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15 views

Defragmentation - stuck at high percent, SQL and big file drives

I have a question regarding fragmentation - I am maintaining a couple of SQL and file servers. All of them store their data on D:\ (for SQL server it makes D:\ drive be actually about 10 files, all ...
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11 views

Reverse the chain of VHDs - Undo the merging

Virtual hard drives are great tool. Especially the possibility to boot VHDs with windows and the possibility to boot differencing VHDs is great. One of my use scenarios is as follows: I install ...
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0answers
22 views

Hard drive no longer works in Windows works fine in Linux

I have a Western Digital WD1002FAEX 1TB hard drive which was installed in an external drive enclosure. The enclosure held two hard drives. The other is another WD 500GB. The 1TB drive was used as ...
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1answer
16 views

How to redirect calls from one hard drive to another in Windows 7?

I'm sharing a database that an app runs on in my dropbox and have symlinked the database from the roaming folder location to the dropbox location. Everything is working great but one thing. The ...
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2answers
31 views

Expand system partition on my system disc C (Windows 7)

I have a system disc C: (Windows 7 is installed) and all installation program files (installed programs) on D: because of poor space on C:. Now I'm stuck with this question: how to increase the space ...
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1answer
24 views

How can I install Windows through an ASUS P5Q's orange and white SATA ports?

I have an ASUS P5Q motherboard, which apparently has two SATA controllers - the standard Intel one (red ports), and a Marvell controller (orange and white ports). I need the Intel controller to be in ...
0
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1answer
22 views

How to backup data on hard disk before fresh Windows install

My new laptop came pre-loaded with Windows 8. I tried to install Windows 7 but it shows that the drive is partitioned using GPT. Now, I need to delete all partitions and convert it to MBR to install ...
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0answers
13 views

Win 8.1 new installation - existing raid mirrors failed to load

I have just installed windows 8.1 on my tower PC, from previously having Win 7. This was a fresh installation with the OS partition formatted prior to installing Win 8.1. My spec is: X58A-UD3R mobo ...
3
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1answer
124 views

Computer won't recognize new hard drive

I have a 1TB external drive. It is actually an internal laptop drive I got out of my old HP Pavillion DV7 which I broke. I liked that computer so much I found the exact same model on eBay and bought ...
0
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0answers
14 views

Extra space after resizing NTFS file system

I had a 500 GB hard drive with 2 partitions on it. A Dell recovery partition and a 495gb partition. The larger had a windows 7 pro. Installed on it, and some personal data, such That windows showed ...
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1answer
45 views

Understanding a HDD data storage and uninstalling windows

Before I go into my exact query here is a small prologue saying what I basically understand about any HDD. May be some 6 years ago, many as a million notebook computers, mine was also manufactured ...
0
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1answer
27 views

Recommended RAID5 stripe size?

I have a RAID5 array built from 4 1TB drives. I initially set the stripe size to 1M since I will be storing large files (much larger than 1MB). The NTFS cluster size is 64KB (largest possible). ...
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2answers
64 views

Faster shutdown or restart than holding the power button and its drawbacks

I am looking for a way how to turn off a laptop with Windows 7 very fast. Fastest way I know of is holding power button for 5 seconds. It is unsatisfying because it is long time and because I need to ...
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1answer
30 views

Brand new HDD acts very slow

SMART data shows nothing wrong. I just bought the drive. It is a 500GB HDD from SEAGATE with 16MB chache 7200RPM. I have a fresh install of Windows with a few applications, nothing major. Yet, coming ...
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0answers
11 views

“The local device is already running” error on Windows Server SBS 2008

I have an issue with an old NAS which i have mapped on IP Address 192.168.1.2. The drive isn't accessible even when it is mapped. I have tried to remap it using: net use * /delete and net use * ...
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3answers
26 views

Permanently lock or remove disk partition

I have a 320GB hard drive and after testing it I found that the first 20GB have many bad sectors, and the rest of the disk is healthy. Now I want to sell it to a friend, I will format it and install ...
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2answers
31 views

How to move and rearrange partitions in Ubuntu

I have a mess of partitions. This picture pretty much sums it up. I don't understand why there are small unallocated areas. My goal is to move the whole /dev/sda4 partition to a new hard drive ...
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0answers
17 views

Can't get all drives to show up in windows (invalid dynamic disk)

I unplugged my hard drives a couple days ago as i wanted to re-wire the PC and tidy up some cables, However now i've plugged them back in i can only get one raid to show at a time. I have the ...
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1answer
33 views

Hard Disk laggy

Hey guys I am considering to purchase a new HDD after a series of events that happened : Couple days ago my PC froze while I was playing a game, I wasn't able to close any processes with my Task ...
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2answers
49 views

When I boot my computer using an ISO image, will it make changes to my hard drive? [closed]

I am using windows 7. When I boot my computer using an ISO image, will it make changes to, or wipe my hard drive? Will I be able to restart and boot to windows 7 and still have all of my data?
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2answers
46 views

How can I protect my HD from corruption/scrambling on the software side?

I am in a situation where I regularly suffer brief flickers in my electricity (getting fixed soon, it's horrible) and I fear it's going to affect the health of my work desktop. The obvious solution is ...
0
votes
1answer
25 views

Unable to shink C: Partion [duplicate]

I have been trying to shrink my C: drive partion but currently to no avail. I am unsure about using 3rd party software to do it (such as gParted or EaseUS Partition Master Free). So I have a 1TB ...
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2answers
49 views

Disk usage goes to 100% [closed]

The Disk usage in my Dell Inspiron 15R 3537 with 8GB ram, 1 TB HDD, i7 4th gen, is showing 100% after the initial boot up. What should I do to rectify this problem !!
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1answer
133 views

Computer making ticking sounds, windows 8.1 crashing, continuous buzzer sounds

I have a problem that I can't get rid off. This morning I've turned on computer, didn't pay attention if the splash screen of motherboard is on the screen. Computer started to have a black screen and ...
0
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1answer
40 views

“Do you want to format it” Message when open partition

I can't open a partition on my PC that contains my projects and all my source code, since the PC powered off incorrectly, when I open it I found this message "Do you want to format it" the partition ...
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0answers
17 views

DDRescue on Windows or another options like DDRescue for Windows

I have a drive with failed sectors ect... I can't image it with Acronis as it hangs. I can't with Knoppiz it hangs. CHKDSK hangs. I want to use DDRescure but I don't have any Linux boxes running at ...
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0answers
96 views

Recover data from a diskpart > clean command

This must be my one time blunder but I did manage to clean my 2TB backup external HDD in an attempt to clean a pendrive to make a bootable pendrive for installing Windows 8. Now the help file for the ...
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2answers
26 views

Installing Hard Drive With Data Onto Another Computer

I have a spare 320 GB internal hard drive, and there are some programs on it. If I take the spare hard drive out of the computer it is currently in, and install it into another computer, will the ...
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0answers
23 views

How do I use a list of filenames to find a folder on my hard drive, that contains most matches of these filenames?

I need a program that will use a list of file names to find a folder on my hard drive that contains the most of these filenames. Long story short I made a giant map. This map was live and got ...
1
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0answers
32 views

How to download all the text contents of Urdu WIKIPEDIA [duplicate]

I want to download only the urdu text from wikipedia i.e http://ur.wikipedia.org/wiki/ contents. I already tried Kiwix software but it's not fulfill my need. Can any one help us. Thank's in advance ...
0
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1answer
33 views

Is my recipe for installing a new Windows system drive reasonable?

I have had my PC since 2010 and am still running on the same Windows install. But now it's time to replace the old SSD with a bigger and faster one. In the process, I will get a fresh Windows install, ...
0
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1answer
88 views

How can I change the file name of the Program Files (x86) folder? [duplicate]

Let me stop you before the "you shouldn't do that" and "you will corrupt your file paths". I know what I'm doing, but I'll give you the story to convince you. Basically, my hard drive is failing to ...
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0answers
37 views

Data Recovery for laptop hard drive windows 7 connected via usb

I would be grateful if you can assist me with a bit of an urgent problem (for me!) I have a Lenova laptop and windows would not start and nor would it allow the repair function to repair and restart ...
0
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1answer
26 views

Move bootable partition to another disk

I have laptop which came with HDD drive. Now i need to upgrade it with SSD by keeping HDD and replace CD ROM with Hard disk bay+SSD. I'm bored to re-install windows and software in new drive. ...
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votes
1answer
53 views

Best way to defragment hard drive? [closed]

I'm trying to understand how defragmenting works so I can write my own program to do it. I was considering have it iterate through the files on the hard drive and defragment them each seperately. ...
2
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0answers
134 views

HDD very slow performance after full copy from SSD

The PC: Core i7-4770, 16GB RAM. There are 120GB SSD and 1TB HDD (new without any bads). On the SSD I had Windows 8.1 installed with all other stuff. Someday all programs exceeded 120GB limit and I ...
2
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3answers
42 views

Windows OS's cannot boot on new internal harddrive

I have installed a new internal 500GB hard drive into a Dell Inspiron N4030 and it appears that the installation was entirely successful. The BIOS recognizes the drive and shows the serial number of ...
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1answer
128 views

Forcing programs to be installed to another drive

I have an SSD as my main Windows drive, with a 640GB 2.5" HDD, partitioned to store programs and user settings, and also to act as backup (it's the only thing I had lying around at the time of ...
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5answers
147 views

Can my laptop's Hard Disk be cloned and loaded to another laptop? [duplicate]

I bought an Asus X202E laptop and installed Ubuntu on it and then completely formatted it which deleted everything including the recovery partition. So i could not restore it. Then I installed Windows ...
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2answers
56 views

Mysterious drive letter on Windows 8.1

Recently I've noted a "Q:" drive letter on my computer which I can't access, giving "Access denied". MOUNTVOL gives the following. \\?\Volume{830815a7-9c08-11e3-afef-b0ee45f5b28c}\ Q:\ I can ...
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0answers
96 views

Booting Windows 8.1 on a cloned drive?

I had no way to backup my hard drive, so I had to clone it directly to my new drive. And because of the position of my GPU, I could only have the 2 hard drives plugged in, not the Blu-ray RE drive. So ...
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0answers
37 views

How to clean an externally connected Windows volume of cruft?

I frequently will take Windows drives that are junked up by viruses, malware and general usage over to other machines in order to remove the infections, etc. vs fighting the battle on the machine in ...
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0answers
19 views

Restore files with CHKDSK to different drive due to space issues

After a hw failure, I scanned my SD card with chkdsk /f /r for device errors. The command found and fixed all of the problems but while finishing it asked me if I wanted to convert lost chains into ...
1
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1answer
31 views

Can we get the data from the hard disk after performing Disk Sanitizer?

I accidentally press F10 4 to 5 times while the system rebooting and it gone to the Disk Sanitizer option , and the total harddisk data is erased . When I try to install the OS again , it is showing ...
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0answers
51 views

Putting the pagefile on an an alternative drive from system files on Windows 7

I'm trying to move stuff like temp and the pagefile to an old 120GB IDE drive I found lying around, so that that thing can take some of the wear off my nice SSD C:\ drive before IDE goes the way of ...
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1answer
65 views

New drive does not boot after cloning mbr/partitions

I cloned the MBR and both partitions of a drive but the new drive does not boot. The Disk Manager shows these difference: ORIGINAL WORKING DRIVE: C:\Windows Boot,CrashDump,Primary ...
13
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6answers
1k views

Can a 'system image' be restored to a drive with a different storage capacity?

I have a family member who complains that her laptop is slow. I checked the laptop over and indeed, it was slow, so I looked into what was using the most hardware, and found that the hard drive was at ...
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1answer
42 views

Disk encryption stratagy [closed]

I just ordered a new machine. The old one is not encrypted, but before I now receive the new one I wanted to ask about a strategy for the new encryption. My main fear is loosing the password and ...
0
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2answers
86 views

Windows: How can I see disk space used over time?

I'm looking for a way to capture and visualize used disk space over time. All I need is one number-- bytes used on disk. I store a lot of photos on my computer, so I need a way to estimate when I'll ...
2
votes
2answers
277 views

Is there a way to get software out of a computer running windows 4?

Our lab uses a computer that runs windows 4 (ancient I know) to run specialized equipment. The software we want is rsview32, it runs a program that controls our specialized equipment. We would like to ...