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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Graphics controller or display screen?

I don't know where to ask this. Actually my Sony laptop (e-series) started having problems with the display. Most part of the display won't show properly. Bad colors. While starting the screen looks ...
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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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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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Locking Xbox 360 Controller Input to specific window - Windows 7/8

Some programs and games have this implemented into the application but most don't. Is there an external way to lock the Xbox 360 controller input to a specific window? This is important for ...
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Connecting an Xbox controller to multiple devices

I have an Xbox 360 and a wired USB 2.0 controller. I would like to be able to play a game on the console with the controller whilst a Windows computer registers what my input on the controller is. I ...
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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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“Extra” pins on WD MyPassport hard drive controller board

I know that these pins are not "extra" but I'd like to know what they do... Are they jumpers like the old IDE hard drives had? The drive doesn't want to spin up anymore and I'd like to learn as ...
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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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RAID Disk failure - one per day (3ware 9650SE - Seagate Barracuda 3TB)

I have a RAID6 config, with 3ware 9650SE-8LPML card and 6x Seagate Barracuda 3000GB running from early 2012 (May?). Those HDD were quite big for that time. They always made a strange noise when ...
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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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How to upgrade/change BIOS on VIA VT6421 add-in card (if possible)?

(In fact no duplicate, but meant as a complement of this question: Drivers for VT6421A Controller Card ) While Q935612 was for card drivers, mine is not. My question is OS independent, as I want to ...
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Using one S switch controller on 3 benq xl2430 monitors?

I currently own 3x Benq xl2430 monitors and have 3 S switch controllers that are connected to each their own monitor. An S switch controller has buttons and is used to direct through the monitor ...
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Do active USB extensions cables cause delay(game controller)?

How much of an input delay would cause using 2 active 5m USB extension cables with an xbox 360 3m wired controller? Also, any risk of input not going trought? I'm kinda forced to this kinda of ...
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Xbox One Controller stopped working on PC

I started playing with my xbox one controller a few months ago when i realized that it had controller support (new to pc realm). This enjoyment however, only lasted a few months due to the fact that ...
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SiI SATALink 3112/3112A and its initialization problems with various hard drives

Well, this was an epic fail. I mean, my actual suspect was my Samsung drive (HD753LJ) which is why I went on e-bay to acquire me a WD one for comparison. Very same problem. And now I'm certain: it is ...
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Can Storage Spaces drives be moved to a SAS controller without data loss?

I have an old file server with some 20 SATA drives attached to both mainboard and external controller cards. The machine is running Windows Server 2012 R2 and using Storage Spaces to pool the drives. ...
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How does Openflow decide which path to use?

In current networks, OSPF ,RIP,etc determine the path taken by a packet. In SDN, the OpenFlow protocol sets the flow tables of the forwarding units. Can someone be very clear that how does OpenFlow ...