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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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Possibly repair or recover data from a failing NTFS drive [duplicate]

My 1TB NTFS data drive seems to be failing and is no longer accessible. It doesn't appear in drive or device manager on windows. The drive only has the one NTFS partition. However I can see the drive ...
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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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My PC doesn't boot to Windows citing hard-drive failure

I have a Windows 10 Pro PC (HP 240 G4) with 4GB RAM and Intel Pentium processor. Today when I was using the PC, it started to freeze often and was sometimes not responding properly. Frustrated, I ...
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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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My SSD partitons keep disappearing but reappear upon reboot (Windows 10 1909)

Important Edit: I forgot that part of this SSD is actually partitioned as a, I think, APFS (macOS) file system (I am running macOS on that). However, this has been the case for a long time (many ...
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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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New HDD is “clicking” HTS721010A9E630 1TB Windows 10

I have question related with my new HDD - is it normal that it "clicks"? I pickup my notebook from RMA (they changed old HDD), and I noticed that it make sometimes weird sound (mostly when I turn ...
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Ghost external HDD (OSX): nowhere to be seen

I need to retrieve a hard drive, which was used on Mac, but when connecting the drive it boots and lights-up, except that it doesn't mount, in fact it doesn't appear in my USB bus connection despite ...
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My Hitachi HDD cannot be read or written to, but SMART results & others are OK. Why?

I do not care about any data on the drive and I do not intend to store important data on the drive in future - this is purely an academic exercise! Attempting to read or write results in a failure: ...
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Is there any way to transfer programs between laptops?

My old laptop that I do a lot of work on is starting to die. I have a lot of really important programs on there that would suck to lose. Is there a way to perhaps copy these programs and allow them ...
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Best way to try to recover a failed hard SATA 3.5" drive?

When I booted my desktop this morning it announced it was scanning and repairing one of my drives. When it finally booted into Windows, the drive showed up, but when I tried to right click it to ...
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Laptop HDD fail, Shows partition but can not copy data, testdisk MBR code fail

I use 2TB HDD in my laptop with 250 GB partition for windows 10 and rest for data storage. I switched my laptop so moved the HDD from old to new laptop and started the system. Windows logo came up but ...
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Blank screen before Windows login screen - is my SSD about to die?

I'm running a Windows 7 system with an ASRock H61M-HVS motherboard which boots from a 128GB Kingston SV200 SSD. The drive has been in use in this capacity since 2010, and until recently has had fast ...
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Are SMART Data Address Mark errors a concern on an SSD in particular?

I have a Crucial 500 GB SSD (CT500MX500SSD4) which is reporting a non-zero number of data address mark errors. Other parameters appear fine (wear leveling is occurring, there are currently no I/O ...
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HDD issue: Buffer I/O error on dev

One of my drives that's encrypted (LUKS + cryptsetup) ext4 seems to give strange errors when looking at dmesg / syslog: https://pastebin.com/RZdJK2qg And I can't ls into it (but I can cd into it) ...
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BTRFS RAID5 disk failed while balancing

If you clicked on the link to this topic: Thank you! I have the following setup: 6x 500GB HDD-Drives1x 32GB NVME-SSD (Intel Optane) I used bcache to setup up the SSD as caching device and all ...
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Can a PSU outage cause a Mechanical Start Failure on a S.M.A.R.T. drive?

Recently, my PSU crunched out on me and I had to replace it. The drive in question was running at the time, and during an attempt at start up afterwards (during which the PSU did not output enough ...
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Is an intermittently beeping HDD normal? [closed]

I recently bought a 3TB Toshiba DT01ACA300 HDD from Amazon. All I've done so far is connect the drive and initialise it, but in the few months it's been connected to my computer I've noticed that it ...
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Lots of disk errors but no hardware alert. Is this hardware related or software?

Summary: Random disks on one datanode of an Hadoop cluster keeps getting read-only. Jobs fails but there is no hardware alert on server. Hello, I am administring an Hadoop cluster which runs on ...
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Raid 0 life expectancy and how to access 2 disks from Raid 0 outside of original computer

Two questions about Raid 0: My situation: My motherboard with RAID controller got sent in for an RMA (3 weeks turnaround). Asus sent me back a different motherboard that had way worse problems than my ...
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High amount of high fly writes on recently bought disk

I recently (about a week ago) bought a hard drive (Seagate ST3000VN007), and set up S.M.A.R.T. Monitoring. I also used badblocks on it to see if there was any important damage because of the shipping ...
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HDD shows up as “no data” on it and can't be initialized in Windows

I have a physically undamaged 2.5 inch HDD (Hitachi 5400RPM 320GB) when I connect it with an sata to usb convertor windows doesn't react on it. When I open the windows disk management software it ...
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I attempted to repair a hard drive and it doesn't show up anymore

I have a computer who's motherboard fried, and in the beginning the hard drive was detected by the computer but I couldn't access the files so I tried using the program TestDisk to fix it. From the ...
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Hard Drive Not Detected Error When Swapping Drives

I have a Dell Inspiron 660 computer that's running 32 bit windows 10 and the motherboard fried. I tried putting the hard drive which still works into a Dell optiplex 9020 and tried to start it up, ...
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Replacement drive failure during nas4free ZFS resilver

I'm running nas4free v. 10.3.0.3., using ZFS, with a four 2TB drive RaidZ1. Once a year, I do a complete backup, off-line the oldest drive, replace it with a new drive, and issue the "zpool replace ...

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