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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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hard drive storage clicking

I just bought dell G5 3 weeks ago and since i started using it, i noticed that the hard drive makes some noise, clicking noise, ever 10/15 sec. I ran some diagnostics and its all okay. I also done ...
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Is it possible to write protect a range of specific sectors on a hard drive?

To guard against boot sector viruses, computers would have a feature that would write protect a hard drive's first sector. Does any similar feature exist for write protecting a range of sectors? As an ...
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Migrate from Intel RST to RAID Controller without data loss

For some years now I have used the Intel RST to create a RAID 5 for my drives connected to the mainboard. I now need to move these to a dedicated RAID controller because my Storage requirements are ...
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What does Windows use for dirty_background_ratio, dirty_bytes, etc?

I keep running into problems with large file transfers in Linux. On one hand, transfers might be super slow. I apply a tweak, it fixes it but then my system will stutter while transferring a file. It ...
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My hard drive is making a loud, high pitched noise and won't boot

My hard drive is making this really high-pitched noise when it starts to spin up. It was working fine and not making any weird sounds for the last year and a half. I have an MSI GF62VR 7RF Gaming ...
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Strange HDDSCAN results, consecutive bad blocks

I'm doing VR-Verify; All bads are consecutive, starting at around ~20-22%, and the percentage hasn't moved for the whole duration of bad blocks. HDD was quite slow lately, especially on boot, could ...
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Can I power my 3,5 HDD Enclosure with laptop power supply?

As stated in the title, I've got myself a nice little 3,5" HDD enclosure like this, but as of late I've lost power supply that was shipped along with it. Can I use my 16V 3,5A laptop power supply (...
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Do HDDs support to read/write from/to all heads of an HDD at the same time?

For example an HDD has several HEADs. Is there an ability to read\write all the HEADs by one command (SATA/SCSI/SAS/etc.)?
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Repair Filesystem of corrupted (invalid) Disk [duplicate]

my pc crashed (no bluescreen just straight restart) and damaged my 2nd Disk (3TB HDD). That means Windows 7 started properly but the disk containing lots of valuable Data is screwed. In Diskmanagement ...
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Do you need to have sufficient space on a hard drive to mount a disk image (backup)?

So I just backed up two drives onto a single backup drive. I used AOMEI's Backupper. I backed up a 1tb drive (basically fully filled) no problem, and could mount the image and explore it's files. I ...
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Rearraing LVM disk setup

I would like to cleanup my currently tangled setup of LVM to better suit my work process. You can see I'm only using about half of the devices/storage I have available. Yet I now converted my old ...
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The file or Directory is corrupted and unreadable - chkdsk not working

Unintentionally powered off external HDD when moving some files with the move command. Now the move target folder is "The file or Directory is corrupted and unreadable". chkdsk E: /f /r /x Failed ...
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All hard drives vanish in Windows 10

The title says it, but here's some more detail. All my hard drives (any mounted volumes, actually) suddenly vanish from my computer. For this period of time, I can browse directories, open files, etc. ...
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Mounting a drive in linux

I have been using a Arch Linux distro laptop via USB (The Operating System that is installed on the machine is windows 7) and have been having some trouble mounting the main partition so that I can ...
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Unable to convert basic volume boot disk to raid 0 boot disk

XY Problem: I was running out of space on my 256GB SSD Boot drive. I have several other drives that are mostly full and take up all my SATA ports. I bought a new 4TB drive to move some stuff over ...
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HDD: Certain unrecoverable read failure (URE) after 12TB read – true or false? [closed]

There is a claim that, on hard disk drives, an (unrecoverable) read error (acronym: URE) is next to certain after about 12 TB of data is read from it. The error is final; no amount of retries will ...
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How to merge unallocated space with /dev/sda4?

I had a shortage of space in my ubuntu partition (/dev/sda4) so I freed some space from my windows 10 (/dev/sda3) which created this ~38GB unallocated space, I don't know how to merge it with the ...
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Windows 10 disk partitions' meaning

This is the image of all the disk partitions on my windows machine. I want to know what each of these partitions mean (except C: OS, D: Music and E: Disciple). I also want to know what effect it would ...
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On Fedora, how can I merge two unadjacent partitions separated by a boot partition without screwing up the system?

I'm running out of space disk on my Fedora system, and still have a fairly large amout of disk occupied by a Windows partition that I never use. Here is what parted output on the disk partition ...
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“New Simple Volume” option always convert basic disk to dynamic disk? How to allocate space then for Linux installation?

I have a Kali-Linux bootable usb and I want to create partition in my hard disk for installing it, but when I shrink the volume and then tries to convert it into New Simple Volume , I get the warning -...
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Is it possible to use a HDD as a dynamic mirroring/striping cache for a larger HDD? Advanced IO-Caching Tower Setup on Linux

I'll try to keep this brief. I've been using windows dynamic disks (LDM) to store data with better performance. I've had critical issues with large transfers on windows and linux, but they're worse on ...
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Disk is displayed in Win10 as completely occupied but the disk is not full

It is a known bug that Win 10 wrongly counts disk space. Link1, Link2 In my case I want to copy 588GB from an external HDD partition to another internal SSD partition of size 605GB. The copy ...
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Recover data from LUKS encrypted LVM partition

I have an encrypted drive with an installed Debian OS on it. I has been giving me errors lately when I tried to boot into it, but yesterday didn't boot anymore. It crashed after I entered the password,...
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VMWare ESXI 6.7 Create Datastore Error

I have a server having two SSD disks. I had installed VMWare ESXI on disk 0. After setup I successfully created a datastore on second disk (disk 1). But I'am unable to create a datastore on first disk ...
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Need to purchase a computer for work-at-home. UEFI / BIOS [closed]

I am in the market to purchase a computer strictly for working at home. The requirements are: The computer must support UEFI, and the BIOS age has to be under 5. I am at a total loss here, and don't ...
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zfs offline disk during resilvering possible?

I have a 24-disk FreeNAS 9.10.2 installation in which I just replaced a disk in a mirror vdev (1 of 12 mirror vdevs) with a larger drive (3 -> 10TB). After 5 minutes into the resilvering process, I ...
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Recovering corrupted Windows 10 user profile

I had to remove my hard drive from my PC recently, and view the data there. It could not be accessed, with a message "you don't currently have permission to access this folder". To fix this, I added a ...
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Does RAID 0 with 2 disks provides four-fold increase in both reading and writing speeds?

I've recently come across this blog: https://support.us.ovhcloud.com/hc/en-us/articles/360006076940-How-to-Configure-Software-RAID-on-Ubuntu-18-04 There is a table with a comparison of different ...
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12v from Notebook Mainboard to attach 3.5 inch HDD

I plan to build a low-budget low-power home server, mainly as a NAS. My first Idea was to simply use a RPI 4, it has USB 3.0 and Gbit Ethernet, but I think the hardware is too slow to be fun. For ...
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How to fix files before recovering them?

I was using Windows 10 with an HDD. Since it became slower, I kept trying to tweak Windows so I accidentally deleted some necessary boot drivers. The bootup screen showed me something having to do ...
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Boot from something other than original hard drive

I have a Dell Precision T7400 running Windows 7, BIOS version A02. Windows 7 is stored between 2 1TB SATA hard drives. I recently obtained some SATA drives with another OS, but I cannot boot from ...
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windows 10 - Is it going to be easy to recover a bit locker drive D after I format normal windows drive C

I have a machine with windows 10, I need to reinstall the OS and configure windows 10 as part of an organisation. I have two drives, C for windows and D encrypted with bitlocker. I want to know if ...
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Is it save to power off a PC without shutting down?

Is all software nowadays writing data transnational to disk? So that if it is interrupted during writing there won't be a corrupt file? Let's say I have a PC running Windows or Debian. And some well ...
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Windows 10 Upgrade tool fails 0x8007001F-0x30000D

I ran into the error code 0x8007001F-0x30000D when trying to update from Windows 7 to Windows 10. Many articles on the web point out, that the problem occured due to moving the /Users folder to ...
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Why doesn't the ubuntu installer recognize partitions made by the Windows disk management console?

I am trying to install a ubuntu OS on my laptop, with an existing Windows 10. I plan to install unbuntu on a 1TB drive partitioned into three volumes: F,U and Z. The volume U is the one I plan to ...
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Where does Windows 10 store backups? Can backups delete other data?

I have 2 HDDs in my computer, D: (2TB) and F: (256GB). F: stores all my personal data which I want to back up to D:, just in case. Using the windows 10 backup, I specify that F: should be backed up to ...
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How do I track what is using my hard disk storage? [closed]

I regularly use programs like Treesize and Disk Drill, and those reports are helpful to a point. They don't fully help me manage my disk space efficiently. I install a lot of programs to trial them, ...
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Would a HDD gain from SATA3 vs SATA2 [duplicate]

Since we are talking about mechanical drives that are below the 300MBps SATA2 can provide I suspect there would be no difference, but I was just wondering of other differences...
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Why don't some top-end single-actuator disk drives use more than one head at a time to read or write data? [duplicate]

I was watching this talk [1] where two engineers from Seagate were presenting their findings of using their newly-developed MACH.2 multi-actuator drives [2] as part of ZFS pools. In some cases, they ...
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BIOS - Boot order blank

I'm using an Acer Notebook (SF113-31-P865) and was trying to boot from an external SSD. But when entering BIOS and trying to change boot order I was greeted with a blank list (not even internal hard ...
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Failing HDD: Should I try to back it up or should I just send it for data recovery?

I've just had the dreaded BIOS message of an imminantly failing HDD. It was not my boot drive (luckily) but my other internal HDD that I use for storing all of my photos (oh no!). I have partial ...
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My external hard drive fell down and now shows a code 43 error

My Seagate Backup Plus Hub external hard drive fell down and now stays undectected by Windows 10. In the device manager, it is shown as an unknown USB device with an error 43. I tried to update the ...
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How to connect a SATA III port to a SAS hard drive?

On my motherboard, the ASUS Z9PA-D8, it says that it has a row of 8 SAS ports for connecting to SAS hard drives. I'm talking about the line of blue things running horizontally in the bottom right of ...
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How to best store an internal HDD for long-term backup

I have an HDD which I plan to use as backup media for some of my files; that is, I intend to not use it regularly. It's an internal 3.5" drive. My question is: How should I best store it? That is, in ...
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Is the HDD SMART failing?

My server has started to reboot on random times for no reason. I have been trying to locate the issue for a long time, at first I thought it was the virtualization / proxmox that or some reason ...
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Mac is running out of disk space. How do I find out what consumes my disk space?

Today I observed that the disk space is low: only 24.6 GB of 499.9 GB are available Then I wanted to know what the reason therefore is, because I don't have some big files on it, which could use the ...
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How do you mirror the User folder in Windows 10

I want to take two 250 GB SSDs and mirror them at C:\Users\ but the folder has to be empty according to the Disk Management Mirroring dialog (shown below) So, if I click the "Next" button, an error ...
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Unable to access “sda11” on one system, but can do it on another

Can I access a disk when I use Ubuntu from an external disk? But after rebooting to Ubuntu from an internal SSD, I can't access the same disk. When I try to open this disk, I get the message: ...
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D: partition not visible anymore - it lost letter in My Computer [duplicate]

My D: partition suddenly disappeared from My Computer. The folders & files still exist (I am able to explore them with MiniTool Partition Wizard), but I can't access them. Unsuccessful methods ...
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Is it safe to put cooler pad beneath an external 2.5" HDD?

My external 2.5" HDD gets hot (>= 46 C) when being used for longer than 12h. I want to reach an ideal temperature between 25 and 40 celcius. So I put a cooler pad beneath the drive. But what I noticed ...

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