Hard Drives

How to Swap Out a Hard Drive

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A computer hard drive is a small silver box that holds all the information (data) including Windows and operating commands. A hard drive also contains all the software installed on the computer. There are many reasons why you would want to replace or "swap out" a computer hard drive. It could be speed, capacity, performance or repair. Whatever the reason, here are some helpful tips to get you on your way to swap out a hard drive.

How to Erase a Damaged Hard Drive

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When disposing of a damaged hard drive, even though you've deleted all of your files to the recycle bin, you are still at risk for data theft. Many users do not realize that deleted files can be recovered. One solution is to install software that will truly erase all files, if the hard drive is still functional. According to PC World, DBAN (Darik's Boot and Nuke) and Secure Erase are downloadable software applications that can be used to erase hard drives simply and effectively. If you wish to dispose of a damaged hard drive permanently, total destruction is the most effective erasing method.

About Internal Hard Drives

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Internal hard drives are the brains of the computer. Data is stored on the platters of the hard drive, which spin inside the enclosure. Hard drives usually have two connections: One supplies the power for the unit to spin; the other connects the drive to the motherboard, allowing the other components of the computer to work with the data on the drive.

How to Repair a Damaged Hard Drive

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Computer hard drives can become damaged in a variety of ways. When a hard drive becomes damaged, you may lose valuable data or experience a program that no longer will function correctly. Many times such damage can be corrected and the drive restored to functional use. However, there are times when physical damage occurs and it is no longer possible to safely use the hard drive. In this article I will present the standard method that is freely available to anyone for the testing and repair of their computer's hard drive, using Microsoft Check Disk.

How to Delete Hard Drive Memory

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Hard drive memory, or more correctly, the virtual memory is a disk space reserved on a computer hard drive that may be used as the extension of the random access memory (RAM). Windows operating system utilizes the virtual memory storage if running applications exceed the physical size of RAM. However, if a computer has enough RAM, at least 2GB or more, it is possible to delete the virtual memory file to free the hard drive space.

How to Unlock Hard Drives

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The file properties on your computer's hard drive can become locked, preventing you from making changes to the files and folders. They will remain so until you remedy the situation. You can do this by rewriting the effective properties for the files on the drive. This will unlock the information on the hard drive and enable you to again access and makes changes to the files.

How to Clone a Hard Drive

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Using multiple computers means you may want duplicate information and programs on each. Nothing is more frustrating than sitting down to work at a computer and then realizing you don't have what you need to perform or complete tasks because it's all on another computer and you have no way to access it from your current computer. Clone a hard drive and be ready to work at any of your computers. Read on to learn how to clone a hard drive.

How to Install Laptop Hard Drive

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Most people are aware that you can change the memory in your laptop, but you can also change your hard drive just as easily. Change your laptop's hard drive to a newer one with more space rather than purchasing a new computer. Replacing the hard drive is the cheaper option of the two, so if you're satisfied with the rest of your PC, swap out your hard drive.

How to Delete Hard Drive Memory

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Hard drive memory, or more correctly, the virtual memory is a disk space reserved on a computer hard drive that may be used as the extension of the random access memory (RAM). Windows operating system utilizes the virtual memory storage if running applications exceed the physical size of RAM. However, if a computer has enough RAM, at least 2GB or more, it is possible to delete the virtual memory file to free the hard drive space.

How to Fix a Hard Drive Without an Operating System

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Repairing a hard drive is typically the province of an operating system, as most modern Windows operating systems contain built-in tools to restore a failing drive to working order. However, alternative means exist to accomplish the same goal even in absence of a working operating system, as you can simply run a limited version of the same utility from DOS.

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