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A hard disk drive (or HDD) is a non-volatile, random access device for storing digital data.

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Questions about backing up data?

I have installed a 3TB internal HDD, I have almost more than 2TB of personal data, this drive will be unplugged after backing up. My question is that I have music production and photography data with ...
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On a new PC with PCI 4.0 express SSD: Cloning or new install of Windows? Any performance differences?

I recently received a new laptop, my old one is really in a stage in which productive work is not possible anymore. The new laptop is equipped with an Nvidia GTX 4080 12 Gb and a 12900 processor and ...
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Windows Server Scheduled Drive Optimization (defrag/TRIM) drives list is empty

I want to setup scheduled drives optimization on Windows Server 2019 (defrag HDDs and TRIM SSDs). The Optimize Drives main window lists my drives properly. But when I want to select the drives that I ...
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Set standby timeout for Seagate drive

I recently built a NAS running Debian 12 with 3 3To Seagate Iron Wolf. To save power, I would like the drives to enter standby mode after a 30 minutes. For this, I used hdparm -S 241 <drive> to ...
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How to ensure cloned hard-drive is not traceable to original

I need help understanding what identifying information on a cloned hard drive needs to be changed in order to remove any trace back to the original hard drive. I would think the IP address and MAC ...
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Why has my hard disk started dying all of a sudden? [closed]

I have explained the complete environment/set up of my laptop in this question. It is long, so I am not repeating it here. Please note that is a completely separate question and hence this is not a ...
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Should I be worried about my SMART values of my drive?

From what I gather, this is really really bad. I should probably replace my drive. But could I get verification that I am correct before doing so? SMART Attributes Data Structure revision number: 16 ...
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i have replaced my harddrive but i sitll have everything [closed]

I have disabled many services on my pc so now I cant factory reset or load task manger or download things or pretty much anything so I got a new harddrive replaced it and everything stayed how do i ...
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Problems with usb3 attached drive ERROR: Transfer event for disabled endpoint or incorrect stream ring

I have a HP Microserver gen8 that I'm using for testing and some minor backup. This machine has a debian 9 installation, I'm planning to upgrade it to debian 12 when I will have some time, the machine ...
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Hidden disk usage in Windows 10

I have an exFAT-formatted disk which I put some hyper-V VMs on. One of the VHDs was dynamically sized so it would just eat up more disk space as it was being used. I was doing something in the VM that ...
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SAS HDD Clicking Noise in IDLE - Seeking Advice on PERC H710 Setup (Storage Troubleshooting)

I recently acquired 5 used SAS HDDs with approximately 35 days of service each. It was a great deal compared to purchasing new HDDs, but there was a slight mix-up as I initially thought they were SATA....
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HDD makes a noise occasionally, and I get this error

I've tried changing the SATA Cables, and SATA Power Cables from the working HDD's to this HDD but I still get this error, and the other drives work fine. I've tried adding the libata.force=noncq ...
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Do I need to overwrite free-space of my SSD?

I'm selling my gaming computer to a neighbor. As much as I trust him, I don't trust any third party who might get access to the computer. So I've come to the conclusion to overwrite the free space of ...
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Recover Linux Mint HDD

I have an HDD that doesn't work anymore. It was working fine, but the OS was lagged and the user turned off the computer using the power button, after that the bios doesn't recognize the HD anymore. ...
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Disk 0 doesn't show when using PowerShell Get-Disk

On one machine I'm using, the PowerShell cmdlet Get-Disk doesn't show Disk 0. But using other commands it will... Get-Disk | Select Number, FriendlyName, HealthStatus, Size Number FriendlyName ...
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Windows explorer stuck at "items remaining: 0" when copying files

This is a simple issue that I haven't found a fix for months and Google searching is futile. Sometimes if I copy/move/delete large folders containing many files (think tens of thousands) using Windows ...
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Recovering NTFS / GPT partition after failed "Automatic Repair". Now shows as "RAW" in diskpart

My Wife's Windows 10 laptop seems to have suffered some critical failure on her primary system drive (c:). I didn't loose the whole disk since I'm able to get into WinRE and spawn a WinPE shell from ...
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Interpreting dmesg output: Drive failure imminent or sys admin error?

Last week I swapped out a 1TB drive for a 2TB drive I have lying around. I now get the following in my dmesg output. [Fri Feb 16 16:15:48 2024] ata5.00: exception Emask 0x10 SAct 0x20000 SErr ...
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Is M.2 NVMe SSD supported by Lenovo Thinkpad L490

I have a Lenovo Thinkpad L490 (2019) running i5 - 8th gen. It only has a B key slot (notch on the left with 5 pins to the left). I am looking to buy an SSD preferably M.2 NVMe but not sure if it’s ...
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Old IDE drive via USB/PATA converter detected but "no media" shown

I'd like to read an old ATA drive (WD Caviar 21200) via an ATA to USB converter. However, while the drive is found and the communication via ATA seems to work fine I can't read the sectors. I guess it ...
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Why does Samsung Magician constantly make the hard drive LED blink?

I have a Samsung T7 Shield connected through USB Type C and I noticed that it was constantly blinking even though there was no access. So after much trial, closing every single program and service, it ...
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What should be the owner for an external USB drive?

I've been using an external drive on 1st PC on a regular basis, I've now switched to a 2nd PC which I use daily. The drive is a Samsung T7 Shield connected through USB Type C. When browsing through ...
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Is this "Retired Sectors Count" correct for brand new disk Seagate CONSTELLATION ES 7200.3?

I have bought a brand new Seagate CONSTELLATION ES 7200.3 drive. It was laying in my desk's drawer for over a year, but now I decided to connect it to my PC. When I first switched on the computer with ...
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Why is C: Drive 100% constantly [closed]

I have had an issue where my C:drive is now my HDD. I think this makes my Computer to operate on that drive. It is constantly on 100% and goes down to 50% occasionally. Due to this my PC is booting ...
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HDD missing space until reboot

I have a non-system HDD in my computer. There is no hibernation, pagefile, backup, volume shadow set up on that HDD. Recycle bin is empty. The OS is Windows 8.1 the disk is NTFS. I downloaded some ...
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Clonezillas raw image folder to .img file

I've made a raw disk image copy of an old hard drive using clonezilla with the following options: /usr/sbin/ocs-sr -q1 -c -j2 -rescue -z0 -i 0 -sfsck -scs -senc -p poweroff savedisk 2024-02-15-10-img ...
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Dual Boot Windows and Ubuntu on 2 separate drives Not working

I have a Dell Vostro 5581 laptop with Windows 10 installed.12GB RAM installed. Recently I installed a 500GB M.2 NVME SSD card. I installed Ubuntu 22.04 LTS on this drive. So the 2 operating systems ...
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How to fix Hard Drive error code 2000-0151 [closed]

Error Code 2000-0151 Validation 20189 Msg: Hard Drive 0 - S/N S24PJ9GC206124, incorrect status = 3E No additional sense information
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How to view the MBR table and GPT table themselves (not how to check if partition type is MBR or GPT)?

I am trying to understand what exactly are MBR and GPT and so far what I have learned is that they are "tables". So to understand further, I would like to see those tables to see how they ...
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Dell Optiplex GX280 - HDD from SFF

Can I simply take the current HDD from my gx280 SFF desktop and put it within the full-sized model of the same gx280 computer and expect it to work perfectly? Or will there be differences in hardware ...
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Factory Resetting Windows 11 Computer and Then Switching Drives

I built my computer, but ever since I added two drives, it has been acting up. I'd like to remove my old, 256GB drive (the current C) drive, and just switch my current D drive to the C drive to use as ...
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How to identify and delete Linux Bootloader/GRUB from my HDD?

Im using win 10 in my principal HDD. I needed a dual boot with linux mint, which should be in my SSD, so I installed it. The problem is that it installed the BOOTLOADER in the EFI of my HDD and not in ...
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I was cloning my os to external drive and computer shut down now disk is no show

I was clowning my c drive to external drive with mini tool it was almost done and pc lost power now the external hhd does not show anywhere, not in disk managment or device manager or anywhere tried ...
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How to use Recuva on a .mrimg Macrium Reflect image?

I'm trying to recover deleted data for a friend. They accidentally formatted their hard drive (I'm hoping it was just a quick format). The drive is currently in an external case accessed by USB. When ...
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Adding an existing HDD to Windows 11, without losing data

I have several hard drives in my system: 1TB SSD - Ubuntu 22.04 1TB SSD - Windows 11 2TB HDD - NTFS data storage My intent is to have the 2TB HDD be used as shared file storage across both Ubuntu ...
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Will saved CFD/CAD projects on HDD affect speed even if program is installed at SSD? [closed]

Programs are install on SSD. If I want increase lifetime of SSD because of to much writing and save projects on HDD, is this good idea or will affect speed too much? What are pros & cons of saved ...
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Bitlocker won't let me continue, but there is no hard drive to be bitlocked?

New to me university surplus laptop (Lenovo Thinkpad). No hard drive came with it. When I tried to start up from the USB stick to install Windows on my blank hard drive, bitlocker jumped in and tried ...
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Safest way to back up old, failing drives?

I have a number of old hard drives (some IDE, most SATA). Some years ago I powered them up and attempted to restore all files through an undelete program, and got some files. I'm not convinced I did a ...
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Extremely slow read speed on hard disk

I have a 4TB hard disk on a NAS which I only use to store media files and play them from there using my local network. Its about 50% filled. It worked fine for for years but I recently noticed that ...
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2TB GPT Disk mistakenly shown as a larger 8TB GPT Disk with unallocated partitions - Why?

I plugged in a 8TB GPT HDD in my pc via external usb adapter (see Footnote 1 for adapters). Then I safely removed and physically unplugged the adapter from the PC, turned off the PC. Next day I ...
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I have an HDD that was taken from a Windows laptop, is there anything on the HDD which will indicate the model, manufacturer and OS of that laptop?

The laptop in question is no longer available. I have the HDD in an enclosure and attached to a separate machine. Here is a top level view of that drive:
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Aborting repartitioning

Around 5 days ago I decided to change the partitions on my external HDD. The partitions were full, but there was some space not used by them, so I wanted to move the partitions to the left and expand ...
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Windows C: drive apparently nearly empty but cannot account for the used storage

If I go to 'This PC', it says I have 22GB free out of 933GB, which is worrying. However if I go into the C: drive, select all folders and files (including hidden ones) > right-click > Properties,...
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My HDD is getting disconnected

I suddently receive the error “Location is not available D:\ is unavailable. If the location is on this PC, make sure ghe device or drive is connected or the disc inserted, and the try again.” I’m on ...
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Issue with my new Nvme SSD (Kingston SNV2S w/ ThinkPad X270)

So I bought a refurbished ThinkPad X270, and the storage was 256. I upgraded to 512 Kingston SNV2S gen4 SSD. At first it was working, but the performance were very slow. So I found a solution for that,...
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Why is my RAID 1 NAS (WD My Cloud EX2 Ultra) reporting RAID health "degraded" after replacing one disk and RAID rebuild?

I have a WD My Cloud EX2 Ultra NAS, almost 6 years old, and got a red light on it recently, indicating a disk problem. The NAS web dashboard reported one of the disks is bad, so I bought a replacement ...
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High seek error rate on new Seagate HDD

We just got our new Seagate ST4000NE001-2MA101 4TB as a replacement for a dying disk. After copying the data from the old disk I had a look to the smart data of the new one and found high values for ...
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Change boot device with multiple Windows 10 installations

I installed Windows 10 on 2 devices (HDD and SSD). The first one was HDD. Today, I can run Windows 10 on the SSD but only via the Windows boot menu that works only if I boot on HDD first. The HDD is ...
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Migrating from a 2TB MacBook Pro to a 500GB MacBook Air

We don't want to lose any of the files. My plan is: Buy an external 2TB SSD. Copy ~1.6TB of files from the old Mac onto the SSD. Use migration assistant to transfer the old Mac onto the new one, ...
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What does it mean if SMART test reports Unknown_Attribute FAILING_NOW?

I have a hard drive (HUH721010ALE601) which is reporting a failing SMART test, but I'm having a hard time interpreting what it means. The failure looks to be with attribute 45, which is labelled "...
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