lose their data the ...
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Preserving a hard disk, plugged or unplugged from power?

We have a few hard disks we use as data backup. We keep them in a cool store room until they are needed (we manually copy data into them). These data aren't exactly critical, we won't shed a single ...
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Upgrading storage spaces pool in multiples of column

I've done some research on Windows Storage Spaces, and I'd like to confirm some of what I'm planning is correct. I'm setting up a 3x 3TB pool (parity), with three columns. Eventually, I plan on ...
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What is best online Archival site not backups for big personal data [closed]

I am looking for online site where i can upload / Archive my data so that i can browse from web to have a look at what i have and in case i need it somewhere else then i can download it. I don't want ...
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Partition that spans multiple disks

I want to have one partition that will span multiple disks. I don't care about redundancy but in case one of the disks fails i still want to be able to access the data that is not on the damaged disk. ...
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Storage disk format to use to be utilised by all OS [duplicate]

Aiming to have a large internal HDD to store files, and several OSes on separate disks. They all need to read and write to one storage drive. Ubuntu (13.04+) Mac OSX (10.8+) Windows (7+) What ...
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System Volume Information folder on D drive… But System Protection not enabled for that drive?

I'm running Windows 8.1, and have a 240GB SSD for my C drive and a 2TB HDD for a D drive. On the D drive, there is a System Volume Information folder taking up 380GB... I'd like to reduce or ...
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How can I use a different location, other than my C drive, to store my programs and desktop?

I got a SSD which has enough room to run my OP and install my drivers. I want to know how to put C:\Users......\Desktop in a new location like D:\Desktop. I also want to do the same with Programs and ...
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Is SSD a good medium for long term storage? [duplicate]

Is ssd drives a good medium for long term backup storage? say i filled an ssd and stored it in some dark drye place, how long would it last? if not, which medium has the best shelf life for long term ...
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usb storage attached to windows SBS is not readable when plugged directly to windows desktop

I was wondering if windows SBS did some sort of different format other than ntfs that would make my usb storage (16tb drobo) readable only to the server If I unplug the usb and take it over to my win ...
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Rackmount HDD storage [closed]

Looking into some storage solutions for a small server. I've got a Mac mini running OS X server providing open directory accounts for all my machines (which are 98% OS X save two Windows machines). ...
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Windows 8 - Intel Rapid Storage Technology No Accelerate Tab - Move EFI Recovery Partition to HDD

i have followed few posts in here regarding no accelerate tab in Intel Rapid Storage Technology application, and i am having similar issue. when i installed windows-8, the recovery and efi partitions ...
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Why SAS SSDs are better than SATA SSDs? Or…not really? [closed]

I read a lot about the differences between Serial ATA, Serial-Attached SCSI and Near-Line SAS. I understood that SATA drives are mainly used in client computers, enterprise archive storage arrays, ...
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Can you change the storage bar on “my computer” to indicate remaining space instead of used space?

Can you change the storage bar on "my computer" to indicate remaining space instead of used space?
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What do organizations use for email storage and collaboration? [closed]

Our client has a need to store emails for all time, and have them accessible via a web-based application. Users will need to file emails to appropriate folders so that the entire organization has ...
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Managing disk in a VM

I'm replacing my two old rack servers with a new one that has plenty of power to take over the functionality my current servers. The server is a 4U rack mount with 16 3.5" SAS drive bays, two 2.5" ...
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Lifetime of eMMC device

I have better knowledge about the NAND and NOR memory devices as I'm currently working with them. Now I have heard that eMMC device is going to be used in one of my upcoming project. What is the ...
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What is the function of the four pins on my SSD?

While searching for an answer, I found this question on SU what is the purpose of this 4 pin interface on sata hdds and why doesnt it exist on SSDs? Well, on my Kingston HyperX SSD drive, they do ...
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Hard drive capacity on Windows server 2008 r2 not fully recognized [duplicate]

I am running Server 2008 release 2. I am almost out of hard drive space on the c partition. It is a 40 gig partition that is reporting 2.3 gig of free space. When I examine the properties of each ...
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Is it true that a hard drive need to be used once in a while to stay alive?

I have heard someone saying that someone else said hard-disks need to be "moved" once in a while, meaning it has to spin or data has to read or written to once in a while or something like that. I am ...
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One Way Sync with Dropbox?

Is there any way I can mirror a dropbox folder to my C drive by just running a portable file? Extra background information because I know you guys hate it when you don't get the entire situation: I ...
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Home Backup Storage Configuration

I'm in the planning phase of overhauling backups at home. Currently, I use CrashPlan Free to backup all the machines to an external hard drive on a server running Server 2008R2. Since this external ...
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How much data storage capacity will be lost converting from FAT32 to NTFS?

I want to convert my 1TB (931GB) and 2TB (1.81TB) external hard drives from FAT32 to NTFS file system to support larger files. I've done some research on how to do it but before I decide if I should ...
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Some files are being corrupt in external hard drive

I have the LaCie Hard Disk Max 2TB . I've noticed that some of my files (in very rare cases) are corrupted in this storage . Most of them are songs (.m4a , .mp3) . The only option was to find again ...
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Real-time hard-drive space usage logging software?

I'm looking for a (Windows 7-compatible) tool that monitors and logs continuously how the space on my hard-drive is used. I use Windows and my hard-drive is overflowing with automatically downloaded ...
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Should I encrypt a hardware RAID5 on my homeserver? How? [closed]

For my homeserver, I am planning on getting a RAID 5 with four 3TB drives (9 TB usable space). Now I am wondering whether I should encrypt this RAID. The danger of someone getting physical access to ...
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how do I know if the number of inodes are already taken?

According to what I have read here http://www.linux.org/article/view/intro-to-inodes, the inode structure occuppies 1% of the storage unit size. Besides, it may happen (if I recall correctly due to a ...
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Why 1 byte is 8 bit? [closed]

In most cases we refer 1 byte as 8 bits. Why? Is this by definition or has historical reasons? Why don't we use only kilobit, megabit, gigabit (or more specifically kibibit, mebibit, gibibit)? Why ...
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Long life storage devices [closed]

Which is the best storage device for long life(to preserve the data for more time)? Is it pen-drive or DVD or Hard disk? Or is it any other than these three? I also want to know why one is better ...
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Size of Linux VM XL local disk space

I want to create a Linux VM server but I don't know what is the default disk size when you create the new server.
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Virtualbox: is my partition dynamic or not?

I'm using Virtualbox on a macosx host and unfortunately my hosted system, a linux mint installation, has run out of space. I thought it was dynamic but evidently it is not. It is a vdi filesystem. In ...
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Calculating hard disk block model reading time

My professor posted a slide on how to calculate the data retrieval from hard disk using the block model. The specs were: 7200 RPM 5ms SEEK 80MB/s TRANSFER RATE BLOCK MODEL : Block size 4KB I ...
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Shadow backup not available

We are using windows server 2003 R2. In the server we have enabled the shadow backup for 4 drives& that can be accessible from any of client pcs. But in one windows 7 home pc we cannot access ...
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One unknown drive in previously operational RAID5 array

I have a RAID5 array on my computer, 3X 200GB sata drives. Everything has worked great forever but all of a sudden when I turn it on the BIOS shows that only two of the three drives are functioning. ...
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Win7 setup insists on CD/DVD driver even though it isn't needed

Alright, this one got me stumped... Bear with me. This is a long story: I'm trying to help out a family member with a clean install of Windows 7 (Ultimate, 32 bit) on his ASUS A7Sv laptop. Laptop ...