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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.

Customer forgot Domain Controller admin password.
This is a Windows 2012 R2 and I have tried just about all the documentation found in the internet on how to reset the admin password using the same windows version dvd and going thru the DOS prompt replacing the utilman.exe and of course this does not work because I don't have access to this root drive and folder.

Currently this is a Proliant MicroServer Gen8, 2 of 1TB hard drives sitting on a Raid 1.

I have also tried to even try to reinstall Windows Server 2012 R2 and the DVD does not detect the raid. This is all problematic for me.
Please advise.
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Having issues moving a directory to another hard drive in Windows 2008 server. During transfer I get errors saying that the files name is too long. What options do I have to force the transfer or find the problematic folders and files?
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I have a 3.0TB WD hard drive.   When I connect it to my computer, it appears to have only 745GB.
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Corporate Windows 10 image

Used DISM to load image, image load and all files were successful and can be seen in the C drive.  DiskPart shows everything is as it should be

However; the EFI and Boot BCD were not there.

Manually created the EFI directory copying it from the Windows directory, manually re-created the BCD store.

Still, not working

Can't mark the System partition as active because it is a GPT partition, switching it to a MBR partition causes other problems

So, it is my theory the system cannot find the active partition to allow boot to work.  Automatic Startup Repair does not work.

How can I tell the BIOS of this HP machine to find the boot record so it can start the machine.

Thanks.
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I have a western digital my passport external hard drive that is having issues.  It takes forever to show up as a drive and when I click on a folder on the drive it takes up to 10 minutes to access.  I'm sure it is damaged in some way.  Windows 10 drive fix cannot fix the problem.  Are there any programs out there that could analyze AND fix the drive?  I know there are file recovery software but that is not what I'm looking for at this time.  I need a software to fix the drive so it is accessible.
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We currently just purchased 10 new HP Pro 310 All in Ones for our sites.  These computers serve as a server in a client server environment using SMB file transfer.  For some reason only on these machines is the transfer so slow that they can hardly be used effectively.  I have turned off all Firewalls and Virus Protections.  The computers have 1 TB hard drive space with 8gb of Memory.  I have tried everything I know, but nothing helps.  I did some research and SMB packet signing is disabled in Regedit.
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I am getting ready to purchase a new Dell T340 server with a PERC 730P (Windows Server 2019 Standard) for a small business client with 15 users.  They use Sage 50 application as well.

Anyway, I have been reading several articles about RAID 6 and RAID 10 and also 10K RPM vs 15K RPM drives, etc.  I will stick with spindle drive than opt for SSDs for this install.  

I am looking at purchasing (2) 300Gb 10K drives for the OS, and (6) 600Gbs 10K RPM drives for the company data/VM files.
 
Not sure whether its necessary to virtualize for this client or not.  I understand it would not be a good idea with a physical server deployment of have AD, DNS, DHCP on it and then also host company data files and a Sage 50 Database, but there current config has been setup that way for over 5 years without issue.

Anyway, I read several articles the other day where they are saying that RAID 10 is "safer" and faster than RAID6.  I find that hard to believe since RAID10 can only incur a maximum of (1) drive) failure but the RAID6 array can sustain (2) disk failure without crippling the whole server.  RAID10 is definitely faster than RAID6, but I think for this sort of deployment the speed differences would not matter or be noticeable.
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So im experimenting with a dedicated server that is offsite in attempt to move current server off prem. I purchased one through ionos.com and fired it up. I copied a VHDX hard drive to hyper v and fired that up as well. So far so good.. the Virtual machine has no internet connection. So on the main server I assigned an ip address and also assigned an ip of 192.168.16.2. On the virtual machine I assigned an ip address of 192.168.16.3. They can communicate but the virtual machine cannot reach out to the internet. Im not even sure if thats how its done. I have the same gateway on the virtual machine that was provided by ionos.com. They have no tutorials, and the support is minimal.
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I have an old Windows 98 laptop and when I boot with a DOS 6.22 floppy disk I can't access the hard disk. The laptop boots to Windows 98 okay, but I want to run a DOS based program on the hard disk so I need to boot from a DOS floppy and then access the C: drive. All I get is "invalid drive" after booting to the DOS floppy. What am I missing or doing wrong?
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I just replaced a smaller SSD with a larger one that now has unused space.   How do I add this space to the C partition?
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Hello, I’ve 2 Exsi hosts ( V5.5) which are connected to one SAN. One host is offline now due to hardware issue and wondering how can obtain the images and rerun those in the online host.

Thanks
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We have 2 units Fortigate 101 configure as HA Active-Passive ,both devices port 1 are connected to our one of the internal switch  but recently our switch is faulty and we will planning to buy 2 units stack the switch together to have redundancy.

Please advise to archive this i need to configure aggregation two port and configure POL in switch port ?Fortigate HA
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Can you see the light directly from an HBA card that’s connected to a transceiver (looking through the transceiver back of the servers hba) or do you need a FC cable-connected to be able to see the light on the end of the cable?
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I wonder if this is possible? It certainly didn't work when i tried it, having moved the SATA system disk to a USB3 caddy. It tried to boot, the disk having been seen by the BIOS, but clearly something wasn't happy as it went into a never-ending repair cycle. Is there a way to make it happy perhaps?

I tried to google this but all i found was irrelevant stuff about cloning and copying.
GOAL: keep WIndows 7 available and install a different OS on a small, new (internal) SSD.
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Time Machine on a Mac is doing the backup to the computer...I guess on some partition of the internal hard drive
but not sure.  I would like to do the backup to a new external hard drive but I do not want any complications with
this process.
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Hello, we are trying to take a bare metal backup of our Offline Root CA (Windows Server 2012) and having difficulty.  We want the output backup file to be on a USB so we can save it externally in a Safe.

We are using Windows Server Backup.  When we insert the USB (64GB) the server does not recognize it as an external device and we are not able to create the backup on the USB.  

Are there restrictions that a Root CA (ours is connected to a Gemalto Network HSM) cannot be backed up, period ?

Does the Root CA need to be connected to the HSM (meaning ADCS service started) before taking a bare metal backup of the server ?  Can I not just boot up the Root CA and take the backup ?  

I also read on the net that "Windows Server backup" has a restriction that the output device has to have 64GB of extra space in addition to the space required for the backup itself.  Is that true ?  

We are thinking of purchasing a 2TB+ external hard drive.  Would this work with Windows Server backup ?

Thanks. Mona..
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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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Had this error in my Windows 10 pro computer:

bluecreen
I went to the event viewer and found around the time of the bluescrren  an EventId 7 The device, \Device\Harddisk0\DR0, has a bad block[ (source disk).  

On top of this one had these 3 other error messages:

  • EventyID: 6008  The previous system shutdown at 4:02:47 PM on ‎1/‎21/‎2020 was unexpected (source Eventlog).
  • then Event 7023 The NcbService service terminated with the following error: A device attached to the system is not functioning (source Service Control Manager).
  • Finally the last one EventID 1001 The computer has rebooted from a bugcheck.  The bugcheck was: 0x0000007a (0x0000000000000004, 0x0000000000000000, 0xffff9416212fd5a0,  0x0000023eefc0b000). A dump was saved in: C:\WINDOWS\MEMORY.DMP. Report Id: d94ff23b-55cc-4cc5-b6da-e66c3c3d468f.


After searching for possible solution, found these:

  • chkdsk /f /r
  • sfc /scannow
  • DISM.exe /Online /Cleanup-image /Restorehealth

Prior running them I wanted you opinion.

Should I run them in the same sequence, one by one starting with chkdsk?
Can I run them simultaneously?

Or, How can I fix these problems?
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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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Hello. We're not familiar with Synology's NAS apps so we ask you for help with choose best one because Synology offers many apps for backup. What we expect from backup:
  • Backup to the external USB drive
  • The external USB drive can be encrypted
  • Possibility to recovery from Windows device ) (in case of NAS damage, we don't want to wait until NAS will return)
  • Access to data on the USB device (In case of NAS damage)
Synology has a lot of apps for backup, as on a screen below, but as I said we are not sure which from them fulfil our requirements.
2020-01-15_12h10_59.pngCan you advise us about these apps? Or warning if some of them making problems.
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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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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.