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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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Laptop restarts/freezes during ubuntu or deepin installation

I'm trying to install ubuntu/deepin on my old laptop (Year - 2009). After fixing on a series of issues laptop finally booted. But now I'm not able to install any OS on it. Ubuntu freezes or restarts ...
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How can I copy Windows 7 authorization from one install to another?

A few years ago I put together a pc for my recording studio with both an HDD and an M.2 SSD. Windows 7 is the only OS in existence that is compatible with both my soundboard and recording software, ...
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If I install a clean copy of Windows 7, will it remove Bit Locker?

I have an old Laptop I had a very long time ago. When I turn on the Laptop, I am taken to the Bit Locker Encryption key. There is no way, that I am aware of, to by pass this. I do not want to data ...
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NVMe over QSFP+ to NVMe synchronized to a ZFS 7200RPM SAS array

NVMe (possibly RAID-0 if the bandwidth is available) over QSFP+ to an NVMe temporary pool, which is then synchronized to a ZFS NVMe -- then to Tier 2 7200RPM SAS array that could be 500TB. Basically,...
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How Can I Help AOMEI Partition Assistant Standard Edition Find My Drive I Want To Migrate My OS To?

I'm trying to replace my failing SSD with a Seagate 2TB BarraCuda SATA 6 Gb/s 7200 RPM 64MB Cache 3.5 Inch Desktop Hard Drive (ST2000DM006). I've made sure that my motherboard is compatible and it is....
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Dual booting Linux Mint 19 and Windows 10, W10 not seeing repartioned drive

Alright, lemme explain my title so it actually makes sense. I'm dual booting LM 19 and Windows 10 on my laptop, and while everything works fine and boots up, there's a slight problem on the Windows 10 ...
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What is “launch efi shell from filesystem device” from the boot manager?

Im trying to boot my laptop from my USB Flash drive with its USB Legacy disabled and the internal Hard Drive has no Operating system (clean). After i entered the "launch efi shell from filesystem ...
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Copy Fedora 28 BTRFS from Single Drive to Motherboard RAID(1) and make bootable

I have a bootable Fedora 28 system running on a single drive (sdc), using BTRFS. I used to have F24 running on my Raid-1 mirror, now I would like to transfer the 28 to the Raid-1 mirror. The RAID-1 ...
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Hard Drive showing less Capacity

We have a 3TB Hitachi hard drive that is showing up as 746GB. It's in an enclosure (Ultimate II 3500 3.5inch dual enclosure). We have converted it to GPT, formatted it, changed the file system and ...
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How to properly ground dual PSUs for powering extra hard drives?

My project: I'm trying to build a small storage server with some old hardware I have lying around. The motherboard I am using has 4 SATA and 1 IDE connector, all of which I will be using to connect ...
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Partition holding temporary folder failed on Windows XP, how do I deal with it?

I have a Windows XP box and on boot it first complained that there was no bootable disk. After checking the power connections to the drives and they all checked out, I tried booting again and it did ...
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External HDD making clicking noise and not being recognized

I have WD Passport external HDD and yesterday, when I was transferring some photos to it, the transfer suddenly stopped. I thought nothing of it, retried a few times - nothing. So I restarted my PC ...
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Is it safe to connect different laptop hard-disks directly to the SMPS present in CPU?

I have one SMPS from which a bunch of wire come out for connecting 3 hard-disks maximum. I don't know whether it is in series or parallel connection. By looking at the wires it seems in series ...
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NEC LaVie LM750/H LAPTOP won't boot and only shows black screen with blinking line on top left of screen

Im trying to boot my laptop from a USB Flashdrive (SanDisk Cruzer Switch) so I can perform a clean installation of windows 10 pro x64 but it only shows a blank black screen and a blinking white ...
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How to copy boot sector from removable hard drive

I have an hard drive left from old computer. I bought a sata-usb cabel for this drive. In this disk I have WIn 8 but it don't want to work from usb. So I want to copy boot sector and disc "C" ...
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Can HDD be repaired?

I've ASUS R558UF notebook and it's HDD failed twice in last 3 years. I got it replaced in warranty once, but now it's out of warranty. I was wondering whether it is possible to repair. It works ...
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Do you think how we carry laptop affects its internal components? [on hold]

So last year my laptop hdd failed and then after 1 year new one failed too. It runs sometimes but makes a click sound and stops working. especially if I move the laptop while its on hdd will stop ...
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Laptop HDD makes a clicking sound and stops working

2 days ago my laptop's HDD suddenly stopped working. I am using an ASUS R558UF - XO044D. Sometimes it starts and stops randomly or if I move the laptop. It works when I keep the laptop upside down ...
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Does BIOS Need Updating to Support GPT Drive?

This is related to a previous question: Why is "Extend" Partition Option Disabled? I'm trying to understand how all pieces of BIOS, OS and disk configuration to determine if I need to ...
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What could be causing these BSODS? ATTEMPTED_WRITE_TO_READONLY_MEMORY and MEMORY_CORRUPTION_ONE_BIT

I recently bought a second hand PC and put new hard drives in it, and installed a new version of Windows 10. I have updated the BIOS to the latest version, updated to the latest graphics card drivers, ...
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Running Parallels PVM file in QNAP NAS

Is it possible to run a Parallels PVM file (virtual machine) in a QNAP NAS? I am aware that QNAPs can run virtual machines but the PVM file that I have copied to my QNAP TS-653B NAS does not open.
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How to find out if an SSD is bad or about to die (health check)?

What can be done to find out if an SSD is bad, i.e., in bad health to the point that it's already corrupting data or about to do so? There's smartctl and its graphical version gsmartcontrol, which ...
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Why is this SSD returning inconsistent data, why doesn't the backup image file match the checksum?

This is about the SSD in a notebook. It appears the SSD is already going bad, possibly even corrupting data. It appears to return different data everytime it's accessed while not in use (see below for ...
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Intel S5520UR SSD compatibility

I trying to chose SSD for Intel S5520UR serverboard. I know that this serverboard does not support SATA III interface and I'am finding something with higher performance than supported SATA II. I'am ...
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Trying to recover a partition! Which cylinder should I begin searching at? [duplicate]

The entire hard disk is 1.5TB The partition I hope to recover is 900GB There were two partitions [ 600 GB - OS partition ] [ 900 GB - the data partition I want to recover ] Which cylinder ...
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about free space on a SSD with few partitions

Premise: I think (hoping to be right) that a SSD with 1% of free space will have a short life because the write operations will concentrate on the same few cells). Now, consider the two following ...
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HD making noise

So, I've bought an HDD from a guy, he said it was good and everything. Well, turns out this HDD makes a terrible noise every now and then, it seems to be screaming. My PC was very silent and this is ...
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Can't access my SSD after accidental formatting

My hard drive is not functional after I accidentally formatted it. Every time i try to see partitions using gparted i get the error end of file while reading /dev/sdb and both gparted and fdisk both ...
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fstrim not remembering trmmed blocks after reboot

I use LUKS + LVM full disk encryption (/boot included). However, after every reboot, the system will trim all by free space, not remembering which blocks were trimmed. I'm afraid this will wear out ...
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bought a seagate firecuda 2tb manufacturer refurb.is it bad to scan for an attempt recovery of bad sectors? [on hold]

bought a seagate firecuda 2tb manufacturer refurb.is it bad to scan for an attempt recovery of bad sectors?because perhaps these were passed over for a reason during its repair(if it was) its blank ...
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How do I fix a weird security error on an old local drive?

Context: I used a hard disk as my Windows installation disk until I finally upgraded to a solid state drive. I now use my old local drive as drive G: for extra storage. I did not format it because it ...
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Issues With Multiple Copies of Windows 10 On Same Computer

I recently purchased a new Samsung EVO 970 250GB SSD to place in my laptop since I had filled up my existing SSD. I created a boot installation drive from my existing Windows 10 OS using the Microsoft ...
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What determines which platter/sector a HDD writes to? [on hold]

How does a HDD determine which platter/sector to use? Is there a controller built into the drive itself? Or is it the motherboard? The OS? What kind of algorithm chooses this? Surely it can't be ...
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Western Digital Black vs Gold (Hard Drive Noise issue)

I recently bought a Western Digital Black 6 TB 256 MB hard drive. It works and has fast read and write speeds. The problem is that makes a slight “bump” sound every 5 – 6 seconds while at idle. If it’...
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External HDD makes clicking sound only when transferring lots of small files [on hold]

Recently, I bought an external HDD from Toshiba and used it for backing up files from my computers. Yesterday I was copying data from an old laptop (with underpowered USB, I think) and the HDD often (...
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How does Linux number disk partitions?

As I know on a MBR disk primary partitions are numbered 1 to 4 and numbers from 5 onwards are for logical partitions. So the partition at the first position on sda will be sda1, the next one sda2, etc....
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How can I boot Windows 10 from my HDD located in caddy?

Intro: My laptop is DELL Inspiron 5720. I had a single slot for HDD in my laptop with Windows 10 installed on it. Then, I replaced my "old" HDD with a SSD. But instead of my ODD, I installed a caddy ...
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My C-Drive keeps Churning and Churning after defragging with first Defraggler (Piriform) then Windows Defrag

Help, after trying to speed up my root ie. C- HDD Drive, this past year, I ran the Piriform Defraggler, after which, this drive keeps churning and churning to a point where the system Halts and the ...
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Adding DOS 6.22 boot partition within Linux fails

I'm in the process of adding a small MS-DOS partition to my computer used mainly for testing old custom hardware with QuickBasic. Yes I still use the parallel port. I did manage to create a bootable ...
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Faulty SSD, name of drive has weird symbols, appears to be larger than it should be

I had a 500gb ssd which went bad today. I removed it and connected it to another computer. The name of the drive appears to have weird symbols. And the drive appears to have 11TB memory. Can this ...
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remove disk after pvs output

psv command has show below output after I removed physical disk. That disk has xfs filesystem and belog to lvm partition. Before I was removing disk, I did unmount filesystem and I ran below command. ...
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SSD sequential read vs random read scenarios

I am reading articles online that mentions most of the IO operations of a SSD spend doing is random read operations. And one of the benchmarks people use to gauge the performance of a SSD is the ...
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Recover removed partition

My Debian system hat a default encrypted installation ("use whole disk with encrypted LVM" in setup). Then I used gnome-disks to do something on an microSD card that had the same setup. EFI Partition, ...
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Is it possible to fix an Ethernet port on a motherboard of a NAS? [closed]

I have a Western Digital ShareSpace for a couple of years now but all of sudden the Ethernet port on the device is broken. When the device boots, you see the LEDs of the Ethernet port flash for a ...
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Using external storage as primary partition

My PC is a Laptab and hence has very low internal storage. i.e just 32 GB that is totally not suitable for a device running windows 10, cuz OS files itself are eating up more than half of the storage. ...
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7zip on several terabytes, drive already compressed [duplicate]

so, I have a drive that is NTFS. it has thousands of graphics/video files that totals to about 6TB. I wanted to compress and send this info to someone. What is my best option for compressing? I've ...
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fstrim trimming all the free space after reboot

I just upgraded to a SSD. Performance has been great. However, after every reboot, when I do a fstrim to the partitions, it will trim all the free space. And as I understand, trimming writes to all ...
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mdadm repair single chunk / sector

I want to build a NAS using mdadm for the RAID and btrfs for the bitrot detection. I have a fairly basic setup, combining 3 1TB disks with mdadm to a RAID5, than btrfs on top of that. I know that ...
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Disk drives interface

It is often said that the disk drive interface is a bottleneck in data transfer. Eg. in the case of hard drives, the data is transferred from hard drive buffer to hard drive memory module. And since ...
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Find out whats taking up space in a program Windows 10

On the uninstall or change a program window in control panel, a program is supposedly taking up 1.23TB of space which can't be right. I'd uninstall this but am worried that it will delete other files ...