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A hard disk drive (or HDD) is a non-volatile, random access device for storing digital data.

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Only C Drive loads on Windows 10

This has been happening for the past 2 weeks. Only my C Drive loads and the other drives, D, E and F, don't show in File Explorer: Sometimes, 3 File Explorer windows open randomly, with D, E and F ...
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SATA Port changes has caused HDD to lost its file structure [duplicate]

So I connected a new HDD to an unoccupied SATA port on the motherboard. From within windows, I then migrated some data across and everything looked good. Shutdown the machine. I then removed an older ...
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Can I take the drive out of my Ubuntu laptop, put it in my Windows laptop, and seamlessly use it through wsl?

I had an old work laptop running Ubuntu and I got to keep the HDD after leaving. My current laptop runs Win 11 and I added the old Ubuntu disk into the spare HDD slot. I got WSL and was able to mount ...
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Correct syntax for SDelete to wipe free space on the disk?

If I use this syntax: sdelete64.exe -p 3 -c 1% C ...where: -p 3 sets number of overwrite passes to 3 -c 1% sets amount of space to leave free to 1% C Specifies drive letter C: ... I get the error ...
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Cant format, mount or list external hard drive

So I have a 1TB internal Samsung M.2 SSD and a 1TB external SSD and i wanted to install gentoo on it. I installed gentoo and wanted to format the external hard drive but now, on my Mint system, the ...
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Formatting a failing & write-locked SSD

I have a failing 4 TB 870 Evo SSD. It has lasted less than a year (thanks Samsung). I believe the SSD has entered a read-only mode because it is failing. Any disk enumeration tasks take 30 seconds ...
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My main hard drive (the one C:\ is on) is showing as raw

My main hard drive (the one C:\ is on) is showing as raw. I got a bluescreen (wish I had recorded what it said on it before I restarted, but it's probably a moot point now) and tried to restart, but ...
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How to re-format a mini PC?

I purchased a Qotom "mini pc" from Amazon. The version I got is typically used as a VPN or firewall appliance. It came with Windows installed, not a problem. I was able to install the ...
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Recover an NTFS partition after quick-formatting it in FAT32 [duplicate]

I accidentally formatted an NTFS partition with FAT32 (using mkfs.fat in Linux), and I was wondering what a good procedure/tool for recovery would be (I can use both Windows 10 and Linux)? It's a GPT ...
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I have SSD and HDD on my laptop and I want to encrypt my HDD only?

I have SSD and HDD on my laptop and I want to encrypt my HDD only ? My os is installed on SSD . So how could I encrypt my HDD with veracrypt without losing data. My HDD also has 2 partitions . I want ...
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How to remove raid information from a disk drive or disk image

One of the drives in a (Intel fake-)RAID array in one of the computers for one of our tools has failed, the other is showing signs that it may be failing as well (bad blocks, SMART indicates lots of ...
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How to setup docker config to minimise disk usage on nas with SSD

Sorry for the weird subject line. I have a NAS, 1TB SSD as OS drive, and 2 8TB drives in raid for data, 32GB RAM. Debian OMV6. I use docker for some stuff, and made a folder 'containers' on the raid - ...
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Should I change my HDD?

I am using a WD Blue PC HDD 2.5" and I was having random crashes and was getting I/O errors. So I downloaded the official dashboard tool of Western Digital and my HDD failed the short and ...
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My g5080 lenovo makes beep when I want to enter my password at the startup in bios level

I have a Lenovo g5080, I put a password for my hard disk, in a way that every time I turn on my laptop it asks for it, and then it lets the OS be run. once someone enters the wrong password 3-4 times, ...
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What is the fastest way to transfer data from old to new system? [closed]

I am getting a new Workstation i-7 12700 CPU & I have lots of data in my old system on many Sata 3, 3.5 inch 3TB HDDs & 3.5 inch 500GB HDDs. I am not sure if I can just put these HDDs in one ...
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Ubuntu best Practice storage setup [closed]

Mainboard: SuperMicro X10SML-F 1 SSD 30GB 4 WD 3TB Disks I used this server for Freenas but now want to install Ubuntu and use a central Linux Server also hosting Docker Containers. Based on best ...
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How do I seamlessly replace a hard disk?

I have 2 drives on my PC (Win10): C:\ - SSD for the OS D:\ - HDD for everything else D:\ has a lot of software/files/games installed on it. It is currently dying but still functional. Additionally, ...
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HGST HUH721212ALE600 Making noises when it isn't being used. Is it failing/bad?

I recently bought a used HGST drive to backup all my files from various smaller drives. Once I finished copying everything to it I only then realised that it makes sort of short regular read/write ...
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SuperSpeed USB Port causes power surge on external Harddrive?

I was testing my new laptop hub and attempted to plug in my extern hard drive to on of the SuperSpeed USB-A Ports. Explorer openend normally and I was able to browse files until I opened a certain ...
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What should be the content of the first sector in a UEFI system with GPT partitions?

As i understand, in UEFI machines there is no MBR/VBR code, and the UEFI firmware directly gives control to the OS boot loader (.efi file). My question is, what should be first sector of such system ...
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boot from old internal HDD after fresh Windows install on new SSD

I replaced the HDD (Win10 Pro Bld # > 1800 can't remember exactly) on a V502UX Asus with 2 SSDs: 500GB 2.5" SATA III Samsung 870EVO on which I installed a fresh Windows 10 Pro (21H2 Bld #...
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Does a 2.5 inch External Hard Drive Reliable For Programming? [closed]

I have a PC with 128 GB of SSD. As it runs out of space, I'm thinking about extending it. But rather than open up that case and install the hard drive internally, I'm thinking about using an external ...
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zram: swappiness, vfs_cache_pressure, page-cluster, dirty_ratio and dirty_background_ratio settings for gaming machines with HDD and low RAM? [closed]

I'm trying to game on Linux, but my biggest bottlenecks are my HDD and my 8GB of RAM. I used zram to allow more data to be stored in my RAM by compression (using lz4 algo with 100 priority and "...
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What are these hdd brackets in this 15 year old case?

There seem to be 10 of them, but these holders only hold 4 each for some reason. They have "CD Rom" "FDD" and "HDD" written on the metal part between specific holes. ...
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Why is my freshly formatted external SSD flashing after mounting it on Ubuntu 22.04?

I formatted an external SSD connected to my Ubuntu 22.04 box via USB using mkfs.ext4 and then mounted it. Problem: The activity LED on the external disk enclosure is flashing since half an hour now ...
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Cloning/copying a complete PC

My home has a high end Home Theater controlled by a small PC with two separate drives (C and D). I will be selling the house some time in the near future (I am 83 years old). I designed the theater ...
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How to Make a internal disk partition appear/virtualize like Removable USB Drive Disk?

Example Case is that: I want to create windows recovery files using using Windows recovery media creator tool. But the process needs USB drive which I don't have right now. If I can create a Virtual ...
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Why disk in task manager is showing 100% This is on the processing tab. This is on my Lenovo laptop

I have Lenovo laptop. Has a Intel(R) Pentium(R) CPU 6405U @ 2.40GHz, 2400 MHz, 2 Core(s), 4 Logical Processor(s). 12 gig of ram and a terabyte hard drive. I am running Windows 10.When I turn the ...
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Is JBOD or striping better for lots of small files?

I have a server in multi-disk configuration using LVM-on-LUKS in JBOD mode. But I notice in htop that the kernel time in CPU usage is (un)usually very high, and in iotop the jbd2/dm-5-8 and ...
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Generally and conceptually, what do these sections mean on vSphere?

I am a complete newbie in virtual machines. I have vSphere and am at the "Summary" page of one VM. Under the "Capacity and Usage" section, I see CPU, Memory, and Storage. Then ...
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Is increasing the max_pool_percent parameter for zswap a smart idea to combine concepts of zram and zswap to increase memory and decrease disk usage?

I don't know if I'm missing something, but please take this with a grain of salt. So, zram is used to reduce I/O operations on the disk by making a swap on the memory which eliminates system freezes ...
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Generalized means of finding master passwords for SATA / SAS drives

Is there a generalizable methodology for extracting the master password for a hard drive that shows the master password as enabled in hdparm? borrowed from an article on secure erasing ssd's, but ...
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Would I gain performance from setting up my swap file to be at the beginning of the disk in Linux for gaming?

When installing Arch Linux, I have to set up 3 partitions - EFI system partition, swap and root. I've read numerous times that files at the start of the disk are read and written faster, so wouldn't ...
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EFI/boot partition no longer recognized by UEFI/BIOS

Context/Goal: I have my laptop that was dual-boot, one M.2 SSD for each machine (Windows and Arch Linux) and everything worked as it should. I bought a new higher capacity drive for my Windows machine,...
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Transfering mirrored disks to different computer

I had two 3TB HDDs on my old computer. These were setup to be mirrored using Window's Disk Management util. I am now trying to use those two HDDs on my new computer. I plugged them in using the ...
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Google Drive Mac - Show Computers in Drive Folder

I don't know whether this is a silly question, but I have been trying to use different options without any success. I have a hard drive which is synced to my Google Drive. It creates the "Macbook ...
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How to use a very slow HD with a fast HD as if it were just one

My problem is quite specific: I need to run an application that has 500 GB but I have two HDs: a fast 200 GB and a very very slow 2TB. The 2TB HD is external USB and was mounted over the network (NFS) ...
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What are the effects of decreasing or increasing swappiness when using ZSWAP in Linux?

After a tough choice on whether to use ZRAM or ZSWAP, I finally decided to use ZSWAP. But now I'm struggling with the swappiness setting. I've read multiple articles suggesting to lower the swappiness ...
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ZRAM vs ZSWAP for lower end hardware?

I spent the last 2 days researching about these two features that allow saving a bit of memory. Here's how I understood them: ZRAM: Once the RAM reaches 100% usage (or the remaining incompressible ...
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Hard drives only showing half their capacity - no unallocated space - had been used in Windows pool ("raid")

I sincerely hope someone has any kind of idea, I have been trying for days to solve this problem. I have 4x 16 TB Toshiba hard drives running in my Windows 10 PC and plugged in directly over the ...
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I am unable to copy/paste lots of files from a NTFS 4TB external drive, to a SSD 16TB USB stick to back up the 4TB drive. Always fails except for?

I have a WD 4TB external USB storage dive, that I want to copy everything on it to a newly purchased 16TB USB SSD stick drive. I started to copy/paste all of the data (about 860GB) which took quite a ...
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What is "Check for installed LCU, Error code 0x17" (Win10pro doesn't start after power loss)?

We had a storm that knocked up power (maybe twice in ~10 sec).  Some PCs at work do not have UPSs, most are set to keep Off after power loss.  Next day Win7 machines simply started without any issues. ...
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RAID + how to manipulate the disk size with RAID controller

We have 3 Hadoop HDFS servers on DELL HW physical machines , when all servers are with RHEL 7.2 version Each server include 3 HDFS disks when each disk is 1TB Now we want to do add another 3 Hadoop ...
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RHEL + can we improve disks performance by tuning kernel parameters?

we have Hadoop cluster and we are collection metrics collection data in order to investigate slowness behavior on spark applications after long investigation on our Hadoop cluster we noticed from ...
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Cloning single image to multiple drives

I'm looking for a way to clone single disk drive to more than one disk drive at the same time. and i find linux command. dd if=/dev/sda bs=128M | bzip2 > /media/usb/image.bz2 -> make image ...
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victoria hdd/ssd repair: what is the difference between "DDD (API)" vs "wr LBA num" in write mode

Does anyone know what the "DDD (API)" vs "wr LBA num" option is for in Victoria's "write" mode? what is the difference between both? thanks
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Usb flash drive not detected

I have a problem wich is my usb flash drives are 8gb and 16gb not detected by ubuntu 21.04 but my hard drive 1tb is being detected. I have disabled secure boot, fast boot and enabled csm and pxe on ...
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Surface test a new hard drive before using it?

Platter hard drives are fragile things and stores don't package them properly most of the time when they ship them. So, my thinking is that it's a good idea to test the drives once they arrive in ...
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Surface Test of a hard drive? (Easeus Partition Manager)

I am building a NAS/home server, so I bought new WD Red Pro hard drives (18 TB), and the store didn't package them very well during shipment, so I decided to test the Hard Drives for bad sectors. They ...
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3.5" HDD spinning up via usb adapter but not via sata

I have a 14TB WD Elements external HDD. It's about 1 year old. Then I opened the case to use it as an internal HDD. If I use the USB adapter from the case everything works fine (The adapter is a small ...
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