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Storage devices include any device used for storing and retrieving digital information. Hard disk drives (HDDs) use one or more rigid ("hard") rapidly rotating disks (platters) coated with magnetic material. Data is accessed in a random-access manner, meaning that individual blocks of data can be stored or retrieved in any order and not only sequentially. The primary competing technology for secondary storage is flash memory in the form of solid-state drives (SSDs), but HDDs remain the dominant medium for secondary storage due to advantages in price per bit and per-device recording capacity. CD-RW (Compact Disc-ReWritable) is a digital optical disc storage format that allows information to be stored outside the mechanical HDD.

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I have a HP MSA 1040 and I've accidentally added all disk to my raid 5 configuration when i should have had 1 warm spare. Can I remove the disk and add it as a spare
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I have seen NAS has option to configurer as SAN.
Is it possible to use versa?

I have SAN Lenovo v3700 v2 to use as a SAN or fileserver to configure in Samsung NVR NR-8232-RM
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I had this question after viewing how to reformat 520 byte/sector to 512 byte/sector.

I am having the same problem.  Can anyone assist with the links? They are no longer active. Any help would be greatly appreciated. Thank you.
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I'm looking for recommendations on a one to many hard drive duplicator.  Ideally, I would say it should make at least 10 drives at a time, maybe more.  

Have you used one?  What brand?  What did you like about it?
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Hello!
 Have a client that had 2 drives fail on a HP 212 Smart Array which caused a rebuild.  Upon opening the U1 rack HP server (DL120 G6) I see the raid controlled circuit board looks a little brown, like its beginning to burn up.  The system with the replaced drives is operational and the server reinstall is completed.  For the extra $50 for the controller I don't mind replacing it, however, my concern is will replacing the controller wipe out the array config (3x1tb raid 5).  I don't want to go through the install again. The cables will stay in the same spot, and the array controller only has 1 connection which then branches out to the hard drives.
 Anyone know for certain if replacing the raid controller will be a safe and non-destructive swap?
 Thanks in advance.
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The Seagate STDR5000200 external hard drive we have contains every piece of data for our business such as databases and Microsoft office files.

This hard drive contains around 2 or 3TB of data.

We are using BitLocker on a Windows 10 Pro PC to encrypt this Seagate STDR5000200 external hard drive.

After 24 hours, at around 6:00pm yesterday the encryption progress had reached around 80%.

We decided to leave the encryption running for this hard drive on the Windows 10 Pro PC overnight.

While running, I set this PC to never go to sleep or have it's screen turned off.

This morning, at about 9:00am, I checked the Windows 10 Pro PC and the login screen was displayed.

I found out that a Windows Update had restarted the PC where the external hard drive had been encrypting.

I checked Event Viewer on the Windows 10 Pro PC and found that it had restarted at 5:05am.

After logging in to this PC, the BitLocker encryption progress did not appear or pop up.

I clicked on the drive which had been encrypting and it required a password to be entered.

I entered the password and had access to the files.

It did not continue encrypting so I am not certain whether this drive had fully encrypted or not.

How do I find out if this external hard drive has been fully encrypted by BitLocker?

Thanks,
Robbie
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Hi

I have an old external hard drive from WD (western digital) which is not portable and looks like a big book. I don't know the model but I'll find, if it's necessary.
Today I plugged it in to my tablet, it says your External storage is damaged and asked me to format it. I formated it and now all my files are gone!

Is there any way to recover them?

I would be thankful for your help!
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MY 1 TB HDD becomes RAW (INACCESSIBLE DRIVE ) .System becomes very slow when attaching my 1TB Hard. IS there anyway to make HDD image or clone a drive without any more damage because HDD has bad sectors???
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Can a Realistic High Power Video audio tape eraser zap or at least corrupt  a hard drive and a backup tape?
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We currently have a server that has two 450GB drives in raid 1 and we are constantly facing space issues on this server. We are wondering if we replace one of the drives with a new 900GB drive, let it rebuilt, then replace the other 450GB drive with another 900GB and let it rebuild. Can we then extend the volume in the raid controller and then again in the OS to increase the space?

This is a physical server, so we can't just add more space like a VM. It would also be a last resort to rebuild the server on larger drives, which is why we are looking at the above solution.

Does anyone have experience with this, or know if it will work?
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I have 1 TB external hard disk and it was encrypted by Bit locker. I start decryption of drive and process of decryption stops at 94 % due to the electric power problem. When I plug in drive again in my computer then I was unable to pause or resume decryption process and drive became inaccessible.

I tried to google for solution and I got a solution on Microsoft site for Recovery of data

I used BitLocker Recovery Tool " repair-bde" .Initially, the process of recovery starts normally when I checked after 14 hours, I saw process was stuck at 10 % only. I restarted my laptop.

After restart hard drive light is being ON and drive is generating a light beep on start but not showing on the computer .

Is there anyway to recover data ??
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hi experts,

 i'm setting up a tech workbench and i'd like to know what you guys recommend to have handy for computer repairs? as far as software or hardware, latest trend? like cloning hardware, software to test ram, hard drives and so on.
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The Seagate STDR5000200 external hard drive we have contains every piece of data for our business such as databases and Microsoft office files.

It is locked in a safe for a month at a time.

For a few hours, this Seagate drive would be out of the safe for backing up PC and server data.

The data to backup is on Windows PCs and servers with operating systems such as Windows 10, 7 and XP.

This drive is replaced each month at a time by another drive which contains backup data.

The Seagate backup drive is not connected to a PC or to the cloud.

I believe this drive may not need encryption.

The reason being that if a thief steals it, the fact of them being a hacker is a billion to one.

What is the best password protection for Seagate STDR5000200 external hard drive?

Thanks,
Robbie
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Would like to do the above and see two 'banks' of 14 drives, when/if I get that  solved will go to learning how to configure raid arrays in at leaet one to them.
New to all this but the powervaults while old to work in that I can see them in the system, but only one box connected at a time to single port SCSI  card.
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People,

I'm running on 3PAR Array for all of my Tier-1 production VMs (SSD - 10 GB ethernet iSCSI), So I wonder if I need to isntall any .VIB or HPE ESXi VMware .SIO image to utilize the best practice in the 3PAR multipathing ?

As at the moment I can only set it into Round Robin (VMware) as opposed to the current setting Fixed (VMware) .
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I have a late 2009 Imac A1311 which has a damaged connector strip on the logic board. Happened when the front section fell forward – clumsiness, my mistake.  In panic, I bought a used one – same model.  My problem is – all my programs etc are on the hard drive of the damaged one.  What's the best way of transferring all the info from the dud to the “new” one?

Pretty sure it's all backed up on the Time Machine drive.  But – how do I transfer from the backup drive to the “new” machine?
Can I transfer from the Time Machine drive?  It didn't seem to offer the option to restore.  The original machine is El Capitan, and the “new” one is the previous version, Yosemite. Easy enough to update the “new” one, if that turns out to be the pdroblem.

Another option would be to repair the original – fitting a new logic board, but that seems a bit of a lengthy job, and my eyes aren't great close up – all these screws.. !  
At a pinch, I  could transfer the hard drive physically into into the new mac.. but that wouldn't be the best solution.  I'm accustomed to repairing all my computers, - but I'm a unsure of the best solution.
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Can anyone recommend a company that's proficient in recovering data from failed SSDs? We've tried Ontrack and Secure Data Recovery and they couldn't revive the drive. Does anyone have any insight in regards to what could fail on these drives and how data is recovered from them?  Any SSD recovery experts?
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How can I find the folders which contain the largest files?

Is there a program or feature of MacOS?

Thanks.
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I have an Optiplex 780 computer with Core 2 Quad processor, 8 GB RAM, running windows 10

I had installed a rosewell 4 port external USB 3.0 PCI express card in the PC. It self installed drivers from microsoft,

https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16815166038&cm_re=rosewell_external_3.0-_-15-166-038-_-Product

With a WD My Passport Ultra (a USB 3 external hard drive) connected to the front USB port of the PC (USB 2?), I copy a file from the internal hard drive to the external hard drive.  It's a 10GB file and takes about 6 minutes to transfer.  on the screen, it shows it moving the file at around 24 MB/s.

I connected the WD drive to one of those USB ports and that same file (renamed so it thinks it's a different file) takes about 3 minutes and about 63 MB/s.

I looked on the box, it uses renesas uPD720201 chipset. I got drivers from the renesas website and redid the test. Same 3 minutes / 63MB/s.

I thought 3.0 was much faster than 2.0?  What would you think is the weak link in this test / how can I do to try to boost speed?

Something interesting? I copied that 10GB file from the internal hard drive onto the same hard drive (it's on the desktop. I right click, choose copy then paste on the desktop so I got a 2nd file - copy of ....)

That started out at 500MB/s then quickly dropped down to around 25MB/s!?  This internal hard drive is a seagate barracude 7200 320GB drive with lots of space.

Interesting how it started really fast than …
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I have made some changes via group policy to stop smb1 in my environment and restarted my VMWare guest server (Windows server 2008 r2), to my surprise D: drive is not accessible and showing NTFS partition.  I have checked disk management of server, System and Local Administrator have full permission. I am also not able to access D: drive in safe mode.

I have also checked for the Device installation Policy and Removal storage Policy, both are disabled.

Changes made in registry for disabling SMB1 are mentioned in the link

https://blogs.technet.microsoft.com/staysafe/2017/05/17/disable-smb-v1-in-managed-environments-with-ad-group-policy/

 

I have also tried reverting the changes but nothing worked for me.

Please Help
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I use a Lenovo laptop computer running Windows 10.  I maintain all of my data files on an external 4TB Seagate drive.  All of a sudden the computer stopped recognizing the drive.  When I plug the drive in I get the tone that indicates a device was connected, but nothing appears in my Windows Explorer.  I went to the "Disk Manager", and when the problem drive is plugged in the screen freezes on "Connecting to Virtual Disk Service" (see graphic):
Disk Manager ScreenWhen the problem drive is unplugged the Disk Manager opens just fine.  I would assume that there was something wrong with the drive, but it works fine on our other Windows computers.

Please help.

Thanks,

Phil
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I have a computer with a 2 tb hard drive that I am going to donate to a charity. It has Windows 10 64 bit on it now and it is working fine. I am seeking a utility (free or inexpensive) that will take the remnants of ALL  files that are not being used and zero them out or do some sort of medium to high level wipe so that there is no chance of some would be hacker getting more than a free computer.  Hopefully an Expert knows of such a utility. I only want to leave the operating system on the computer. It must be a utility that is fairly easy to use and not a long list of command line commands.
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Need to find a solution to backup 2TB of data on PowerEdge 710. The budget is very limited. Any suggestion ?

Thx
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To remove a jammed tape, I had to remove the gear that syncs the loader mechanism with the tape picker.
When I put the gear back, I am unable to sync the gears in the correct position.
Any advice or resources greatly appreciated!
Barry
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Running a Win7/Pro/64. Have two HDs attached, one a Glyph Studio 2T. Noticed recently the blue power light on Glyph has twice switched to a red/pink blinking light during work. Manual says indicates disk problem, but even in red I can access disk and files. When I turn off power button, then turn on light is blue again. Cannot reproduce conditions under which it twice had turned blinking red. Two notes: Glyph is a USB 3.0 connection. Computer if a Dell 980 with USB 2.0 ports. (System will not accept a 3.0 card). Have a G drive 2T 3.0 also connected and is running fine. Also disk is shared on a two-machine intranet. Its NTFS with only 62GB data on it.
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Storage Hardware

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Storage devices include any device used for storing and retrieving digital information. Hard disk drives (HDDs) use one or more rigid ("hard") rapidly rotating disks (platters) coated with magnetic material. Data is accessed in a random-access manner, meaning that individual blocks of data can be stored or retrieved in any order and not only sequentially. The primary competing technology for secondary storage is flash memory in the form of solid-state drives (SSDs), but HDDs remain the dominant medium for secondary storage due to advantages in price per bit and per-device recording capacity. CD-RW (Compact Disc-ReWritable) is a digital optical disc storage format that allows information to be stored outside the mechanical HDD.