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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'm looking for a disk wipe utility that adheres to DoD standards, that's bootable.  I've looked at several including DBAN ( wont work with our SSD) ActiveKill Disk, & Eraser.  Looking for freeware is possible.
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Protecting & Securing Your Critical Data
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Protecting & Securing Your Critical Data

Considering 93 percent of companies file for bankruptcy within 12 months of a disaster that blocked access to their data for 10 days or more, planning for the worst is just smart business. Learn how Acronis Backup integrates security at every stage

Dear Experts, we purchased Disk enclosure HPE 2050 yesterday to expand the storage capacity of SAN storage controller HPE MSA 2040.

We connected 1 SAS cable from OUT port of 2040 to IN port of 2050. After that, we turned on the 2050 device and add disk group, built RAID6 but it seems like take longer time than expected. Moreover, we got the "Degraded" status on Disks information, so is it normal? Can you suggest please? Should we connect the other SAS cable between 2 devices?

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is there a way to view results from Western Digital Lifeguard extended analysis?   I ran the app against a 2 TB hard drive but the app finished before I had a chance to see the results.  Are these results stored somewhere?
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I have Proliant DL360 Gen 9 with Smart Array P440ar.  I installed a 4th 300gb hard drive into an existing Raid 5 array.  I don't know how or why but my array switched to Raid 6 (ADG).  At least i think it did because I believe I originally set it with Raid 5. My question is can i downgrade it back to Raid 5 without losing data in the array??
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Hi

I am looking to backup 32GB of data in a possible 6 hour window for a client and then they what an air gap between next day backup. i.e.
Physical change over of Media ... any ideas of a way forward with this or a product suggestion
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I have a Toshiba Satellite L450-02T. i bout this off Kijiji and i get a hold of the seller of course! the laptop is asking me for a HDD/SSD Password. I've googled and i cant seem to find a solution to fix this. It's running on Windows 7. I hope someone
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I would like to recovered data from a faulty m2 ssd (intel SSDSCKKW240H6)  when i connect it at external hard disk , i can see this disk as unknown disk and is needed to initializing (I can't see the size of the unknown disk). (The faulty m2 card it was load with windows 10 )
The problem is that  , if i initializing the disk it there is a chance to lost data.
 I wonder if i can find any tool to repair the MBR of the m2 card or if there is any other way to collect  data ?
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I am replacing an existing server in 5 user network (very light traffic - word/excel, no exchange) and I like to get your take on the following two severs that I am considering:
(1) Dell PowerEdge T30 Mini-Tower Server
(2) HPE ProLiant MicroServer Gen10

* I like to add  two of WD Blue 3D NAND 1TB PC SSD - SATA III 6 Gb/s, M.2 2280 - WDS100T2B0B ($134.99 at AMAZON) on RAID 1 with a hot spare.
* I like to install Windows Server 2019 Essentials, add Hyper-v role to it and create a virtual machine running Windows Server 2019 Essentials as DC.

Is there anyone who is experienced in setting up these servers as virtual servers with non-HP or non-DELL brand SSDs?
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Hi,

We have been using a Seagate STDR5000200 external hard drive for backing up data from our local PCs and servers.

This drive was encrypted with Bitlocker.

While we were backing up data to this external hard drive, the PC, which this drive was plugged into, was turned off accidentally via a switch on the wall.

The next day, this drive was not recognised on the PC it was plugged into and after trying different Windows 10 and 7 PCs, I found that there could be a problem with this drive.

I used Seagates error checking tools and Seagate said from the result that this drive is not functioning properly.

Through the Disk Management on one of the Windows 10 PCs, I did "Rescan disks" and the corrupt drive was listed as "disk 6 unknown".

Right clicking on the disk 6 gave me the options; Initialize disk, Offline, Properties, help.

When I tried "initialising" the disk or clicking "properties", the Disk Management window freezes and eventually the disk 6 disappears from the PC.

Errors I received from this were : data error (cyclic redundancy check) and i/o device error.

Is there a way of formatting this drive?

Thanks,
Robbie
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I would like some advice on security.  I have recently purchased a Microsoft Surface Pro 6.    Due to the nature of my work, I store a lot on it.

I use Google Drive to sync all documents and I am looking for the following solutions:

1) I am looking to find a solution to protect all of my data that is stored on the hard drive (synced with Google Drive), so if the laptop is stolen - the data is safe
2) I am looking for advice on how to protect log on - I am using Face ID - is that enough
3) I am looking for advice on recovery and tracing the laptop if it is stolen

Thanks

Angus
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Exploring ASP.NET Core: Fundamentals
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Exploring ASP.NET Core: Fundamentals

Learn to build web apps and services, IoT apps, and mobile backends by covering the fundamentals of ASP.NET Core and  exploring the core foundations for app libraries.

My computer keeps freezing or stuttering for about half a second. This happens after a couple hours of the computer being on and in use. It freezes every half a second actually, I don't know why this is happening and any help would be appreciated. I have updated my GPU drivers as well as checked for viruses and have found nothing. It doesn't just happen in file explorer the stutters occur in games as well, anything really. I clean my computer every couple weeks just to get the dust out of the system to the best of my ability. I've had my computer for just under 2 years, and the components in my computer are as follows:
CPU-i7-7700k @ 4.20GHz
GPU-1070 (MSI)
Ram-16gb DDR4 Dual Channel
Motherboard-MSI Z270-A PRO
128 Intel ssd
2 tb toshiba hard drive (SATA)
800w power supply
Windows 10 Home 64-bit
These are the most important parts that i can think that would be of any help, I have included i clip i recorded in shadow play of what the stutters look like in case anything like this has happened before. Thanks again to anyone who can help me with this and if there is any information that i have not included let me know please and i will try to update it.
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My hard drive states it is full last month it was not even close.  I have transfer folders and files to external drive and very little space removed.  I had this problem before and I think it had something to do with Sage 50.  My drive looked full and then everything was back to normal.  Any suggestions?

Thanks,

Gloria
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Server 2016 using WBS with 2 rotating external Usb hard drives. Can I do this and if one drive fails will the other remaining drive be able to recover the system?
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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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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 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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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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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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2016 Office Documents like (word & powerpoint) not opening up when trying to open them in the one drive folder
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Active Protection takes the fight to cryptojacking
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Active Protection takes the fight to cryptojacking

While there were several headline-grabbing ransomware attacks during in 2017, another big threat started appearing at the same time that didn’t get the same coverage – illicit cryptomining.

I am trying to copy over a photo library approx 14GB from a mac hard drive connected via external usb connection to my desktop on my macbook.
The hard drive keeps freezing up whenever I try to copy it via finder. I also tried to do first aid on the drive via Disk Utility. My guess is that the hard drive is very close to failure but I can browse the files and folders. How can I get these photos recovered?
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Im interested in what peoples experiences with replacing the hard drive with an SSD are like, this is for a Win7 64bit machine using a SATA interface,
currently the drive is a 1TB partitioned as 50:50 C: and D: drives, with programs on C: mainly,  my questions are:

1) Reliability - i believe flash memory has a limit on number of re-writes, so will an SSD eventually become corrupted?, is the SSD lifetime comparable
to the trusty mechanical Hard drive?

2) The machine only has 2 SATA interfaces, one used by the CD/DVD drive which i rarely use, is there a way to keep the HDD installed so
it could be used as some sort of quick backup device?

3) What sort of speed improvements are likely on boot up time, and what software would you use to install/ copy over the existing hard drive info?

4) Could a 500GB SSD be used just for frequently used programs/data and the HDD for archive info?, or is the idea to throw away the hard drive when you
install the SSD?, or do you need the same size SSD drive as your existing HDD?

Many thanks for your help / experience !
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Hi,

We use Seagate STDR5000200 external hard drives for backing up our data on our systems each month.

These systems we backup data for would include Windows 10 Pro, Windows 7 and Windows Server 2003, all systems are using BIOS.

The Seagate STDR5000200 external hard drive we have contains every piece of data for our business such as databases and Microsoft office files.

We prefer to keep our external backup drive portable so that we can bring our external drives offsite.

This drive is replaced each month at a time by another drive which contains backup data where we switch between two drives each month backing up our systems.

These external hard drives are formatted as NTFS.

These drives are recognised by all our PCs.

We have had a problem with these Seagate external hard drives where, if we have a backup running and the power of our PC goes off, the drive becomes corrupt and we lose our data.

This has happened with our Seagate drives more than once.

What would be the best external hard drive to use for backup of our system's data that is fail safe and portable?

Thanks,
Robbie
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Hello,
We have a raid 5 cofiguration, and running out of space.  It is on a dell server r620 with perc h710 mini (embeded) controller.  If I were to replace one hard drive at a time to bigger size and let it rebuild .. will I be able to increase the size of the volume on the raid without having to backup and restore?

I have read contradictory information and I want to make sure, for example below is a link that gives step by step on how to achieve this.

https://community.spiceworks.com/how_to/919-expand-a-raid-volume

Thanks
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Hi,
I got a DS415 synology nas.
got an external harddisk(1TB) plugged in to it.
so using hyper backup to backup files from nas to external harddisk.

currently, backup fails- because no space in destination.
i have posted the pic of current config of the rotation policy. can someone pleas have a look at it, and let me know what needs to be changed, so it deletes the oldest backup automatically and creates space for new backups in future.

any help would be great.
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Any free or low cost Serial ATA Password Locked HDD recovery/password wipe software?
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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.