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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 have a new HP Omen laptop that I just installed a new 1 TB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD hard drive.
The laptop came with a 128 GB PCIe NVMe M.2 SSD  (which I swapped out) and a 1 TB 7200 RPM SATA HDD which I left alone.

I am a bit of a novice on this so I am confused with what to do next.  Windows does not see the bigger drive and so it is all shown in Computer Managment as 'unallocated space'.

It seems to me on laptops where i had done something similar in the past I was just able to right click the main area, select 'extend' and follow the prompts.

However, extend is greyed-out when I try that?   Help!
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10 Tips to Protect Your Business from Ransomware
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I'm trying to resurrect an HP Pavilion 500-0470cb.
I had formatted the hard drive and then couldn't boot at all.
I found a bad power pin on the DVD power connector and fixed that.
I replaced the DVD drive.
I see the lights on the keyboard.
The boot is set for DVD first, HD 2nd.

When I go to boot from a Windows 10 DVD or a Knoppix CD, this happens:
1) the legend "press any key to boot from CD or DVD" appears
2) I press any key and nothing happens.
3) Soon, the light blue Recovery screen appears and is frozen - nothing works to change at that point.

If there is not a bootable CD/DVD in the drive, it goes direct to (3).

I'm stuck.
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I need to clean up a number of hard drives that contain different back ups / downloads of files and folders.  It's a mess. Is there a synchronizing program that will examine what files are duplicates so that I can clean it up?  Hardly a tech question but it seems a common problem.
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Hello Everyone,

          I am wondering how I can copy or transfer the entire contents of a 1TB external WD USB drive to a 2TB external WD USB drive.  

          Any suggestions regarding any special hardware or software needed to accomplish this task will be greatly appreciated.

          Thank you very much :-)

          George
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Hello Experts,

We have dell storage array.  It ran into some issues of running very slow yesterday and eventually resolved its self.  Attached is the majoreventlog.  Any input on the situation would be great.

Thank you,

-GTS
majorEventLog.txt
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I have a batch of refurbished Dell 086DD 1.92 SAS SSDs that I would like to test for TBW / remaining health before installing in a production environment.  I posted another question and learned that I can use an SAS Host Bus Adapter card to allow Crystal Disk Info to read the usage information from SAS drives.  However, the problem that I am now having is getting a card that will work with these specific 086DD drives.

I have used the following cards.  All of them will recognize and access a Kingston 240GB SATA SSD and a Dell Toshiba 0GWFRY 300GB SAS HD.  
--Supermicro SAAS2LP-MV8 HBA - 1.92TB not recognized
--PERC H700 - 1.92 not recognized
--PERC H710 - 1.92 not recognized
--PERC 6i - 1.92 IS recognized!!
EDIT --H310 - 1.92 not recognized (one of my guys got the IT firmware flashed)
EDIT - PERC 5i - 1.92 IS recognized

Of the four cards I've tried, the oldest card is the only one that will recognize the 1.92TB SSD.  Since it's not an HBA, though, I can't use Crystal Disk Info with it to access the drive status.  

I also have an H310 that I am trying to get flashed into HBA mode with the IT firmware, but it's giving me some grief with a "failed to initialize PAL" error.  However, I am not optimistic about the H310 working as I assume it's the same generation as the H710.  

So, what SAS HBA do I need to buy that recognize and access a Dell 086DD 1.92 SAS SSD?
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The track pad on my very old MacBook Pro is jammed. I don't use the laptop but there are photos and files on it that I want. Because of lack of updates, they are not backed up in the cloud. I do not care to pay to have the trackpad fixed, so is the best way to retrieve those photos and files to pay a repair shop to transfer them to an external hard drive?
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I need to go to a job site to wipe 25 hard drives.  I want to load software on a USB stick/boot to USB then reformat disk.  Any suggestions for what the best software to use would be?
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Hyper-V Machines in Stopping State?
It's not because of Hard drive space 472 GB Free of 1.09TB
30 VM's of which 14 are in stopping state..

Server 2016 Datacenter
HP DL380 G6
96 GB Ram
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i have about 600gb data that i like to transfer from one windows 10 laptop to other windows 10 laptop
how can i achieve it

please advise
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The 7 Worst Nightmares of a Sysadmin
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what is the cheap and best passport drive that is available in market now

https://news.samsung.com/global/samsung-electronics-begins-mass-production-of-industrys-largest-capacity-ssd-30-72tb-for-next-generation-enterprise-systems

is 30TB is available as above?
i do not like too big size and electric connection etc.
more portable is better to move it along with me
i see
WD My Book 8TB-New USB 3.0 Desktop HDD Western Digital-NEW WDBBGB0080HBK-NESN

and
Seagate Expansion Desktop 8TB External Hard Drive
Please advise
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I have an older Dell PowerEdge SC1430 server that I is not recognizing the SATA 2 hard drives I have installed (WD2500YS).  I have 2 of these drives installed on SATA0 and SATA1.  I believe I have the latest BIOS installed (1.4.0) from Dell.  The drives are empty (no OS).  I get the following error when trying to install WIn7/64 bit (get similar error when attempting to install Win2003).  I do not have a PERC installed (RAID controller).  There seems to be only one SATA setting (under "Integrated Devices>Embedded SATA" where there are only 2 options (ATA MODE and Off).

ERROR:
Windows cannot be installed to this disk.  This computer hardware may not support booting to this disk.  Ensure that the disk's controller is enabled in the computer's BIOS menu.

Thank you.
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Hi,

I have HP DL380 G7 server that has 6 drives. Each two drives working under RAID1 configuration. One of hard drive failed (start to blink yellow color).  I want to replace it with a new one. I have same size hard drive but I do not know how to build RAID 1 configuration again for the failed drive.

All drives are SAS and hot swap. Are there any documents or video that can help me to do that?

Thank you in advance.
Regards
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We are contemplating purchasing some used SAS SSDs and would like to be able to verify the health of the drives before deploying them.  We use Crystal Diskinfo for SATA drives, connected via the motherboard controller, and it works great, but SAS SSDs are connected to RAID controllers (PERC 6i, H700, or H710) and CDI isn't able to display any information.  We've even tried configuring the SAS drives as JBOD or leaving them unconfigured, figuring that might do the trick, but it doesn't.  

As far as I know, none of our spare servers have onboard SAS.  Are there passthrough SAS cards that will allow CDI to read from attached SSDs?  

What's the best / easiest / most efficient way to check TBW (terabytes written) or health remaining on SAS SSDs?
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Having trouble downloading Google drive to my PC.  I have downloaded twice but can't find it on my computer nor does it show up in control panel under programs and features.  I would like to place a folder for Google drive under Quick Launch so that I can put documents there from my computer.  Thanks
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I have a 750GB hard drive that just seemingly filled up overnight.  It is a headless desktop used as a "server" for a specific industry.

I select all the folders on the hard drive and it shows about 45GB of data.  (I have made sure that show hidden folders and files is on.)   I run WinDirStat (as an administrator) looking for the huge file, malware, temporarily files and it also shows around 45GB total.

I run CHKDSK c: /f in CMD (as administrator) and reboot it.  That doesn't fix it either.

I go into DISKPART and it shows the full hard drive.

In "My PC" it shows 10GB free out of 640GB.

I run a local defender scan and an online ESET scanner and shows clean.  

Therefore, I have a 750GB hard drive with less than 50GB of data on it verified by two different programs and it is almost full.

I haven't ran a SMART test on it (yet nothing is being reported on boot up) nor plugged it into my Linux server box for a second opinion.

Is this a hardware or SMART error?  NTFS?  

The drive is old (probably about 8 years old) but still works except for this issue.
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We are in the process of buying new Desktops for our company network. When we buy equipment we historically keep it for somewhere between 7 and 9 years.  Most of the suppliers we have asked are quoting  for machines with Solid State Drives.  When I looked at this a few years ago Solid State Drives  had a lifespan of about 4 years. For this reason I was going to stick with Hard Disk Drives.  The machines in question will be used in an office environment with standard work loads of Word , Excel, email. The files are stored  on a network so the local disks tend to be below half capacity at the end of the 9 year period.

Does anyone know what the likely lifespan of a solid state drive might be nowadays?
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This is a brand new Server 2019 Standard Server. I use USB hard drives for Backup. Every time I put a disk in it shows up as being Offline and the information button yields "The disk is offline because of policy set by an administrator" and I have to jerk around with diskpart to get it online.

Is this yet another boneheaded move by M$ to have USB drives come in offline? I don't want to do this every time I switch USB hard drives. What is the permanent fix and why in the world would M$ make this the default????
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There are more than one type of solid state drives available. I wish to be able to describe and identify the drives that I am involved with using the correct terminology I have included photos of the drives. Could someone please give me the full correct description of each of these shown three types? If they are identified by more than one name please give me both names so that no matter what company I happen to be speaking to they will know what I am speaking of.Photos of solid state drives #1Photos of solid state drive #2
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Protecting & Securing Your Critical Data
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This is intend to use a vbscript to check for the any USB attached devices. After went through few rounds of testing, found that "USB thumb drive" is appear as "removable disk". While "USB external hard disk" is appear as "local fixed disk". Coincidently, the local hard disk deployed on the PC is appear as "local fixed disk", with drive letter c:. Please see the script contents as follows. I divided the checking on 2 parts, first being the "removable disk" checking, follows by "local hard disk" for usb external hard disk.

Wscript.Echo "Security Checklist: Removable Disks - USB HardDisk & USB Thumb Drive"
Wscript.Echo "--------------------------------------------------------------------"

'for removable disk only - usb thumb drive

'bolDeviceFound = False
'strComputer = InputBox("Enter the name of the computer to Search for USB devices:")
 
 
'query the WMI service for the computer name
 
'Set objWMIService = GetObject("winmgmts:" _
'   & "{impersonationLevel=impersonate}!\\" & strComputer & "\root\cimv2")
   
 'display the connected computer  
' WScript.Echo "You have connected to computer " & strComputer
'strComputer = "."

Set colItems = objWMIService.ExecQuery ("SELECT * from Win32_LogicalDisk WHERE Description = 'Removable Disk'")
 
For Each objItem in colItems
'      WScript.Echo "The computer " &strComputer &" has a removable USB drive connected with drive letter: " & objItem.Name
        WScript.Echo "The computer has a removable USB thumb …
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I have an All-In-One with a Gigabyte H77TN Mini ITX motherboard.  Configuration was 256GB SSD mSATA and 500GB 2.5" HDD SATA.  The mSATA was the system drive and failed.  Replaced the mSATA with a 500GB SSD mSATA (860 EVO) and booted off of USB Win10 ISO to install Win 10.  Windows' Installation routine found two drives, both of 500GB size.  As I didn't want to inadvertently select the wrong drive, I powered off, unplugged HDD, powered on and installed Win 10 on the only drive seen (the SSD).  Windows installed perfectly.  Powered off, reconnected HDD, powered on and entered CMOS.  Both drives show.  Restarted, Windows 10 loads but 500GB HDD is non-existent. Open Disk Manager and it does not show.  Looked at Device Manager... drive does not show.

Powered off, removed HDD from system, placed into a USB shell, connected to system, powered on and entered Windows.  Windows asks if I'd like to initialize the drive as MBR or GPT.  I selected MBR.  I did not create a partition... electing to instead do so from within Disk Manager in Win 10.  Returned HDD to the system, reconnected power & SATA cable, powered on system, verified it showed in CMOS, continued into Win 10.  Nowhere is there any indication that the HDD is connected to the system from within Win 10.

Not sure what to do next to make this secondary drive available in Windows.
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Hi

I am building a test lab and need some help.
Installed ESXi on a usb on a server.

Than added Harddrives.
The HDs are not being detected.
I do not know what on them.

How would you go about this??
is there any way i can have ESXi detect the HDs? i did rescan and it did not detect anything.

Any feedback is appreciated, I dont know where to start


thanks
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i am getting a new computer (it has been 8 years) and wondering about best SSD Hard Drive config.

I am mainly using the Adobe products, but no 3D stuff.... photoshop, preimer, illustrator.

What is the fastest setup

- 1 SSD for both OS and Programs
- 1 SSD for OS and another SSD for Programs?

Does this even matter anymore?  thanks
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thinking to sell used laptop

Any good sites that give good price on them

Please advise
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I was recently shipped new server drives for my Dell server (right) but they dont seem to line up correctly with the channels. I pulled out the current drives (left) and want to find the same carriers. Looking at the picture now and it looks like there might be a part number listed but unfortunately this is an older pic and no longer near the drives.

https://imgur.com/a/EWN15HC


Anyone know what I need based off the picture?
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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.