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How is the capacity of a harddisk faked?

I was reading about magical Chinese drives. How would this be done? The post talks about a 'looped mode' and comments suggest having a different controller to lie to the OS. I went and bought one of ...
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Avoid HDD spinup at boot

Is there any way to avoid specific HDDs from spinning up at boot time? There are 3 HDDs in my HTPC (Ubuntu 12.10) and 1 SSD (boot drive). I don't want the HDDs to spin up when booting to reduce boot ...
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Are USB hard drive sizes limited by motherboard hard drive controller?

I'm looking to put an expansion EIDE controller in my dad's desktop so it can handle a new 500 GB drive (evidently the motherboard EIDE controller has the 137 GB limit). He got a 500 GB USB hard drive ...
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Relation between controllers, interfaces, adapt cards, chipsets, buses

I am confused about the following concepts and their relations: controllers, interfaces, adapters, chipsets, buses and north/south bridges. Can anyone point out how they are working together, what are ...
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How can I find the right driver for my RAID controller?

I have a RAID controller that I used to have a driver for, but after rebuilding windows, the controller no longer shows up. I don't remember who made it, or really anything about it. How can I track ...
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System Event ID 11 Disk

Upon starting Windows Server 2008 R2 I get this error message: Event ID 11 Disk The driver detected a controller error on \Device\Harddisk3\DR3. There are also also 3 more similar messages for ...
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PCI-E SATA Controller

i'm trying to find a SATA Controller that has a PCI-E connecction of at least 4x, and has also at least 4 channels for SATA disks. I need it to make a real raid 5 system, the fakeraid on my ...
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SATA Card/RAID Controller - Covering Both Economically

I have been researching RAID (specifically RAID 5) for the last couple weeks. I have seen arguments for both sides, whether to use it, whether to use software versus hardware, and some arguments in ...
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Is there a noticable difference between OB SATA bandwidth vs PCI-e SATA Controller

Main Question : Would I see any benefit (I/O bandwidth-wise) to purchasing a separate (non-raid) PCI-e controller card to plug SATAII drives into vs on-board SATAII slots? I'd be plugging at least ...
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TRIM Consequences

I was wondering if one of you can help me understand what are the SSD TRIM command actually does in Windows . To my best of knowledge, once a user deletes a file, Windows obtains the list of clusters ...
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What is a benefit of using separate HDD / RAID controller?

I have Asus P6T Deluxe V2 motherboard with integrated HDD controller providing 6 SATA II (3 Gb/s) ports. I use this controller for 2 SSDs and 4 HDDs. SSDs and one HDD are for host system (Windows 7 ...
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Windows XP SP3 does not recognize my RAID SET?

I have a EP45C-UD3R motherboard and recently installed a Sil3132 PCI-E controller with 2 500GB Sata2 HD, at bios level the controller is recognized and I can setup my RAID SET which I set to RAID1. ...
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Cache of SCSI disk

I have a SCSI controller (HP Smart Array 642), using cciss driver on Linux, which is connected to several SCSI disks. I am trying to optimize the communication between these devices and came to the ...
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Intel SASWT4I SAS/SATA Controller

I want to assemble a cheap storage sytem based on the Norco RPC-4020 Case. When searching for controllers I found this one: Intel® RAID Controller SASWT4I This is a quote form the Spec Sheet: ...
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8051 MCU debug board function

In school I have written many programs for an 8051 compatible CPU. But I never actually knew how our "debug" sets worked. I mean, we test our programs in special sets, which actually allow you to very ...
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Simulate analogue steering wheel input from third party software like xPadder [closed]

I currently have a steering wheel connected to my htpc, running Windows 8. Since it doesn't work with (or get recognized by) all the games I play, I use xpadder. As far as I understand, it simply ...
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Move an SSD with Windows 7 to a new PCIe SATA controller card

This is my current setup: Abit AB9 QuadGT motherboard which has an Intel P965 chipset with Intel ICH8 SATA Rev. 2.0 controller Kingston HyperX 3K 120GB SSD which supports SATA Rev. 3.0 Windows 7 ...
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Controller Error: Do I need to worry?

I have a HP Pavillion dv5224ea Laptop with Windows 7 on it. Recently I discovered a Error in Event Viewer: The driver detected a controller error on \Device\Ide\IdePort1. (more details): - System ...
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Can an SSD drive be used without a controller?

I read somewhere that an SSD can be attached to a motherboard using the PCI-Express bus without a controller. I am not sure what this means. If these are special kind of motherboards, what are some of ...
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How does the BIOS disable a controller on the motherboard?

What happens when you disable a controller in the BIOS? How does it stop the OS from picking it up when it scans the buses for devices. Does it stop power going to the controller, if so how does it ...
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Linux Embedded Controller editor

Does anyone know of an Embedded Controller editor for Linux? I currently use Read & Write Utility When using Windows to set my fan between 25%-50% because without it my laptop idles at 50°c When ...
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High Performance USB connection?

I'm wondering if there high performance USB controllers in the same way that there are high performance NIC cards. I'd like a way to run a USB device with minimal load on the main CPU. Any Ideas?
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Do partitions on SSDs map to physical addresses? 2

My scenario: I partition a 250GB SSD drive in half. I fill the 1st partition with OS and data and leave the 2nd one absolutely empty. Does this affect wear leveling of the SSD? Can partitioning an ...
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Connecting to a Cisco controller

I've setup a terminal according to this guide, but I still need an address to connect to, right? How can I find it?
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Wireless controllers vs wireless usb hub

For my htpc i currently only have a steerin wheel as a controller. This is wired and it looks really bad having extended usb wires from the tv to the table. However im thinking of bying some new ...
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Memory Stick Controller is not compatible with this version of Windows

I'm getting this error message in the Action Center on Windows 7, and I can't seem to solve it through Windows or through searches on Google: RICOH R5C592 PCI-CardBus/IEEE-1394/SD Card/Memory ...
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How do I reinstall the “HID Compliant Driver”?

System Specifications: Operating System: Windows 7, Home Premium 64-bit Service Pack 1 Problem: Driver-related Problem: I have a wired Afterglow Gamepad Controller for XBox 360 and there seem to be ...
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Repurposing a USB Keyboard to be just a USB Numpad [closed]

I had an old keyboard lying around and it got me thinking. I was wondering how easy it would be to remove keys from it, leaving only some. For instance, only keeping the numerical pad in the keyboard ...
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1-2 controller cards in system: How to initialize onboard controller first?

I have an older mobo in my system whose Promise PDC20376 onboard controller sometimes causes minor problems when other external cards (bus is good ol' PCI) are present and the onboard one gets ...
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Motherboard controllers

Is there a way to find out all the controllers the motherboard can access (ie: DMA, UART, IDE) without actually looking at the motherboard board? Sorry if it sounds silly, but I just discovered the ...
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Control 2 fans as if they are 1?

I'm currently planning out my first PC build and have come to an unusual problem. As part of my build I decided to include an LCD screen-type fan controller, [this one] ...
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Is controller a computer?

A microcontorller is a computer on a single chip. Is a controller also a computer? From Wikipedia controller signifies a chip or expansion card that interfaces with a peripheral device. ...
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Multiple storage controllers in same PC [closed]

What limits the number of controllers inside a single PC? For example, if I do not care about enclosure, power, cooling considerations - and all the other superficial facts - what are the negotiable ...
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How do I reconnect my account to a domain if there is no domain controller?

I had a Windows 7 machine with one account connected to the office domain. I moved abroad, carrying my Windows 7 machine, and the office disappeared. However I still was able to login locally in my ...
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Chance of data recovery from an unreadable microSD card

I have sent my dead microSD card to a data recovery company, but it could not help me. The following is the diagnosis by the company. Can the existing technology help rescue my data? ...
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VGA compatible controller (Intel and Nvidia)

I need to know the bus address of my video controller to fix a problem about the brightness keybinding on Debian Wheezy. I did lspci | grep VGA and the result is: 00:02.0 VGA compatible ...
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Intel ICH10R vs Marvell 9123 for desktop RAID 1 with SSDs

I have a desktop with an ASUS motherboard with 6 SATA ports. 4x3Gbps ICH10R ports 2x6Gbps Marvell 9123 ports I bought two 3Gbps Intel SSD drives to be used in a RAID 1 configuration (reliability ...
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Unable to determine why HDD cannot be recognized

Yesterday, I was the unfortunate victim of an icy sidewalk. I slipped while carrying my HP dv6780se laptop hibernating in its case. I didn't think anything of the laptop until I got home, noted that ...
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Domain Controller and Active directory - best practise [on hold]

We got one DC running Windows server 2008R2, and AD now I need to setup something when user log's out all settings go back to default.. is it possible with GPO or other settings ?! And is it ...
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Getting a “The driver detected a controller error on \Device\Harddisk4\DR4”. Why?

I'm getting errors like this showing up in my event log: The driver detected a controller error on \Device\Harddisk4\DR4. It's for drives DR1 to DR4. On my PC that's things like MicroSD drives ...
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What kind of cables does one use to connect SAS expanders?

I have recently purchased an expensive hard-drive controller. This question is about the cable that came with it; Two of the connectors fit into a regular hard drive of the SATA (and SAS) standard. ...
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Is it possible to pinpoint location or position on capacitive touch screens?

I've been researching for days trying to understand if a position can be specifically located on a capacitive screen. Since they are in a XY fashion, can a point or range of points be designated to a ...
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Setting a security descriptor for a directory partition in AD

We've recently migrated our domain controller from Samba 4 based setup to a Windows 2008 R2 server and there seems to be a problem with our DNS server. We're not able to add any CNAME/A/AAA entries to ...
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Differences Between Microcontroller and Device Controller

Is a device controller also a microcontroller with more functions? I know device controller has input and output ports for external device communication but how about communication between device ...
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Xbox 360 Controller not working with PC

I have installed the 360 controller software from Microsoft and it comes up in device manager but the controller software does not recognize the device. Compatibility Report from Device Manager: ...
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Keyboard and Gamepad Controllers 'Ghosts'

I have a mediatech keyboard and some cheap gamepad controllers but two weeks ago I noticed that random keys on the keyboard are being pressed 'not by me' and immediately sleeps . After one week, I ...
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Connecting normal controller along with Xbox Controller

Usually I use an emulator to get my third-party controller to work, by placing xlive.dll in the game directory but this clashes with the original controller. Is there any way to get these controllers ...
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“Active Directory Users and Computers” isn't installed after installing Domain Controller

I installed a domain controller and attached it to my domain. It's all worked fine, but "Users and Computers" and "Sites and Services" etc. aren't installed... (all the management tools) EXTRA INFO: ...
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Network speed significantly reduced on Win Server 2008 DC

I started building a little server at home on a Gigabit network. I am running Windows Server 2008 32bits SP2. Before making the server a Domain Controller, I was able to get file transfers at an ...
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Samba 4 public shares for machines not on the domain

Is it possible to have a public share and have the server appear on the network neighborhood to machines not belonging to the domain? The installation that we have is working well with machines on ...