Articles tagged: hard disk
Transferring data to a replacement drive needn’t be difficult. In fact, being prepared for a transfer is a side effect of backing up regularly.
Windows configures itself to the hardware it finds — but changing everything at once by moving the system disk to a different machine might be too much.
When sending your computer out for repair, you’re handing over everything on it, including your data. Options to secure a hard drive are limited.
Hard disks can last a long time, but it’s important to realize that they could still fail at any moment.
Chkdsk checks your disk for errors at a low level, requiring exclusive access to the disk to do so. “Chkdsk cannot run…” means it doesn’t have the exclusive access it needs.
The concept seems simple: take a system image of one machine, restore it to another, and avoid lengthy setup time. Unfortunately, it’s not that simple.
Choosing the right long-term storage media is part of protecting your data from degradation or other forms of loss. But there’s more to it than just media.
It’s tempting to back up to a separate partition, because it’s somewhat like another disk. The problem is, it’s not. You could be risking your data.
NAS, for Network Attached Storage, is a device that provides shared disk space on your network. You may already have one.
Partitioning, or splitting a single physical hard drive into multiple drives, has pros and cons. I’ll look at those and make a recommendation.
There are signs we can use to determine if a hard drive is about to fail, but it’s also common for a drive to fail without any indication at all.
Extracting data from a hard drive in a dead computer isn’t typically difficult, unless it’s the drive itself that caused the problem.
The rescue or emergency disk provided by many backup programs is more useful than most people realize.
Multiple partitions can be useful at times. I’ll show you how to create a new partition by “splitting” an existing C: partition.
The difference between the various types of things we might call “memory” is a fundamental concept that’s often confused. I’ll review the basics.
I’ll show you how to reduce the last little bit of disk activity happening on your computer, but is that really going to help?
This feels like a hard-drive failure to me. There are several things you can check, but the most urgent thing to do is back up!
The Windows system utility CHKDSK is a powerful and useful tool in diagnosing and repairing certain types of disk problems. I’ll review several ways to run it, and try and describe what it does.
It ‘s impossible to say how hard it may be for any one person, but, let me go down a list of things that you need to think about it when it’s time to replace a hard drive in a laptop.
I recently replaced the primary hard drive on my primary machine with an SSD. I’ll walk you through the steps I took that made the process relatively pain-free.
Hard disk errors come from several different sources, and as a result there are several different approaches to resolving them.