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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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Mirror Win10 OS with boot?

I have a MX100 512GB which is showing signs of failure and as such I ordered a new MX500 500GB. I've been browsing around how to mirror one HD to the other including the boot so I can simple replace ...
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Full Clone VDI with VBoxManage.exe

What is the command-line switch that I should use to create a full clone of a given vdi? I want to be able to clone the virtual machine such that all files, folders and applications are also copied ...
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HDD recovery after format [duplicate]

I recently installed Kali Linux next to win7 and win10 everything worked fine, but later I realised kali was not as useful and took a lot of space on my HDD so I deleted it and had 115GB of free space ...
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HDD works continuously when idle

I have more hdd-s, what works continuously in, when idle. They will do the same, if they are formatted, or has any data. Not system partiton Not pagefile partiton Task manager doesn't indicates any ...
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How would I flip every bit on my hard drive and what consequences would it have? [on hold]

If I took a disk and connected it to my linux machine, then I'd do something like dd if=/dev/sda1 bs=1M | flip | dd of=/dev/sda1 where flip is a (to me) unknown utility that flips each bit in the ...
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Wiring an SSD to USB slot internally [on hold]

I've got a defective eMMC hard drive on an HP Stream 14-ax022nr which has the drive soldered to the motherboard. Removing it isn't an option. I'd like to buy a cheap internal replacement drive ...
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Ubuntu Stuck on Loading Screen

I prepared a Bootable USB drive (64GB) to install Ubuntu, but then I accidentally formatted my hard disk (with windows 10 on it) so I wanted to try to restore that, but after few commands in the ...
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Windows 10 CMD responds extremely slow

My command line is so slow. I mean even ruby -v takes 10-13 seconds to return version and more complex commands like running rails s is a pain. I tried chkdsk and no problem found. Tried to have ...
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Clone physical disk to VDI virtual disk (VirtualBox)?

I'm looking for a way to clone sector by sector of my physical disk to my VDI virtual disk. As I was reading, some do not recommend the use of dd for this. If I can not use dd to copy sector by ...
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Harddisk is almost full but i don't have anything

My free harddisk space is almost full but when i select all folder inside the C:/ drive(including unvisible folders) it shows only 70 GB. What is the problem ? https://imgur.com/EBhaSzc https://...
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Recovery from “0 size” sata hard disk [duplicate]

A 2015 3 Tb hard disk Western Digital Green SATA (WD30EZRX) has stopped functioning. It produces some repetitive noise (so it is rotating, I do not know if there is a mechanical problem but at least ...
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Stuck at “Verifying DMI Pool Data” After switching HDDs

. Hello, recently my old hard drive died on me (Didn't have any important data luckily) and I got a new WD Caviar Blue 320GB 7200RPM drive. Unfortunately when I plug it and an 8GB USB 2.0 drive into ...
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I want to extend Local Disk C but I can't create unallocated space next to it so that i just simply extend it

I urgently need to extend my Local Disk C but when O shrink the other disk (E), the unallocated space appears after disk E so I'm unable to extend disk C to the unallocated space.
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Current Read-only State is stiil Yes afrer command: attributes disk clear readonly [duplicate]

I am trying to fix read only access, but it is still read only I tried by diskpart.exe, selecting usb flash device, select it, and clear readonly, but Current Read-only State Current Read-only State :...
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How to interpret recurring SMART read failure when file can be read/md5sum successfully? [on hold]

My full smartctl -a /dev/sdc is here. The relevant bits (as far as I'm aware) User Capacity: 3,000,559,428,096 bytes [3.00 TB] Sector Sizes: 512 bytes logical, 4096 bytes physical SMART ...
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Can't repartition eMMC laptop drive [HP Stream]

For whatever reason, the eMMC drive on my HP Stream was wiped. All space is unallocated, and when I try to create a partition of any kind with Windows 8 or Windows 10 recovery environment, it fails. ...
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Can I clone the partition containing the OS to another partition so as to have two OS on separate partitions [on hold]

I have a PC with an OS on two partitions using a bootloader. One has become corrupt and my image is also faulty. I have tried to clone the good OS over to the other partition but windows will not boot....
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How can I change the location of ALL Google Drive File Stream files used including the DB?

I have been on a mission to look for a solution of how to change the location of every file Google DFS (Drive File Stream) uses (including the DB which gets accessed more than anything). I have two ...
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How to recover data from a faulty hard drive? [duplicate]

I have a HP laptop with windows 10 on it's hard disk. I clicked on a recently obtained file then: # windows explorer got stuck # tried opening task manager to kill windows explorer ; blue screen ...
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How to move EFI from booting primary HDD to internal SSD

I had a machine with Windows 10 on an HDD. I installed a smaller internal SSD and installed Ubuntu 18.04. During the installation process it automatically (with my approval) set up the machine to ...
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How do I delete the shortcut virus permanently from my computer? [duplicate]

I've gotten the shortcut virus on my usb drives more times than I can remember; What I usually do is just format the drive and call it a day. Lately, I had important files on one of my drives which ...
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Any ways to repair a HDD which cannot be formatted and write-protected? (+Disk error: CRC)

For a few months, I used the 3.5 inch WD Blue 500GB HDD and a SATA to USB docking station so that I can connect the HDD to my Raspberry Pi, to be used as a small version of NAS. However, in some days,...
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Can I work on external hard disk until I have recovered all the deleted files from computer

I have a Dell laptop that have a single partition named "C drive" and I lost my whole data during reinstalling OS and I want to recover my whole data but I need some days to recover my data, So my ...
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Date of formatting of drive encrypted with Disk Utility

I had a computer and a backup drive. Computer A held the data and had a backup in drive B. Drive B is encrypted with Disk Utility on macOS and the password is stored and has a hint in computer A. ...
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“Operating system not found” after HDD replacement on Dell Inspiron M301Z

We have Dell Inspiron M301Z with faulty HDD (resulting in freezes). There's Windows 7 installed, booting perfectly each time. After we replaced the HDD with a new HDD, we cloned the data. And ...
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How to format old disk after installing new boot disk? [duplicate]

I just installed a 250 GB m.2 SSD as a Windows 10 boot drive on an Acer Aspire E15. The computer previously had Windows 10 installed on a 1 TB HDD. This is what my current configuration looks like: ...
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Overwriting on SSD’s vs HDD’s [closed]

first time here, so not sure if this has been asked before. I was wondering if there is a difference with how hdd’s And sdd’s overwrite deleted files. For example, if I was too delete a few files ...
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network drive replaced by an external drive

I have an old software which needs access to a network drive, eg. \\nameofnetworkdrive but the problem is that the network drive has now been replaced by an external USB drive (eg. drive X). Is there ...
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nt kernel & system/ ntoskrnl.exe issue

In Win10 Task manager, there is a process that takes about as much as any HDD activity as the other processes that are running. This process seems to mimic all software when it comes to HDD use. CPU ...
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Only 60 MB/s transfer rate from WD Green hard disk?

My Windows 10 x64 PC (Intel Core i5-3570K, 32 GB DDR3, GA-Z77M-D3H, multiple SSD as main drives) also has a WD Green hard 2 TB hard drive (WD20EARX). I know this is not a speed monster, but I was ...
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Unusual slow SSD on RAID 0 performance

I'm using a ThunderBay 4 external enclosure as my main storage and backup unit. Recently I bought two 1TB Samsung EVO 860 SSD to improve performance of my data drives. I installed them using NewerTech ...
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Odd File system disk consumption

I know similar has been asked as I searched and tried to figure as it relates to my system. running Ubuntu 18 and other than some install for PostgreSQL, some recent security updates, etc... my file ...
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Why is hard-drive causing clicking sounds only on one computer?

Yesterday my mom called me because here PC was taking awful long to power on (more than 15 minutes before it managed to get into Windows). So I went to check her computer and I heard that her hard-...
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Format SSD hard disk previously locked with password

So few months ago I locked my hard disk from bios, and now I can not remember the password. How can I format hard disk? I tried from KillDisk and he did not let me.
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Cloning EXTERNAL hard drive to INTERNAL hard drive

The process of cloning an internal hard drive onto an external one is pretty well described by online guides but I can't seem to find any info on the opposide. I want to replace my internal ssd with ...
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What is the lethality of a SMART error?

We have a 40 TB storage server in RAID 5, with twelve 2 TB drives. One drive is acting as a hotspare, and it's being managed with a hardware RAID controller. For some forsaken reason, three drives ...
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Disk partition, folder partition and RAID for dual booting [closed]

I just bought my new PC(without OS) with:1x 240GB SSD for the OS2x 1TB HDD for data and softwaresI searched on google but I'm not sure how should I partition my disks. I would like to make a dual ...
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Backing up/Retrieving Files from Corrupted but Accessible External Hard Drive [duplicate]

What's my best option here? The drive (1TB WD My Passport) isn't totally fried. Corrupted, for sure. Previously (before a drop to pavement) once plugged in, the files were immediately accessible as ...
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Will new HDD improve PC performances [closed]

I'm curious about why my PC gets unuseable after closing bigger apps/games. For example, it takes almost one minute to close The Division game. After closing the game, screen stays Black for next half ...
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How to access my 2nd internal harddrive?

I have replaced Windows 7 with Ubuntu on my old PC. There is another internal hard drive in my old PC, that contains a lot of data. I cannot access this hard drive, as it is not mounted. This is how ...
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What’s the difference between access to a broken HDD with special software vs. typical access through an OS?

My HDD broke, but I could extract data from it using special software. The computer did detect the HDD but I could not enable it in the disk manager. If the HDD is only readmode, the i should be able ...
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Difference between benchmark and windows copying in external HDD speed

I just got a new external USB 3.0 HDD (Seagate Expansion 6TB), formatted as NTFS. When writing large files to that HDD via the Windows 7 Professional explorer, I see very slow writing speeds according ...
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Can I benefit from Intel Rapid Storage Technology Somehow with this setup?

I have laptop Msi GV62 7RD with 2 disks. SSD 1x M.2 x2 && HDD 1x 2.5" SATA HDD So basicly 1TB HDD Sata + 128GB M.2 SSD My operating system (Windows 10 Pro) is installed on the M.2 SSD ...
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How to repair mirror set in Windows Storage Pool?

I have a storage pool with 2x2 drives in it. This is an "upgraded" Storage Pool being hosted by Windows 10 1809. One of the drives has started throwing errors -- SMART shows over a thousand recently-...
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How to mount “extra” SSD

I recently bought a new SSD to replace an older one that's been in use for almost 10 years and that I strongly suspected was failing due to an error I got during the boot process. It turns out that ...
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For professional hard drive data recovery, what hardware/software tools are essential? [closed]

I'm "gearing up" to start a computer repair business, but hard drive data recovery is my weak point that I haven't explored much. I am preparing to give myself the ultimate "crash" course in HDD data ...
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Clone hdd with a few bad sectors

I want to clone my hdd before it dies. I have narrowed down the bad sectors to a very small area. It is small but has caused a lot of problems from time to time. When I try to clone, it gets hung up ...
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System Image and Backup& Restore

I know there is threads talking about these 2 concepts, but I still have a few questions. So I have 3 physical drives (Drive C,D,E). My C drive contains my OS (Windows 10 already activated, so will be ...
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How to restore files from blocked directory [on hold]

I replaced my old HDD with SSD and put a new Windows 7 on it. After that I realized that I was missing some important documents, which were in the desktop directory. I tried to use my old HDD as an ...
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Cant Remove Hard Drive Partition | Mac

Recently had to partition a hard drive in half. One half was used for a time machine backup and the other for the installation. Now im trying to remove the untitled (time machine) partition. Have ...