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  1. unknown S.M.A.R.T health

    Harddisk Sentinel and CrystalDisk Info are both showing status and temperature as unknown for both of my drives(128GB SSD and 500GB HDD). CMD's WMIC S.M.A.R.T checker is showing "OK" (although I do not know where the rest of "OK"s came from) . Should I be worried? Are my hard drives dying?
  2. Confused about optane

    So this is my first post in the forums but I'm confused about optane since its dissapointing launch the only times I've seen it is conveniently next to a sponsored by Intel logo, So my current rig has 2 4tb hard drives one blue for movies ect 5400 speed, and 1 black 7200 speed for games and some software, I only have a Samsung 960 evo as a boot drive and a hyper x fury ssd for mostly bethesda games and mods. So my main question is I've got a spare m.2 slot on my motherboard (maximus is formula) is it worth getting an optane drive to speed up my slower hdd's and does it take pcie lanes Thanks in advance
  3. Trouble with booting

    Hi LTT community. I'm having an issue with my drives booting. My operating system is stored on my SSD and the SSD has been set to the #1 boot priority. However, unless I select my hard drive by using f11 to get to boot order, the display says "operating system not found. Try unplugging drives without an operating system". Yes, I have done that, no it did not work. Some important information is that I recently changed cases so as such unplugged everything including SATA cables and rebuilt. The SATA cables for the SSD and HDD are not in the same place as before but as far as I know that shouldn't have an impact. To clarify, I can use the computer, but only by selecting the HDD in boot selection. The HDD does not appear in the BIOS boot order, and the SSD registers as a hard disk, though I believe that's normal. Please let me know any ideas for a solution. Thanks
  4. portable hdd ductape?

    I have a portable harddrive 1tb but ya know... its portable so no mounting point. Can I just ductape it inside the hdd slot? It is able to withstand vibration and sheit cause its portable and it fits. I don't know if i will have any issues with heating.
  5. As games are getting bigger in scale and taking up more of your storage capacity, I believe how you handle your steam library could affect your gaming experience to some extent. Sometimes you might just want to keep certain games in your PC so that you can go back to them later, but your SSD is just not big enough to fit everything, and uninstalling and downloading the game again just sucks in general. Personally, I run 2 240GB SSDs for my games and a bit of random things that I use frequently, and a single 1TB HDD for other stuff like videos and music. I switch between games like GTAV, Fallout 4, Battlefield 4/1, and games that I haven't finished all the time, ~400GB just isn't enough, and I don't feel like spending money on storage. My solution is off-loading games that I play less frequently to the HDD using Steam. That way, I don't have to uninstall quite as many times as before I created a new partiton on my HDD for this purpose. So, how do you guys, especially those with a tighter budget, deal with your storage problem, or do you have this problem at all?
  6. I just recently built my first pc and I was trying to get my secondary hdd to show up in file explorer but it doesn't. I doesn't show up in disk management however it does show up in device management and the bios. Is there anyway I can fix this?
  7. HDD benchmark

    Hi. Is Is this benchmark ok? Access time looks bad and these allegro time drops are not ok for me.
  8. 1TB HDD missing 60gb

    Today i bought a new WD blue 1TB 2.5" HDD and I had a panic when I forgot to allocate it. Though it only has 931GB as shown in the picture below. (Don't mind the name, I couldn't think of a name). I know that drives lose space but I thought this was a little bit excessive. Let me know if I'm being greedy and demand too much.
  9. Deleted Partition By Accident

    So while I was messing with my PC today, I accidentally deleted one of my drive partitions and I had maybe 30 gigs of files that I needed, and I cannot get my data back, any ideas?
  10. Weird HDD stats

    Hey guys. So I bought a used/refurbished (i guess) Hard Drive from a CeX store. 5 euros for 200 gb. 7200rpm it said. Now I plugged it in. Because the space in my pc is tight, i put it under my DVD player wich had like a small cage wich suprisingly enough was perfect for it. Now, I turned on my pc. Works fine, the HDD is recognized. It's the D drive now all good. But the stats from the CrystalDiskInfo made me worried : This is the primary hard disk where everything is: http://prntscr.com/hvobng This is the second one wich is new : http://prntscr.com/hvoc32 Are those stats normal or...? What could be causing the noise? Sometimes it's like a scratching noise, and sometimes is like a small bzzzzz
  11. So I recently bought a new motherboard MSI z270-A PRO and i5 7600k to go with it along with 2666mhz corsair LPX DDR 4 RAMs to pair with my old R9 280. I also have a Samsung 840 EVO 120gb SSD as my main drive, Samsung 840 EVO 240GB as my secondary, and my super old HDD in RAID 0 and a 1TB HDD. I reformatted the computer once when I switched parts over because it was jittery and laggy at times. But I read that it's an issue when switching motherboard or chipsets. I then got 2 new case fans to install just TODAY! I turned off my PC holding the power button, and I didn'tk now it would bring me to automatic repair after doing so three times. So my computer was stuck in automatic repair and I researched everything to try to get out of it. However when I got out of automatic repair my computer was stuck in a continuous spinning dot cycle for hours. So I decided to reformat my computer ONCE AGAIN! So now here is my problem: When I'm reformatting, it's usually super fast to load up the windows 10 installation. However, this time it booted into the blue screen with no menu available for at least 15minutes. Then the language and keyboard language option finally shows up. I click next, and now my screen has been stuck on Setup is starting for the past hour, with the hourglass as my cursor (I've even tried to open diskpart, but it wouldn't even load). I've been trying to fix this all day and I'm shit out of luck and desperate. Please send help
  12. Hey Guys, I ordered a SSD and want to install Windows on it (if it works same as with a HDD it should be no problem). Now I want to know: Is there a way to keep all the Data on my HDD and only deleting the OS and then installing Windows on the SSD, OR do I have to clean the whole HDD to get rid of windows on it, OR can i simply leave it on there and install Windows on my SSD, select it as Boot Drive and then manually delete as much as possible of the windows stuff on my HDD (if that actually is an option, what to trash, what to keep?) Thanks in advance for your help PS: (This community is great ) PPS: (Don't wonder if I dont reply, its late at night in Germany and im probably sleeping)
  13. I really need some help... I've gotten a new Toshiba 6TB internal HDD as a christmas present, which is great 'cause I'm running out of storage space. But after I've connected it to my motherboard, I went into Disk Management (or whatever it's called in English) and tried to initialize it I got the following message: "The specified disk is not convertible because the size is less than the minimum size required for GPT disks". If I try to select MBR instead I get the message: "The specified file was not found" (translated from Danish). I've tried switching out the SATA-cable and plugging the cable into other ports in my motherboard, but this doesn't help. Is there any was to fix this or do I have to return the HDD for a new one? Any help, or attempt thereof, would be incredibly appreciated. Specs: Motherboard: Asus Z170-A CPU: Intel Core i5-6600K 3.50Hz GPU: Gainward Geforce GTX 1060 6GB RAM: 2x Corsair DDR4 8GB (can't remember Hz or specific types) HD: Kingston SSD about 250GB (mostly used for the OS) & some generic 1TB HDD (for storage)
  14. My 1TB WD-Black has 45,000 hours of use, and just about 50 registered dead sectors. I'm suffering bad transfer speeds, and crashing 1-2 times a day. She's on her last legs. Would me clearing out as much storage space as possible, and defragging the disk possible bring the crashing down to a minimum, and maybe let me squeeze some life out this harddrive for up to a month? And if not, are there any other tricks and tips? Thanks,
  15. Hi, I have a problem. I just got an external hdd that was formatted and used to record stuff on a tv, you know. But when I try formatting it on my Windows 10 machine, I can't find the drive in file explorer, although I can find it in disk management. The only thing I can do with it is change it to a dynamic drive, which I don't need to do. Is there some way I can format the drive? EDIT: It worked using minitool partiton wizard
  16. I need some help

    Hello All, I just got a new 8TB and I did backup my files, and I wanted to backup more... But now my 8TB is not showing up, but in Disk Manager is showing it... But I only have format the drive, and I did look for videos and all of them don't help me at all... What shall I do? Is the data lost? Thanks for your help, Justin
  17. i have a laptop and i'm running Ubuntu on a SSD in it perfectly ( no problems), i decided that i want use my old HDD (which was used for the same laptop and running fine)for something rather than wasting it. so i thought i would install a Linux OS and boot it Externally using USB. i did manage to install the OS but i cannot run it in my Laptop i tried booting it up from a Desktop (also Externally) it works fine currently there is Gamedrift Distribution since its just for fun... but i did try many other distributions. same problem. i found that my laptop bios does not detect the HDD at all. the LED on the HDD does not even blink. Note:- i can detect the HDD when i'm running Ubuntu in the same computer and use it for what ever i want anybody knows what did go wrong in my BIOS?? and if possible ... how to fix it to run it from my laptop there is a chance that the HDD is damaged somehow, because even when install it internally it doesn't run it just stuck ...... but my laptop detect it -----> but then i don't know why does it work on other computers
  18. Faulty HDD?

    Hey guys, I bought a new HDD in June this year - the SeaGate Barracuda 1TB 6GB/S. Recently, usually while running games, the program crashes and closes, then a windows notification pops-up in the bottom right saying something like "HDD E: Choose what you want to do with this drive" I've seen the message before but only when plugging in USB drives... Is this a problem with the HDD itself or the rest of my PC? I'd appreciate any help I can get, thanks.
  19. After 2 years of using my 1TB WD-Black HDD, I noticed signs of wear. Transfer times being Consistently Inconsistent, crashing and hanging under load, and just general sluggishness. So I ran CrystalDiskInfo, to find out that my HDD is in critical condition, but what truly caught my eye is that it allegedly has over 45,000 hours of Power on Hours. That's over 5 years of use. How can my hard drive have over 5 years of use, when I purchased it 2 years ago? That means when I bought it "new" from amazon in 2015, it actually had ~3 years of use on it from the get-go. Perhaps this was a server hard drive which was refurbished, then sold on amazon as "new"? I went back in my purchase history and there is absolutely no signs on the amazon page of it being "refurbished" or "reused".
  20. I just purchased a 4TB Seagate BarraCuda about an hour ago on Amazon to use as a drive for all of my games however looking online I have seen some people claiming that their BarraCuda drive isn't 7200rpm but is in fact something like 5900rpm? Can anyone confirm if the Seagate BarraCuda 4TB model is 7200rpm or not? Thanks
  21. Has happened a couple times before, but I just unplugged the sata and power cables and plugged them back in and it worked. Doesn't work anymore.
  22. Hey All, To make a long story short, I guess I fucked up while messing with my partitions. Now I wanted to reinstall my OS after copying my personal files from a bootable usb onto an external HDD but also the bootable USB is not able to start up. Is there any way to retrieve my personal files from the HDD that is fucked? Kind regards!
  23. Upgrading my PC

    Hello, While upgrading my PC, I came upon the old 500GB 2.5" HDD that I used in my old Macbook (with OS X Snow Leopard in it) and was wondering if I could use it in my PC to upgrade from 500GB to 1TB. I know that I may have to format it or something, but is there another way I could "dual-boot" Mac OS from Windows? I know it is a SATA drive and that I have mounts for a 2.5" drive
  24. Help! I've just built my first rig. Inside is a Samsung 850 EVO 250GB and a Seagate Barracuda 2TB. I put Windows on the EVO, and had some troubles (Only HDD seen, had to plug in SSD again.) but now I can't see the HDD at all within Windows. What should I do?
  25. HDD clinking/clicking sound

    I have installed my new water cooler today and I had to disassemble my computer. During the installation I cleaned all the dust from my components and then i put it all back. Ever since I turned my PC on I've been hearing a weird noise coming from my HDD (WD Blue 1TB 7200rpm). It's a sound of a scratch followed by 6 periodical clinking/clicking sounds and then it stops. It happens quite frequently (at least once a minute). It's always the same and during that time a small CD icon appears next to my cursor in Windows 10. I've never had a problem with any of my drives and it's not a usual sound, but the drive is working perfectly fine. I can access all the data and the speeds are the same. I've had this drive for nearly 3 years and It's almost full, currently 765GB / 931GB used. 400GB of that are recorded videos that I don't want to lose. I have no backup, except for some most important files in cloud. I know it's stupid, but I was spending money on different things other than an external drive. I don't know what to do right now. I should probably get a new drive, but I don't want to just throw this one away, since it's still working, but it would be a good idea, so I could transfer all the data when it's still working. Is there any way to fix the drive? Any tools to find out what's wrong with it?