A hard drive (hard disk, hard disk drive, or HDD) is a piece of computer hardware capable of storing data magnetically on a spinning platter (or platters) coated with a magnetic material.

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Is it possible to move a hard drive with Steam games to a new computer?

I've seen a lot of questions asking somewhat the reverse of this question, namely copying games from one PC to another to avoid downloading. My question is can I just remove my entire hard drive from ...
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Is it possible to reduce the load time of 'The Last of Us' on PS3?

I got a new PS3 (500GB) 2 days ago, which came with The Last of Us on Disc. But I must say this game takes lots of time to load. First time it took horribly too much time, next time onwards it took ...
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Largest hard disk you can install on a PS3?

My current PS3 HDD (1TB) is near capacity thanks to PS Plus IGC and several sales over the years. What's the largest capacity hard disk I can buy that will work with a PS3? I know there are certain ...
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Playing a game from a secondary HDD

So I have been trying to play Fallout New Vegas from my secondary hard drive. When I upgraded my hard disk I left the old one with all the data still in it and am using it as a secondary. When I try ...
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Are Wii U games on external drive transferrable?

If I downloaded some game from eShop onto my external drive, could I take the drive to a friend or family's Wii U and play the downloaded game off the external?
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The proper way to evaluate a gaming PC

After years of always having the model of "last year" and thus suffering small but annoying lag in 3D games, I want to ensure that I get a top notch model that can play this year's games with -no- ...
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Can I install files directly onto to PS3 HDD? [closed]

Can I install files directly onto the PS3 HDD? The way I plan on doing so is.. 1.Take out the PS3 HDD 2.Connect the HDD to my laptop to the HDD with a USB converter 3.Put the files into whatever ...
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Can I safely sell an Xbox 360 with XBLA games on the HDD?

Or will the buyer be able to find all of my payment information and stuff? Obviously, my personal gamertag has been deleted.
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How many hours does it take to backup the PS3 internal drive if it is 1.0 TB

How long or how much time does it take for a PS3 to backup a 1 TB internal drive to a USB external drive using the official Backup Utility?
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Xbox 360 Flash Drives and Original Xbox Games

After researching why I was unable to successfully play Halo 2 on my Xbox 360, I found numerous articles that have brought me to the conclusion that I bought a counterfeit hard drive off of eBay a ...
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the capability to use external hard drive on xbox 360 is unlimited? [duplicate]

Hello I read in these questions: Could I use a 1/2TB USB 2/3 external HDD with an XBox 360? Installing a hard-disk on Xbox 360 4 GB These question explain than can only be used 16 GB (or 32 GB ...
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PS3 Slim 4.55 No Display, No Video, No Audio

I have a PS3 Slim 120 GB. I just updated to 4.55, and it got stuck while restarting the system. I force shut it down, and in doing so, I corrupted the hard drive. Now, I do not have any display (I ...
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Xbox360 troubles

I purchased a new external hard drive for my Xbox and installed it. It completely wiped my hard drive and all progress on all games were removed. Now it is having trouble turning on...it stays on the ...
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Can I easily replace the hard drive of my PS3? [duplicate]

Is it easier to replace the internal hard drive of a PS3, or to go with an external hard drive?
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Backing up downloaded games on PS3 to external HDD [duplicate]

Sorry to ask this again, but I cannot find any concrete and clear answers online. I wish to back up my downloaded games and data so that if my hard drive fails, or such a time comes that I can no ...
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How do I transfer my data from my xbox 360 S to xbox 360 S?

Is it possible, if I have a 4gb S, to put my new hard drive in the 4gb S and copy the data over to the new hard drive just like a usb, then plug it into my new xbox? Or can I just put the new hard ...
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Can I use a PC hard disk drive for my PS3?

I have a 12 GB super slim play station 3, when I bought it I thought that 12 GB would be enough for few games but it's actually not once I tried it. I was wondering if I could connect a PC hard disk ...
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Xbox 360 DLC doesn't recognize USB?

I have an xbox 360 which I did not buy with a hard drive. I played Skyrim, and then when I wanted the DLCs, I had bought a 32GB USB to use. My problem is that I just bought Fallout 3 Game of the Year ...
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Why doesn't my PS3 backup restore game saves & data on a new system?

I had an old 80Gb PS3 from 2009 which suddenly had a hard disk error a few weeks back, saying: Could not start, The appropriate storage system was not found. I had backed it up a week prior ...
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What should I consider while looking for a hard drive for PS3 12GB? [closed]

What should I take into account while searching for a hard drive to extend storage of PS3 Super Slim 12GB? The three things that seem natural are: speed - 5400 or 7200 RPM? Is the there any ...
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How can I get my XBox 360 data off of a RROD console?

My older-style XBox finally died with the Red Ring Of Death (RROD). It has an external hard drive attached. The newer XBox 360s don't support that style of hard drive? I guess I could get another old ...
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Does a flash drive give better performance than a hard drive for games on a Xbox 360?

Since you can install games on a flash drive on an Xbox 360, and flash drives generally have faster random reads than hard drives, would it give Xbox 360 games better performance by installing them to ...
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What exactly is stored on the Xbox console, the hard drive, and Xbox Live?

Please be patient with me. I am a Mom, not a gamer. We have an Xbox 360 S with 250 GB that we are having to exchange for a new one. I have several questions. What is the difference between the 360 S ...
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Playstation 3 fan noise due to broken sensor?

I've had a 60GB Playstation 3 model since 2007. It got replaced by Sony because of YLOD a few years back. For as long as I can remember the fans goes up to full-speed whatever the console is doing. ...
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Resetting Xbox 360 hard drive to default settings

I have recently used a transfer cable with an Xbox 360 hard drive in order to connect it to my Xbox to allow for more storage. Now I have removed the configuration of the hard drive to be used for ...
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External drive not appearing for downloads

My old 360 60gb hard drive, plugged into new Xbox (by transfer cable) will not show up when I want to download something (Halo 4 online maps, for example) but will show up when I transfer things. Am ...
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Is hard disk also responsible for game performance?

Me and my friend have same laptop. Both have the same specifications, but a game's performance on his laptop is lag free. Well, the only difference is in our hard drives. He has a hard drive which is ...
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Can I install PS3 games on an external hard drive?

I have a PS3 Super Slim with 12 GB of flash. I need to expand its storage to install games. On the net, I found contrasting opinions: I know I need a disk formatted in FAT32, but I don't understand ...
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Can I upgrade my pS3 HDD to a smaller size and still restore a backup?

Is the image created for the PS3 backup locked at a certain minimum HDD size or can I go from say a 120GB backup to restoring it on a 64GB HDD? In terms of backing up/restoring windows HDD images, ...
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Ensure steam download IO writes are to secondary drive

I have a main SSD drive where my Windows 7 is installed. I installed Steam on my secondary HDD. I am downloading new games through the Steam client on the HDD. I know that the downloaded files are ...
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Is a PS3 backup transferable between hard drives? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: What data does the PS3’s backup utility preserve? I have a 2.5" HDD I'm going to replace in my PSE, but I do not have a spare hard drive I can use as to backup the PS3 ...
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Is it possible to access your PS3's hard drive over the network?

To bypass the lame external hard drive limitations for the PS3, is there any way one could access the PS3's hard drive over the LAN? Having a media server running on a PC works great in general for ...
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Can the PS3 read any other filesystem than FAT32 for external drives?

I'm reformatting my biggest USB hard drive today. It seems like filesystem support for gaming systems is kind of in a bad place right now -- it looks like both the PS3 and the 360 both only support ...
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How do I install Diablo 3 on an external hard drive without admin privileges?

In relation to the post here: Playing through an external hardrive and here: How can I run Diablo 3 without an administrator account? I'd like to know how you can install Diablo 3 on a connected USB ...
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Are there any risks associated with installing a game to the Xbox 360 hard drive? [duplicate]

Possible Duplicate: Should I install Xbox 360 games to my hard drive? I am playing the game Batman: Arkham City, and I am considering installing it to my hard drive. Should I do it or not? ...
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How do I install the PS3 OS on a new HDD?

My HDD is starting to make noise and I think it's time for me to change it. I have the old 60Gb PS3. I was wondering the PS3 installs it's OS. Do I just have to switch the HDD and let the PS3 install ...
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Xbox 360 HDD or OS is not working the way its supposed to

So, I was playing Mass Effect 2 and as I was walking the screen just kind of froze, I could still hear sound playing fine so I knew the console didn't freeze. After about 2 minutes of waiting a screen ...
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Does Xbox hard drive transfer transfers Achievements/Avatar awards?

I can no longer sign in to Xbox Live since the May Update thinks my first gen XBox360 is pirated (its not). Still, its pretty old, loud, the disc tray doesnt open all the time, loud, etc, so I am ...
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Does the 4 GB Xbox 360 have enough space for 5 gamer profiles and saved games?

I have just recently decided to buy my younger brothers an xbox 360 slim for their birthday. I would like to save as much money as possible so I am looking to get them the 4GB system. I understand ...
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Does installing a game to the Xbox hard drive help solve some of the glitch issues that can be associated with normal disc-only play?

I play Fallout New Vegas and I'm mainly concerned if installing the game to my HDD would cause the game to run without as much glitching, cause as anyone who plays Fallout knows, the game glitches a ...
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How can I transfer data from one Xbox 360 slim to another slim?

I'm thinking about getting the Gears of War 3 limited edition console and I already have one of the new 360 S consoles. How can I transfer my data between the two? I checked Google and couldn't find ...
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If I stick a blank hard drive into my PS3 will it work?

On Christmas Day 2010 my PS3 stopped reading discs so I bought a new one, took the hard drive out of the old one, wiped/formatted it and used it as a portable hard drive. But today I've found a ...
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Internal PS3 HDD Replacement

Is there any limit as to what size/type of hard drive you can replace in the Playstation 3?
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Can I backup or restore my old PS3 hard drive to a new PS3?

My PS3 just YLOD'd. I'm hoping its just a temporary overheating issue and if I just leave it off and unplugged for the day I can get it back on long enough to eject the game disc and backup the hard ...
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Is it possible to copy video files to the XBOX 360 hard drive with the latest dashboard improvements?

With the advent of the 250Gb XBO 360 and the latest dashboard improvements it seems that movie files (such as .avi, .wmv, etc.) still can't be copied to the console's hard drive from an external ...
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How likely is it that an Xbox 360 hard drive will die, and are there any early warning signs or indicators?

A lot of people have experienced a RROD failure with their Xbox 360s, but has anyone experienced hard drive failure? The 20Gb drives included with day 1 launch models are now 5 years old, and ...
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transferring old Xbox files to new a 250GB drive

I'm transferring old Xbox files to a new 250GB drive and the optical media update did not transfer. What can I do about this?
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Can I put a deleted PSN account on a new PS3?

So when I was living with my roommate he used my ps3 to download rockband songs onto a specific account which I basically let him use for his rockband needs. I recently moved out and once he gets some ...
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PS3 Hard Drive Replacement - Will a 3.5" ATA Hard Drive work?

I got some 250 GB Disks from an older server. It must be a weird server because these disks are 3.5" MaxLine Plus II, 250GB ATA/133 HDD disks, but nevertheless here they are. Do they fit in a PS3, 60 ...