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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Are there any USB flash drives or SD cards which use RAID or redundant storage for additional reliability?

I'm looking to get a fault-tolerant USB flash drive, which saves data to multiple independent locations, whether using RAID or some other means to back up data. Has a product like this ever been ...
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Is it possible to have a wireless in-house NAS with wireless data transfer rates of equivalent to SATA speeds?

Basically I would like to know, if it is possible to set up an NAS in my house to be accessed wirelessly, that can reach equivalent real-life data transfer speeds to USB 3.0 or an internal SATA hard ...
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Transfer Raid Drives to External Enclosure

I have 2 raid disks (a grand total of 360GB) in my laptop. I'm fast running out of space and want to install new drives. I've a pretty good idea how to do this. My question is what can I do with the ...
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Access my router's gateway network?

I have 2 routers in my place. Main Router (Connected to the Internet) - 192.168.1.1 Secondery Router (Connected to the Main Router) - 192.168.0.1 I have a Network Storage Device and few Shared ...
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What are the risks of partitioning drives?

I have always been told that I should back up my data before partitioning drives, but what are the reasons why the data would be lost? Most of the time when partitioning drives, I take my largest ...
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What are some essential applications of partitioning a hard drive? [closed]

I would like to know more about why one would bother making partitions on a hard drive. I understand that you might want to dual boot your machine, but are there more interesting applications to ...
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1T C:drive full with only 87GB of files — why?

I have a Lenovo desktop running Win 7 with a Hitachi 1 terabyte hard drive and 8GB of RAM. I also have a WD My Passport 1T external drive running as backup. I'm now receiving messages that the ...
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Free or Open Solution for Storing and Charting CSV data

I'm presently storing CSV files, combining them, opening them in open office, creating pivot tables and then generating charts from the spreadsheet. I've looked at OOBase, but appending csv files to ...
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fdisk can't find USB storage

A problem with USB storage in Linux has cost me more than one day: dmesg says USB is detected, but fdisk -l can't find USB storage. My kernel is 2.4.32. Infomation about this USB storage can also be ...
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Tools for block diagrams / listings of multi-layered storage virtualization with LVM and LUKS?

When multiple storage virtualization systems are used together, it can be complicated and time-consuming to gain an understanding of the structure of the various relationships involved. What tools ...
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2.1TB limit on BIOS?

While checking out this 3TB 7200RPM drive as a candidate for my hardware RAID array, I saw the product video and at about 1:40 into the video, the guy says that BIOS can't handle more than 2.1TB of ...
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Is DVDs safe to store data for future? [closed]

I've started collecting movies, which is the safest way to store the collected movies? Is it safe to store in DVDs or what should I prefer??
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Can I set up a RAID 5 with a bunch of drives of different sizes?

I currently have 3 1TB drives, a couple 500GB ones and some 750GB ones. Can I put them all in a RAID 5 configuration or do they need to be of same size?
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Send files between two online servers?

Is there a tool which I can user to send files between two remote servers? For example, I have hosting at hostgator and I create a directory there. Then I use that tool to send files from some other ...
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DFS for a several small clusters over WAN

My friends and I all have TBs on our system(s). None of us have any full backups which are geographically distributed however, because at that amount of data, solutions such as Dropbox, S3, et al. are ...
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SATA connector position on a hard disk

I have a external SATA drive enclosure that connects via USB to a PC/Mac and it accepts a bare SATA drive being slotted directly into the enclosure, much like a hot swappable disk you would find in a ...
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What medium should be used for long term, high volume, data storage (archival)?

This question was inspired by How to store and preserve lots of data? There have been another similar questions, but none with this type of criteria. This is two questions in one. How do you store ...
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How to store and preserve lots of data?

I have many DVDs with movies and games, they are getting old and dusty, some of them are damaged. And I have more than 300 GB of general files in my PC. I want to store and preserve all of my data and ...
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Which RAID level gives me protection against bit errors?

I might confuse things with parity here, but does any of the RAID levels except RAID2 employ any means against silent bit corruption in the data? What about checksumming? I am not talking about ...
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Can I move a drive from a hardware-controlled RAID 1 mirror into a “dumb” system?

I'm considering a Sans Digital eSata RAID enclosure to expand the capacity of a system with no room for more internal disks. I would put two 2TB drives in the enclosure and set up RAID 1 mirroring. ...
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Unable to install mass storage devices

For some reason, I am unable to install mass storage devices on my Windows 7 x64 machine. I see the error from the image below. If I point directly at the usbstor.inf driver, I still get the error. ...
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How much CPU power and RAM will I need in a 10 disk array?

I'm planning to build a low-power storage server with many drives. Can I put an Atom based board into this machine? Or even ARM? Will a weak CPU cut into my throughput? What about RAM? I am planning ...
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windows xp, “lost” memory in c:\windows folder

I'm running windows xp on this laptop, and experiencing something "weird". My (minor, system) hard drive was once again getting full again. (it's a 30 GB drive). So I started to look into where the ...
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Timed/Periodical automatic uploads to DropBox?

I'm wondering if there are any tools/apps out that allow you to; select a specific set of files/folders -> select a specific time (every 3 hours for example) -> automatically upload/sync the selected ...
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Is there a performance hit to local file access with dropbox?

I've been considering using dropbox for a few reasons, since it seems to solve a lot of potential headaches. However, one thing I didn't find a lot of information on were the drawbacks from a ...
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My 4 GB microSD card only allows me to use 1 GB

My phone came with a 4 GB microSD card. On the card it lists that 3 GB goes to Muve Music which is Cricket's music program, and I get 1 GB... Well, I don't pay for Muve Music, so why ...
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What back-up solution that can share is fit for my multi-media situation?

my husband and I are looking for a solution of storing files and backing these up, and sharing songs in our iTunes Library and films we buy online. We are going to purchase a projector so we want this ...
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Shared storage that doesn't involve installing software for the share

Is there any storage provider that can allow shared storage without the person allocated shared rights having to install any software? The reason for this request is that I wish my father who is a ...
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Is the lock mechanism on an SD card hardware, firmware, or software (driver,OS) enforced?

Where is the lock to read-only mode enforced with SD cards? Is this done inside the card itself physically, in the firmware of readers, or in the OS? (Some other place?)
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LVM: Removing a 'Zombie' (Unavailable) VG

I have an LVM related problem. We have a server that 'learned' about a foreign volume group through a hard drive that was briefly attached. Now, with that hard drive gone again, all LVM utilities ...
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Windows software that display storage device using numbers and not letters

Is there a software (in Windows) that can display storage devices (and its partitions) based on numbers and not letters? From my understanding, Windows use A:\ and B:\ for floppy drive, C:\ onwards ...
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File Storage NAS - Do i need to replicate in addition to RAID 5

I am going to buy a NAS server soon. I am pretty sure I know the one I am going to get. It can hold 4 hard drives. If I RAID 5 then I will have about 8gigs of storage. I understand if there is ...
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Azure Storage for Mac?

Can anyone recommend a good Azure Storage Explorer for Mac? I downloaded CyberDuck but does not seem to connect to Azure at all. For some reason it puts an @ character in the URL. eg. ...
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What's the exact size of a zettabyte?

Is a zettabyte 1021 bytes or 270 bytes?
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Corruption-resistant file system that works across Windows and OSX?

I'm planning to build an external RAID-based media drive, and I'd like to use it across both my Windows and OSX machines. exFAT works for both operating systems, but from what I've heard, it's much ...
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Do fanless NAS devices exist? If not, can I build one myself?

I'm interested in finding a fanless NAS with at least two drives for silence and reliable storage (RAID 1), but I haven't been able to find anything. Do these exist? Or does having a CPU in the NAS ...
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Secure shared drive services in “the cloud”

I've been trying to find a secure method of storing files for an organisation that's distributed around the globe. I'm aware of DropBox et al but haven't found anything that has solid security, with ...
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Is it possible to connect a Drobo to a Terastation

I have a terastation which has 2x USB inputs for connecting external hard drives or USB printer to, and I want to know if I could connect a Drobo to one of those USBs to effectively put the Drobo on ...
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How do I create a RAID 0 volume on Dell Optiplex ICH7R?

I just bought a second-hand Dell Optiplex 330, Core2Duo 2.2GHz with G31 & ICH7R, which has a fresh installed Windows 7 Home Premium. The specifications sheet from Intel said ICH7R supports both ...
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How do I extend the storage space in my NAS server?

I have a NAS server (Dell R310 and FreeNAS OS) with RAID 1 and 2 x 250GB, and 2 slots for hot plug disk space are free. It is using hardware RAID. But the disk space is almost full, how can I extend ...
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Create storage cloud using old external drives?

I have so many external USB drives just laying around.. from 100GB to 1TB. I keep buying new ones because I outgrow the old ones. Is there some external drive out there where you can plug in other ...
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Does an IMAP email client use local disk space?

I wonder if I use some email client like Thunderbird with IMAP protocol, would it consume storage on my hard drive? As I know every time I check my emails, they will be first downloaded to my ...
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Mounting a USB device to more than one machine at once?

Is it possible, using a Y or similar arrangement, to mount a USB device to more than one machine at once? I realize a NAS or similar would be preferable, but if it were possible to mount en external ...
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How do I achieve a storage pool on my NAS?

I'm about to get a NAS for my home, and I'm thinking about FreeNas as opposed to a commercial solution, but I'm open to the most convenient and smooth solution The single most important thing I want ...
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Can an SSD drive be reused / reformatted after a failure?

Being new to SSD (I don't own/use one, yet), how severe can storage loss be on those drives? I heard that the entire drive can pretty much get lost instantly due to the technology it uses to store ...
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Building a PC for Storage Purposes?

I am looking to build a system primarily for storage purposes at my Home. I have a high end laptop for work, so won't use this much or at all for doing any processing intensive task. Here is what I ...
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Is storage hierarchy the path of data flow?

I was wondering if CPUs read and write data (almost) always following the hierarchy of storage: CPU <- register <- CPU cache memory <- main memory <- secondary storage ? If without ...
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Storing a laptop for a month

I won't be using my laptop for a month. I remember I let a laptop sit all summer and the battery failed. How do I store a laptop and battery properly?
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Intel ICH10R vs Marvell 9123 for desktop RAID 1 with SSDs

I have a desktop with an ASUS motherboard with 6 SATA ports. 4x3Gbps ICH10R ports 2x6Gbps Marvell 9123 ports I bought two 3Gbps Intel SSD drives to be used in a RAID 1 configuration (reliability ...
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Speed difference HFS and NTFS for data

I have two partitions, one NTFS and the other a Mac OS X HFS+ Journaled drive. My data mainly consists of Music (mp3, m4a files, videos (mkv, avi, wmv) and stored files (iso, exe and development ...