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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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Moving installation files between drives

I want to move my installation files in Windows 10 (.exe/.msi) files from my downloads folder on C drive to a different disc to free up space. I do realize they would not play nice if executed from ...
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Is there any risk to buying old but unused OEM hard drives? [closed]

I am currently looking for a 4TB hard drive for Plex storage and I've noticed that there are a lot of options to buy new OEM drives which have been produced 6-8 years ago. With the assumption that ...
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Putting new HDD on old PC, then putting back old HDD

I have a desktop computer now (Dec. 2022) and I am planning to buy a laptop next year. So I will also sell this computer next year. But I have the old HDD I am using right now and want to keep it. I ...
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SSD has a lot of bad sectors on Windows, but I can't find any bad sectors in Linux

The title is self-explained, on Windows PE, I used DiskGenius to fix the drive, the EFI partition is screwed so I decided to remake one. After I got in PE, I opened DiskGenius, and realize it took so ...
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Loud hard drive [closed]

So I have a Dell optiplex 3010 and it had a 500gb hard disk drive which has windows 10 installed. And this pc is loud, or so I thought. Recently I took another hard drive and installed windows 11 on ...
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How to unlock/erase BIOS password locked hard disks without the original computers?

There are a bunch of 2.5" mechanical hard disks (80GB) left from old laptops (over 10 years). I recorded their BIOS hard disk passwords in a spreadsheet. All the laptops that they came from are ...
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Is there a reliability reason to go for physically larger storage media?

Ever since I begun switching from 3.5" to 2.5" hard disks, internal and external, I have felt like those much smaller and lighter ones (even without them being SSDs) just cannot possibly be ...
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Why does operation on D drive makes Windows lag when I am not even using the C drive

I have Windows installed on C raid 0 SSD drive and I have my games and downloads on the D HDD drive. Now when I am doing operations, like installing a game on D drive the HDD Usage goes to 100%. I ...
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Disk usage spikes to 100% on windows

I recently bought a new laptop. Its Acer Nitro 5 with Intel Core i5-11400H @2.70GHz, GeForce GTX 1650, 16GB RAM and 700 GB SSD. I manually installed windows on it by myself and used Microsoft ...
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Windows 10 digital activation on few devices

My problem is as follows... I have a computer with three disks, on each disk is installed windows 10. I intend to upgrade the hardware by replacing the motherboard and processor. Each windows is ...
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ssd not showing up in the partition section of windows installation

Yesterday i was working on my laptop i had opened 12 chrome tabs, vscode and local server was running. My laptop gradually became slow i closed most of the tabs on chrome and stopped the server to let ...
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How to restore data after accidentally starting DD on a hard drive but stopping it before it went too far? [duplicate]

Today I've plugged new ssd into my PC and started an dd command for USB drive. It was too late as I recognized, that the drive letters moved around and I started flashing an ISO image over all my data....
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How to extract data from sudo parted -l?

Using: Kubuntu 22.04.1 sudo parted -l | grep -A 5 --color=always -i '/dev/sd\|/dev/nvme\|Table:' output: Disk /dev/sda: 1500GB Sector size (logical/physical): 512B/512B Partition Table: msdos Disk ...
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Is the “idle3” timeout mess still relevant on Western Digital WD Blue hard drives from 2022?

THE QUESTION: Is the “idle3” timeout still relevant for 2022 Western Digital Blue hard drives, and specifically for their WD40EZAZ line? Or should I take hdparm -J reporting an invalid exchange as ...
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Trying to rehabilitate an old PC, encountering RAID error

I have a computer that I aim to turn into a server, but I am running into an error where I can't even reach the BIOS setup screen. Summary. Trying to boot PC, encounter error: Detecting arrays ... No ...
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I am getting event log error with event id 11 is this bad for SSD

I have brand new ASUS ROG strix laptop and it shutdown abnormally and keyboard hangs sometimes could this be due bad hard-disk as i noticed event error logged under event id 11, 6008, 41 Error ...
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Unable to remove "unreadable" virtual drives that constantly mount/unmount within Disk Management (Win10 - 1909)

I build Windows 10 installations for mass deployment in the company I work for and I've come across a unique problem where these random ghost drives (nothing connected to the system) appear and ...
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I can't delete some files on my hard drive on ubuntu, says they don't exist, when they do

I use Ubuntu 20.04 and a folder containing some images was saved on my PC, but when I tried to delete it, I get this error. Same on terminal. I noticed that the folder now has a thumbnail with a ...
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Does a PCIe SSD need a different driver if it is moved from an internal slot to an external enclosure and connected via usb?

Does a PCIe SSD in an internal M.2 slot need a different driver from a drive of the same type sitting in an external USB enclosure? The enclosure uses a Realtek RTL9210 USB to PCIe / SATA bridge, if ...
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How to copy files into specific offset of a harddisk?

Source harddisk: Size 500G. 210G of data. Used hexdump to check beyond 280G are all zeroes. hexdump -C /dev/sdd2 --skip 280G --length 10G # all zeroes Destination harddisk: Size 600G. Used hexdump ...
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How to recreate a mirror after failed redundancy without delete volume

I'm search some result. I remove my mirror. After that I realize don't plug power for my disk. Reboot my computer and import disk. Now I have two partition same but can't mirror again. I want another ...
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Basic SSD disk corrupted after a clean Windows reformat

As the title stated, I've been using the disk (Adata SU650) for quite a long time and never had issues with it until lately I clean reformatted my PC and realized during the initial setup there's a ...
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Entire hard drive disappears randomly on Windows 10

I have an MSI laptop (GL75 9SE) with an NVMe SSD disk (Partition C) and an additional 1 TB hard drive (Partition D). I have Windows 10 Pro 22H2 Build 19045.2251 with the last updates In the last few ...
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System keeps writing in \$LogFile and \$Mft on external drives, causing them to spin up constantly (Windows 10)

My external drives kept randomly spinning up for no reason. I disabled indexing and optimizing on them and did all other commonly recommended things, but it kept happening. Then I installed Process ...
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My pc won't boot while using hdd

I have a gigabyte GA h61m-s pc I was having issues with my 1st hdd. Pc would not boot 1/3 times i tried to boot. I figured it was problem of hdd so i bought a segate baracuda 1TB and used it for a ...
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USB 3 to SATA adapter: ASM1153 vs ASM225 performance?

So I just got two 16TB Seagate Exos drives that I need to attach to my computer via USB. I have a couple of old Seagate Expansion enclosures from shucked 6TB drives - I tried them and they worked fine....
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windows 10 cut off electricity then local disk D can t be accessed

It happened that the electricity was cut off and my laptop went off as it was not on battery. The problem I had afterwards is that the local disk D cannot be accessed D : \ "is not accessible. ...
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Can you help me find out if my HP Notebook motherboard supports both M.2 SATA and M.2 PCIe SSD?

I would like to purchase an SSD for my HP Notebook of the following specification board specifications I would like to know if the motherboard supports SSD of M.2 form factor. If it does support, I ...
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GParted dual boot expanding encrypted fedora disk

gparted live disks /dev/sda3 is NTFS /dev/sda6 is LUKS encrypted fedora btrfs I want to move unallocated space from /dev/sda3 to /dev/sda6 /dev/sda3 (windows disk) has been resized and I want to use ...
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Why is Securely Erasing SSD done so instantly?

https://dellwindowsreinstallationguide.com/use-of-parted-magic-to-securely-wipe-a-ssd-hssd-or-hdd/ according to the above article, the ATA erase command, performed by third party tools like parted ...
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Can I see bad sectors on an old, malfunctioning hard drive platter if I open it up? I do not care about fixing this drive. Simply curious

I have an old 250 GB Seagate hard drive that got really slow. I cloned it with Clonezilla on a new SSD, but I had to use the -rescue option since it had bad sectors. That option skips any bad sectors ...
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Issue on detect, formatting and initialize external hard disk

I have this external hard disk (a WD Elements 25A2) that can't be found on this PC but it's shown in control panel which says that it works fine (spoiler: not true). Anyway i'm trying to initialize ...
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Windows 10 doesnt boot after install

I've run into a problem! My computer is running somwhat old, but it was upgraded about 2015-2017 with diffrent parts. Today its running a MSI Mag Z390M Mortar motherboard with an intel i7 4790K and ...
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Drive letters are not available in "Change Drive Letter and Paths"

My semi-permanent USB drive died, so I copied all the files to a replacement. Now I would like to assign the new drive the same drive letter as the old, so I don't have to change the path in every ...
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Safe USB HDD eject from cli (raid on top)

I have 6 USB HDDs which i use to store a externel backup of my homeserver. Over the HDDs is a Linux Software RAID5. What is the correct way to "stop everything" and eject the HDDs safe so i ...
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Second HDD is accessed even if I do not access files on it [duplicate]

I have two mass storage devices installed in my Windows 10 system: screenshot from device manager The SSD is mapped to C: (with windows installed on it) and D: The HDD is drive G:. It is only used to ...
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RHEL + how iostat calculate the disk util%

here is example from iostat on my linux RHEL server iostat -d -x 5 5 Linux 3.10.0-514.26.2.el7.x86_64 (server.rfatam.com) 11/13/2022 _x86_64_ (32 CPU) Device: rrqm/s wrqm/s ...
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Hard drive not spinning properly in external USB case

I have two disks that I'd like to use inside a cheap USB 2.0 case. I can use the first one just fine, when I plug it the hard start spinning nicely and the disk eventually shows up on my computer. ...
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Accessing Boot Files on V-Machine SM Pro Audio

I have a V-machine stand alone VST player and i want to modify it with a different linux distro i know it runs some sort of linux, when connected with the usb port, it only comes up as a midi device, ...
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LVM: Renaming LVs and PVs with vgimportclone on disk cloned with dd

Hello everybody out there using LVM, To have an immediate backup disk to replace my main Ubuntu 18.04 hard drive (which uses LVM), I cloned the main hard drive with dd. This resulted in a clone also ...
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Can't find the PC's disk in disk managment

I cannot find my PC's disk in Disk Management, it is only showing the SSD. Does anyone know what's wrong. Here is an image of Disk Management showing the SSD and not the PC's disk: Only C: drive is ...
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HDD not detected in BIOS but is detected by Windows?

I have a WD Gold 10TB HDD, that I plugged into a new build and it is not showing up in BIOS, yet Disk Management detects it and wants to initialize it, with a error: "The request could not be ...
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Check for previously found badblocks on a drive without re-running all of badblocks?

I ran badblocks on a couple of drives for 48 hours. One drive had lots of badblocks whereas the other was clean. I then physically took out the drives from the computer and accidentally mixed them up. ...
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Stuck on disk partitioning while trying to install 2 Linux systems

I installed Arch Linux yesterday purely for the learning experience. Knowing very little about partitioning I created a primary EFI partition(sda1), a primary swap partition(sda2) and a primary root ...
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Logging telemetry from Windows disk driver [migrated]

I'm trying to log events from my disk driver with Microsoft StorPortLogTelemetryEx function. It's returning STOR_STATUS_SUCCESS and this means that "The telemetry event was successfully logged.&...
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Import/transfer DRBD drive into another system

I have a 6TB drive of unknown origin that contains a DRBD partition. I would like to verify the contents of the drive but have no idea how to mount the DRBD partition. I'm am not familiar with DRBD ...
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WD Unlocker doesn't appear

I have a problem with the pop-up box wd unlocker. I had to remove my extern hard drive WD MY Book from the shell and connect it with cables adaptor to my laptop. But know my drive is recognize just as ...
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How to read SMART stats of hard drives connected via Silicon Image Raid controller on Windows 10?

I am using a PCI card in my Windows 10 (Enterprise) pc, which is correctly listed under Windows device management as "Silicon Image Sil 3114 SoftRaid 5 Controller". No RAID is enabled on the ...
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Hdd Showing Only few Minutes in windows 10

I have SSD, HDD installed and HDD in the caddy, SSD has an os that boots the system. when I turn on the laptop I get all the partitions in the hard drive and SSD after 1 minute it only shows SSD. any ...
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Windows 10 C: drive capacity smaller then C: partition size

I went through a whole process up to this point. I tried restoring from an image backup, but windows wouldn't boot from it. I booted into ubuntu from a usb stick and mucked about with the partitioning,...
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