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Check health of eMMC

The emmcparam utility from micron gives you a view on erase block counts: emmcparm You can use it with -E to get a summary: # emmcparm -E /dev/mmcblk0 Device file = /dev/mmcblk0 EXT_CSD revision [192] ...
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Reallocated sector count & Secure Erase

Please note, this is to be read in a neutral tone. A disk that has begun to have read/write errors should be considered worn out; whatever fix you might succeed with, will most likely be "...
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Diffing an entire hard drive, available tools?

Your question and my curiosity about Beyond Compare's tooling in this space lead me to this Yes, you can compare hard drives on two different computers using a Beyond Compare snapshot. https://forum....
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If I partition a storage device, would BIOS see the partitions as if there are separate physical devices?

No. The BIOS does not know anything about partitions. On the other hand, if you are talking about UEFI, then yes, it will know of multiple partitions. UEFI is somewhat like BIOS, and on modern ...
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How can I get the name of the unmounted/unformatted disk and format it?

For those that have an lsblk version that doesn't support --json flag (mine is lsblk from util-linux 2.23.2), you can use the following snippet: DEVICES=$(lsblk --noheadings -o NAME | grep "^[a-...
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BIOS doesn't recognize internal HDD connected through a SATA to USB adapter

Issue fixed. The laptop BIOS didn't recognize the HDD boot partition because the drive's partition table was formatted as an MBR partition table. I wiped the HDD. Wrote a GPT partition table on it. ...
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How do I move all 3 windows 10 partitions into 1 extended partition

My question is how can I take all 3 Windows 10 partitions and pack them into one extended partition? You cannot do this. One of the three is the UEFI partition and is needed to start the computer. It ...
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What has changed in the last 9 years to make 2.5" USB HDDs so much lighter?

Data density increased, the height fell from 9,5 mm to 7 mm. Unfortunately I can't tell if there were 9,5 mm drives with more than one platter inside. Generally higher data density comes with more ...
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Hibernation doesn’t work when it is booted from external SSD drive

Hibernate mode saves your the information to your disk. So if you are starting from your SSD (you said "I can start Windows flawlessly from my SSD.") hibernate will get data from both ...
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How to connect a SATA III HDD to an M.2 SSD PCIe NVMe 3.0 x4 slot

I think something like this should work:
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WDDriveService.exe: eating cpu process & excess Internet usage

A more concise explanation I found before I found superuser.com's answer was at: https://www.freefixer.com/library/file/WDDriveService.exe-84727/ in the comment section ** Jason * wrote: Enables ...
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Does putting Dropbox folder on an exFAT formatted external drive make it portable between Mac and PC?

Sharing a Dropbox account on the same drive between MacOs and Windows is currently impossible because Dropbox requires NTFS on Windows, and HFS+ or APFS on MacOs. It can be set up on one OS and used ...
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Can a power outage cause bad sectors on an HDD?

My query: is it even possible for a power issue to cause 2k+ bad sectors on a HDD? No, this is not possible. When there's a power outage, we talk about sudden loss of power. This means, the computer ...
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Can a power outage cause bad sectors on an HDD?

is it even possible for a power issue to cause 2k+ bad sectors on a HDD? It is possible, but it does not seem at all likely. It will not be more clear than that. Your test with another OS shows the ...
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Hard drive shows as "uninitialized" in my NAS (Linux) but is fine in Windows7

What RAID? I wouldn't trust any windows tools to make/handle any non-native filesystems. And I strongly doubt windows can "chkdisk" ext4. You can live-boot almost any flavour of linux you ...
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Recover an NTFS filesystem accidentally over-formatted with FAT - getting the filesystem back?

You need to change the partition type back to NTFS without touching anything else. GParted and other Linux based partitioning tools can do that. Please note: If you did a "full format" as ...
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Hot Swapped Hard Drives in Windows, Now Windows Reports the Drive as RAW

NTFS filesystems have a structure called Master File Table - MFT. In contains entries for all files on the filesystem. In addition, small files are stored directly in the MFT rather than externally to ...
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Error wiping device: Failed to probe the device 'dev/-sdb' (udisks-error-quark, 0)

With a little luck you can unlock the harddisk with sudo hdparm --security-unlock "xxxx" /dev/ and then with sudo hdparm --security-disable "xxxx" /dev/ (instead of you have to ...
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Weird interposer cable for Alienware 18 HDDs. How can I use my HDDs on a normal PC?

The Alienware cable is just a special cable they use on their systems. It's basically a proprietary plug on one end and a sata connector on the other. Just unplug the cable completely from the hdd. ...
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HDD not detected by mainboard anymore, checked cables, checked hdd functionality - all work well, but the HDD is not detected

I found the Solution: I used a HDD from an External Drive - Pin 3 from the power plug on the HDD must be deactivated - this works either by attaching non-conducting foil, or exchanging the Power ...
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Unable to move some videos from internal HDD to external

Finally, I solved most of the problems by creating a Linux live USB and using badblocks command. Now I can copy most of the videos so this helps me a lot and without spending money (but spending a lot ...
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Why does rsync give different output between rsyncing to a USB flash drive versus a hard disk?

The -i "itemize" output tells you exactly why they're not in sync: p in .f...p..... means that rsync considers the file permissions to be different between source and destination. File ...
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Wipe UEFI hard drive

Since DBAN has been commercialized by Blancco, its core program dwipe has been forked as nwipe. And now based on nwipe, there is a UEFI/legacy bootable free "successor" of DBAN, known as ...
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Wipe UEFI hard drive

You can use a third-party tool to wipe system hard drive, but you need to know you can't boot your computer after wiping. So the best way is to wipe hard drive and reinstall Windows. Please be ...
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Why is there writing activity on the source device when copying data to the destination device in Linux?

I am copying files from an SD card ... but it seems there are also W (write activities) shown for the SD card. The metadata for each file read is being updated. Specifically the last 'access' ...
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Super slow Ext4 directory traverse

See the answer that I posted here. As I wrote there, the problem is the combination of readdir() and stat() since on hard drives, each stat(2) of a file which is not in the inode cache will (in the ...
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Super slow Ext4 directory traverse

It looks like the root of the issue is the amount of folders and file fragmentation. e2fsck returns ~0.1% of fragmentation (files non-contiguous) on the disk shown above, but that's the % over the ...
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After swapping in SSD I can’t get into the BIOS on my Lenovo Ideapad 305 -15 IBD

The problem was with the ‍‍‍‍‍‍‍battery, it was not charging. After I charged the battery for half an hour,‍ t‍he problem was solved!
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How to recover contents of an external hard drive with a corrupted partition table?

Use Testdisk from www.cg-security.org. If you don't use legacy operating systems, make sure to set "GPT" in Testdisk. MBR would only be required for use with a legacy operating system that ...
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Cannot boot from SD Card on Raspberry Pi 3+ when external hard drive is connected

My microSD card was simply dead. I changed it after multiple tests which showed that it was an error of the card and not of the hard disk.
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RAID-0 SSD failure: I/O error, err_mask=0x4

this is a kernel bug, i am using debian 11 with kernel 5.10 and have the same issue, once i upgraded to kernel 5.18 it was gone.
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Can I somehow split one single file between drives? Windows

Well, yes and no. You cannot break a file in two, but you can create 2 harddisk files and then in the Guest OS merge them as one disk. Your question mentions that you are aware of this but are looking ...
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Data recovery from a crashed hard disk

If your hard drive is logically damaged, there’s a chance that you can recover your data using in-computer techniques. If your drive has crashed or is corrupted, your data can become inaccessible. You ...
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HDDs don't boot via SATA, but boot via USB

SSDs use just the 5 V rail for their power, whereas HDDs also use the 12 V rail (for the motor). So, if there is a break in the 12 V line in the power cable, SSDs will still work but HDDs will not. ...
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HDD Beeping every 4 seconds

Hard drives do not have speakers. If you're certain the drive is where the sound is coming from, that sound is being produced by parts that aren't supposed to be making noise, making noise. This is ...
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How to delete a file marked with Input/Output error

Read about mount/umount In my case directory had be unmount, to be deleted itself or its subdirectories/files sudo umount -f /media/sami/OS\ WIN7 Then simply sudo rm -rf sami/OS\ WIN7 worked for me
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WD Hard disk stopped working while copying a file

"Stopped working" and "making a noise" indicate a technical failure. Typically everything that is not partition table or file system related cannot be "fixed". The only ...
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