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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Is it safe to put hdd below motherboard on metal?

I am currently building a custom pc. I ordered parts and power supply is to big to fit in. It would fit if I remove the HDD stands. So I am asking if it is safe to place the HDD directly on metal, if ...
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Install Windows on a new SSD with the same product key, [duplicate]

I have just bought a new SSD replace my old, smaller one and would like to install Windows 10 on it. I guess I could dd the Windows partition onto the new drive, but I'm planning to start a new ...
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How do mechanical HDDs survive a power cut and bumping?

If the wall power cuts out right now, or somebody pulls the computer power plug out from the wall, there is no time for the mechanical hard drives to react to this event. Won't this cause the HDDs' ...
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I encrypted an external hard drive using a laptop that's now irretrievably broken - have I lost the external hardrive my extension

I have basic computer literacy, and fear what I question might true - hugely grateful for any advice. The hard drive was encrypted using VeraCrypt.
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Why DBAN cannot erase data on SSD

As stated in DBAN website, DBAN, which using "DoD 5220.22-M", is not recommended for wiping SSD drives since DBAN was designed for HDD. As I understand, it is because SSD has over ...
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Having trouble using HDD alongside SSD on arch linux

Cant use both my hard drives on my new setup Backround Info I recently switched from a windows setup to arch linux as the title suggests, I have backed up most of my important things on an external ...
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Files disappearing from HDD shared between Ubuntu and Windows 11 [duplicate]

I have a setup with both OSes on an SSD and a brand-new HDD with a FAT32 partition so it can be easily accessed from both Ubuntu and Windows 11. For some reason, files created on Ubuntu aren't visible ...
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100 times Faster HDD speeds. Is this real? Does Primocache application really work?

I have a HDD which has read/write speeds around 100MB/S Then I found an application called PrimoCache. This software(free to test) claims to increase HDD speed tens of times. I did run this software ...
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How to install Ubuntu bootloader on a particular disk?

I have an SSD (Samsung MZVL....) and an HDD (WDC WD10S.....) on my computer (Lenovo ideapad). Mostly, I use Windows, which is installed on the SSD, but sometimes I need Ubuntu too. My scheme until ...
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Moved files on mirror drive

I have two external drives that were identical mirrors of each other. Then, one drive had some files moved around. No new files, just moved to new folder locations. Is there an easy way to bring these ...
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Find and open limited number of files across several external hard drives

I have 11 external hard drives containing thousands of videos. In my lobby I need to select a random 100 or so to open and play so that a new set is playing every day. I have used programs like Find ...
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What does Windows PC do with an overheated HDD?

recently I was frequently getting alarms (via StableBit Scanner) that one of my HDDs is getting over 45°C hot. The system isn't always on. Yesterday my HDD disappeared from Windows. Even when I shut ...
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Is it worth switching from NTFS to ZFS or Btrfs to prevent silent data corruption?

I have 4 external hard drives. Two of them are formatted to ext4 because I was a linux user, and the rest two to NTFS. I read somewhere that data on hard drives would be corrupted before we knew it, ...
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Broken Partition table

So I have a ssd disk and somehow the GPT partition table got removed. From that moment, when I plug disk in, disk is still connected (image below) but when I try to access it through diskpart, it's ...
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how to get the next disk device name to be created on centos

I need to get the next device name to be created of the centos or other unix like system, e.g. if the current device name is vda to vdf like in below, I need to get the vdg as my result [root@VM-0-10-...
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Unlocking Lenovo x1 hard-disk and bios password

Hi guys I have problem with my Lenovo x1 carbon 4th generation and I set password on my hard disk that now I have forgot it . how can I unlock my hard disk password without losing my files ?
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Ubuntu 22.04 LTS how to set all hdd drives always on - prevent from sleeping or spin down

On a pretty large system with 1000+ hdd drives I have a problem where hdd drives are going to sleep | spinning down (if you find it more accurate). The system is running on Ubuntu 22.04 LTS, as stated ...
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How to access Windows 10 partially encrypted BitLocker drive in Windows 7 or Linux?

On my Windows 10 second PC I have an additional SSD which was encrypted by default with Bitlocker using no password or secure key. Because that PC started to show some other hardware problems I tried ...
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Synology NAS: Bad sector warning, but drive passes all S.M.A.R.T. tests and IronWolf tests. Replace?

I have a Synology NAS and received a warning that "Bad sectors on Drive 12 have increased." I ran the quick S.M.A.R.T. test and the IronWolf (Seagate brand) health test and both say that the ...
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Expand or shrink striped array in Windows?

I plan to replace 2 of my HDDs (let's call them A & B, they're not in RAID) with 2 larger HDDs (C & D) in software RAID 0 (Striped volume in Windows). The one problem I have is that my case ...
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Can we merge a dynamic volume made of 2 partitions to make 1 regular NTFS partition?

I had unused space between two partitions, and I decided to do "Extend volume" in the Windows disk management tool. It works, and now E:\ uses two partitions (dynamic disk): Problem: since ...
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how to change windows system (bootmgr) drive

so as you can see in the picture. i installed windows in disk2 ( c: ) but the boot data is in disk0 ( f: ) since i wanna remove my disk0 i have to change the boot drive but i don't want to do it from ...
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Hard drive swap problems

I have two old computers. I'm trying to put the hard drive from an old Acer into an old Hp. The problem I ran into is little plastic tangs that prevent the hard drive pins from being able to be ...
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Laptop Booting takes long time and File transfer takes hours

I have an SSD installed for booting my Windows 10 and an additional HDD of 1 TB for storage in my laptop some days ago my laptop took a long time to boot it always asks to run chkdsk. Folders take a ...
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Mac takes too much storage space, calls it other

I have installed apps like Cleanmymac, and Grandperspective to delete this folder called other which takes up 78.82GB space on my mac but none of these apps have been able to do that. Moreso, I can't ...
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Can a single bios setting change on its own?

Dell workstation. System was up and running. The site had power fluctuations during the morning. Decided to shut down the system even though it's protected by a UPS. Shut down the workstation and ...
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How do I format a Hiveos drive to instead be used by Windows 10?

I had an 870 EVO SSD running Hiveos and now I want to install Windows on it. I tried doing so but the Windows installation media wouldn't let me select the drive to use it, I forget what the error was,...
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How is the hard drive name remembered?

When I rename a hard drive then use it on another computer, the other computer knows the HDD's new name. How does that work? Is it stored normally in the HDD, or is the device itself telling its name ...
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How to use dd to backup "WD My Passport" on Ubuntu

My "WD My Passport" has problem when connecting to Windows 10, it may have hardware error. I have set a password for the "WD My Passport" with WD Security long time ago. Windows ...
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Retrieve datas from an old Lacie RAID0 / JBOD array

I've had like 10 years ago a Lacie external USB 1TB hard drive. One day it stopped working properly and it turns out that the internal electronic was gone. Inside it I found two identical 500GB ...
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How to write a hard disk filling file with shred to erase disk data?

It is possible to obtain the searched result in the following two known but not searched ways: dd if=/dev/zero of=/path/to/mounted/partition/my_file.txt bs=1M count=999999999999 openssl enc -aes-256-...
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Disk stops to respond completely on top folder read

This was an unusual failure not exactly similar to typical cases, it started when a simple folder rename on disk completely froze responsible process with later stable symptoms: When HDD was ...
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Computer keeps files despite claiming to have erased disk?

I installed Parrot OS (security version) on an HP Notebook yesterday and started to download something with qbittorrent by providing a magnet link within the program. Because I feared to have clicked ...
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How to connect several external drives to Raspberry Pi via usb?

I have 3 external hard drives. I would like to connect them all to the Raspberry Pi and make them into a NAS server. How can I do this? Raspberry Pi's voltage is too low to power disks, but I have a ...
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Move cloned ssd windows 10 to new hardware acquire a new license and keep old for old hardware

i have an i5 windows 10 with 2 SSD and this is my old hardware I want to move to new hardware with i7 my plan is to pick the one SSD which is a clone with windows 10, and boot to a new hardware. My ...
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Do SSD disks actually require regular power lest they "forget" their data? [duplicate]

Came across this today: https://hardware.slashdot.org/comments.pl?sid=22055773&cid=62881673 How long will current SSDs retain the data without being attached to power? I've had experiences in the ...
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HDD low speed work

I'm facing the problem that my hdd started to work slower. I thought it might be because the SATA/POWER wire were loose so I tightened them, it helped for some time, but now I face the same problem. ...
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Files copied from one NTFS disk to another are not visible, but only on one machine

I used my Win10 desktop to copy data from my NTFS disk to a new one (where Windows 10 was already installed). I copied just some files, and not a while partition. I've put the files in c:\data. Then I'...
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Is this 16 TB HDD possible and if yes, how? [duplicate]

I found this being advertised on the well-knowniest shopping site which claims it is a 16 TB HDD, and I wondered: is this even real? Can such a small frame really house 16_TerraBytes? It doesn't even ...
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How to reset MacBook Pro without losing data by partitioning

I want to reset my MacBook Pro with Apple M1 Pro running macOS Monterey 12.5 and for this process I don't want to backup. Instead I want to create a volume or partition and keep my files (only ...
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Determine why drive was removed from software RAID array and rebuild safely

I have a fairly large Linux software raid6 array, with 16 devices. Recently I noticed that a drive appears to have failed out of the array: stiltzkin:~/ $ cat /proc/mdstat Personalities : [raid6] [...
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SSD not recognized in bios after Ubuntu crash

I install zorin os on my hdd but due to some mistakes my hdd crashed along with zorin...when I bought a new SSD and replace it my ssd is not being detected..and my battery light keeps blinking...I ...
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CHS of hard drive, which head is Head 1?

Suppose that the uppermost head is head 0, which head in the picture is head 1? The other side of head 0 or next platter? I think head 1 should be on the next platter so that multiple heads can be ...
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I connected an internal hdd using a SATA and it does not show in "This PC"

The internal Hdd when connected to PC via SATA does not show up in "This PC" so I opened the disk management it shows: Disk 1 unknown 465.76 GB not initialized, 465.76 GB Unallocated. When I ...
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HP Pavilion G6 has no "HP_Tools" partition after drive change

So, I had this HP Pavilion G6 from 2011. I recently found it and tried to use it, but the hard disk was broken. I changed it, and installed Windows 10 from USB/ISO downloaded from Microsoft's site. ...
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Which drive does the storage light refer to?

I'm referring to the "HDD light" that comes on most computers, which blinks or turns on during periods of storage activity. However, despite being called the HDD light, it still works with ...
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Mapped Google Drive G: showing higher then expected space usage

When I log into the Google Drive web UI, it shows I have used "101.87 GB of 200 GB", so about 98 GB free. However, when I click "This PC" from my laptop - which I have sync'd with ...
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Testing a harddrive using badblocks and gsmartcontrol

Description: To test the health of an empty Western Digital 1TB SATA disk I found in the dumpster, I ran sudo badblocks -svw /dev/sdb > badblocks.txt on it in Ubuntu 20.04. It ran for approx. >...
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What went wrong? All files gone (BTRFS)

I am running an Ubuntu server 20.xx.x LTS since 2019 with some drives mounted as a BTRFS raid drive. I have never had any issues. Earlier this summer I went to another country and didn't need the ...
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UEFI Boots from HDD via boot option, but not the HDD's boot option

I have two boot options representing my HDD, one is "Debian," which boots off my HDD normally and launches Debian. The other is "HDD0," which instantly fails to boot (Under a ...
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