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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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Is it possible to have data stored on a Windows server and when it starts to fill up it overwrites the oldest data.  e.g. like a DVR.  We are looking into a surveillance system and they want to store the video data on a server.

Or is there a better way to store the data?  It will be streaming over the internet.
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I "Cloned" a Win10 Pro 64bit hard drive using EaseUS Partition Master Pro 13.0 ... I placed the original drive back into it's original PC and it will NOT boot up now.  Niether will the cloned drive boot in the original PC.  Any ideas how to proceed ???
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I am running out of hard drive space and have deleted files which I do not need. Still my hard drive is running out of space. How do I search my hard drive to determine which folders or files are taking up all of my hard drive space? Note, I am on Windows 7.
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As usual, I have found a variety of answers to this issue on the web that fail to solve my problem. Since many of us will be replacing the original NVMe SSD drive with something larger, I though I would post this question on EE and hope for a resolution.

I have an HP Elitebook that came with a 256 GB M.2 SATA SSD and I have replaced it with a 1TB NVMe PCIe SSd.  I performed a fresh install of Windows 10 Pro. I ordered an NVMe/USB 3.1 enclosure from Amazon with the intent of putting the old drive in the enclosure and migrating data from that drive onto my new drive.  However, when I plugged in the new device, the drive needed to be initialized.

I re-installed the old drive into the laptop, verified that it was still functional and copied all the content I wanted to another (2.5" SATA SSD) drive.  I again, installed the new NVMe drive and tried to access the old M.2 SATA drive via the USB enclosure again with the same issue.  I opened the Disk Management control panel and the drive is shown as "unknown". Selecting it results in a message " The specified drive is not convertible because the size is less than the minimum size required for GPT disks".

I have tried using the DISKPART. LIST DISK shows the drive as Disk 2 with a size of 0 bytes.  The CLEAN command appears to complete successfully, but the drive remains at 0 bytes and not able to be initialized.  

I have returned the old drive to the laptop once more to verify that it is still functional and, as expected, …
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Hi everyone, I have a G-Technology 6TB G-Drive USB 3.0 Desktop External Hard Drive that had/has an error on it. I launched 'Properties-->Tools-->Error Checking-->Check' and chose to fix the error at next computer restart. I then restarted my computer, and now I can't gain access to the hard drive. I believe my files are still intact as I ran EaseUS Data Recovery Wizard and it shows the correct allocated/remaining sizes for the drive and my files.

I have 3 years of rescue/recovery coverage that I purchased alongside the drive that is still valid, but don't want to hand over my drive just yet if there is a simple solution to this problem. Right now the drive just reads 'NTFS' under the drive name. When I try to open it the message reads 'Location is not available. F:\ access is not accessible, Access is denied'

I am running the latest version of Windows 10 Home with all available updates installed.

Any ideas?
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OCZ ARC 100 240GB hard drive.  Was in an Acer Aspire AIO running Win7 Premium 64 bit.  Put it on another computer as a secondary drive.
Took a long time to recognize the drive. It was configured as MBR.  At first in Disk Managment it showed three partitions but no data in them.  Now it says it's unallocated. Is there any way to recover Windows on this drive?
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Dell H800 with suddenly 20% slower performance.  All cpu's are good, battery healthy, RAID array on MD1200 are healthy.  How do we check the write cache on the controller?  Feels like the old days when the EMC CX500 cache battery died and the cache was disabled.  

With this server, though, (running Solaris), we can't tell if the cache is enabled or not.
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Hi

We are a educational organisation and we have 1000 users on site. We did a server refresh 6 years before and during that time we brought 3xESX servers, NetApp FAS2220 SAN and Brocade switches with ISCSI connection.
We replaced the core switch as well and LACP was setup on these CISCO 3750 core switches by installation engineers.

Now we have come to end of the warranty on the servers and switches  and  now planning to replace the core network infrastructure .

Firstly, is the current CISCO 3750 1GbE or 10GbE

One of the IT solutions company has quoted  10GbE SAN , so will the current core switch (CISCO 3750) support 10GbE or I need to buy new core switch?

Secondly If the SAN is 10GbE do the Storage switch, Core switch  and Edge switch needs to be 10GbE? Our current edge switches are 10/100/1000mbps.

Please suggest and any help much appreciated.

Thanks
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Error message:
An administrator has blocked you from running this app. For more information, contact the administrator, mmc.exe
Publisher: Unknown
File origin: Hard drive on this computer
Program location: "C:\WINDOWS\system32\mmc.exe" C: \WINDOWS\system32\eventvwr.mscError message
I have to go into a tedious work around to do administrative work.

Many thanks.
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How to pull hard drive and other serial numbers with SCCM Current Branch?
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I am getting rid of a PC.  What is the best and easiest way to erase the hard drive to prevent
an individual from having access to my data?
thanks,
Capreol
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I'm trying to switch my T480 laptop from a Samsung 2TB 2.5" SSD to a Samsung 2TB PCIe, NVMe drive.  It supports either and there's a cassette adapter that I've bought that goes in the 2.5 slot and a separate cable.  In theory the laptop support 2 channels of data, which would be a nice little bump.

I'm stuck on step one though of cloning my drive.  I've got several external NVMe adapters and they're recognized fine, but I've been trying to clone with both Acronis and Paragon without luck.  I know they're 2 entirely different types of drives, but I thought it might work.  I really don't want to start from raw Windows and work my way up.

Is there anyone that's done something like this?  Is there a different product that will clone cross drives like this?  Are these products fine, but I have to use some entirely different technique?
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I am running Windows 10 on my Lenovo laptop.    At the suggestion of the Experts I recently installed Veracrypt and encrypted my 4TB portable USB hard drive.  The encryption seemed to work fine, and my computer accessed the drive without problem.  But, when I brought the hard drive to another computer to test my ability to access the drive from remote computers, the drive's Western Digital "unlock" worked, but the computer still didn't recognize the drive after I "unlocked" it with my Western Digital password.  Do I need Veracrypt on the computer I'm using to access the drive?

Thanks,

Phil
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Buffalo Dual Link-Station LS-WXL

Adding Windows 10 machines to network and realise that despite latest firmware that is is still using SMBv1

Log into NAS using SSH to edit /etc/samba/smb.conf following the step-by-step here:
https://forums.buffalotech.com/index.php?topic=24630.0

Restart

Seems to go OK but still can't access via Win 10 and now can't access files from previously connected Win 7 machine

Log in via browser for Buffalo admin console and everything looks OK so data seems safe but inaccessible.
Try to reverse out changes but get error message

configure samba
/etc/init.d/smb.sh: line 53: /usr/local/sbin/NAS_configgen: No such file or directory
/etc/init.d/smb.sh configure fail

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Heart sink moment and realise I'm out of my depth.

Priorty to get back to position at start so at least can see files again via Windows from at least one machine, then to get back to fixing the SMBv2 vulnerability.

Have done an non-destructive reset of the NAS and this has reset the root password so know it made some changes but when I list the file my changes are still there.

Everything I've read says the Linkstation uses Samba 3.6.x so SMBv2 should be possible

Here's the last attempt from Putty

login as: root
root@192.168.0.11's password:
root@Moorhen:~# vi  /etc/init.d/smb.sh
#s_config! /bin/sh
#

SMBDOPTIONS="-D"
NMBDOPTIONS="-D"
WINBINDDOPTIONS="-D"
PAMSMBDOPTIONS=
RETVAL=0
USE_MSDFS=1

SMBD_PID_FILE="/var/run/smbd.pid"

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My hard drive shows I have used almost all of the space, yet when I show properties of each folder - to include hidden folders - one the C drive, they do not even come close to adding up to the amount of space that is allegedly used.  I am using Windows 10.

So what can I do to find out in what folder(s) are using up all of my space.
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I have a 16 TB storage fibre and I added 8 TB more and I tried to expand current datastore from ESXi 6.5 I selected custom 4TB and it shows now 20TB.
But now I cannot use the remaining 4TB anyone can help me add that and make it useful.
 
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I run Windows 10 on my Lenovo Laptop computer.  I travel often, and am about to exceed the capacity of my 4TB Western Digital Passport portable hard drive.   I haven't upgraded in several years, and would like to get a dependable, durable, and secure drive (at least 4TB, but hopefully more capacity) that will resist attempts to hack into my files in the event it's lost.  What is the best portable hard drive that will provide the necessary capacity and security?  Hopefully the security encryption will apply to the whole drive and won't require encrypting each file - and won't slow down the access to the files once I type in my password.  Speed is important, if USB 3.1 is available, but security is more important.

Thanks,

Phil
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Is there a list of supported SFP or SFP+ transceivers for the Dell / Compellent SC4020i
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This is a new hard drive that is only about a month old.  

SMART Error
I know that no SMART error is a good error but is this something I should be worried about long term?  

(Note that this drive was used an an external USB hard drive on this machine out of the manufacturer box until we just plugged it in to board.)
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I have around 5 external drives locked away in an oak desk drawer and at least 1 a week I lent them out for their use.  The office in in air conditioning most of the day, but 1 or 2 days no AC (and is not hot there).   Since the drawer is wood, should I buy some sort of moisture absorbing packs or is it ok as is?  My boss if going to purchase a metal file cabinet next week, I will place them there.
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I have MSA 2050 with 2 Volumes (vol1 and vol2)which is connected to ESXi6.5 as datastore.
I have added 6 more HDDs on a different expansion enclosure and created one more volume (vol3)
I can see the newly created volume in expansion page. Below are the screenshots, Just want to verify I am doing right
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Below is the enclosure screenshot.
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Does anyone know if the 10gbe controllers in a SC4020i are 1gbe backward compatible?
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I've a 3 TB Seagate backup drive and was looking for a file on it. I ran a search with Agent Ransack and it started showing folders that weren't showing in Windows Explorer.

I can go into these folders and see the files, but Windows Explorer isn't listing them. Also going into the command line and typing "dir" doesn't list them either.

I can type the folder names into Windows Explorer and see the contents.

I checked they aren't hidden. I checked the drive for errors - none were reported.

What's happening and how can I fix it?

I'm on Windows 10.
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I am about to do a system image of my PC.  My understanding is that I must also make
a rescue disk.  On what media should this rescue disk be made...USB stick, CD/DVD, or an
external hard drive.  Any advice re which is better?  Also, should the device be blank to begin?
Thanks,
Capreol
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Attempting to unlock a GPT protected disk while preserving the data. I'm using EaseUS Partition software and the drive is a healthy WD 4T SATA drive. The scans been running over 5 hours and is just over 50%.

Is there a faster way to access the data?
easeus
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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.