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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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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Cross-platform file system

I would like my external drives to be readable and writable from Linux, Mac OS X and Windows. FAT32 works, but the 4 GB file size limit is a showstopper these days. Are there any alternatives?
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What kind of cables does one use to connect SAS expanders?

I have recently purchased an expensive hard-drive controller. This question is about the cable that came with it; Two of the connectors fit into a regular hard drive of the SATA (and SAS) standard. ...
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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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Azure Linux remove and add another disk

I had a need to increase the disk space, for my Linux azure, we attached a new empty disk and followed the steps here ...
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Does digital video degrade over time like analog tape does?

Today it is not difficult to find an old VHS from 80s or 90s that has suffered slight or serious degradation in quality over time, but back to the time when it was brand new, it was usually perfect. ...
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How can I get 250tb of storage [on hold]

Mods: sorry if I'm in the wrong stack exchange etc... Feel free to move it. I'll admit it. I'm a noob... Now my question. I am trying to generate all of the permutations of 52 characters and from ...
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RAID-like filesystem for heterogeneous set of hard disks

During the last years I have accumulated a quite heterogeneous set of hard disks of different sizes and speeds for storing my private data. I'm planning to put them in a self build Linux filer to ...
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windows 8.1 uninstall programs not working

I am trying to uninstall some unneeded programs because my ssd is completely full. When I go to "program s and features" from the control panel and select uninstall it fails because my storage is ...
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Build external drive from memory modules?

I have a heap of memory modules (DDR2 2GB) I'm not using and was wondering if I could have any practical use for them in any other way. Is it for instance possible to attach them to some kind of unit ...
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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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Securely serving files from cloud

In our web aplication several pages have attachemnts. Some attachments are available for public users and some are secured to registered users. Now we don't have enough infrastructure to host all the ...
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how is data stored on HDD?

I've been digging web a bit and trying to figure out how data is stored on a HDD in a lowest level... So far I managed to figure out that HDD plate surface is divided into domains (consisting of tiny ...
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Meaning of a block [closed]

From the Wikipedia definition of block: In computing (specifically data transmission and data storage), a block, sometimes called a physical record, is a sequence of bytes or bits, usually ...
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Change AppData path for specific Program

I need to change the path of AppData of specific programs. Example of these programs: MATLAB 2014a Adobe Photoshop CC 2014 Adobe Illustrator CC 2014 Operating System: Microsoft Windows 8.1
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How to get serial number of drive in storage pool

I have a storage pool in windows 8.1 and notice that whenever I boot the computer, it hangs for a long time in the detecting IDE drives during post. When it finally gets into windows, it shows one of ...
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Does WD My Cloud Android app cache photos and videos to the local device?

The WD My Cloud Android app describes itself as "free up space on your mobile devices with direct photo and video uploads". If I have photos on my My Cloud, and I use the app to view them on my ...
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What differences are between cluster, block, and page? [closed]

What differences are between cluster, block, and page? Here is my thought: A cluster seems to be a unit of storage provided by a file system: In computer file systems, a cluster or allocation ...
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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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Rebalance hard drives in a Storage Space Pool?

I have 2x 1.5TB drives in a (two-way mirror storage pool). That pool recently hit 100% capacity meaning both drives had 0% space left. I added 2x 4TB drives to the storage pool but Storage space ...
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Efficient way to refresh an external hard disk

I have done some research and found that unplugged hard disks slowly lose their magnetic states over time, therefore I need to refresh the data periodically. Some answer in Superuser suggested I ...
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What medium should be used for long term, high volume, data storage (archival)?

This question was inspired by http://superuser.com/questions/374386/how-to-store-and-preserve-lots-of-data. There have been other similar questions, but none with the same criteria. This is two ...
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tahoe-lafs: one full copy of every file per server

I am attempting to use Tahoe-LAFS to make data available on all the machines I have set a share up on. At the moment, there are two machines acting as storage nodes. I will soon be adding a third. ...
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Which of the Windows updates are really necessary?

I downloaded a lot of Windows updates in the automatic mode. Are they all necessary? Can I remove some of them? How do we know which ones are necessary?
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how to protect user's uploading files and sync two storage servers when extending storage

I have a problem with storage as explained below could you please advise me. I have created a web site that should work like Youtube. In my web site it should SAVE the HUGE number of video files, ...
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Functional MD complex RAID10 suddenly marks all drives as spares

This morning during a long ~1.5TB read operation sending data to an NFS client, my md complex-RAID10 array spontaneously stopped, then dropped four members for being "non-fresh" and failed to start ...
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Why the 1 TB disk limit on Thermaltake Blacx?

I've been looking at options for external storage and I quite like the idea of plug hard drives in as needed like you can with Thermaltake's Blacx. The USB 2 speed limit doesn't really concern me but ...
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Storing computers outside?

I need to store my desktop PC somewhere during winter break. I found a place that rents out sheds for cheap. However there is no temperature control, so the shed will be the temperature of the ...
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Restore / Mount Windows 8.1 Storage Space

I have a storage space with two disks, which i want to use after a new Windows installation. I can create a new space, with the amount of the remaining disk space available, but cannot access the ...
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Hook into linux mount/umount event

is there a way to provide post-mount and pre-umount scripts in Linux? I am trying to do some scripts on storage media when mounted and before umounting (eg, for synching). Any help appreciated.
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Intel SSD with retired blocks - how much life left?

It's a 4 year old Intel x25 SSD. In the program HD Tune it shows this ID Current Worst ThresholdData Status (05) Retired Block Count ...
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How to automatically move outlook emails to a file folder outside of outlook?

I have Outlook 2013. Is there a rule or automatic way to move emails from outlook inbox or directories to a file folder on my computer or onto a server? I tried archiving but it only creates a pst ...
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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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How exactly do you hook up 16 drives to this RAID card?

http://www.lsi.com/products/raid-controllers/pages/megaraid-sas-9240-8i.aspx#tab/tab1 I'm utterly confused only because I'm not versed as well in enterprise storage capability and solutions. The ...
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Bandwidth of PCI SATA card VS built-in SATA

I have an older HP DL 380 G4 server that I want to utilize as a NAS. Currently it has 6 Hot Swap drives coming in at a measly 36.4 GB each – not exactly a ton of space. It does have a PCI slot ...
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Does the RAID 5 parity drive have to be same size as the rest of the array?

In the most basic RAID 5 array, does the parity drive have to be the same size as the other 2 drives? Standard Array: 1x4TB Drive (Storage) 1x4TB Drive (Storage) 1x1TB Parity Drive Or will the size ...
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Weird Windows 8 freezes on Intel SSD

I had a very annoying problem on my Windows 8 system recently. Once in an hour of active use system would suddenly hang for 10-40 seconds. System event log then would contain following records: ...
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Incorrect storage calculation on OSX Yosemite

Several days ago my storage started getting full. When I check the Storage tab I get the following picture: My guess is that apps shouldn't be more than around 10GB here, I have no idea where the ...
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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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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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Perform trim-like operation on a normal HDD?

Is there a way to perform the same thing on a HDD as Trim does on a SSD. I assume the used sectors should be rewritten with 0 or 1.
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Intel Rapid Store

I am not sure if I have a port problem, HD, or MB issue. I have a Windows Home Server with six 2 TB HDs in an RAID 5 configuration. One day, I noticed the #6 HD was showing missing and there was ...
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Is there still a reason to choose a 10,000 RPM hard drive over an SSD?

For anyone who's serious about storage performance, SSDs are always the fastest solution. However, WD still makes their 10,000 RPM VelociRaptor hard drives, and a few enthusiasts even use ...
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How do SSDs retain data when powered off?

If I correctly understand, RAM and SSDs both use flash memory, though SSDs use NAND flash memory. RAM loses its data when unpowered. Why don't SSDs lose data the same way?
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Is It Possible to Reserve Space on a Disk in Windows?

I have a 500GB drive in my laptop with around 350GB of data. One folder on the drive is a folder that syncs with the cloud, and can have up to 100GB in it at any time. Is there any way to limit the ...
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How can a harddrive be “optimized for surveillance storage”?

Some internal harddrives are advertised as "optimized for surveillance storage" (and similarly, "optimized for gaming"). What makes these types of drives special or different from "standard" ...
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Does Google drive storage hack raid backups of my data just in case if their hard drives go down?

I'm thinking about using the google cloud storage as my main storage device instead of buying a bunch of my own nas devices. But what i'm wondering is my data secure and backed up via with google's ...
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How to keep a hard drive safe when removed from the computer?

I need to remove one of my hard drives, and it will stay outside of any computer for about one month. I've got a lot of sensitive data on it, so I want it to be safe and healthy. In what should I ...
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Collective term for HDDs and SSDs [closed]

I need a collective term for hard disk drives and solid state drives for computers that do not also include other storage units like USB drives and DVDs. To be more precise, a word for the main ...
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Find out where Data is stored in Windows Vista [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What’s using up my disk space? Best program to visualize file system usage on Windows? I've recently hit the cap on my 450gig HD and I can't seem to figure out ...