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 use independent, persistent disk à la VMWare in VirtualBox?

VMware has the concept of "dependent disk" (snapshots are made and used along with the virtual machine), "independent persistent disk" (disk has his own state, no snapshot), "independent non ...
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What to use for recovery disk when CD is not an option

I have a computer that has no optical drive and getting on to work with that is very hard(believe me I've tried). What are some alternatives for recovery media in case the current OS fails? I have ...
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Internal Storage does not have a drive name

The internal storage of my phone shows up as: Computer\Xperia SL\Internal Storage Hence I am unable to copy the entire contents of the drive using either Fastcopy or CMD Why is it that it does not ...
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waking up a sleeping external usb storage drive on linux?

So I got a Seagate external usb storage that goes to sleep after 90 minutes. All its power comes from the usb. At dmesg, this is what happens: [Dom Jun 29 17:25:08 2014] sd 7:0:0:0: Attached scsi ...
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Calculate storage capacity of RAID 2 / 3 / 4?

Given n drives and capacity s of each drive, how would I calculate storage capacity for RAID 2 / 3 / 4? For example, I know RAID 5's storage capacity can be calculated with the following formula: ...
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Calculating RPM of the disk drive

Well I have a question about RPM of the disk drive. I've seen an example where: seek time of the HD: 5ms track size: 5MB If an application wants to read 1MB from the disk with a maximum time of 20ms ...
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Why so many steps in adding new disk and what do they do? [closed]

Why is it necessary to initialize, format, create a volume and a partition on a new hard drive? What are there differences? I have red on Google and most of them seem to do the same thing.
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Is it possible to mark or segregate bad blocks on HDD?

Hello I want to know if is it possible to mark bad blocks on HDD for OS to not use them. I don't want to save data written on this blocks, just want to get rid of them. I found some article where ...
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Usability of solid state drives after long term storage without without power

So, I was recently hired on to a company that has shipped out several 24/7 always on servers with solid state drives. I understand that SSD longevity has been improved upon, however to my knowledge ...
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Is it insecure to use a swap file that multiple systems can read?

I'm setting up a dual-boot system with Ubuntu Linux and Windows 7. Both systems are installed on an SSD, each given around 50GB. However, there is an additional internal HDD with a single ext4 ...
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Does `dd` work on physical level or on filesystem level?

When you delete a file from a device, let's say an USB stick, then (without doing any further stuff) only the entry in the filesystem is deleted, the raw bytes of this file are still on the device ...
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Intel Rapid Storage Technology (pre-OS) driver installation

My desktop machine is built on Gigabyte GA-Z87-UD3H and Gigabyte provides the latest driver for Intel Rapid Storage Technology (IRST), which I installed after installing the OS. Same goes for my ...
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MicroSD card isn't detected by computer, apparently usable only with phone

I have a 4GB MicroSD card that apparently only works (in the sense that the device detects and can read and write from and to the card) with my old Nokia XpressMusic 5800 phone. I have taken pictures ...
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Migrating from HDD to SSD+HDD combo [closed]

So in a few days I'm going to be building a new PC in which I decided to icorporate an SSD (120GB) + HDD (1TB) combo. Are there any rules of thumb as to how you should divide your data among those two ...
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Can a personal cloud storage device be used for syncing OneNote?

(Please note this is a question about a type of NAS (Network Attached Storage) device, not an online cloud storage service.) If I understand it correctly, a personal cloud storage device (for example ...
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Motherboard storage drivers confusion

I'm always confused when I need to install the MOBO drivers for storage. Eg: for my mobo, there are 5 different drivers for storage. It is not clear what they do and which one I need to install!! Can ...
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Flash based storage. Do i need to re-plug them back in to my PC from time to time? (Memory cards & SSD's)

I've bought some memory cards for the purpose of backing up & storing my pictures and videos in case my PC's hard drive fails or the data on it becomes unreadable. The hard drive may not fail for ...
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How can i build home SAN with SATA drives only

In my home i have 5 user using different computers and we have one server with vmware Esxi on it to use for virtual machines The problem i am having is storage i have desktop where i have stored 7 ...
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ZFS on linux: switch partition to whole disk

There is a ZFS pool with raidz1 in it. The pool is created on top of three 2TB drives using the whole disk and a 2TB partition on a 3TB drive. What is the recommended process to reconfigure the pool ...
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Does a router USB port means it supports NAS?

My ISP will be sending me a SmartRG SR505n modem/router and I see from the specs that it has a USB 2.0 port. Does this mean that it supports adding a NAS (my extrenal HDD for example?). I checked the ...
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How can i manage10 SATA drives separately with same speed as DAS

I have 10 External USB drives attached with my desktop. Each has its own power and USB cable + USB extension/extender. Its looking very messy and i am thinking of opening the case and then take out ...
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What type of cable do I need to connect to this storage box

I have this Hitachi Storage box (Hitachi DF600-RKAJAT Hard Drive Array): It has fiber drives, and I have a Fiber channel card like this: How can I join them?
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What type of hard drives can be used in storage server [closed]

First of all i am not asking for any shopping Recommendation but i want to know about this product on ebay ...
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How smart phones can be viewed as storage devices by the OS?

I wanted to view the partition tables of my android and ipod using gparted.But, I could not since the OS does not recognize smart phones as storage devices.So,why is this behaviour and how can I force ...
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how big is SAN and is it feasible to use it in home

I have seen this add for SAN and its looks cheap for 50TB storage. But i am not sure How big will that be. i mean can it be fit on my computer desk Can i sue with my normal desktop Is it will be ...
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Snapshotting virtual disks mounted in Windows without using vritualization?

I know that you can mount VHDs in Windows, but you can't create snapshots on the go, like in virtual machines. You have to unmount it first, create a differential VHD using Diskpart and mount it ...
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File System for virtualization server [closed]

I am going to be running a Proxmox (a virtualization distro based on debian wheezy) server. There is going to be 1 or 2 KVM vm and 2 - 3 openVZ containers running at any given time. I want to be able ...
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Deleting Files from Secondary BTSync Client Files remain in Ubuntu VPS but invisible

I installed BTSync on my VPS which is running Ubuntu 13.10. I set up a drop folder where I would transfer my files & that would sync to my home PC. I would then delete things on my home PC (not ...
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How to set up a dev environment in a VDI [closed]

My company is trying to set up VDI environments for everyone including database developers. Some of the databases are SQL, others semi-obscure legacy systems. Apparently our hosting company charges a ...
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What's the minimum occupied space that triggers Windows' low space notification?

Is it a percentage related to the partition size? Or, is it a hard-fixed number? What if it's a non-system partition? Why would it matter to Windows if it isn't installed into it? In my case, I run ...
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Why's Windows keep losing my storage device on reboot?

I've got a machine running Windows 8.1 off a boot SSD, with the SATA spinning media attached via an Adaptec 6405e controller. It works great coming up from a powered off state. However, if a reboot ...
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G-Drive Mobile external disk drive - should I use Firewire or USB 3.0?

I have a G-Technology G-Drive mobile 1TB with the option of either connecting via USB 3.0 or Firewire 800, which is the better choice for connecting with my MacBook Pro Early-2011? (In terms of speed ...
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How does video get written to a file?

How does a video get written to a file? Does it get written in sections, like packets of data, or does the file stay "open" with a pure stream of continuous data? I have been searching but I don't ...
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How to write protect microSD card?

My phone is corrupting memory cards while trying to write data. I want to make my microSD read-only or write protect it (even if phone is not the reason). Searching on Google returns the solutions to ...
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How Fake raid communicates with Operating system(Linux)?

I am a programmer, I studied about software, hardware and Fake raid's and I am unable to understand how fake raid communicates with operating system (Linux)? I mean which software layer or driver ...
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Microdrive suddenly not showing up as storage device

I have a Hitachi Compact Flash Microdrive that my Canon EOS 20D uses to store pictures on. Up until recently, I've been able to put the microdrive in a PCMCIA reader ("PC Card Reader" as described in ...
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SAN vs NAS: How to explain the difference in layman's term?

I am from a software background so I am not really up to date with these storage technology. I am asked this question today and I don't feel like I am able to give a correct answer. Here is my ...
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How to access large volume of shared files?

I am part of a group of engineers that works together on simulations; we are having trouble figuring out how to store/access simulation output files. Each simulation study generates ~20GB of output ...
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My SSD runs extremely slow

I've bought a Toshiba SSD, model: Z1000001. It works, but is really, really slow. AHCI is enabled TRIM is enabled BIOS has been updated SATA cables and ports tested (SATA II0) I've been through all ...
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What's the best and 'fastest' way to secure data on an external HDD?

I have a transcend 1 TB HDD that has some sensitive data in it. I want no one to be able to access that drive. I know that there's an option to encrypt the whole drive but I think it will be ...
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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 ...