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HDD feels like baby kicking - normal?

Got a new 3.5 inch HDD put in external enclosure. Is it normal to feel like a baby kicking if you rest your hand on the HDD while it is running? Happens constantly like twice a second but randomly. I ...
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Does an external hard drive need to have partitions?

I bought a Western Digital 1TB Caviar Green hard drive. I want to store my files on it but also want to encrypt it so I've downloaded TrueCrypt. However TrueCrypt says that I can't encrypt the entire ...
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How clone a hard drive using Linux live CD

I have Ubuntu running live from a USB stick on a laptop. I have an external hard drive plugged in which is 2TB. When I type fdisk -l in the terminal I see the internal hard drive of the laptop as ...
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2TB HDD or external HDD? [closed]

I have a ton of Blu-ray DVDs that i want to burn to disk (hundreds) and i need at least 2 TB of space. Would it be more wise/economical to buy an actual internal HDD and also get a USB dock for it, ...
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USB and Ethernet, which is more CPU intensive?

When I connect 2 PCs with each other through a 1GigE crossover cable and transfer large files (often larger than 1GB) through FTP, I often got transfer speed of around 70MB/s, which is likely limited ...
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Host USB device connections disabled

I have a problem regarding VMware. Host USB device connections disabled The connection to the VMware USB Arbitration Service was unsuccessful. Please check the status of this service in the ...
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Is there a way to make a USB 3.0 flash drive bootable to Windows?

My flash drive recently broke and Kingston sent me a replacement which is USB 3.0. Tried making it bootable but it isn't recognized. Anyone know how to fix this? Im guessing you need to include the ...
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How can I reset the USB overcurrent protection in OS X?

I attach a USB device to the Mac, which I otherwise know is quite power hungry (eats more than 200 mA @ 9V). So I plug this in the Mac (OSX 10.5.8), and get a: USB Over Current Notice. A ...
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How can I boot Windows 7 embedded from USB 3.0?

I am trying to install and boot Windows 7 embedded via USB 3.0. I am able to do this with USB 2.0 but not from USB 3.0. I have a Gigabyte GA-880GM-USB3L motherboard. Is this possible? What do I need ...
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Has anyone found a USB to DVI adaptor that works on Windows XP x64?

Has anyone found a USB to DVI adaptor that works on Windows XP x64? Tried looking around and can't find one in google. Bought a random one and I can't install the drivers on XP x64.
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USB Mouse Unstable and Flickering

I have this Microsoft USB mouse which is unstable with pointer and is flickering a lot. For example, when I open Firefox or other browser or any other text editor, the vertical scrollbar on the right ...
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Why isn't my new USB 3.0 card / USB 3.0 hard drives working under FreeNAS?

I have a Dell Inspiron Desktop 580 into which I have installed a RocketU 1144A USB 3.0 card. The system is running FreeNAS 8.0.1-BETA4, which is based on FreeBSD 8 and supposedly has USB 3.0 ...
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Can I disable USB Ports outside of the BIOS?

Is it possible to disable a computer's USB ports outside of the machine's BIOS if the BIOS does not offer the option to disable the USB ports? Could this possibly be accomplished via a terminal ...
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How can I install Ubuntu 11.04 via VNC on my new PC (with no keyboard or mouse)

I have downloaded the latest Ubuntu.iso and extracted it to /tmp/ubuntu/ on my laptop. In the folder isolinux there is an isolinux.cfg file. I am trying to prepare a USB stick by modifying those ...
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How to determine whether I have USB3 ports in my laptop?

Is there any way, besides reading the product manual, to determine which type/class of USB ports are present in my computer casing? Can this obtained by visual confirmation, reading the device ...
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Booting Linux live CD from USB?

I'm using the Ultimate Boot CD, and I've added a bunch of customized .iso's to it. I can boot into those .iso files fine, but most of them are mini-versions of Linux that are designed to run off of a ...
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Adaptor that allows me to use a PCI card via a USB connection

Of course, I have a cool card from a desktop I'm retiring, that I'd like to be able to use from the laptop I've replaced it with. Laptop has no docking station. Best I can replace the card for is a ...
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How many devices can be plugged into a USB hub, and how is power distributed amongst them? [closed]

Is it possible to connect a USB hub to a hub that is connected to a hub and a hub and.. and.. and to a laptop? I was thinking there are bound to be some "overhead" like if without the hub we have ...
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How do I swap/upgrade my USB ports?

I don't understand the answers to this question: How to tell if my USB ports are 1.1 or 2.0 for different OSes? My Acer laptop has three USB ports - two of which look similar, while the other ...
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Directly connecting two computers (Like Laplink) [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Is there some way to connect two computers using USB? In 2011, is there a way to directly connect two half-way recent computers running Windows without Ethernet? The ...
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USB not recognized on startup

One of my USB ports were reporting not to recognize the mouse. The problem was solved by using an alternative port but then it started reporting the same issue. Now neither of them work several ...
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External USB Hard drive detected but not assigned a drive letter

I have a USB HD connected using SATA to USB connection to the a PC with XP, before it used to be recognised fine and assigned a drive letter but since some malware issues with my PC, I had to repair ...
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What programs on Linux can recover a Windows password from another part of the system?

I am going to create a portable Linux on an 8gig USB drive, and I was wondering if there was a password recovery tool within Linux to recover passwords from Windows/Mac(at least Windows). I know ...
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How to find which process is using my USB camera

I have a Genius iLook300 webcam running on Windows 7. Skype informs me that I cannot use the webcam because it is being used by another program. Indeed, there is green light that turns on while the ...
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Nautilus popping up after inserting USB stick in KDE

I am using Debian testing with KDE 4.6.5. However, when I insert my ubs stick, on top of the expected kde response I get a Nautilus window popping up (which is the Gnome file manager). How can I ...
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How can I find out what chip is used in USB <-> Serial (RS232) converter from FTDI?

I have an USB <-> RS232 converter with no designation of producer on it. After plugging it into USB port on Windows Vista 64bit computer I chose an option to automatically find and install drivers ...
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What wireless USB adapter is supported out of the box by the most OSs?

I always carry around a wireless USB adapter in my "toolkit." My current adapter is only 802.11g and has seen better days. The male USB connecter us getting loose and Im afraid its one bad yank away ...
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Why does an 8 GB and 16 GB USB drive have the same physical size but a different amount of storage? [closed]

In the market, you can get USB drives of different storage sizes. However, among the same brand, I found that those USB drives are physically the same. How can they achieve this? Is it that different ...
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Print an ASCII file to a printer connected through USB

From my working program, I need to print an ASCII file to a printer connected through USB. So far this was working fine as we used LPT1 with the following command. Type filename > prn But the ...
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How can you tell a USB cable version?

Here is a question a student asked me in one of my A+ certification classes: How can you tell a USB cable version? I honestly dont know the answer, I cant find one either. USB cables are rated for ...
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USB stick no longer recognised

I have an 8GB Transcend USB stick which - as of yesterday - is no longer recognised as such. When I plug into a USB port it shows as a new drive but clicking on the drive in Windows (XP) Explorer ...
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How do I match wireless card chipset to actual product names?

I'm wanting to buy a USB wireless adapter that works with OpenBSD. My problem: finding one that I know will work. There is a lot of documentation for what chipsets OpenBSD supports in this area, ...
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Alternative to /proc/bus/usb/devices

/proc/bus/usb/devices should not be used anymore (and can't be mounted anymore on Ubuntu 11.04) But what is an alternative to it, for use in a terminal? I could easily grep that output to look for a ...
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How do I find the device node file for a USB device in Linux?

I've bought an X10 Home Automation USB interface: the CM15. This is the information lsusb gives: skerit@KIP-DU-SKER:~$ lsusb Bus 008 Device 002: ID 0bc7:0001 X10 Wireless Technology, Inc. ActiveHome ...
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Mounting a USB device to more than one machine at once?

Is it possible, using a Y or similar arrangement, to mount a USB device to more than one machine at once? I realize a NAS or similar would be preferable, but if it were possible to mount en external ...
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How to disable autoresume of a ZFS-formatted drive on Ubuntu

I've bought an external hard drive. I want to use it with Ubuntu 11.04 (kernel 2.6.38-11-server) and the zfs-fuse package. I've successfully formatted the disk to zfs. The disk is suspending when it ...
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Can I recharge a cell phone battery using USB?

Is it possible to recharge a cell phone's battery even if USB is disabled or blocked on the system?
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How can I disable auto-detect and use a Macbook Pro USB port as a power source only?

I have a Navigon navigation device which goes into PC mode each time it is connected to my laptop. In this PC mode, the device is unusable and just shows an icon of a device connected to a PC. My ...
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USB ports vs. USB headers; does this motherboard have USB 3.0?

Given two motherboards, suppose these are the specs they list regarding USB. The first one (Gigabyte GA-H67MA-UD2H-B3): Chipset: Up to 14 USB 2.0/1.1 ports (4 on the back panel, 10 via the ...
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USB password prompt on plug-in [closed]

I want to create a security feature in Windows 7/XP, where if any random person plugs in his USB, it'll ask for the admin(or any other) password. This security is implemented at a very low level, ...
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How can I repair Windows XP virtually?

I want to repair my Windows XP, but my laptop's DVD ROM doesn't work, and all the time I've had to boot from a USB drive to install an OS. So now I want to repair Windows XP due to some problems. I ...
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Could I make my own USB Type A/A cable?

Can I take two USB 2.0 cables, take the end that doesn't plug into the computer (the "receptacle" or "Type B" one), cut it off, then re-attach the two cables, so I can plug both ends to my ...
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How to use analog headphones and USB headphones on a computer at once?

Is it possible to use analog headphones (in the regular headphone jack area) and USB headphones at once on a windows computer? Every time we plug both in the USB headphones override the analog ...
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How to connect my modem(Cricket Broadband) to my router(Netgear g54)?

I have a Cricket Broadband card modem(looks like a flash drive stick) which plugs into a USB port and a Netgear g54 wireless router with Ethernet ports only, how do i connect my modem to the router?
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Is it possible to connect from USB-B to eSATA?

I have a SATA drive docking station which came with a USB-B to USB-A cable. If I purchased a USB-B to eSATA cable would it still transfer at the USB 2.0 rate?
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How can I connect two laptops with a USB network link (bridge)?

What is a USB network link (bridge)? I bought one, but when connecting two laptops they still cannot see each other. How can I do this?
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Why is there electricity flowing through my VGA and other ports?

I am using Windows 7 on a Sony VAIO laptop. When I connected my PC to the charger, I felt a little electric shock when I touched the VGA and other ports. I tested with a current detector and found ...
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Can the length of the USB cable be the cause of a non-working external hard drive?

I have this old external hard drive, 80 GB, nothing too fancy, that is powered entirely by USB. The problem is that it keeps disconnecting itself. I remember that I tested it with a short cable (15 ...
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How can I find out which USB port is 1.0 or 2.0 on my laptop? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: How to tell if my USB ports are 1.1 or 2.0 for different OSes? My laptop has 4 USB ports. I want to know which port is 1.0, which port is 2.0 and so on. For example, ...
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Does Internet speed affected when connecting by Bluetooth or USB cable?

I'm curious about this. My friends told me that there is difference between the speed of internet connection when you connect your PC/Laptop with Bluetooth or USB cable. They said that the internet ...