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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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Google Chrome freezes when HDD is busy

The browser completely freezes when HDD is used by other software. If any other process uses HDD when I try to open a new tab in Chrome, or click anything in the current tab, Chrome just hangs until ...
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Is it possible to recover my HDD?

I re-installed my Windows 10 and found that my Seagate 2TB HDD is missing. After I installed an appropriate driver, my OS detected the HDD, but it was a dynamic disk. To change the dynamic to basic, ...
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Disk data recovery after partial format – TestDisk and PhotoRec failed to find anything [duplicate]

So I was trying to create a bootable USB to reinstall Windows for a friend, but mistakenly started partitioning the wrong disk (probably the dumbest mistake I could have made). This disk is a 1 TB WD ...
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Synology NAS issue - can I save data partitions?

Synology NAS throwing error stating DSM (DiskStation Manager) is not installed. Looks as if this is caused by a problem with the system partition used to manage the drive. Trying to reinstall it ...
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Move Windows 7 partition from Hard drive with linux (dual boot) to another new hard drive

I have got a computer with a single hard drive that has Linux (Lubuntu) and Windows 7 in it. The hard drive boots well with grub. The windows 7 partition run out of space, and I would like to move to ...
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Can Linux export disk images as ATA devices over Ethernet?

This is pretty much just plain curiosity. But there is a thing called ATA-over-Ethernet, which should be supported by Linux and which allows you to export raw disk access over Ethernet directly in ...
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SATA Drives Randomly not Recognized by PC

I have a PC with three SATA hard drives and a further two SSDs. Lately each time I start the computer, one or two of these drives (thankfully never the system SSD) "fails to load", i.e. it is not ...
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How do I shrink disk in safe mode? Error: “DiskPart has encountered an error: This service cannot be started in Safe Mode”

I have a Windows 7 computer that won't boot in regular mode, so I'm booting in Safe Mode to make a backup. This fails, wbadmin start backup does not work in Safe Mode (I have been unable to find ...
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Cannot boot to Windows 10 on source HDD or target SSD

A bit about my laptop. It is a Dell 5577, and it has three OSes on it. 2 Ubuntu, and Windows 10. Windows is on sda1. Boot mode is UEFI. I'm going to mention the things I did before I created this ...
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Remove HD from laptop to transfer data from it with usb cable

I have a laptop and a desktop computer, both run on Windows 7 Ultimate, they are in good case, not dead. I would to copy data from laptop to desktop, if I remove the hard drive from the laptop and ...
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Files copied to hard drive via USB adapter disappear when booting from the drive

I had a large amount of data on one laptop (A) that needed to be moved to another laptop (B). Both laptops are running Windows 10 x64. I removed the SATA hard drive from Laptop B and connected it to ...
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How do I install Ubuntu permanently on a thumb drive as if it were a hard disk?

I've heard about "live sticks" and even created one, however, all they apparently offer is a "demo" and an install program. Additionally, either the permanence thing doesn't work or it's because my ...
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New hard drives not detected when plugged in server

I currently am trying to add a few drives to my server. However, whenever I branch them, they do not appear in /dev. I checked, they are not listed in my BIOS either. Whenever I use gparted or fdisk ...
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Why isn't the directory size the same as the sum of its children for Windows 10

I have a directory that contains a ton of music that it showing weird file sizes in Windows 10. When I click on the directory containing all the music, it shows 809GB and over 164k files. When I ...
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Harddisk report low storage, but using only 25%

I bought a ultrabook in Q1 this year that has 256Gb SSD in it. After 9 months of use, Windows shows 50Gb free disk space, but used is only 67Gb as shown below... Where has all that free space gone? ...
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Copy files from Ubuntu Drive to Windows Drive [on hold]

I have an Ubuntu 16.04 installation on a SSD drive (called drive A). Beside that I have a Win10 PC installed on a 1TB SDD with an additional NTFS formated 8T drive (called drive B). I want to copy ...
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Why are my 4K read Crystal Disk mark scores much lower after second windows install? [on hold]

TL:DR I have much lower 4kib read speeds than when I first installed the drive yesterday. I received a new 240gb Kingston SSD. I installed windows on it. My 4K read speeds were around 350mb/s and ...
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SSD(s) slower read and write after installing windows for a second time (Crystal disk mark) Possible damage to SATA contoller on Mobo?

I received a new 240gb Kingston SSD. I installed windows on it. My 4K read speeds were around 350mb/s and first sequential 560mb/s I had a problem where when installing windows (on the new Kingston) ...
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Windows 10: Can You Have a OS / Data Drive Separation?

I tried changing an HDD on my Alienware and it was not recognized by windows 10. I read somewhere you cannot change the drive unless you reinstall windows 10... I also just formatted the OS drive and ...
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Can the laptop hardware corrupt the HDD/SSD?

long version: Around 4-5 months ago, I replaced the HDD in my Asus x501a laptop with a SSD (ADATA Ultimate SU650 120GB SATA3), as it would freeze occasionally and the HDD made a nasty scratchy noise. ...
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Second hard drive not visible after installing new disk and OS

I installed Windows 10 to my new SSD while my old hard drive was disconnected. I did this because I wanted Windows to install everything (Bootloader, Rescue partition, etc) to the new SSD. Afterwards ...
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Windows WriteFile performance (SSD vs HDD)?

This question is tied to the following observation: https://social.technet.microsoft.com/Forums/exchange/en-US/09dd046e-8127-4550-8e26-5fba7a5a0743/performance-flaw-in-file-system-decreases-writefile-...
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Ruined Windows partition by formatting different partition

I just wanted this easy, humble setup: SSD with dual boot (Ubuntu 18 + Windows 10) HDD with one data NTFS partition for double access from ubuntu and windows I had my HDD with a triple boot in ...
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How to find driver for hard drive (Model: Samsung ST500LM012 HN-M500MBB)

Windows 10 has decided to use a generic driver for this hard drive. Unfortunately, I am unable to find where to get a driver. Maybe it's just an old drive that doesn't have a Win10 driver, but I can't ...
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What are the are these parts called in my tower PC case?

I want to put another hard drive in my Cooler Master case, but it came with only two hard drive screws that are holding it in the hard drive bay as shown in the picture. What are they exactly called ...
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How to partclone an NTFS partition to a smaller disk without having space for the full image

Every now and then I have got the following problem: A disk fails and the replacement disk is smaller. The data often easily fits the smaller disk, but partclone simply does not shrink the ...
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How do I stop my C drive appearing also as D on Windows 10 file explorer?

Am running Windows 10 Pro v1803. At some point a mysterious clone of my C drive showed up as D. This is an SSD. The drive letter doesn't appear in DISKPART. Nor does it show in Disk management console....
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Calculate Disk Latency and IOPS [closed]

I am doing a data storage class and I am having some issues with IOPSs and Response time. Average seek time is 5ms, disk rotation speed is 15000rpm, internal data transfer is 40MB/S and I/O block size ...
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How do I setup dual boot for two existing installations?

My Linux Ubuntu 16.04 LTS is working well on a RAID array that uses HDDs. I've added an old SSD to the system and see that it has WinXP installed. There's one piece of legacy software that I would ...
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Disk full for unknown reason - BTRFS partition filled up with garbage data

On my Debian Linux laptop a couple of days ago I got my 23GB root EXT4 partition full (probably I installed more software than I expected). Since I have plenty of space in my BTRFS home partition, ...
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How to set up a computer with two hard drives?

I recently had to do a clean reinstall of my OS and took the opportunity to get my first solid state drive. The plan is to have my OS and programs on the SSD, and all my files on the mechanical drive. ...
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Full hard drive cloning with dd slows to a halt

I'm cloning a 1TB drive to another 1TB drive using the dd command on Ubuntu using a live USB. I've been monitoring progress by running in another terminal: sudo kill -USR1 $(pgrep ^dd) At first ...
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How does Synology Hybrid RAID work?

I'm not looking for what Synology Hybrid RAID (SHR) allows the user to do, but rather, what is the concept that SHR uses to allow you combine disks of different sizes? In most RAID implementations ...
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How to Extend the Primary Boot C Drive Partition - Extend Option Grayed Out [duplicate]

I see the "Extend Partition" option is grayed out in the Disk Management tool and as far as I can understand I need to move my data to another drive and change the drive letters. This is something I ...
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6TO Toshiba hard drive slowing after a couple of minutes

I have a very large amount of data to save to this hard drive (~3TB) in packets of approximately 10GB. Transfer rate begin at ~20-30MB/sec for a couple of minutes Then it slow down to max. 5MB/sec I ...
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How to generate disk errors that are then repaired by Check Disk (chkdsk) [closed]

I need to "break" things so that the Check Disk tool in Windows finds errors on a partition. Any ideas on how to do that in a controlled manner? What can I do to make sure that chkdsk finds errors ...
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Is it safe to use multiple different `--input-position` with ddrescue?

I need to rescue data from some 2 TB large hard-drive and am doing so in some Live-Linux in some VM, where the problematic hard-drive is connected to using USB 3 and the VM provides a virtual disk of ...
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Inodes that were part of a corrupted orphan linked list found. How to understand what caused it and how to solve?

I bought a Centurion Nano from the now defunct Alpha Computers, it ships with Alpha OS (that is essentially a tampered Ubuntu): $ cat /etc/os-release NAME="Alpha OS" VERSION="1.0.0 Polaris" ID="alpha-...
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F-Disk Error: Maximum vs Allocated Sectors

When I run fdisk in Ubuntu and edit the nested partition table on my drive, i get the output "Total allocated sectors 4294967296 greater than the maximum 1953525168" when verifying the table. Can you ...
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Install Ubuntu by hard disk

I have a Windows 10 and I want to install Ubuntu 18.04.1 beside it. (I want to have two OSs). My PC has two hard disks and I want to install Ubuntu on Disk 1 --> Drive: Ubuntu(U:). Here are my ...
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My hdd is 100% constantly

I have Western Digital Black WD1002FAEX 1TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5 that is constantly writing 100% on my disc. When I go in the taskmanager to check what the writing speed and reading ...
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How do I completely factory-reset my SSD and HDD and create a volume out of unallocated space?

I wanted to clean install Windows 10 and get rid of my current license for a few reasons (it'll expire soon anyway). I already copied all my data over to an external drive. Then, I chose to 'Reset ...
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Hard disk not recognized at first boot?

So my hard disk just died and I bought a new one. I didn't set it up myself, I let the guys from the computer shop do everything. So when I received my computer, they told me that there are also some ...
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fsck: error 2 (No such file or directory) while executing fsck.ext4, fsck exited with status code 8

I'm getting this error every time I boot: fsck: error 2 (No such file or directory) while executing fsck.ext4 for /dev/sda1 fsck exited with status code 8 My sda drive is a ~250 Gb SDD, and I ...
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Is debugging bad hard-drives possible by intercepting SATA packages? [closed]

My question Is there any way of debugging bad (as in no longer recognized) hard-drives? Ideally an open-source tool that can interact with the device to capture/interpret SATA communication and ...
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installing fedora 28 on laptop gives error disk sda already reached maximum allowed number of primary partitions

I tried installing fedora on my laptop which had Windows 7 pre installed I wanted to have a dual boot system boot things were not clear so I could not do it. I then later tried to proceed only with ...
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Can a PSU outage cause a Mechanical Start Failure on a S.M.A.R.T. drive?

Recently, my PSU crunched out on me and I had to replace it. The drive in question was running at the time, and during an attempt at start up afterwards (during which the PSU did not output enough ...
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WD Red 3TB NTFS BitLocker drive suddenly shows up as “2048GB GPT Protective Partition”

Last week my new (<1year), NTFS, single-partition, non-OS, BitLocker-encrypted Western Digital Red 3TB drive stopped mounting, and only shows up in disk manager as a Basic, Online, 2048.00 GB, ...
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What is using my Mac's disk space? [on hold]

df reckons that 627Gi of my hard drive is in use. Time Machine wants to back up in excess of 700GB just from this drive. $ df -h . Filesystem Size Used Avail Capacity iused ifree ...
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Can I install windows on SSD M.2 on HP 15-bs564ur and have built-in HDD working as extra memory?

Can I install windows on SSD M.2 on HP 15-bs564ur and have built-in HDD working as extra storage? This laptop provides M.2 slot but I'm not sure which form-factor (like 2280, etc.). Is there some kind ...