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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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IT Pros Agree: AI and Machine Learning Key
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IT Pros Agree: AI and Machine Learning Key

We’d all like to think our company’s data is well protected, but when you ask IT professionals they admit the data probably is not as safe as it could be.

What is the FRU or model number for a Lenovo T440s dock or ultrabase that has a slot for a DVD-ROM or a SATA hard drive (or that allows a caddy to be inserted that contains a SATA hard drive)?

I need to have a second hard drive for my Lenovo T440s laptop.

The machine type for this T440s is 20AQ005TUS.
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SYSTEM DESCRIPTION (from Belarc Advisor)
Windows 7 Ultimate ( x64 )
Service Pack 1 (build 7601)
Installed: 8/9/2013

Hard Drives
C: (NTFS) (Boot) 500 GB        290.84 GB free
F: (NTFS)          2,199 GB      1683.77 GB free

Processor
Intel Core i7 930, 2.80 GHz
64 kilobyte primary memory cache
64-bit ready

Memory (RAM)
24,568 MB

Mother Board
Board: EVGA 141-BL-E757 Tylersburg
Bus Clock: 133 megahertz
BIOS: Phoenix Technologies, LTD 6.00 PG 08/25/2011

BACKGROUND
- I want to begin a backup and recovery solution for my home desktop computer.

QUESTION
Please tell me which version of CloneZilla should I use for my system. I want to create a bootable CD-ROM from which to run CloneZilla and then to create either a clone, or a disk image.

Also, for ongoing (partial) backups please explain whether CloneZilla compares to Macrium Reflect 7 to accomplish a simple backup / recovery solution. Not sure whether I need Incremental or Differential, or both. Your experience with Macrium would also be appreciated, or alternative solutions.

RESTRICTIONS
- I want to store the images in the cloud either on-the-fly, as created, or after saving to hard drive first.
- This question may evolve into which online backup solution to use. But let's start with what I've asked above, for now.
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Hi- a computer tech here replaced our hard drive, which was crapping out. He said he moved everything over, but we had to download and reinstall Thunderbird email client and Firefox.

The problem is, we don't have the bookmarks or histry in FF, and we created a new profile in Thunderbird, but we don't have any of the old folders or sent emails.

Now, we do have a macrium reflect image which I can browse, from just a few days ago. I copied the profiles from appdata into each of the profile folders on the new C drive.

But still no luck. What am I missing? Thanks!
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I would like know if the Disc Defragmenter that comes with windows 10 is it good enough to do the job or do I need to buy something else, a third party product like Defraggler(CCleaner) or Diskeeper. If I need to buy another product , please recommend something that is excellent in performance and easy to use. Thank you,

Basem Khawaja, R.Ph.
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I cloned a Windows 10 hard disk using Macrium Reflect.  The clone seemed to be correct, partition for partition.  

Boot-up failed,  The computer (a 4 year old Gateway small form-factor, can't recall the model number) reported that there was no boot device.  

In the BIOS, the 1st boot device is still showing the model number of the *old* hard disk, not the new hard disk (the old was a 500GB Seagate, the new is a 1TB Western Digital Scorpio Blue).

I can't find anywhere in the BIOS where I can change the model of drive, or get it to somehow re-detect the drive in order to change the hard disk model it's detecting.

Can anyone advise?

Thanks.
Dave
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I am running a Dell PowerEdge T310.  I have 2(qty) RAID 1 setups.  The Hard Drives are Hot Swap.  The first RAID runs the O/S and the second my data.  One of the drives in the first RAID has a blinking amber light and states there is a predictive failure.  I can see this through the Dell Server Admin login on the Server O/S.  I am purchasing a new drive that is the same model, size and speed. My question is do I simply just pull the Hard Drive with the Predictive Failure out and insert the new one or should I run the Dell Server Admin and set the Predictive Failure drive to offline and then replace?  What would be the safest/proper way to replace this drive?
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Just for full disclosure, I've already posted this question on the Western Digital community forums, but I've come to value the level of contributions and input from the Experts' Exchange, so I wanted to share my experience here to see what else I might hear from any of you.

Recently, I discovered a disheartening problem with a piece of my equipment, and the prospects for straightening it out aren't great, based on my own research. Long story short, I have a WD Passport portable hard drive that has been working pretty decently for the better part of the last ten years since buying it at my college's bookstore. Unfortunately, I had a mishap while my device was in transit: carrying it in a box up a staircase, it started to slip out as I got up the stairwell; I managed to make it to the top in time, but the hard drive fell out just as I got past the threshold of the door. My intent was to hurry inside to carefully set the box down, or at the very least have the fall be cushioned by the carpeted floor rather than have it tumbling down the hardwood staircase. It seemed pretty harmless at the time, so I didn't check it immediately that night. but over this past weekend, I needed to hook it up to my computer, and I found that it wasn't working anymore. I immediately did some online digging and found that this is pretty common; not only that, I've seen WD
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I have need to read and write to a solid state 1 tb memory module. One is Samsung and one is Toshiba. I know that there are manufacturers that make external pockets that will accommodate one hard drive or two hard drives. Does anyone know of any manufacturer that sells an external device that I can insert these ssd modules into and read/write  to them? There are 34 pins on each memory module. Enclosed are photos of the two memory modules inserted into the daughter card.
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I am unable to see the local hard drive upon going into windows recovery. I am trying to reset the local admin password via the recovery cmd prompt. I also do not see the utilman.exe file that I am to rename and copy in the windows\system32 folder. This is a VMWare server Windows 2k16.

Drive that I can see in cmd are the following:

A:
D:
X:

Thanks in advance!
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Acronis Data Cloud 7.8 Enhances Cyber Protection

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Hardware: Dell Poweredge R630 - running latest BIOS and firmware.  SD card boot;   Accessories: CD drive;  USB port;  [NO Hard Drive]

Operating System: VMWare 6.5.0    5310538


Problem with sticky boot up when restarting a Dell Poweredge R630 VMWare ESXi host which has no hard drive. [i.e. boots up from onboard SD card] It can take 3 attempts to restart the server which appears to successfully boot through all the hardware configurations but stalls when loading the VMWare environment.  I have spoken with Dell who say that this is a VMWare problem. I am not an expert on this but since the server is running at the moment I was hoping that I might be able to copy the current configuration onto another medium and boot up from it in order to eliminate the SD cards.   Does anybody know how to do this?

If the problem is with VMWare how do I diagnose the likely cause? Does anybody know the best course of action?

Thanks to anybody for taking the time to look at this.
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Trying to restore data from a NAS drive. So i have this Bufalo NAS Terrastation, and the fan died, so i am trying to recover the data from, usually, i just use something like knoppix, but when i boot Knoppix up with drives attached, it doesnt see the drives, it must be something to do with the Raid thats installed, i can see the drives in the BIOS no problem and they have passed all tests ( i was worried with the fan not working they may have overheated)
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Greetings,

I am trying to diagnose an occasional paging file error I am receiving on an HP Proliant ML150 Gen 9 server running Windows 2012 Server R2 Standard.  The warning message is:

warning:  eventid 51
An error was detected on device \Device\Harddisk3\DR291 during a paging operation.

I am trying to figure out which physical or logical device this is pointing to on the server.   Note that the number following DR changes every time there is an entry for this paging error in the system logs.

 I took over administering this server earlier this year.  The server uses an embedded B140i RAID controller for the physical drive connections. The physical disks are set up as follows:

4 X 1 TB SATA drives in RAID-5 array, total available storage c. 2.7 TB
array is split into 2 logical drives:  

  drive C: at c. 400 GB
  remainder is drive N: at c. 2.3 TB

There is also an external Seagate USB 5 TB drive, total available storage c. 4. 7 TB, split into 2 logical drives:

  drive X: at 2.3 TB
  remainder is drive Y: at c. 2.4 TB

I'm attaching a PDF with screen shots of the DISKPART  screen showing disks and volumes as the server sees them, Computer Management / Disk Management screen, My Computer / Drives screen, a Device Manager disk drives summary, and also a tech doc at the beginning of the PDF that provides some decent info on this message but doesn't quite solve it for me.  As per the recommendation of the tech doc I also ran a WMOBJ listing of the …
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I have 5 Kingston KC300 240 GB SSDs.  I have a LSI Megaraid 9285CV-8e RAID card version 5.5.  My motherboard is ASRock E3C204-4L with latest available BIOS.  

The SSDs are not detected by the RAID card.  I also tried a Seagate 1 TB HDD and also did not detect it.   I loaded the UEFI defaults in the BIOS but they are still not detected.  On bootup the POST screen says 0 logical drives detected and after logging into the server and launching ServerView RAID Manager, it sees the card but no drives.  All 5 drives are connected to the ports using SFF8087 cables.

Any suggestions?
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i have been facing issue with HP ProLiant DL380 G7 Server. Hard Drive bay 1 and 2  steadily have blue light (actually it looks like multi color) and display is not coming on monitor, when i unplug the power jack connected with pcb of hard-drive bay, and turn on the server then display appears on monitor (but no disk drives detected on server because i removed the power jack), again when i plug same power jack ; and turn on the server then again display not coming on monitor.

this server has only 2 drives, 1 in bay 1 and other in bay 2.

I have tried to replace the new hard drive, but still same issue
i have tried to remove the hard drives and turn on the server, but still same issue,
i have also tried to replace the array battery, but still same issue,

would you please advice me for this.
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Hi,

 I am considering HP Proliant ML110 G10 server and like to buy 2TB SSD hard drives.
 Must I buy HP branded SSD hard drives or enterprise grade SSD hard drives made by ntel/Sandisk/Samsung work work?
 The reason for buying non HP branded SSD hard drives are because of lower costs.

Thanks.
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Do you consider it ill-advised to install firmware updates on a hard drive? Context: We have two hard drives on our Dell PowerEdge R710 that aren't officially backed by Dell. We could install firmware for those but are afraid they will break and because Seagate, the drive brand, doesn't like the idea. We keep getting media errors on those hard drives even though the RAID 5 server is running drive and there are no other drive issues. Thoughts?
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Hi I have some servers that are using software raid on Server 2012 R2.  I was looking for a software program to email me if one of the drives goes south.

Thanks all.
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Hi,

Please, how can I reset the password for HP storage Works P2000/MSA2000

Thank you in advance
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10 Tips to Protect Your Business from Ransomware
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10 Tips to Protect Your Business from Ransomware

Did you know that ransomware is the most widespread, destructive malware in the world today? It accounts for 39% of all security breaches, with ransomware gangsters projected to make $11.5B in profits from online extortion by 2019.

Dell PowerEdge T620 Failed Disk. The server boots up to a foreign configuration. Asking to select "C" or "F". The system will boot up after selecting F to import foreign config. Server 2012r2 boots up then blue screens critical process died. The system config shows that the virtual disk is offline and 1 disk is ready and 1 is foreign. I am attaching pics of the config page. I have a new drive to install for the one that has the amber light  flashing on it. Any help on getting the RAID fixed and server started would be awesome. IMG_3141.JPGIMG_3142.JPGIMG_3143.JPGIMG_3144.JPG
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Our network share is on an enterprise class NAS farm with flash and lots of physical drives. We can copy files to and from the network quickly, our performance with large Excel files and large Access databases is abysmal.

After raising the issue with IT, they gave us a test environment on a Windows Server share and it a bunch faster than the NAS drives, but IT considers this "just a test" and "temporary". The project manager in IT that is helping us doesn't seem to know why the Windows server share is so much faster, but I'd like to know why so I can advocate to make our network folders permanently reside on a Windows Server instead of a NAS.

Does anyone know why Windows Server is so much better? From testing I'd say that performing operations like indexing fields on 1mil record tables and such is about 8 times faster and does not suffer from the bottlenecks and freezes on Windows Server that we see on the NAS drive
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I own an ASUS laptop with a small hard drive. I bought a large Hard drive to replace it, but was told it could not be replaced. I cannot do anything with the computer because I have no disk space. I keep trying to move things to an external terabyte drive, but I don't know how to move programs to free up disk space. I cannot update WIndows because of no space. I cannot backup my laptop because of no space. My dropbox keeps telling me there is no space. I am not storing document on the C drive. I need to know if there is a way to move programs to an external hard drive, or do I need to give up on this otherwise fine laptop.
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I have a server 2012 with a Raid 1 hosting a virtual machine. Total allocated disk is 460 gb and the virtual machine disk space was filled up somehow very fast. Hyper.v machine wont boot as a result. Can I pop another hard drive in that server to reallocate a larger raid disk size to increase the space? If I put a 2tb in there can I somehow fix this?
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I have a new LSI 9381-8i with 8-7200rpm  NAS drives running on windows 10 and my throughput is ~ 30 MB/s. If I copy to a single SATA drive on the same system, I get about 110 MB/sec.

Writing to 8 drives in raid 5 should be a lot faster even with parity calculations. Why is my raid set so slow compared to a single drive? Does LSI require some kind of configuration setting I'm unaware of? At that speed my system can't cope with the video feeds I'm sending to it.

Thank you for any help.
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Need a new internal 1T SSD (not hybrid)

I have a 2013 MacBook with a 500GB SSD, but I need more space. The drive is 2012 and slower than today's SSD's.

Any suggestions for a drive I should get? I am budget conscious but do not want buyer's remorse once I upgrade to the new drive.

Thanks.
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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.