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Can't access HDD External

So I have 2 HDD external that can't be accessed Both showing at devices and printer But doesn't show at computer In devices and printer it says BUP portable and expansion but I can't access both Light ...
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REALLOCATED SECTOR COUNT 4948. Request for advice

I felt need of testing because some of my stored games were failing to boot properly. Quick test from HD Tune Pro app displayed 3 red blocks in one of the test runs and a full test always reports 3 ...
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WD External Drive Stopped Working - Are there any Non-Destructive Diagnostic Options? What's the Best Course Of Action?

I'm having problems with my Western Digital My Passport 4TB External Drive. This model, specifically: WDBYFT004BBK-0A I was in the process of cross-backing-up data between my live setup (laptop), my ...
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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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Interpret the output of smartctl for SSD and hard drive

I have dropped my external hard drive on the floor recently and wanted to know if the electronic parts and mechanical parts were damaged. I have no idea how to find this out from the output of ...
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Failing HDDs - detection, backup strategies and reuse

I have a 2TB Seagate HDD that I believe has reached the end of its life in my primary Windows 11 box. It is the data drive - it contains things like video games, source code (backed by a remote repo), ...
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Is recovery possible if nothing can be read?

I have a failed hard drive (from the infamous ST3000DM001 line). The symptoms of this failure are that it registers the wrong size when plugged into any system (usually 4.1GB when it's supposed to be ...
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Formatting new identical HDDs, one taking way longer

I have recently purchased 2 identical HDDs: Model Family: Seagate BarraCuda 3.5 Device Model: ST4000DM004-2U9104 (labeled as ST4000DMZ04) Capacity: 4.00 TB [3.64 TiB, 4000787030016 bytes] I've ...
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Hard Drive Failure? - Reallocated Sector Count

I recently noticed Windows was extremely slow and some programs failed to run. The hard disk is checked during boot randomly. Sometimes checks go to Stage 5: 100s of thousands of sectors. After a ...
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What does a beep sound mean from a working hard disk?

I have a laptop of 7 years old with a 2TB Seagate hard disk. About 2 years ago I heard a loud beep sound and it didn't happen again after months. But nowadays the intervals between the beep sound get'...
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Advice on next steps for recovery? (WD 3TB MyBook Essential)

My Western Digital 3TB MyBook Essential (Mac OS Extended (Case-sensitive, Journaled)) made a knocking noise a couple of years ago during a Time Machine backup on my mac: Time Machine couldn't ...
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If SSD content is changed due to this kind of error, should you get new SSD?

This came up when I booted. When I did the manual fsck it told that it changed the content of the drive. Is there a way to know which file(s) is affected? The system is running Ubuntu 20.04 and this ...
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Is it bad keeping an external hard drive on my desk – given vibrations from typing on keyboard?

I keep an external hard disk on my desk, which is usually turned off, but I will plug it in occasionally to do backups of my computer. A friend told me that it's a bad idea to be typing on the ...
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Ca running OS from corrupted drive cause data corruption

I have a slightly bad 1TB drive (2 bad sectors, that cannot be read). I would like to use it anyway as an OS drive in my spare machine. I would not put any critical data on that drive, it would be ...
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Why do SSDs tend to fail much more suddenly than HDDs?

Modern PCs tend to use one of two types of internal-storage devices:1 2 Hard-disk drives (HDDs) store data on spinning disks coated in a magnetic recording medium, a technology dating back to the ...
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Refurbish partially failed hard drive?

A friend gave me an external hard drive that had been performing terribly to see what I can diagnose and fix. First step was shucking the drive to eliminate the USB controller as a variable. Then I ...
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Any way to tweak Windows' kernels or drives to handle I/O and reduce or eliminate hangs with failing drives?

I frequently work with failing hard drives for data recovery and various tasks. These tasks are usually short lived in nature, but important. The way Windows seems to handle any failing drive that's ...
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drive failing, dd back failed at 33%, can I partially recover?

An external hard drive had trouble mounting after bootup. So I began to clone it using dd.This was quite a while ago, and so I don't recall the exact parameters. Something rather standard for a ...
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Pre-failure and old age on new drive

So I just bought a WD Blue hard drive, brand new. I plugged it in and checked the S.M.A.R.T. values- and kinda got shocked. Vendor Specific SMART Attributes with Thresholds: ID# ATTRIBUTE_NAME ...
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Temperature threshold CrystalDiskInfo value

Could you please help me get understand what this value (C2 Temperature Threshold 70) means and do I have to worry about ssd or do i need to replace? :
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How to avoid losing data by disk corruption?

I've had following situation: Data & Backups: I had a computer (with Windows 10) with data (some files "static" like photos, others with more like "work in progress" things ...
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Will tools like shred, wipe or dd (or hard drives in general) check that a write was successful?

I usually use shred to delete complete hard drives. But I was wondering if and how tools like shred, wipe or dd verify that the expected bits end up on the hard drive. Does a hard drive always check ...
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Most resilient container for archiving many small files

Recently I've setup a new system to handle my data hoarding needs. I have a few HDDs (2TB, 4TB, 8TB, looking to add more soon) in a StableBit DrivePool without duplication. An external 8TB HDD where I ...
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Bios recognizes SSD but doesn't boot from it after bios update

I have updated the bios because my pc going through some stuff right now (like not recognizing my nvme ssd, can't update windows and boot really slow). Just before I updated the bios I chose to save ...
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Is it only writting to a HDD which causes failure? [duplicate]

This is probably a dumb question, but for platter drives specifically, is it only writing to them which causes eventual failure? Like, if you wrote a load of data once, and then only ever read it ...
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Does spinning harddrive not showing up in BIOS suggest logic board failure?

My 2 TB 3.5" SATA harddrive failed while being used in an USB enclosure. I'm trying to determine the cause based on the symptoms. The drive fails to work in two working SATA-USB enclosures on ...
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Internal HDD not showing up anymore

One of my internal hard disks(out of 3) stopped showing up in Disk management(Windows) or Disks(Ubuntu). Its showing up in BiOS. These are what i could find from ubuntu terminal: "sdc is the one ...
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Why does Windows 10 stop seeing an internal hard drive while I am using a program on it?

Fundamental question: is my drive failing and I should clone the information off it onto a new (preferably SSD) hard drive? The computer is running Windows 10.0.19041 Build 19041, with a Gigabyte H370 ...
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Harddisk with >10k bad sectors

My computer has two drive : SSD for C drive ,HDD for D drive My Windows OS is installed in C drive Recently ,when I click the folders ,the File Manager always hangs. I cant even turn off the computer (...
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Hard drives seemingly no longer has bad sectors on it after erase and reformat

I have a Seagate SSHD laptop hard drive. When I use Seagates Software SeaTools. The drive used to fail the short drive self-tests and the long generic test. When it failed tests sea tools would warn ...
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How to fix my old, seemingly dead Seagate internal HD

I think I know the ultimate answer, but I'd like to know the cause. I have an old, custom-enclosure Maxtor OneTouch 4 750gb, which contains a Seagate Barracuda 7200 internal hard drive. I tried to use ...
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WD External Harddisk turning on and off repeatedly

It's a 5yrs+ old 3TB external harddisk running fine until a couple of months ago when I had a power outage. After that, it stopped functioning properly. It stays on (with all the data intact), and ...
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usb stick's broken after badblock with -w option

I have two usb sticks with 8Gb and 128Gb size. For different reasons, I pass badblocks with -svw option, and now both sticks are totally damaged. Every time I want to write on it I have the same error:...
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Is it normal the 2TB USB hard drive become so hot during the TestDisk [Deeper Search] process?

This question is the continuation of my problem in this link. So I use Testdisk to try to fix my problem. The highlighted drive is the drive which became RAW (Seagate BUP Slim). So in short, I did : ...
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How does storage space (Simple), without resilience, save the files on the harddisk

If you create for example 3x4tb Storage spaces, without any resilience (simple), and one drive crashes, will you lose everything, or just that's on just that drive? is it saving the data in stripes ...
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Data rescue - general advice & ddrescue output

I have a broken 4TB NTFS Seagate HDD with thousands of tiff images with measurement data: Ubuntu Disk tells me, "Disk is OK, one bad sector", Contents: "Unknown". The BIOS doesn't ...
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Ubuntu 18.04 with sudden filling of the disk

My problem: I was using Ubuntu 18.04 as normal and then suddenly it popped that i am left with few MB's out of 497GB. My 1 TB hard drive is divided into two partition one is having 497 GB and the rest ...
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Unstable BCLK/PCIe clock + 4 hard drive failures in 6 weeks after move. Replaced Mobo+CPU but Issue persist & new HDDs failed

I'm having several issues that I believe are related. The issues began when I moved the computer to a new house 6 weeks ago. The Bus Clock (BCLK & PCI Clock) of my CPU runs ~2Mhz lower than whats ...
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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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Effect of HDD age on disk failure

I've got an old 1TB Seagate external drive I've been using to backup a laptop for years. The disk started making a periodic noise this morning approx. every second. It's softer than I'd describe as a ...
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How to stop unused dying hard drive from clicking

Since a week ago I have been getting a warning on start-up that my hard-drive is about to fail. It also makes an extremely annoying clicking sound. I have tried disabling it in device manager but when ...
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Recovering from "failure reading sector"

When I boot up my laptop (with only opensuse installed, no other OS on it), I'm greeted with error: failure reading sector 0x802 from 'hd0'. and get put into GRUB rescue prompt. I used the original ...
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Recovery of failing bitlocked HDD: RAW partition instead of NTFS

Short story: My new drive ended up having RAW partition instead of NTFS after running repair-bde command. Can't access any of files. Long story: Had a 2TB laptop HDD as my second drive for data ...
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Seagate Backup Plus portable USB HDD beeps and won't mount

About two years ago, I bought me a Seagate "Backup Plus" Portable HDD, 2 TB capacity. Model: SRD00F1. And indeed, I filled it with some content. It's not critical material, but - it's the only copy I ...
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Black screen with only a cursor and security options when I plug my external hdd in

I recently dropped my external hard disk and it wouldn't spin after that and would only make some beeping sounds. So, I searched on YouTube on how to fix it and opened it up and did this. But, after ...
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Should I re-install Windows 10 on my failing hard drive?

I have dual-boot but i am unable to boot into windows. I booted into Ubuntu and it showed my hard disk is failing soon. The other partitions are now read-only. Would re-installing Windows 10 fix some ...
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Skipping unreadable files from damaged USB harddisk (Windows)

I have a USB connected harddisk of which many (1000s) files can not be read. The problem is, these files seem randomly distributed over the drive, and it takes a very long time (over an hour) before ...
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Power failure during ssd TRIM: did it break my SSD?

I was doing a TRIM of my new 480gb SSD with Piriform's Defraggler. It was taking some time so I let it run for some hours while AFK, but a storm happened and my home had a power-failure. All my ...
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NTFS seagate ST31000528AS drive can be accessed from various linux distributions but not from Windows

This a windows 7 NTFS system drive that stopped booting windows.When seen from a windows repair boot DVD it appears as RAW.Seagate diagnostics (Seatools) Fails at 10% of simple diagnostics.BUT various ...
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Should I back up the data on a RAID 5 that had one drive fail?

I have a CentOS server that uses a RAID 5 array for data storage. Recently, one of the four drives in the array failed, and I was wondering whether it makes more sense to back up everything on the ...
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