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 create ramdisk block device on Fedora 17?

In Fedora 16 /dev/ram* got removed and replaced with tmpfs. However tmpfs can't make block devices. Question How do I make a ramdisk block device in Fedora 17?
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Linux Disk Setup for VMs

Been trying to find the ideal way to setup disks/partitions for Linux guests on ESXi. Seems as though Linux is falling behind when it comes easily adding disk space. The end goal is to be able to ...
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No space left on device, df shows 50%

I have done everything I know about, and now I'm completely lost. I'm getting an error on my Storage partition. The drive is a ntfs, and I'm using ntfs-3g, the disk is being shared between my Windows ...
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Do 7.2k SATA drives and a hardware raid controller always end with trouble?

I'm reading the FreeNAS userguide and came across the statement: Note that hardware RAID configured as JBOD may still detach disks that do not respond in time; and as such may require ...
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Why can i store only 465 GB in 500 GB hard disk? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Why is the effective hard drive size lower than the actual size? If one buys a 500 GB hard disk, why it shows only 465 GB. Where does the extra space go? Same for other ...
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How do computers permanently store data? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Where do deleted items go on the hard drive? I've heard several times that when you delete a file, even after removing it from the Recycle Bin, it is still permanently ...
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Windows 8 Storage Pool in “Unrecognized Configuration”, but Appears Healthy

I recently had a crash on my machine running W8 Pro x64. When I rebooted, my storage pool was offline, and I got a message stating that I had "Drives in an unrecognized configuration". However, it ...
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Drive not able to be added to Storage Spaces

I am having difficulties trying to create a storage space. I have four Hard Drives in my computer. Samsung 128Gb SSD x2 Caviar Green 2TB Older 320 Gb drive I want to merge the two last ones. The ...
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are blue ray disks the cheapest storage medium per Gb?

The question is as simple as that really. Are bluray disks the cheapest storage medium per gb? I am recording video which is using about 32gb per day. So a month of that would be almost 1Tb. A year ...
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How do I connect a bunch of laptop hard disks to make a “super” storage disk?

So we have a about 25 laptop hard disks lying around (when we get new laptops, we replace the hard disks with SSDs). What is the best way to use these? Ideally, I'd like to build some kind of disk ...
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Writing fails to MicroSD

I have a 16 gb Class 10 Ridata MicroSD card I bought on December which I use on my Galaxy Y phone. At first, it was working fine and fast. Now when I write to it, often times I get "Write Delay ...
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Windows 8 Password Storing [closed]

I was wondering if someone could please shed some light on how Windows 8 stores password or if it does at all? I believe that Windows 8 has more cloud features and that it goes by your Windows Live ...
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How do you remove a hard drive's GPT Protective Partition without compromising its functionality?

I recently bought an Iomega NAS drive but I want to install my own operating system on it. I connected the hard drive to my computer with a SATA to USB casing but under disk management it says it is a ...
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Multiple git-annex repos on one drive

I think that this is possible with git-annex as it exists right now, but I'm just looking to make sure. Right now I have a file tree that looks something like this: + knowledge + media + ... And ...
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Distributed files over two servers

Lets say I got a fast (connection) but low-storage server (S1) and a slow but much-storage server (S2). Is it (practically) possible to use the server S1 as a "proxy" for files? I.e. there is a folder ...
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Magnetic tape drives for backup

Magnetic tape is extremely slow, but also also extremely cheap. Is there any way to use tape to backup a computer? What is exactly this? A cartridge? A drive? Are there any inexpensive way to ...
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Ivy Bridge support [closed]

I've couple of workstation class high-end Ivy Bridge (Intel Z77) based PCs. I'm wondering the level of Windows 8 support in regards to couple of key features such as: Responsiveness Technologies - ...
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Optimal disk configuration for Ubuntu home file server

I'm setting up a small Ubuntu file server at home using these 4 hard drives: WD Green 2TB (SATA3, 5400 RPM, 64MB cache) WD Black 640GB (SATA2, 7200 RPM, 32MB cache) 2x WD Blue 1TB (SATA3, 7200 RPM, ...
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Solid State Drive Occasionally Freezes For A Minute While OS Is “Beach Balling”

Almost a month ago I bought Intel 330 128GB solid state drive, migrated my data with Intel branded limited-feature Acronis from old HDD to new SSD, optimized with Intel Toolbox and started using it. ...
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Strange performance differences in read/write from/to USB flash drive

When copying files from my 8GB USB 2.0 flash drive with Windows 7 to a traditional hard drive, the average speed is between 25 and 30 MB/s. When doing the reverse, copying to the USB drive, the speed ...
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How do I use an internal SSD as a scratch disk for FCP X?

I'm contemplating setting up my MacBook Air as a video editing machine. If I do this, I'll upgrade to a 256 GB SSD, and I should be able to keep around 100 GB or more free for video editing. The ...
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CompactFlash write caching

A well-known characteristic of CompactFlash cards is that they do such things as write-leveling and caching to boost performance and longevity. These characteristics make them fairly poor choices as ...
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bash - test if disk is unparitioned

I'm currently working on a DIY network storage which aggregates free disk space using mhddfs. Now what I want is, for example given a hotswap bay, when I insert a brand new unpartitioned disk, I wish ...
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How to compress / reduce the size of JPEG photos for archiving? [closed]

I have 50,000 high resolution JPEG photos, where a couple of them might occasionally be needed, about once a year. I wanted to zip them to save disk space, except that zipping gives no space benefit ...
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GB Calculation on SSD. Am I just lucky?

I have recently installed a OCZ Vertex Plus R2 VTXPLR2-25SAT2-120GB 2.5 120GB SATA II MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) 120 GB SSD. I figured I would have about 110 to 112 GB knowing that hdd/ssd ...
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How can I combine non-identical disks efficiently?

There are some not-identical disk of various capacities that I want to combine (somehow). Since there are no duplicate models, I can't use raid between none of them. Is there a way to use them ...
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How do I count the bytes outputted by another program in Bash/Linux?

Say I have a program that writes to a bunch of places on the filesystem. It runs from a single executable. I want to determine, at any point in its run (it runs for a long time), how many bytes it has ...
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mdadm: superblock on /dev/sdd1 doesn't match others - assembly aborted

OS: Debian Squeeze Kernel: 2.6.32-5-amd64 mdadm version: 3.1.4 (31 August 2010) mdarrays md1 = raid1 (this is working) (devices: /dev/sd[fg]1) md0 = raid6 (previously raid5, ...
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Intel Matrix Storage Manager vs Linux Software RAID

The chipset I'm using supports the Intel RSTe technology. It means that I have two options for RAID setup: Ordinary linux software RAID, using mdadm command. RSTe (either by the BIOS or, again, ...
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Is it possible to boot from a flash drive that also contains data?

I read about the Evil Maid attack, and thought of partitioning a flash drive, putting a bootloader on one partition and storing data on the other. Is this possible, or is there some alternative that ...
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How to protect/prevent/lock a Truecrypt volume (container file) against deletion , on an external HDD?

I’ve a Truecrypt volume container file on an external HDD , Though Truecrypt voulmes container files are fully encrypted , they are deletable , just like normal files I want to prevent it from ...
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Long-term storage reliability of various media

I’m looking for a reference of statistics on long-term storage/archive reliability for various types of media. That is, I’m looking for information, comparisons, charts, graphs, test results, etc. on ...
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Would I run into problems if a download is faster than the write speed of the device it is writing to?

What if I was downloading a file directly to a device which has a write speed considerably slower than the download speed of the internet connection. Is the write pending data moved into a buffer or ...
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View all USB Drive contents at once

I have a corrupt DOCX file on my USB drive. Looking at the raw code of the corrupted file, the text has nothing at all to do with the file that it should have been. It's text from a file that was on ...
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OCZ SSD drive reviews are very polarized, whereas Corsair and Sandisk reviews are mostly great - What's up with OCZ? [closed]

Looking at Amazon reviews for OCZ Agility and Vertex SSD drives, I often see an equal number of great reviews and lousy reviews. People either seem to love them and have no issues or have tons of ...
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Cheap read-only storage media?

I am looking for a cheap read-only storage medium with around 4 GB space, in most of my cases 1 GB is enough. The idea is to make the device bootable and use it as an replacement for a live CD ...
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How much storage am I using?

I am using Objective-C to retrieve some information about the hard drive. I successfully retrieve the amount used in bytes. However I am having trouble converting bytes to gigabytes. When doing this ...
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How to clear persistent storage on live Linux USB?

I created a live Ubuntu USB that has persistent storage using Universal USB Installer. Every time I boot the USB, I keep getting an alert message telling me that the drive is low on space. Is it not ...
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What happens with Windows 8 Storage Spaces if I reinstall Windows?

I'm considering using Windows 8 Storage Spaces to combine disks. What will happen if, for some reason, my OS disk is no longer available. How will a fresh installation of Windows 8 react to an ...
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Will reading data cause SSD's to wear out?

It's almost common knowledge that excessive writes (including formatting, defragmenting etc) will, in time, wear out solid state drives. But does reading lots of data from SSD's cause wear too? I'm ...
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How can I create a PaperDisk?

How could I create a PaperDisk? Just found the website of PaperDisk, but no software for creation and reading of those.
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Expanding partition on SSD

I have recently bought an SSD and I am getting ready to clone my windows partition and such. The partition I wish to clone is smaller than the size of the SSD, So if I expand the partition will I ...
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How can I can delete a project in Aperture, but not in Flickr?

I have a Macbook Air as my only computer ; I store my shots on Flickr. The size of the SSD doesn't allow me to keep all my RAW files on my laptop. So I publish the photographs I like in their final ...
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Windows 7 takes 4 minutes to mount a USB mass storage device

I Have a custom USB Mass Storage Device that has been used in Windows XP for years as part of a product. In XP, the device mounts within seconds, with a drive letter and a window. In Windows 7, it ...
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should I put my multi-device btrfs filesystem on disk partitions or raw devices?

If I'm going to create a multi-device btrfs filesystem. The official recommendation from the documentation apppears to be to create it on raw devices; i.e. /dev/sdb, /dev/sdc, etc, but this is not ...
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Intel Rapid Storage Technology (IRST): puzzled over port number assignements

I am using the tool Intel Rapid Storage Technology (IRST) v9.6.61001 to display the current status of several disks that are built-in and/or connected to a Lenovo W701 Model 4323. The status window ...
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Multiple mounts under a mount on a linux server

I have a server that I mount some storage (LUNs) under. The first mount is LUN0(20Gb) as /database then under that I mount LUN1(10Gb) as /database/logs so in essence I can't mount /database/logs ...
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needing storage integrity (write/read) test - for BASH

In need of shell scripts / bash commands to verify data integrity of local harddrives, usb-drives, etc, ... Like the famous www.heise.de/download/h2testw; or something that is at least common within ...
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Portable HTML5 local storage

I've been developing client-side applications using HTML and Javascript, and I've been trying to find a way to automatically save local storage data to a flash drive or other storage device. Is it ...
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Synching two different USB drives not connected simultaneously

I'm trying to find a software that can handle my requirement. I have a notebook that I use at work and Home. I have an external usb drive here at work and another one at home. I would like to find a ...