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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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Encrypting External USB HDD with BitLocker, puts write protection on drive even after entering the Password to unlock.  There are no GPO's in place for BitLocker, I've tried on 2 different computers result the same.  Did they change how BitLocker functions beginning with build 1903?
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Hello and Good Morning Everyone,

          My hard drive on my Acer Aspire laptop is about full with only 82GB of 500GB free.  That said, I am needing an Amazon online link to a 2 Terabyte (2TB) internal hard drive for this laptop. Just in case this information is needed in locating a compatible internal 2TB hard drive, my laptop is an Acer Aspire V3-  731-4473 laptop.

           If any additional information is needed, please feel free to let me know and it will be supplied.  

           Thanks in advance for any feedback given to this question.

           George
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We have NVR recorder WH-D5216 with SATA 4GB HDD (less than 3GB avail).  About 5 yr old system.  Overwriting option is enabled.  Retention policy almost a month with a motion detection enabled.

The system skipped recording (50hrs) earlier this week.  But recovered on its own.  Looks like the drive gave up today again.  And looks like its for good this time.   Shows 0.00 GB space with Status ERROR. I assume is time to replace the drive, or the entire system.  Its SATA HDD. Tried to boot remotely twice  no luck.

Is there a limit on how many times the HDD can be overwritten?
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I want to clone a MBR disk to GPT format.  AOMEI AOMEI Software says they can do it.  Has anyone done this and made it work? Did you run into any problems?  What software did you use?

My procedure will be to clone the ssd hard drive running Win7 on a Dell Optiplex 3010 mini-tower. I'll then take the clone and update that to Windows 10 on the Optiplex.  Then I'll clone that to another ssd in GPT format, change the bios parameters and see if I can run that.

Thanks,
Al
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1). Should I create a separate partition for the VM on the hard drive I'm installing the VM on or just
2). During the install of exchange OR AD  on the VM'S, are there any recommenced settings based on just 12 users who just used outlook for calendars that they share?  Like size of the vm?
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My Dad passed recently and I have a ton of videos he took of our family vacations to Florida mostly, but he also took video of local trips to see the Tall Ships, tailgating for The World Cup, family birthday parties for my nephews/nieces, graduations, etc.. Most of them begin and end with footage of him turning his camcorder on and then off with the camera pointed to the ground.  I'd like to create a Microsoft Access database that trims the first few seconds and the last few seconds from all videos contained in a certain folder on my hard drive.  All videos are now in MP4 format and the folder path will be populated in a textbox named txtFloridaTrips.  Can anyone assist in providing some code?  

So far I've been doing these edits manually in the Microsoft Photos app and after two weeks I'm only through 10 percent of the videos so I'd really like to expedite the process.
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I have been using a 4 TB external hard drive to do time machine backups.  time machine stopped working
about 6 months ago and it says that time machine is not working...the drive is read only.  I have previous time
machine backups on that drive.  What has caused this and what should I be doing about it?
Thanks,
capreol
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Question:  I just bought a computer, advertised with a processor speed of 1.92 GHz.  When the machine arrived it was 1.44 GHz in the properties.  I know hard drives can come with two slightly different numbers.  Is that possible here or have I been cheated?  Thanks in advance, John Bridges
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Good afternoon,

We've recently had a customer DC and File Server server crash, and while we've redirected all users Folder Redirection folders to the new file server, it looks like users Offline Folders are still trying to sync back to the dead server. This brings up 2 questions.

1. I assume I just need to find the Offline Files GPO and point it to the new server. I haven't parsed through all of them yet, it just wasn't in the Folder Redirection GPO.

2. I had a Win10 users hard drive fill up this morning, and not knowing they had Offline Files (see above lack of GPO understanding) I disabled Offline Files and rebooted. I did not delete anything out of the CSC folder or do anything to the security, but of course now we can't see cached data after gpupdate. If I re-enable Offline Files, reboot the end user computer, the CSC folder will still be there and accessible correct? I'll have to fix the partnership on the server via GPO, but I'm a bit gun shy to reboot after I disabled it.

Thanks for any tips Experts.
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I have a slightly cracked DVD that has data on it. How can I recover that data? Is there software that will read a DVD that is slightly cracked?
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Hi Expert,

I have an HP G4 laptop always hang on POST, I did a system diagnostics and find out the HDD test is failed. After taking out the HDD and read it using HDD reader I am getting "F:\ is not accessible "The parameter is incorrect" the drive always hangs when I click on it and it's not showing the size of the drive. Is this a faulty HDD or is there a way to retrieve the data? My side couldn't allow us to go out for data recovery. Appreciate if any expert advice me on.

Thanks!
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HP model 15-ba057ca – disk access problem – Why is this hard drive test taking so long?  (picture of diagnostics test in progress is attached)
This system diagnostics test has been chugging for about 8 hours already and it’s only 36% done.  At this rate, it will take over 20 hours to complete.  This is the test that comes built-in with the HP machine – accessed by pressing Esc  F2 at startup.
The “disconnect” is that it was only supposed to take six hours initially, and now it thinks it will be done in 4 hours.
This evidence of a problem coincides with the anecdotal symptoms on this machine – it seems to work, but everything that involves disk access seems to take “forever”.  In previous trouble-shooting, I restored the machine to factory settings using the files on the Recovery partition.  It was eventually successful, but it took about 15 hours to complete.
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Windows storage server 2008 failed to boot with hal.dll missed or corrupted
this happens after maybe a windows update failed to rollback
tried all... ram, bios cmos battery, hard drive diagnostic.
tried starting with 2008 dvd anche chek for repair, installation is recognized but no automatic repair option available.
So from command line dos tried bootrec fixmbr and fixboot. rebuildbcd found 0 installation, so made command attrib to make visible then repeat rebuildbcd. nothing.
Sfc /scannow hangs starting, stopped on "start analysis..."
DISM in supported from 2008 r2, not 2008
Reading manually CBS log result failed installation of package 3 f KB2862335, then rollback and shutdown on 24 december, when server died.
file are accessible, a lot of boot file seems updated on 24 december.
Please help, now i'm remotely connected with Ilo2 and an installation dvd of windows 2008 r2 inserted
Ask me for details, i cannot format that server!
Thanks
M
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Hi,

 I have a virtual machine in Hyper-V server. It has a hard drive under IDE controller which is OS.
 Then I added a vhdx file to this VM under SCSI controller.
 I have another vhdx file that I like attach to this VM. I see [Add] button in both IDE and SCSI controller sections.
 Where should I add this additional vhdx file and why?

Thanks.
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My client owns a retail store with several PCs.  He would like to place a Synology NAS in his home and backup his store computers to that home NAS directly, across the Internet.

What is the way to accomplish this?   Or, what are the options I could explore, for accomplishing this?
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What's the difference formatting a 32 gig USB 3.0 flash drive with FAT32, exFAT, or NTFS?
How about allocation unit size?

Finally, how can I evaluate the brands of flash drives?
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I'm at a new gig. The customer has a UCS where the Fabric Interconnect connects to a Nexus switch - A has 4 10Gbps and B has 4 10Gbps bundled to a VPC with 802.1Q trunking on it. And right in the middle of all the allowed and active VLANs on the trunks is the iSCSI VLAN. There have been complaints about the storage performance so this lack of isolation is one of the first things that jumps out as a potential issue. Tegile is the storage target array.

My question is - would it be possible to seemlessly migrate the ISCSI VLAN to dedicated ports on the fabric interconnect with only the the ISCSI VLAN on it? Any other thoughts?
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Dear Experts,

I restarted my PC yesterday due to a Windows Update.

Today my usb mouse and keyboard are not responding.

I plug in my usb transceiver into my laptop and they are working.

I can only teamview into my PC then I can use the keyboard and mouse.

I then saw warning on the device manager. I tried to uninstall but it does not work.

I am now trying to do a system restore as my Veeam backup cannot be done on the same hard drive.
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My client has an HP Omen 880-1xx desktop pc running Windows 10 home. This has 16GB of Intel Optane memory and a 2TB regular mechanical hard drive.  I want to replace this with a Samsung NVME drive that will go into the Optane memory slot.  I'm thinking I will create an image of the current configuration onto a regular Samsung 860 EVO SSD then clone that drive onto the NVME drive.  I tried booting Acronis True Image but that did not see the Optane accelerated C drive. Are there any tools or a procedure that will allow me to do this?
Thanks,
Al
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I have a client where it appears every few days their server creates an exact copy of it's drive on the office computers. So, for example, the server's drive everybody uses is S:  then after a few days the server will make a copy of it and the users will see an S: and an F:. Both are exact copies of each other. Both drives have all the files and the files have no issues opening. When saving in the usual S: the file instantly is also copied to the F:. Deleting the F: has no impact on the S: and the main drive continues to operate as normal until a few days later then we'll see a G: that is a copy of the S: again.

Any thoughts?
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What external USB3 hard drive do I need for Windows 2019 Server Standard edition X64?
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My client has a 12-bay Synology DiskStation DS3617xs NAS filled with 14TB Seagate IronWolf Pros.  It will be used in an adjacent building with Active Backup for Business to backup the server and 40 workstations.

Sadly, according to support, triple parity isn't an option with Synology, so I'm trying to decide whether it's reasonably safe to go with RAID6 or if the only logical choice is RAID10.

I've understood for a while that the size of modern hard drives makes RAID5 a bad idea due to the likelihood of an unrecoverable read error during a rebuild.  I've seen a small amount of discussion on whether RAID6 is a good idea, but haven't come across any details other than rebuild time.  I have no first-hand experience for what kind of duration to expect when rebuilding a 140TB array.

My own take on whether RAID6 is reasonably safe is that a rebuild would only fail with a single drive failure if two of the remaining drives both had UREs on sectors that contain the exact same data.  Granted, if you have two concurrent drive failures, you're in the same boat as with one drive failure on RAID5, nervously biting your nails and praying that the rebuild finishes.

Is my understanding of the minimal risk involved with UREs and RAID6 accurate?  How much time is it likely to take to rebuild after a drive failure?

Thanks!
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Re-installing Windows 10 not finding hard drive
I have a Dell Precision 3420 with a Toshiba M.2 NVMe SSD running Windows 10, BIOS set to VEFI
I'm trying to reinstall Windows from a USB stick, It gets to the point where it needs the hard drive and I'm getting hard drive not found
please advice
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My laptop is a Dell 6500 lattitude &the OS is win 7 enterprize edition.  I also have an ext HD (F drive), a WD50 Passport which is nearly full of data.  Somehow the files I saved on the HD have got moved to diff places in the C and F drives while the files in the sub dirs, are readable wherever they are found, but ideally it is best if they can be returned to their orig.location.  I think I must have attempted to defrag the Drive using CC Cleaner program when there was not much space left on the drive.

Is there any remedy for this, using a Tool or fix manually?  Probably I could get another ext HD and copy all the recovered files.  thank u and regards.
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I wanted to know if it would be smart to run Seagate Nytro Enterprise SSD mixed use drives in Raid 5
I have read mixed reviews about running ssd's in Raid 5 on a server. The server will have a few VM's and be a file server as well.
The drive I was looking at is the XA1920ME10063
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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.