Questions tagged [hard-drive]

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

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What's the best way for an average computer user to prevent external hard drive failures? [closed]

While having an external hard drive is a good idea to prevent computer hard drive failures, an external drive is still a hard drive which means one day it will fail. I lost my photos and other ...
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how to clone a storage MBR drive to a GPT drive without affecting the rest?

current situation: i want to clone my D:\2TB HDD to a 10TB one and my E:\1 TB SSD to a 4 TB one. both are for storage, got a truck load of stuff installed and configured as MBR but they need to be GPT ...
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Installed New Hard Drive in Laptop, Not Being Detected, How to Troubleshoot

I replaced hard disk (with 500GB 2.5" Laptop SSHD Solid State Hybrid Drive) on Dell Inspiron 15R 5521 Laptop based on https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kilZIXIRD_0 and https://www.youtube.com/watch?...
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Offering Hard Drive Space with Bittorrent File System

I've been offering up my hard drive with BTFS for over 2 months and my host score is 10, but so far I have earned 0BTT. The 1TB I'm offering seems to also remain unused. Does anybody have experience ...
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HDD not initialized on Windows 10

To continue on the saga that this question originated, I'm having the final problem. The computer recognizes the disk, but it does not work still. Bellow, I'll put a picture of how it's been showing ...
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How to wipe out a second hand HDD

First of all, sorry. This is going to be a very stupid question I guess, but I'm not very experienced with this. I am currently having problems with a second hand HDD I got, you can see the complete ...
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I got another unknown hard drive called \\? \ Volume {1c8475c2-0000-0000-0000-100000000000} \. How do you know if it's a virus?

these are system properties there is no hard disk and this is disk optimization and here it is displayed screenshot of Disk Management I searched the Internet for what this disk might be, but did not ...
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Why dying HDD keep lagging entire system while I have Windows and all of the stuff running from 2 other SSD's?

So while I'm waiting for a new HDD I have a general questing why is does this? Every time when HDD response time goes through the roof to 100% my system is quietly waiting for him to unlag which I ...
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Why isn't my old hard drive connecting to my new computer?

I recently got a new computer, and I'm trying to hook up my old hard drive and SSD to the new one to transfer my data. It's a prebuilt and I can't figure out how to install them directly. I got a ...
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Hard drive with compression no longer compressing new files (Win10)

I have a hard disk with Windows drive compression activated. New files copied to the drive are no longer compressing. There was an issue with some of the folders on the drive. Windows Error Checking ...
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60GB HDD reports 2TB total size and 60GB partition

I recently got my hands on a falty external drive. The HDD inside the enclosure turned out to be 2.5 IDE Fujitsu MHT2060AH, and enclosure controller didn't seem to be giving any signs of life. I've ...
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Cloning a physical hard drive directly to a vdi image: Vdi image deleted after completion

I have an external usb hard drive which I would like to clone into a vdi disk image using VirtualBox. I am using below command: VBoxManage.exe convertfromraw \\.\PhysicalDrive2 D:\ClonedDisk.vdi --...
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Newbie to virtual box can a vm using the same hdd give the host pc viruses

I just recently got into virtual box and have been using it and I have one question Let's say my main pc had a 2 ssds and 1 hdd 1 ssd os 1 ssd for fast load time games and the hdd for misc games pics ...
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Windows 10 restore failed, laptop unusable

My Dell Inspiron 15 7559 was working fine, but since it is 5 years old I tried to restore Microsoft Windows to factory settings, however, the process failed and now I cannot access Windows anymore. ...
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Hard drives are changing to read-only and now cannot be mounted

I have been having issue with hard drives for some time now. My internal drives, formatted as NTFS as they need to be accessed by Windows as well, will periodically switch themselves to read only. ...
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A non-RAID Intel hard drive is not displayed as a Win10 installation option in HP Notebook laptop

I have a brand new HP laptop that I just took out of the box. When I booted it, it took me right to freeDoS command prompt. It doesn't come with windows, so I entered the BIOS to get some information ...
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RAID 5 (not failed) corrupted data recovery

My question is not about failed RAID, but RAID data corruption Recently I have been given an interesting problem to ponder. A friend of mine has a RAID 5 NAS (Western Digital MY CLOUD EX4100 8TB) and ...
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What's faster? Moving files from one drive to another, or moving files in the same drive?

Let's suppose I have a 2GB file that I want to move, and I have two hard drives that are exactly the same. Would it be faster to move the file from one drive to another, or will it be faster-moving ...
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Having a difficult time trying to use an SSD and hard disk drive at the same time in the same machine

I have a SSD already, thats how I run my PC, but I want to put a internal hard disk drive to increase storage space. My notebook is a Lenovo IdeaPad 330, which has a data entry (where my SSD is ...
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Is it possible that some recovered files after chkdsk scan may be corrupted?

would like to ask if files recovered from faulty HDD, after chkdsk scan (before it was not possible to copy them) may have been corrupted, despite being possible to copy them all (again; after chkdsk ...
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How to take the BIOS out of a hard drive? [closed]

Ok, so here's the problem: I have a ssd card already, and I have my OS installed on it. But I really want to add a hd to store some things, so I got one from a friend. The problem is: it's been used ...
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NTFS, can the files set to be placed in the inner-most part of the HDD platter(s)?

Without setting multiple partitions (this is a well-known workaround, but I preffer not to) or using a defragmenter after the files are written (hence 2x more activity for the HDD), is it possible to ...
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Files got lost and corrupted when moving from HDD to new SSD

I recently bought a new Samsung MZ-V7S500BW 970 Evo Plus NVMe M.2 SSD. Then from a bootable usb drive i installed windows 10 on it by making the ssd gpt and booting with UEFI SECURE MODE OFF. After ...
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How to delete C:\ProgramData\Dell\SARemediation\SystemRepair

A little while ago, I had asked whether I could delete the aforementioned file. Apparently, I can, so I went ahead and tried. No matter what I did, however, I kept getting this notification even on ...
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Reallocate sector count, do I need to worry? [Crystal Disk Info]

I recently installed an SSD as my primary boot drive and changed my existing HDD for mass storage. out of curiosity I installed CrystalDisk just to check the TBW of the SSD and noticed this(refer to ...
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BIOS detects a HHD but Windows doesn't

I know there are several similar questions already, but this case is a little... special I have 2 HHDs connected with SATA, one has Windows, and the other is just for backup. Originally, the one had ...
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How do I consolidate container disks to my main volume?

I am using MacOs Big Sur (11.3) and recently removed my dual-boot data, hoping to use the storage on my main volume instead. However, once I did this, it left behind APFS container disks. How do I ...
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Best practices for formatting a new external hard drive in Windows 10: Quick Format with chkdsk pass, or Full Format?

This seems like a basic question, but I think the details I am hoping someone can tell me, are not basic-- and there is a lot of contradictory information out there on the topic. I know the usual ...
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How can I boot from an hard disk drive that has no primary partition?

I have a PC with 2 hard disk drives, every disk has its own Windows 10 installed. The problem is that just one of those disks have a boot partition to boot from (I used to boot from disk 1 to use ...
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Why do SSDs and hard drives “age” and fail after just a few years? [closed]

According to articles about the topic and systematic recordings of drive longevity / reliability reports mechanical hard drives last around 5 years (I couldn't find similar averages for SSDs but they ...
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How to recover files from an HDD that cannot boot or be discovered by Windows Explorer after failed Windows update?

In the middle of a Windows 10 update, the computer restarted itself but wasn't able to boot back into Windows with a boot device not found error. I booted the machine to a Windows Media Creation Tool ...
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Force NVME hard drive out of read-only mode, in linux

A recently-purchased NVMe hard drive has put itself into read-only mode after roughly a day of use. It appears to be a bad drive (based on output from smartctl), and I'm happy to replace it and not ...
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Can an external hard drive damage an internal hard drive?

I have an external hard drive of 2TB that accidentally felled and it wasn't showing data on my laptop. I searched to find out if its a hardware damage then I found out that pc is detecting an external ...
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Windows Disk Management: disk partition is disabled

There is an HDD (WD10EZRX SATA 1 TB). Partition style: MBR. It is divided into three partitions. Two small and one large main partition. For some reason, this main partition is not available. It is ...
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Why is there a “Microsoft reserved” partition on a non-systen disk?

I just added a new disk (Disk 1) in the system and initialized it as GPT with Disk Management. I created two partitions on it, 500GB and 430GB. Later I noticed that an additional partition was ...
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Sometimes Linux doesn't boot at all (not even GRUB, no sign of life)

Now I only have Linux (an Ubuntu flavor) on my laptop, but the same problem appeared some time ago when I still had a dual boot setup (Linux and Windows). What happens is very strange, because it ...
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My Laptop has suddenly slowed down a couple weeks ago, and it has became slower gradually since then. it boots slow, shuts down slow, load files slow

I thought problem is Windows, so I installed fedora (dual boot), but didn't solve the problem. about a year a go, I had exactly the same fedora (33), it was all good and smooth, but now, it's sort of ...
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Hard Drive Recovery - FAT32 - I/O Error - Bad Partition Table and Filesystem - Linux

I am attempting to recover an external hard drive. It is western digital (like always). Force mounting does not work: root@linux:/home/johndoe# mount -t vfat /dev/sdb1 /media/test1 -o force,umask=000 ...
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Cannot access or copy files from Seagate Backup Plus HDD

I cannot open or copy files from my Seagate backup plus an external HDD. Files are visible and whenever I try to access them, file explorer is going into the "Not Responding" stage. Even ...
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Hard drives not detected by NVR after some time

Hello my CCTV hard drives keeps getting disconnected by my cctv nvr, before going out and buying a new hard drive is there test i can do to my hard drive to check if its the hard drive failing or my ...
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How to recover important files from corrupted hard disk that keeps on loading [duplicate]

I had dual boot in my hard disk, but one day my system hanged and when i tried to restart it,i ran into grub recovery mode, then later i tried again but i was not able to view any sector list in my ...
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What can explain this write throughput pattern with an SMR drive?

I recently acquired a Seagate Barracuda drive, known to be SMR, to be used as a read-mostly storage. When populating it with data via rsync I get the following behavior: expected ~50-100MB/s for the ...
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SD Card Scam… Undo Hack to Original Size

I bought a 1 TB Micro SD Card off of Amazon and got scammed. When I put it in the computer it looks like it's the right size. But if I reformat it or check the drive information with any kinda of ...
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Is there any file system or software gimmik that I can I use to overwrite movies instead of zeroes?

I mean, instead of having an empty partition full of useless zeroes, how can instead have an empty partition full of better than nothing stuff, I mean publicly avaible files that are easy to recover, ...
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Real life speed difference between USB 3 and USB-C?

While I can find speed ratings for USB 3 (600 MBps), lot of articles I read about USB-C start with "it depends". Some mention transfer speeds of up to 10GBps, while others claim that it's ...
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Lot of bluescreens while not using laptop

For a while now i'm having problems with a lot of BSOD. They mostly occur when not using the laptop at all. The DUMP files seem to tell me it has to do with the memory, but they have both been ...
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Windows 10 updates render laptop unresponsive and HDD 100% with average response time 1s+

Lenovo laptop with Intel i7 7700HQ, 24 GB RAM, 2TB 5400 HDD(OS hard and Data, 400 GB used only), 1 TB 970 EVO NVMe SSD(for work, 500 GB used), 1060 6GB MaxQ, Windows 10 Pro licensed, bought in 2018. ...
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Unable To Format Pendrive Under Windows I/o Error [duplicate]

I have copied groovy and pdf files from CENTOS linux to my pendrive. When I use the drive under windows the drive is showing the copied from linux and it does not allow to add, modify or delete any ...
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Does VBoxManage convertfromraw --format VDI process unallocated space?

convertfromraw can be used to produce a dynamically sized VDI file. Does it process unallocated disk space? For example, say /dev/sda points to a 1 TB hard drive with partitions on the first 10 GB and ...
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Can't mount LUKS encrypted drive

Note: Cross-posted I have a LUKS encrypted disk that I can unlock, but not mount: $ sudo cryptsetup luksOpen /dev/sdb1 disk4tb # enter key $ sudo mkdir /mnt/disk4tb $ sudo mount /dev/mapper/disk4tb /...

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