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Software that interacts with a physical disk on a computer.

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Data recovery software to rescue data from a corrupted harddisk

My external HDD (1TB) is corrupted and showing the below error in Windows. The disk icon shown in My Computer and in system tray. Location is not accessible G:\ is not accessible The parameter is ...
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Full disk encryption after installation of the operating system

I am looking for a tool that automatically deploys full-disk-encryption on hosts with pre-installed operating systems. Must work with Linux/gpt. User should be able to decrypt the system via ...
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Plan which files/directories to put on which drive (bin packing problem)

I want to plan which files/directories to put on which drive. (Not all fit on one drive.) This is similar to the bin packing problem. The difference is that I care about meaningful grouping, so I want ...
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Wiping disk with continuation support (resumable SDelete)

I like SDelete for wiping disks. The larger disks become, the longer it takes to complete. An external 1 TB USB 2.0 disk already takes 8:30 hours to delete fully. Many things can happen during that ...
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Partition cloner/backupper that supports encrypted partitions

Most Partition backup software don't support encrypted HDD partitions, like for example PS3 or PS4 encrypted HDDs. I've tried Easeus, Aomei, Macrium, Paragon,... There was only one tool called HDD Raw ...
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About the proper data recovery software for deleted partitions ( merged partitions after installing windows)

One of my friend and has tried to install the new windows and merged all the computer partitions and deleted important data from its hard drive, so we are trying to help him to recover its data. I ...
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What is a Library that will let me Create/Emulate a Virtual Disk Drive in Windows using C#/.NET?

I want to use C# and .NET 5 to create a 'virtual' disk drive in Windows. This drive would show as a drive letter (M: etc) in e.g. windows file explorer and command prompt. The actual handlers for ...
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Data privacy on shared external HDD

I have a shared external HDD with my family and want to encrypt/secure my data. Now we already have a software that password protects the overall hard drive but once the HDD is accessed, all folders ...
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Clonezilla alternative on Windows

I am looking for a Clonezilla alternative. The only thing that I really need from a Clonezilla is deploying one whole disk image (1TB disk, with around 400GB of data) into 200-250 PC's I am changing ...
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Software that constantly monitors which processes write and read on disk

I know Windows has Performance Monitor and Resource Monitor but they don't quite check all the things on my list. I want something like what you can see here with Process Hacker. Resource Monitor ...
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Open-source command line application to catalog the files of external hard-drives

I'm looking for a maintained open-source application to catalog the files of many external harddrives from the command line. The app should run on macOS and maybe on Linux too. I am thinking of the ...
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Move files to one folder per filetype

Background I have a collection of many different backups over the years in 3 different hard drive and a myriad of folders in each (100s). Some of them are many multiple incremental backups. A few ...
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Disk cloning software for OFFLINE drives?

I'm looking for a disk cloning program that does NOT run from a Windows shadow volume or something that enables it to run whilst the disk is currently in use. It should run by rebooting the machine ...
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Software to handle copying files from unreliable external HDD

The software does not NEED to be exactly for that purpose. But basically the issue is that I'm trying to copy files from an old external HDD that fell hard on the ground at least three times. I was ...
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Looking for full disk incremental backup for Linux (command line)

I am looking for Linux disk backup software that can make scheduled incremental backups of a live running disk, including boot and other partitions, where the backup disk can replace the source disk ...
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Which software can I use to transfer Windows 10 to a new hard drive?

I have used my laptop, I have already bought with Windows 10, for many years. I want to change the hard drive because, over time, it got slower and slower. But my problem is: How can I transfer my old ...
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Open Source Disk Manager / Partitioning Tool for Windows

Windows Disk Manager has to be one of the most limited disk manager / partitioning tools that I've ever used, and I've come across plenty of other disk partitioning tools for Windows, but they've all ...
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Data recovery tool for external hard-disk

My external hard drive (not SSD) had a "soft failure", meaning that the mechanics seem to be fine, but some files got errouneously deleted from file system after a chkdsk fix. I know the list of files ...
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Software to clean unnecessary data from my PC without making any kind of damage?

I do have a lot of unnecessary data in my C-drive, some of them are from previously installed software and some are just some temporary files... Can you suggest me some good software to clean them ...
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What sofware to encrypt whole drives, Google drive folder, keeping access on Android and good performances?

I would like to encrypt my drives and data on Windows 10, but I need some recommendation to use the appropriate software(s). On my system drive, I have the "Backup and sync" Google software and the ...
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is there any encryption software for HDD servers?

I am working in a company which they want to encrypt they entire hard disk if someone wants to pulls it out from server. I searched a lot about windows bit-locker or some alternative software's but ...
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HDD healthcheck tool bootable from USB stick

I found a few old SATA HDDs that I would like to use as NAS. Since I haven't been using them for a while I would like to make sure they are healthy (no bad sectors, etc.). I have an old laptop with ...
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What Windows tools can access and decrypt Mac hard drives?

In my project, I have some encrypted Mac hard drives (apfs), and I am required to access the data from some Windows 10 machine. I tried to use HFSexplorer to extract all possible partitions. But most ...
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Recovering data from RAW image of a dying hard disk

My 1TB Seagate hard disk stopped working few days ago. I was trying to backup the data as much as possible. But after copying nearly 100GB, the NTFS drives become RAW drives. I tried many software (...
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Software to make HDD to be a lazy copy of SSD?

I want to build a Windows 10 PC with 500GB SSD and 500GB HDD (and other disks, but they are not important in this question). How to make that HDD to be a silent copy of the SSD? I mean all data on ...
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What cost effective alternatives are there to Jetico BestCrypt?

I'm currently assessing alternatives to Truecrypt, Veracypt and others (as discussed in the post here). Jetico BestCrypt appears to be a viable paid competitor to options such as Bitlocker. It isn't ...
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What, preferably open-source, program allows me to full format a secondary HDD on Windows 10 without creating a file system?

I've been using the built-in full format feature on Windows 10 However - after the full format - I feel uneasy when I see files displayed on a HDD in the Windows file Explorer that Windows ...
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Gratis Windows software to check hard drive

Please recommend gratis Windows software to check every sector on a hard drive. I just want read verification for each sector; I don't need write verification. Can be a GUI app, or run from the ...
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Disk cloning for failing disk

I have a failing disk with thousands of relocated sectors, and a few pending ones. This disk need to be cloned to an SSD of equal size. However, cloning tools fail with a permission denied error ...
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Cache popular files on a local SSD from a large repository of files on a local/LAN spin drive

A friend of mine has a relatively small SSD as his primary drive and he likes to store, in addition to the OS and applications, all his CAD data and other documents. Currently, he saving up for a ...
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Photo management system for NAS

We are operating a Synology 1517+ NAS which is responsible for storing images (PNG, JPEG etc.), however there are other non-photo/video files stored as well. We are looking for an organisational tool ...
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Software to Freeze Changes to a Windows PC

Years ago I was told someone got software installed on their Windows XP workstation that essentially froze the current state of the drive. While it was turned on, I'm guessing all writes were ...
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Is there an alternative for active tools for formatting and creating partition?

I'm trying to format my usb pendrive with one of those low level options like Gutmann, DoD or filling with zeros to wipe all data. I used Active DVD tools on Windows XP SP3 for years, but I always ...
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Secure delete disks with Raspberry (delete station)

I'm about to backup files from various hard disks and I need to securely delete the hard disks before I get rid of them. At the moment I'm using my PC and SysInternals SDelete. Deleting a disk via ...
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SMART monitoring apps recommendations, and can Windows 10 monitor it on its own?

Sometimes SMART parameters can be useful for predicting HDD level of wear. After a recent HDD crash, I've looked at apps like CrystalInfo and HDD Sentinel, but can you recommend one that is best at ...
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macOS application for showing external HDD usage?

I'm planning on selling a used external HDD on eBay. Are there any applications for macOS out there (preferably free) that can show me the usage statistics for the drive so that I can let potential ...
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Generate partial Disk Images

I have a external HDD that produces random read failures (and it would after that show errors for all subsequent read access until I switch it off/on again) S.M.A.R.T information shows that the ...
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Raw partitioning software for Windows 10

Almost all partitioning software that I've seen does mandatory filesystem checking and data moving before actually changing the partition table. I'm looking for a software that does raw partitioning (...
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Linux hard drive speed test

I would like a lhard drive speed test software. I have tried black magic but it doesn't appear to support Linux. What are my options?
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Recommendation for a hard drive panic button to securely erase hard drive in case of emergency

I work with some folks who do disaster relief in different parts of the world. One concern that they have is that unfriendly governments or local officials might come into their offices at anytime and ...
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Syncing cloud storage with external hard drive

I basically want to have a clone of my External HDD uploaded to a cloud service. I need a way to execute a 2-way sync every time the External HDD is plugged in. So, the changes made to the cloud (new ...
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Disk wipe/erase tools

I have a large number of HDDs which I have the intention to sell. So I need to erase them. I was thinking to buy tool from Blancco or White Canyon. Which tool you advise me to buy? Maybe some other ...
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Cloning a bitlocked HDD to SSD

I would like to upgrade my corporate laptop to an SSD drive without going through the tedious process of getting our IT team to do it. Can I make an exact copy of my bitlocked system and trick my ...
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Encrypted external disk, with no need to enter password each time

There are many solutions to encrypt an external disk. Unfortunately, they require me to type my long password every time I plug the disk, which is several times per day. My special need: I don't want ...
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Windows utility to spin-down unused HDDs (alternative to RevoSleep)

I have a decent Core i7 PC, running Windows 10, and due to amounts of raw data I'm working with every other day, I have 5 SATA HDDs installed in addition to the system SSD. I also like to make my PC ...
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Alternative to Disk Utility mac

So i'm trying to resize a partition on my backup drive without erasing my data (see here). I have been talking to some of my friends about this since my other question currently has no responses, ...
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Tool to replicate a computer with Windows/Linux dual boot

I have 6 identical laptops with nothing installed on them. I want to install OS, application software and drivers into all of them. How can I achieve that with minimum efforts and time. I have tried ...
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Measure disk writes

I'm looking for software to monitor/count running apps disk usage, not like Windows TaskManager and ResourcesMonitor do. I need some kind of summary: | app | disk usage (summary from start) | I'm ...
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Easy util for formatting hard drive with GPT and grub2?

Is there a util to easily format an empty hard drive (or convert an existing set of partitions) so the drive afterwards has: GPT partitions, and... is grub2 ready, and... can still boot "legacy" OS ...
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Encrypt my external hard disk (Linux + OS X + Windows)

I have some external hard disks. I have encrypted them with the default encryption utility that comes with OS X, so I get encrypted HFS+ disks. Now I need to encrypt the same disks, but I need to be ...
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