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Reliable? Short answer, no. I get through hundreds of flash drives for work & the fail rate is such that I wouldn't trust tonight's dinner recipe to one if it was a mission-critical dinner ;-)


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USB 3.0 has an upper limit around 5.0Gbps. SATA III has an upper limit of 6.0Gbps. Regardless of overhead these rates are far higher than what a mechanical HDD can sustain for large transfers. Most mechanical HDDs won't be able to sustain more than about 1.5Gbps (HDD Speed results). So I doubt you would notice much difference in performance. Real world ...


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You may not be able to fit specific other drives, depending on the space available. It's also not impossible that other hard drives may run hotter than the Dell is specced to handle and this may affect the drive's life. But that's a stretch. Really, though, the vendors are either incompetent or are lying to you. The following comment was left by Ben Voigt ...


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USB will always be slower than SATA because of protocol overhead, at least. You also must consider that USB is "one transfer at a time", which means any other device connected to USB will degrade performance of the USB-HDD. While theoretically using 1 USB root for 1 USB hdd might yield good results, in practice every computer has a plethora of other devices ...


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I can't think of any reason to use USB flash drives for backups. First off, read the reviews of the most popular 128 GB USB flash drive on Newegg and ask yourself if you want to use that for backups: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820178689 Some choice quotes: Cons: Bought 4 and they all worked worked in the beginning but all ...


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Presuming there's nothing physically wrong with the disk, you can fix this by removing the partition table and start from scratch. dd if=/dev/zero of=/dev/sdb bs=512 count=1024 The above command will write 512Kb of all zeroes to the beginning of the disk, overwriting the partition table and any other data that might be there. Once this is done, it should ...


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This happens because the harddrive was requested to read or write data from a sector that is bad, and rather than marking the sector as such and moving on, it is struggling because it's not just that sector, it is the harddrive as a whole. Yes, that means your failing, and this normally happens very fast. These steps should be taken as fast as possible: ...


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So what is taking up all this space? System restore. I was able to determine this by loading the drive through another computer and viewing hidden/system files. In my case System Restore was currently configured to consume 50% of the storage space of the drive, thus this massive System Volume Information folder. To reconfigure, [Right Click]Computer --> ...


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I've had this problem in older computers when using the on-board audio, and also know what the movement of the mouse or a file read sounds like. The problem is some sort of electrical noise that leaks into the sound outputs. Newer motherboards have seemed to solve this problem (I assume by using higher quality parts), but rather than replacing your ...


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"Do like I always do.. and decide to push hard on the power button as if I was strangling it (I know, very bad for the HDD)." Seems to me like symptoms of a failing HDD. You should diagnose your hard drive health and post the results. Here's a live program that MAY tell you more: http://crystalmark.info/software/CrystalDiskInfo/index-e.html My go to is ...


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Here you go. Enter into Start>Run: %systemroot%\syswow64\regedit Go to: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE \ SOFTWARE \ Microsoft \ Windows \ CurrentVersion Change the Path in DWORDs ProgramFilesDir, ProgramFilesDir (x86) to the new path, probably just changing the drive letter. See hazard in comments. :P Enjoy.


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I'm unaware of the nuances on how HD Sentinel goes about gathering information and making predictions on drive failure and health (other than S.M.A.R.T diagnostics) so it's within the realm of possibility that HD Sentinel is basing it's predictions on a limited average of software reports or logs of GB writes/day. Reading into HD Sentinel offered nothing ...


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Something like Acronis Universal Restore might help in this case: Acronis Universal Restore is the unique technology developed in Acronis that allows changing Windows Hardware Abstraction Layer (HAL.dll) and device drivers. It is designed to allow a machine to boot its operating system initially after a restoration/deployment of an image to ...


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As per the discussion in the comments above, the suggested solution is to add a drive letter to the drives, and if that doesn't work, to delete all existing partitions, re-partition and reformat the drives as NTFS via Disk Management. Since one of the drives might have a HFS/HFS+ Mac partition, the latter would be required anyway.


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The most common cause of a buzzing drive is the mounting. Depending on whether this is a laptop or desktop. Certainly this is true of desktops & servers. You can fix this by getting some plastic washers and adding them between the HDD and the mounting. You can also get dedicated drive noise dampening kits. Options are more limited in a laptop and I've ...


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First you say this: I don't seem to have very good luck with hard disk drives these days; 3 parallel drives on my machine, replaced 5 drives in the last 4 years. Then you say this: Is there anything I can do to save my drive, or am I looking down the barrel of yet another hard disk drive replacement? The bad and simplest news about this? ...


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First off, what specific kind of drive/model is this? Are your previous drive the same type of HDD? I assume yes if your running a RAID (what you meant by 3 parallel drives?) If this is a reoccurring issue, simply "replacing the drive" isn't going to help. There's clearly an underlying issue that isn't being addressed, drives shouldn't be failing this ...


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It is potentially possible to recover corrupted files from a hard drive if the corruption is logical instead of physical (both are possible through professional data recovery but that can be extremely costly). Here is a free tool you can use to recover corrupted files that works pretty well in my experience https://www.piriform.com/recuva/download Here ...


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Try installing smartmon tools and running: smartctl -a /dev/sdb and post those results. also try running smartctl -t short /dev/sdb and then after five minutes repeat the -a command to see the short self tests results, actually post these results. Analyze the results. Look at power on hours and self test hours to ensure the test results your reading are that ...


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With Windows 7, I've never had a problem inserting a drive into another computer. Even from desktop to laptop and vice-versa has worked numerous times. I really want you to try installing a fresh copy of anything (preferably vista or 7) to check if there might be other hardware problems. If if fails to boot a fresh install on a clean disk, there are ...


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Hard drive manufacturers market drives in terms of decimal (base 10) capacity. In decimal notation, one megabyte (MB) is equal to 1,000,000 bytes, one gigabyte (GB) is equal to 1,000,000,000 bytes, and one terabyte (TB) is equal to 1,000,000,000,000 bytes. Programs such as FDISK, system BIOS, Windows, and MacOS use the binary (base 2) numbering system. In ...


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The outer tracks are usually faster. Whether or not this corresponds to how partitioning software visualises the table is another matter. Performance benefits depend on use. I would want to move my Windows System partition away from beggining of disk to make space for data volumes from which I stream media in real-time software, because real-time streaming ...


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For the disconnected drive, for those who have SQL Server Management Studio in your pc, just run this query. Exec master.dbo.xp_cmdshell 'net use x: /delete' ** change the 'x' according to the drive name.. ** not sure if it will work with other database.. ** if your xp_cmdshell is not working or inactive, and this error occurs: " SQL Server blocked ...


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I found a solution that worked for me. Try using a powered USB hub device, that is, a hub that comes with AC power plug, not simply USB-powered. Problem solved.


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I have just successfully dealt with this very same issue with this particular motherboard. In my case this situation was caused by a faulty RAM stick. Υou will need to determine which hardware part is causing the problem in your case but before we get there, let me first explain what's going on. The reason you get no video output is because the POST ...



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