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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Why am I getting 'permission denied' with mdutil on my Mac

Whenever I try to perform searches in Finder on my external hard drive I get no results. I've tried re-indexing the drive with Spotlight by going into preferences and adding then removing the drive ...
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In what way can I still use an old, still functioning laptop since I bought a new one? [closed]

I recently purchased a new laptop and am not using the old one. I feel it is a waste for the old one to just be put away on my shelf collecting dust. It is an ASUS laptop with Intel Celeron 3060 with ...
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How to change an SSD's serial number? [closed]

Are there any "straightforward" hacks for changing an SSD's serial number, ideally while it is connected to a host computer via SATA/USB (i.e. software hacks, no "tear down the device, ...
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Disk Management: Not able to make a new volume

I am not able successfully make a new volume from unallocated space in disk management. I will try to explain you all through points and screenshot. What I did: shrink space from Local Disk (E:) [...
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fixing a heavily fragmented HDD

on my laptop I have a ssd(ubuntu) and hdd(windows10 +storage). my main OS is the ubuntu and I use windows mostly for games. the hdd acted really slow so I checked it and windows defragmantation tool ...
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What will happen if I just take out the hard disk with Windows 10 and replace it with Windows 7 [duplicate]

My laptop hard disk is running with Windows 10 and my old laptop hard disk is running with Windows 7, Can i just take them out and put it on my new laptop?
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hdd won't spin down even with sata port disabled

I had already briefly mentioned this drive on question about a different drive (spin down hdd with no assigned letter) but now it's a different problem. The hdd in question is a drive that I use only ...
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How can I recover Files and folders on the hard disk that became not accessible? [closed]

Trying to open or copy those files or folder (in "Windows Explorer"), I'm getting an error message: "Location is not available Folder is not accessible, the file or directory is ...
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What's the difference between these SATA cables?

I recently bought a new power supply and there were two slightly different SATA cables. Here's a picture: In the picture on the left, all 4 connectors are identical, but in the picture on the right, ...
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How can I allow allocation of storage to a harddrive?

I have a computer with a 500 GB SSD (non m.2) that I boot Windows off of. It is connected to my motherboard via SATA 3 as well as a 1 TB hard drive. However, I can't seem to be able to access the hard ...
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Why are my badblocks results inconsistant with SMART results for an SSD?

I have an SSD that has been running for years. It was part of a RAID0 that failed. The other SSD in the array was definitely bad - it doesn't show up at all when I plug it into a computer anymore. I'm ...
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The size of the virtual HDD file on host differs from the HDD seen from the guest OS

In a virtualized environment, there is a number of VM on one host (Windows Server 2019, and Hyper-V is used). When I look at the .vhdx file that is the virtual disk of one VM, it says that it's size (...
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Input/output error on new USB hard drive

I got a brand new Toshiba USB hard drive. Attempting to format it on my Raspberry Pi 3 errored and returned an input/output error, so I used a tool on Windows to set it to ext4. Now that I've ...
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How to fix a disk for boot priority (F8) from Boot Menu using ASUS UEFI, Fast Boot

I use 2 disks on my Windows 10 Pro desktop and after a recent replacement of SMPS, the boot priority is changed. I need to press F2/DEL to go to Boot Menu i.e. F8 and then I need to select the right ...
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Is it possible to connect another hdd to laptop?

My laptop has a second bay which fits a hdd. I can see a white slot labelled hdd not in use so I'm assuming I should be able to plug in a secondary hard drive. However I can't seem to find the ...
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Are forensic USB write blockers OK to use during data backup? (On Windows 10)

I've long been looking for a way to write protect one USB drive, while backing it up to another USB drive. And also to be able to mount USB drives as read-only to be confident of their contents ...
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External hard drive failed (WD), will swapping out the board mediate the issue? [closed]

Issue: I have a external hard drive from Western Digital (My Passport 4TB 2.5'' USB) that failed on me recently containing about 2TB of previous work and files. When i connect it to my PC it used to ...
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How to copy a Large disk to multiple smaller ones

So I have a 2TB HDD drive that is about to fail. I have around 1.5TB of used space. Now I want to copy all the files from my Big drive to smaller ones. I have 3 500GB drives. The problem is that there ...
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Compatibility problems with other drivers after formatting system drive

My system currently has 3 drives and I'm wondering should I format and reinstall windows 10 on my system drive if I'll have problems with data stored on my other drives since I've got software/games/...
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How do I prevent my bios from finding the OS on my first SSD (windows 10)?

I recently upgraded my hard drive from a 256GB SSD to a 1TB SSD. I cloned my entire drive over, including all partitions etc... So my 2nd drive is just an exact copy of the 1st one with just more ...
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External HDD no longer asks to “recycle” deleted files, only deletes permanently

EDIT: Solved by restarting computer (cue rolling eyes)- it's strange that it worked the second time I did this, but not the first. Ah well, question can be considered closed. I'm on Windows 10, and ...
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What would happen if a RAID 1 contained 2 different file versions?

Let's say a hardware RAID 1 controller with disks A and B was taken offline, and a file present on both disks was altered on disk B (all within an offline state). When the RAID controller is turned ...
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HDD showing as SSD & IDE ATA / ATAPI device missing after W10-v2004 install

I installed "Feature update to Windows 10, version 2004" on 25 Jun 2020 and my hard disk (a 1TB HDD) is now showing as SSD. Further, in the Device Manager summary there is no longer a ...
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System Partition and Boot Partition on Different Drives

I have Windows installed on an SSD, but as shown, the system drive is the HDD. This happened after I dual-booted windows and linux (with linux being on a partition on the HDD) and then removed the ...
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spin down hdd with no assigned letter

I've 3 hdd and a ssd on my pc. ssd C: contains windows hdd D: is used for daily stuff (intalling programs too heavy for my small sdd and holding documents) hdd E: is used for rarely accessed files ...
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Trying to understand SATA cables

I have a PC someone else built for me a few years ago, and as I have been upgrading it slowly I have been learning new things and how to properly care for a PC. I still don't know everything. I have a ...
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Windows Thinks Internal Hard Drive Is Removable

I have an SSD and a HDD on Windows 10 Home prebuilt desktop PC. Windows is on the Samsung SSD. My internal Toshiba HDD shows up as removable: I am trying to make this no longer be the case, without ...
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Windows 10 keeps freezing randomly

My Windows 10 freezes randomly, there is no any sound or anything. It doesn't work unless I restart PC (I have tried to wait 10-15 minutes to see if it starts working but it doesn't). I'm not entirely ...
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Problems with repair /dev/disk0 (internal, physical). Invalid request (-69886)

How can I fix the error 69886. Also i got the error 22 in this context. Check the image at this post for the terminal screenshot.
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Dual boot windows alongside linux without a usb

I need to install Windows, dual-booting an existing Linux installation [Parrot Home - Debian 10], however I bricked my USB so I cannot create a bootable flash drive. There are some ways, like ...
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0xc0000225 error when trying to install windows from USB stick

I have an old Dell laptop with windows 7. 1 week ago, while i was doing some work, it accidentaly fell on the floor. The laptop was super laggy and after a while it would show bluescreen. This ...
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Laptop hard disk making strange noise after installing Valorant

Alright so I'm kinda of a noob when it comes to these things, so bear with me. I recently installed the videogame, Valorant on my laptop. Shortly after, my laptop started making these weird scratching ...
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Just received a quote to repair an HDD that went bad on my old laptop 5-6 years ago. Was quoted ~$1750 to retrieve data, really? Is this a rip off? [closed]

About 5 or 6 years ago I had a laptop HDD go bad on me (wouldn't boot anymore). I removed the HDD and have had it stored away since then because it has almost all of our pictures/videos of my son's ...
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How can I use an old Windows XP hard disk drive and the installed programs installed on it on a modern PC?

My father has a 12 yo PC that won’t turn on (I DDXed the problem and it seems to be a faulty motherboard). He uses a very specific program that you can’t get anymore and that works only on XP, but I ...
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getting VERR_DISK_FULL, but disk is not full

Why is VirtualBox Manager not finishing the clone? It starts cloning and crashes at the very end saying the disk is full ... but it is clearly not. I have a 500GB (500,107,862,016 bytes) SSD and was ...
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Active @ KillDisk data wipe options

I have been using cCleaner data wipe feature to erase contents on hdds, Now I need boot drive so I use Active @ KillDisk, it has 3 options: Wipe unused clusters Erase areas of the hard drive that are ...
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The right way to separate /var to another drive?

I have the following instructions from the software that I'll be installing on my machine: SWAP - Refer to the OS vendor recommendation (usually at least the amount of RAM on the server times two). / -...
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Get raw wear leveling count of SSD

Due to specific needs of SSD bench-marking against heavy write, I would like to get the raw leveling count of the SSD. Is the raw value provided by CrystalDisk reliable, by which ...000C equals 12? Is ...
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“Hard Disk1 Password” in Thinkpad BIOS

ThinkPads have a "Hard Disk Password" hard drive protection system, see image below. I have read BIOS Hard Drive Password Security? but a few things are still unclear to me. Is this sytem: ...
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Is this SSD compatible with my motherboard?

I have an ASRock 970 Extreme4 (SATA 3, 6Gbps) motherboard, and wanted to know if this SSD is compatible with it: I know that it is usually for notebooks. Anybody have any idea? Thanks.
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ThinkPad x1 YOGA and Samsung 970 EVO Plus NVMe M.2 compatibility

I need a new internal HDD for my Lenovo **ThinkPad x1 YOGA** 2nd generation with an i7 processor. Is the Samsung 970 EVO Plus NVMe M.2 (1 TB, MZ-V7S1T0BW) compatible?
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Permaneantly deleted files remain searchable

So I had a fault on my GPT (4TB HDD) disk (not used as a boot disk on my Windows 10 64-bit setup) a few days back. The disk was not being recognized (or something similar - I can't really recall) ...
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What's the difference between sector interleave and sector skew, and are both ever used on the same disk?

In reading about the geometries and layouts of different disks and filesystems in various OSes, or at least floppies from the late '70s through the mid '90s where I was focusing, I noticed the terms &...
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Low amount of HDD Minimum transfer rate

Recently i used HDTune app to measure my HDD info. I've noticed i get a huge drop and i'm having low amount of "minimum HDD transfer". Is it normal? Or im just getting too sensitive ...
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External CD drive fail

How to get rid of a malfunction, caused by a external CD-R/RW drive. The drive worked pretty fine before. It’s the same error at different divces and 'Operating Systems'. Check the attachment at this ...
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Can I continue using a partially corrupt hard drive by stripping out the bad sectors?

I have a hard disk which started failing. I tested the hard disk using the in-build hardware diagnostic tool which the Dell laptop shipped with and it told me it has bad sectors. So, I understand that ...
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How can I share a HDD over the internet?

What I want is, to share an external HDD (Let us say drive F:) on the internet so that anyone can access it. The people with access should be able to read/write from/to the HDD directly. I know this ...
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What cables do I use for my Seagate barracuda hard drive ST500DM002? [duplicate]

This is my first computer build and I’m having trouble finding the correct cables for my hard drive just wondering if anyone has any idea on what I should do
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INT 13h effective sector size [migrated]

I'm working on writing my own bootloader. I'm looking to leverage int 13h,02h to read sectors from the boot drive. I'm referencing https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/INT_13H for documentation on this bios ...
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Win10 won't boot up, no restore option working

On a Win10 system that won't boot up, the Win10 iso does not actually show the reset option like it should - the startup repair or uninstall upgrades won't do anything naturally either. Many people ...

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