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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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How to identify 2 identical USB hard drives, one formatted PS4, other Xbox One, without losing data?

During a recent move, I made the mistake of putting several gaming accessories together in one box, in a hurry, including a PlayStation 4, an Xbox One, and two identical external hard drives (Seagate ...
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How to stop Steam trying to read from a non-existent drive?

I used to run Steam on an external drive mapped as the I: drive, and then I got a new computer and transferred my games to a secondary internal drive mapped as the D: drive. The external drive no ...
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PS3 doesn't boot with original hard drive after hard drive swap

I've messed up: I reformatted a new SSD for my PS3, but after that, when I try to swap to the original drive to get the backup data, it won't boot and asks me to reformat the whole drive. The older ...
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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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How can I clean up disk space on PS4?

I am running out of space on my PS4 1TB. I'm like about 800GB occupied and just few tenths of GB left considering some space is required for the OS and other stuff. What can I do to free up some space?...
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Nintendo switch: can you copy "save data" to external storage? If yes, how?

In the past I have lost all my data: When my harddrive broke on my PC when my daughter's tablet broke and she lost all of her Minecraft worlds from the last three years Ever since those two ...
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Does using an SSD instead of an USB drive as storage increase emulation speed in POPS?

I've tried playing Crash Bandicoot 2 on the "Sony PS1 Emulator for PS2" (aka POPS, LBB-00001) using an USB drive as storage medium for the game on a SCPH-50004 fat PS2. It was playable but ...
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M.2 SSD for system or separate gaming drive

I have a spare m.2 Samsung evo ssd. I want to install the new Microsoft flight sim on it. Should I use this SSD for the system drive & install flight sim on there. Or use this ssd as a separate ...
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Minecraft won't download on SSD

When I open Minecraft and try to download it, it will only let me download in C: and won't let me download in D: SSD. Can anyone help?
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What software to handle a PS2 disk (create/delete/extend/move partitions)?

I was wondering what free tools were available to format an hard disk to be readable by a PS2, create and manage partitions, extend, rename them.
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Which filesystem is required to move PS3 save data to USB harddrive?

The Blu-ray drive on my very old PS3 is broken, so I bought another one. I want to transfer my save data from the old one to the new one (and only them). I have a USB harddrive which I normally use ...
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How do I back up a Wii U?

Nintendo has officially announced that they are shutting down the Wii U, and the 3DS eStores. I own a fair amount of digital games on my Wii U (they are on an external hard drive). In the event that ...
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What kinds of external Hard drives are compatible with PS5?

I'm looking to see if anyone knows off hand types of external HDs to look for specifically for PS5/PS4.
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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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Ext4 secondary drive not accepted by Steam on Linux

My computer restarted with Steam open and upon relaunching it none of my games on a secondary internal SSD were recognized. The drive is Ext4 and the relevant line from fstab is UUID=99d2c67d-cbd0-...
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PS4 External drive games not showing up after database rebuild [solved]

I heard I should rebuild the database on my PS4, so I did, while my external drive was plugged in. Now, none of the games on that drive are in my games folder. However, if I go to storage -> ...
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How to transfer PS4 game files from an old internal drive to a new one (bigger one)

I bought a 500GB PS4 and 500GB just isn't enough so I was planning upgrade my internal storage with a 2TB DRIVE. A lot of my games are digital and after doing a lot of research, I found out that ...
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How to put a PS3 super slim hard drive into a new console? [duplicate]

My PS3 Super Slim bricked beyond repair, and i really wanted to find a way to salvage all the data inside its hard drive so i could possibly use it in a new PS3 if i ever buy another one. My console ...
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USB drive corrupt games?

So I was gonna play on my Xbox and I clicked a game (which was dying light) and it said that it was corrupt, so then I uninstalled and tried reinstalling the game but it wouldn’t let me install.... I ...
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Move PS4 HDD to PS4 Pro? Keep data intact?

I upgraded my PS4 to a 2 TB HDD, can I just install it into a new PS4 Pro? Im asking because Im worried there might be problems with the software and/or firmware differences between the playstations. ...
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Can I transfer saved data from my old PS3 hard drive to my new PS3?

A while ago, my PS3 completely broke. Every time I turn it on, it just completely shuts down a few seconds later. I decided to buy a new ps3 to play my old games. The problem is that I don't have my ...
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Multiple external HDDs on PS4

Is it possible to connect two external Hard Drives to one PS4? I have a lot of digital games and I just like to keep it installed, but free space on current HDDs (one internal, one external) is quite ...
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Xbox 360 Elite Randomly Freezes

My Xbox 360 Elite recently started freezing randomly. At first, it would only happen after 1-2 hours of gameplay, but recently, it has worsened to happening roughly every 15 minutes of usage. When it ...
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Installing Steam games on external HDD... bad idea?

So I installed Steam + a few games onto a USB hard drive easily enough, and so far everything seems to work fine. But I've read mixed opinions online, many say that it is a bad idea to do such a thing....
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Move one PS4 hard disk to another

Is it possible to remove the hard disk from a PS4 and insert it into another and continue using all the saved games and data as if it was in the original PS4?
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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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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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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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Is it possible to back-up a PS3 on an Internal HardDrive?

I am wondering if it is possible to back up a PS3 HardDrive onto an Internal Drive instead of an External Drive? I have a 500Gb Internal Harddrive which I took out from my old laptop and connected to ...
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How to Transfer Steam to a Different Harddrive on the Same Computer

so, my fiance bought a SSD(solid state drive) to run my games better. But the thing is, I already downloaded and have been playing 2 games on Steam prior to getting that drive. So I was wondering how ...
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What's the total size of all games I have on Steam?

I have a lot of games on Steam, far more than my puny hard drive can hold at once. However, in the future I may want to store all of them locally. Is there any way to figure out about how much hard ...
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How do I copy an installed steam game on my PC to an external hard drive?

I have installed a game using Steam and it is already on my PC. How do I copy the game into an external hard drive?
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Is there a way to transfer xbox 360 HDD contents to a PC hard drive?

I'm running out of space on my 360's HDD. There are several installed downloaded games on it. To clear up space, rather than deleting games (and then later redownloading from Xbox Live when needed), ...
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Does the type of hard drive affect load times for an Xbox 360 Slim?

I currently have a 300 GB solid-state external USB 2.0 hard drive connected to my Xbox 360 slim and install / load games from it. Would load times in my games improve if I use the SATA drives (...
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How to find out the storage consumption of a game on XBox One?

Games occupy more and more memory. XBox One amount of storage is usually limited to 500GB or 1TB. Users must manage their storage wisely or extend the storage hardware. To manage wisely I would like ...
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Will load times improve if I keep my games on an external SSD vs my windows drive?

I have an Acer nitro 5 gaming laptop, and it came with windows on the hard drive . But I had an m.2 ssd at home and I attached it to my laptop. So now I have windows on my hard drive and an unused ssd ...
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How can you play the same game with different accounts from the same folder?

I'd like to keep all my games on a different computer and the folder with the games then just gets mounted on Windows via iSCS or NFS. This certainly works for one PC using the folder. But I'd like ...
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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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How to transfer data from old HDD to new HDD for PS3 Super Slim?

I'm thinking of upgrading my PS3 HDD to a newer one, but so far I've seen tutorials on how to change the HDD but no information on how to transfer the games and data from my old HDD into the new one. ...
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Recovering lost save files from factory reset PS4

While I wasn't home, my roommates factory reset my PS4 because they encountered some error. My account did not have PS+ so I lost a lot of savedata for all my games. I was wondering if there was any ...
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How do I solve "Not enough free disk space" when patching

I have a 60GB SSD and a 2TB HDD and the SSD is used for one game, Total War: Warhammer(TWW), which takes up 34GB. To clarify, the SSD have ~55GB of usable space and the only thing on it is TWW á 34GB. ...
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Hard Drive Space Weirdness

I've been trying to free up space on my hard drive for a large game. I went through and cleaned out at least 15-20GB (probably even more) of data between downloaded games, their saves, and the game ...
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Is there a difference between a PS4 USB Harddrive and any other USB Harddrive?

so while i was browsing JB Hifi's store looking for a new USB Harddrive i came across this Seagate Game Drive for PS4, however the instructions on the Playstation site for using USB Hardddrives don't ...
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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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Playstation 3 fan running loudly on purpose?

My PS3 (CECH-2001A) has been running loudly since I swapped out the stock hard drive for a 1 TB 7200 RPM drive. When I say loudly, it seems that the fan inside the PS3 starts kicking into high gear ...
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Issues with some games stuttering on 4TB hard drive

I've been using my Seagate 4TB hard drive for gaming for a while now, and though it works well for the most part, sometimes certain games would stutter or freeze momentarily while other games would ...
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Can't install certain Steam games on ExFAT hard drive [duplicate]

I was trying to install BioShock Infinite on my external hard drive, but Steam said it couldn't use my hard drive because it uses the FAT32 filesystem which I'm assuming is because it has a 4GB per ...
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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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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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Will my game fit on the available HDD space?

I have FFX/X-2 remastered and am trying to install it on PS4. Despite uninstalling some of the TV addons like Netflix & Hulu, there isn't enough space for installation. How do I estimate the ...