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How do I safetly manage sensetive information on an external storage device?

Q: How do I safetly manage sensetive information on an external storage device?

I deal with confidential and classified information. I am aware that simply deleting a file from your computer is not sufficient to remove it completely and have software to erase data as permanently as possible (Eraser 6.0.8 - using the Gutmann eraser method of 35 passes of random and patterned data). I believe this to be sufficient.

What I want to know is how data on an external storage source is managed by a computer when it is not copied to the hard drive. What information is stored and is therefore recoverable?

For example, if I have a picture file on a CD or external hard disc and open it using MS Image viewer (without copying it onto the local hdd) is an image retained in a temporary file somewhere that might be recoverable?

If I simply open up a folder (again on an external storage source) to view the contents in Win Explorer, is a temporary thumbnail log, or filename list, stored on the local hdd somewhere and therefore recoverable?

Is it a different situation with running videos?

If I do a direct burn of files to CD from an external hdd, are the files cached somewhere and again recoverable?

Is opening up a text file in Word a similar issue - I know the filename is stored in the recently opened list, but what other info is recoverable?

etc, etc, I want to know the risks I am exposing myself to so I can manage them accordingly. How do I manage these files on a computer not part of a secured network or should I not bother? I'm not planning on losing my laptop but you never know. Any guidance would be most useful as I don't want to end up in the cell next to Julian Assange!

Preferred Solution: How do I safetly manage sensetive information on an external storage device?

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A: How do I safetly manage sensetive information on an external storage device?

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7 Month old HP Win7 6gb x64 machine. Keyboard and mouse drivers unaffected.USB Mass storage device properties messagewith driver check on:"Windows cannot verify the digital signature for the drivers required for this device."with driver check off:Tells me drivers are corrupt or missing.Search show diver where it should be: C:\Windows\System32\drivers\usbstor.sys (also usbfilter.sys).Used the HP Recovery Manager to restore factory setting for USBStor.sys, it indicates it is successful but no changeon reboot, still cannot use flash drives, SD cards, external HDs. Units work find on my laptop.Called HP 4 times, after extensive troubleshooting each time, following their instructions, go to hp.com/go/instant, get screen saying request has been received. Each time tech tells me he cannot find my request.After a while, read 2 hours, told they need to talk to supervisor, will call me back, KISS OF DEATH, never hear from them.So can I fix this or am I going to have to pay for repairing a seven month old HP?Or am I going to have to buy yet another pc?

A:USB Mass Storage Device will not recognize external storage devices

Nobody has a clue, huh?
I guess I am the only one ever to have this happen!
Ok, thanks, goodbye.

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Having Vista 32 bits (Home premium edition). Connected a Olympus digital camera and then safetly removed the device. When starting the computer next time this Windows error message keep poping up on the screen. Not able to remove it. The error message stays on top of all windows, everything else working fine. Irritating to have this one in the middle of everything.
Spoke to Dell support (dell computer, XPS) and they say that Vista is looking for the Camera device missing it's drivers. I have tried to reconnect the camera and done a safetly removed device again but no changes.

The top bar on the error message says Windows, no disk, but in swedish.
Anyone that could help me to get rid of this?

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I have two Seagate external storage drives with my Win7. Over last weekend, I formatted the computer and somehow managed to delete any recognition on the computer of one of these two drives.

It is powered on, and I have rebooted several times, but it will not show up on drive identifications.

There is no install disk with it, so how can I get it to be identified again?


A:External storage device won't identify

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This is what I am looking for . External storage device 160 gig and up it does not always have to be connected when the computer is on. ( I shut my computer down at night) Can be firewire or usb and must be reliable. I am basically looking for something to transfer files to as a back up and storage. Not looking to run programs from it. What is the best route to go.

A:WTD recommendations on external storage device

If it's connected to a computer with USB or firewire, the computer has to be on for other systems to access it. If you don't want to have a computer on to use an external drive, you would need a network drive connected directly to your router.

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i have two external device one has folders and i cant remote into it unless i leave a pc on; the other has cloud access can i lenk my cloud access to point to the folders on my first storage drive and be able to connect to the folders form my storage cloud device if i share the folder links on the cloud device without having to leave a pc on?

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Hi Guys ,

I am having 5 Internal HardDisk of Different space Sizes ( 80gb, 120gb, 160gb, 250gb, 500gb )
I want to combine all these hdd to create one single External Hard Disk Storage Device ( 1110gb )..
please help me out how can i create it . what all things i should require . how can i do it ..
Thanks in advance



A:External HardDisk Storage Device

You need an external enclosure with 5 drive bays and that supports RAID JBOD.

But there is no benefit aside from only having a single "drive" and drive letter.

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If anyone could help me, seems as if my usb ( m3 player) doesnt come up in the safely remove hardware tool ? It shows up everywhere else? How do i safely remove this from my computer ? please, I have been working on this awhile if anyone can help.... thanks so much

A:Help Please!! Safetly remove hardware wont recoznize my usb device?

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Currently having problem with windows XP recognizing my digital camera.

A:How do I change the volume name for an external storage device?

please do not post the same problem twice. Please stick to the original post which is here

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I have an external mass storage device containing a 60 gig hard drive.

This "caddy" by Belkin has an ON/OFF switch as well as the usual USB connection.

If I reboot the PC with the unit ON, the whole thing freezes and won't start up.

If the unit is OFF during the reboot, everything works fine.

Likewise, after the reboot, turning the unit ON gets it working and there are no problems.

I guess something in the BIOS BOOT section has to be fiddled with to fix this?

A:Won'r boot when external mass storage device is connected

Yes it could be that your bios has usb drives enabled for booting.

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I am in search of information on how to do this. All of the self help websites that I have researched have not given me an positive results. I have a 500 GB hard drive that I removed from my ps4 to install a 2 terabyte one. The new hard drive came with instructions on how to install everything for the ps4 and metal case for the hold hard drive. I am now trying to turn it into an external storage device for college and have absolutely know idea what I am doing or where to start. If there is anyone who has the time to help someone in my situation with the proper knowledge I would greatly appreciate the help. Thank you for your time.

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I have had a GigaSave 3.5 SATA/IDE USB Hard Disk connected to my lap top via USB for maybe 6 months with no problems.

Some time ago I realised the DVD drive was not working properly but didnt worry as I was not really using it. I bought a new Lexmark printer/scanner/copier and needed to install the software which meant I had to fix the DVD thing. I searched the net and found a solution in fixit stating toshiba satellite lap tops with Vista were creating problems with the DVD (Mat****a DVD device). I went through the process mentioned which included going into regedit, system, current control, control, class and deleting upper and lower filters ( whatever they are). This corrected the problem with the DVD immediately and I installed the new software.

I then went to locate my External Storage Disk and the pathway had disappeared. It does not show up in my computer. It does show up in Device Manager under USB devices as Mass Storage Device and also under DISK DRIVES as USB device. I tried going to disk management where it shows up as Disk 1 unknown and unreadable. When I initially added the device to the Lap Top it selected it as D Drive. When I fixed the DVD problem it reverted to D drive and seems to have overridden the Ext Storage Disk pathway.

I have gone though the reboot, uninstall reinstall drivers, reboot, unplug, plug in, turn on turn off...

How can I reloacte the External Hard Disk again and give it a pathway...I dont want to lose my stored information naturally. I... Read more

A:Solved: External Storage Device no longer readable...HELP

First of all, plug the external into another system to test. If it works there, then we can continue to attempt getting it to work. If it is not read/recognized in another system, then you have a different problem.

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Hi All,

My problem is a bit of a strange one although I'm hoping someone can help. I have a 4gb Compact Flash Card housed in a Datel Media Dock (that connects to a Nintendo DS Lite). When I connect this dock to my PC via USB cable (to download movies, mp3's etc) the pc will 'ding' to recognise I have connected it, it will also show in device manager, it even shows in the 'safely remove hardware' icon in the task bar but it cant be seen in Win Explorer. It cannot be seen in Disk Management either. I know that the CF card is good because taken out of the Media Dock it is seen by my media card reader and I can load/unload fine. I know that the cable is good, the card is good, and the Media Dock works fine in my Nintendo DS. This exact same problem happens with my laptop using all the same gear. Its as if the PC can see it but doesnt want me to do anything with it. the manufacturer of the doc (Datel) have been no help. I'm desperate for ideas, anybody got one?

Many Thanks

Joel D Warburton

A:External Storage Device Not Assigned Drive Letter

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I need advise about my 'puter please

A bit of history of what has happened:
My old Maxtor mini external HDD that I used for daily back ups of "C" drive crashed and died last week.
The external drive was connected to computer through a USB 2 port on back of case and is run by a back up program called Acronis True Image 2012.

The system I have runs Windows XP with a:
Floppy drive @ A,
Internal HDD (250 Gb) @ C,
DVD R/W @ D,
DVD R/W @ E and
2Tb external HDD @ G (this is the new Seagate one I just bought to replace the dead Maxtor Mini external HDD)

I have 8 USB 2 ports on the back and the only things connected to them are my 2 Lexmark printers:
A Lexmark X8300 on USB 002 described as Virtual Printer Port for USB, &
A Lexmark Z12 on USB 003 described as Virtual Printer Port for USB

I also have a 4 port USB 3 expansion card installed, but my new Seagate 2Tb external HDD is the only thing connected to the USB 3 expansion card ports

I think there is nothing connected at Drive F !!

When old external HDD died - it locked up computer and the only way I could shut down / turn off was to turn off at power point. I then disconnected the old dead external HDD and on restart, Windows XP had the "wobbles" and had a message that there were problems with the last shut down and would only restart if I selected ?Start with last known good session?. So I did that and all seemed to be working OK, except the computer was then convinced ther... Read more

A:External HDD Crash & now Phantom USB Mass Storage device on Drive F


Lexmark USB Mass Storage USB Device

Lexmark USB Mass Storage device is you printer. If it has a card reader on it, then it would load a mass storage device driver for the card reader.
Go to Start/Run and type diskmgmt.msc and press enter in Disk Management, is there any drive that is listed as Drive F: ?

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I purchased a used laptop with xp pro installed. No resource CD's. Wish to make a back up using XP backup wizard and store on my external hard drive. File transfer stopped and i received an error message stating that 4g was max allowed to Fat32. My external hard drive is 40g and approx 3-4 years old.
What are my lowest cost options to create backups?
Can I upload my data from ext hard drive to another pc, convert Fat32 to NTFS using XP Covert utility and xfr data back to ext HD? By doing this, will the XP wizard be successful in making a backup on the converted ext HD?

A:Error trying to backup xp on external Hard Drive storage device

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I have seen various data usage programs that let you know how much data you are using in total. I haven't been able to find one that lets you know how much data each program/process is using in total. Does anybody know of any?

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I have 2 problems.First I can not use my headphones, when I plugged them in to the headphones continue to play sound from built-in speakrs, and show that headphones are not connected (the headphones work with my phone, and old laptop).I had Install the latest audio driver, and the problem is the same as before.The second problem is that in device manager I have a uknown device "000eSMS/MMS" what driver I need to install for this device.I upload print screen from my device managerRegardsGulev

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ive had my little acer aspire one cloudbook about a month now. seems no matter the browser i use it crashes at least oce  an hour. when i do get anyhting it sys someting about being out of memory sace

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Hi, I got this error message on 1 of my drives (see photo below) within 'Manage Storage Spaces'.  For the life of me, I can't figure out where to go to access the Physical Drives Section to see what the warning message is all about.  Besides that, what do you think the problem might be?  Any advice would be great! Cheers,-Richard 

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Hi guys.
I have a bunch of external storage devices - flash drives, HDD, SSD, SD cards, Micro SD (you get the picture). I have 4 computers running Windows XP, 7, and 10. I know XP is ancient but so is the netbook it is installed on. Did you know that Microsoft technicians are instructed to run XP on their machines because they consider it to be most stable? I didn't know that until one night I was on the phone with tech support and we had to wait for Windows to reinstall and got to chatting. Just a bit of trivia.

Every time I insert one of my storage devices it asks me if I want to scan and fix it. But there is nothing wrong with them. They read fine, you can write to them fine, speeds seem normal, no missing or corrupted files, nothing seems off about them. This has been happening for years. I have even formatted some of the drives and by the second time I plug one in it is asking me again.

I looked up how to turn it off and found a howtogeek tutorial so I should have that taken care of soon.

What I really want to know is why is this happening? And is there possibly a way to turn off that message without disabling my autoplay?

Thanks for listening

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 My skype cannot detect webcam. i can't found imaging device in Device Manage. i using Acer Aspire R14 R5 471T

A:i can't found imaging device in Device Manage. i u...

check if it's disabled:windows logo key + xdevice managerclick on View tab, click on Show hidden devices have a look if it's visible or there's an yellow exclamation mark

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When I got my laptop it was set up with a 1TB storage device but my pool only has 250GB even though I set up the device, how do I add storage to the pool?

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When restarted my windows 7 x86 the below image appeared on bottom-right corner, saying "USB device not recognized", image 1. And in device manager there is yellow sign of that driver, image 2.
There isn't any USB stick attached to this but whenever I restart the machine this message appears!
I tried to use online updating the driver but it says best driver is already installed!
I don't know how to get rid of this problem.
Please help to solve it.

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I have recently connected an HDMI cable from my laptop (Dell inspiron1525) to my hd tv i have the picture but i would like to get the sound from my laptop to come out of my 5.1 surround sound can anybody help chears.

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I am having a problem related to device manager on my laptop under Win 7. When I select Computer/Manage on the laptop, I receive the message 'The specified path does not exist' from the application Explorer.exe. This also occurs if I go to control panel and select device manager. I ran sfc /scannow and it is reporting that the software is OK.

A:Device manage gives The Specified Path Does Not Exist

1) Did you make any changes prior to the issue occurring?
2) Check for any errors in Event Viewer.
Follow the steps from the below link:

Open Event Viewer

Event Viewer - Open and Use in Windows 7

As a test:

Using Windows 7, In the start search box, enter 'devmgmt.msc' and check if it opens there.

Have a look and see if you have this file :

1. Click start

2. In the search box, type 'run'

3. enter 'C:\WINDOWS\system32\devmgmt.msc' and check if the file is present.

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When restarted my windows 7 x86 the below image appeared on bottom-right corner, saying "USB device not recognized", image 1. And in device manager there is yellow sign of that driver, image 2.
There isn't any USB stick attached to this but whenever I restart the machine this message appears!
I tried to use online updating the driver but it says best driver is already installed!
I don't know how to get rid of this problem.
Please help to solve it.

A:USB driver missing in device manage

Try Installing the Chipset Driver from the Link below ...
GIGABYTE - Motherboard - Socket 1155 - GA-P61A-D3 (rev. 2.0)

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Ok, I'd appreciate any help here. Going out of my head.

In XP Home, logged on as administrator, Device Manager comes up as blank screen. I've tried numerous fixes suggested on the net and nothing works, including the ENUM reset permissions in the registry trick.

Other issues....I recently lost my wfif adapter and ethernet adapter and modem, lord knows what else since I can't get into device manager. Safe mode boot as admin doesn't show any problems where I can see device manager.

Recent issues...Alcohol 120% is possibly to blame as I tried to uninstall and it seems to still have pieces I can't get rid of. I uninstalled .Net framework and SP2, put them back and still nothing.

Any suggestions? Be happy to post the setupapi log where there's some interesting issues happening.


A:No Device Manage XP Home, other issues

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I have just bought a M900 desktop with an SSD and an M.2 storage drive. Could someone point me to information that details how this M.2 drive can be configured and tweaked, and what it relationship is to the SSD and the system as a whole.    Thank you in advance.

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Hey All,

I have a Sony notebook for over a year now. Recently I noticed that 'MY COMPUTER' doesn't show CD/DVD symbol. When I went and checked device manager, I couldn't find the same. When I open up Nero or anyother software it says NO DRIVE DETECTED. CD/DVD drive opens up and closes without any problem. When I insert disc yellow light flashes but then it goes away (when drive was working fine, it used to show green light).

Can anyone please help? Greatly appreciated.....


A:Device Manage Doesn't Show CD/DVD Drive

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Updated my Raedon driver after reboot lost all sound.  After reinstalling the sound card and audio input output and updating all the drivers I still cannot get sound from my speakers.  When I go into the sound from control panel I cannot choose the speaker and it uses the digital output as the default device.   Speakers show they are not plugged in and I cannot manage any of these devices.  I am stumped and not sure what else to try.  All drivers have been updated and I can"t configure or manage any playback device.

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hi, heres my problem:

* USB 2.0 doesnt work when plug in to USB port. XP gives message Unknown USB device. USB has malfunctioned..

* from device manager here is my USB devices.

SiS 7001 PCI to USB Open Host Controller
SiS 7001 PCI to USB Open Host Controller
SiS PCI to USB Enhanced Host Controller
USB 2.0 Root Hub
USB Root Hub
USB Root Hub

I have SP2 installed, did reformat my hard drive and install fresh windows XP. all the drivers are up to date and even the BIOS.

What is causing this problem? Any help would be greatly appreciated...

PS. When i disable USB 2.0 Root hub and SiS PCI to USB Enhance Host Controller. The storage drives work in USB 1.1. My external usb drive is a HITACHI 10 G hard drive.

A:USB 2.0 storage device malfunctioned in Windows XP. Unknown Device!?!

recently I had a friend who expierienced the same problem with a Nforce chipset after a fresh install of XP with SP2. even though SP1 and SP2 insclude the drivers for USB2.0 his usb 2.0 devices werent working. he ahd to go to the Motherboard makers site and download the USB 2.0 drivers and then it worked.

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ok so im new to this forum only really joined in hope of finding help with my situation,
i have had a few rendering problems with games and texture has been a bit crappier than it should be so i have tried a few things like updating drivers and such and in the proccess i ended up uninstalling and reinstalling my card and all was fine but still had problems with rendering and such the latest thing i did was something suggested in a post with a similar situation to mine which was uninstall the driver for my ATI 4600 and install ATI Tray Tools and when i reset my ati 4600 no longer showed in device manager and it is also now showing "standard VGA adapter" which was never there, i ask for someones help in this situation please
oh and my OS is vista if you need any more details just tell me

A:ati mobility radeon hd 4600 not detected.or in device manage please help.

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Apologies if this has already been covered. I did try a search but got nothing specific to my problem.

I currently have 4 Windows 8.1 Pro units around my desk.
One is general day to day.
One is gaming, audio & video work.
One is a currently retired 'server' for backups.
One is the replacement 'server' for backups.
This contains an SSD system disk, a 2Tb HDD for Macrium Reflect images and 2 Storage Space pools.
One consists of 2x250Gb HDD's called DATA & assigned to drive letter 'D'.
The other consists of 4x1TB HDD's called STORAGE & assigned to drive letter 'E'

The replacement 'server' unfortunately decided to go do-lally :(
All I know is, it suddenly decided to reboot 4 days ago and everything went haywire.

As a result I purchased a new motherboard, CPU, ram with the intention of building a fresh install of windows 8.1 on the basis the storage pools would show up in the new system.

Here is the problem !
The pools show up in Control panel /Storage Spaces as DATA (F:) and STORAGE (G:)
Both pools show as OK and all 6 drives show as OK.
If I click on 'view files' nothing happens :(
If I go to windows explorer they show up as Local Disk (F:) and Local Disk (G:)and if I double click to open I get a 'Location is not available. F:\ is not accessible. The volume repair was not successful'. Same for G:

Why is Storage Space manager saying they are working properly when nothing else can access them?
Are they recoverable somehow or have I lost everything ?

A:Storage Spaces not in Explorer, show in Manage Stor Spaces


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Hey all, I've gotten two different answers to this simple question, and it's a little ridiculous. Does my warranty get voided if I upgrade my storage myself?Obviously I'm never going to put a sketchy drive in my device, I'm thinking maybe put a Samsung 860 Evo pro m.2 drive in my computer, cause the 1tb is more affordable third party through samsung, rather than the lenovo offering on the parts portal.  I've been told yes and no from two different technical support reps. Which is true? TIA


Go to Solution.

A:Differing Warranty Information - Storage Upgrade t480s

You can change the SSD and keep the warranty intact.  Obviously, the drive you put in isn't covered, and if you break the machine doing the install, its your problem.

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In Device Manager, there is a USB Mass Storage Device or an Unknown Device, even when there isn't anything plugged in. This is occurring on a Dell Dimension 5100. This is not the pc in my system specs. How do I fix this?
Here are some Device Manager screenshots:

A:USB Mass Storage Device/Unknown Device

The PC is unplugged from power (with all USB devices unplugged, as well as the DVI and ethernet cables) and the CMOS battery is removed.

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Hi, I'm having a slight problem with my computer.

It originated when I was using an image mounting tool, after removing one of the simulated drives while my usb thumb drive was connected. A new drive called removable disk appeared with the same drive letter as the simulated drive I removed. If I go into the device manager I see it as "Generic Storage Device USB Device". Removing it also removes the new drive from my computer, however each time I reconnect my usb thumb drive I get that one popping up. I also get my thumb drive, but besides that I get a "ghost" image of one that I can't open, and it remains even after safely removing my usbstick, and remains until I remove it in the device manager. I'm guessing this is related to windows 'remembering' the ids of the devices you connect, however I can't remember where that is stored in the windows registry. Any ideas about what I can do?

Thankful for any answers


A:Generic Storage Device USB Device keeps popping up

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Hi there all,

I have an ASUS M2N-Sli Deluxe mother board with a AMD Athalon 62 x2 (Dual Core) 2800Mhz 5600+ Cpu, With Nvidia nForce 570 SLI MCP Chipset and 2x nVidia 8600 GT 256RAM. I have been using this set up for over 2 years.

Just last week the fans on my Graphics cards over heated and kinda melted for no reason, I wasnt watching a movie nor was i playing a game. Due the fan on the GPU melting i orders some new ones ie NorthQ (NQ-3860A). The fans work fine and are keepint the GPU cool enough, But i cant detect and of the cards on device manager and i cant change the resolution nor can i load nVidia control panal so i can change the resolution from there and set up the SLI cponnection.

I have also found that with the second GPU When put in the PCI slot comes up with Green lines and a very very unclear picture.

Can any one please help me as i have the computer connected to a 32 inch lcd tv and it hurts my eyes, besides that i cant watch any movies

Thanks in advance Hitesh

A:Have got 2 NVidia 8600 GT but none show on device manage and am stuck in 800x600 mode

Oh yeah I forgot to tell you that i am using Windows Vista 64 bit Home Premium version

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I was asked by answers.Microsoft.com to refer this question to this forum.

BTW there doesn't seem to be an option for Windows 10 forum. So I  had to choose Windows 8.

1st of all everything was fine until 2nd of December.

My Laptop installation of Winodw 7 and then upgraded to 10 was configured from the start to have the USER folders (u sing a script provided by Microsoft) on an SD card through an Expresscared media read/write because my system disk is a 64gig SSD
( which BTW means that system restore has been disabled).

on 3rd of December when:

I turned the machine on it couldn'the read my user profile.I tried to login in safe mode but I got sihost warning: unknown hard Error! But I got into prompt screen and ran diskpartThere is an inbuilt SD card reader slot in the machine where I store large downloadBut the system could only see the main SSD and the expresscared SD card with user folders on itI ran sfc /scannow &  then DISM and the sfc /scannow again until both were successful.But again diskpart  only detected the SSD and Expresscard SD cardBut the attributes on the SD card claims that Current state read-only : Yes although read-only flag is No.I have checked the SD card on other machines and it is not write protectedI have tried introducing writeprotected entry in the registry with values of 0 and 1 without successI have tried everything else that I could in Safe mode but other than what is expected in safemode (e... Read more

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Hello,Do you have information about the following device?I just got the picture.The device is synchronizing the laptop,It is used later, it is connected to the laptop again and synchronized.I need the code for the device    

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When I click(left and right) the safely remove hardware icon, nothing pops up (the list of hardware to remove doesnt show up). I just click it and nothing happens. When I go to "Devices and Printers", it just hangs up and loads forever.

A:Safetly Remove Hardware Help Please!

Would you happen to be running a registry cleaner software...like an old version of ccleaner? Also could you tell me what build of Windows 7 you are running like Windows 7 BETA, RC or RTM?

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My computer don't seem to have any Display Device/Driver properly working,and i don't know how to fix it please,help. :(

A:No Display Device Information.

I need any help here,please :(

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please help

i'm using powershell on windows 7 and i want to get the device path from an external usb hub's port to an attached USB device. powershell is great in reporting back a ton of information but it does not show which hub/port that a device is attached to. basically
id' like to get back the same information that UsbTreeView returns but via console so that i can write an automated script that calls the powershell command like below.
powershell -command "& {get-wmiobject -class Win32_USBControllerDevice -computername "LocalHost" -namespace "root\CIMV2" }"


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how do you access the data on an outside usb device? Is it the c or d drive?
How do you access the drives data and download it on your computer or lap top? Please help! I have some sensitive data I need access to!

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Hi guys just exhausted all my ideas on this so am coming to you for help.. I have an external hard drive which connects via usb, it connects and turns on and the computer even shows that it recognizes it (on all computer at my house) but there is no way to access what is in it, it doesn't appear in My Computer and it doesn't come up to autoplay this has only just recently happened before it would work fine and nothing has been changed so I don't know why it wont work anymore.

Thanks for all your help.

A:USB Storage Device..

Is this a new and unused drive? If so, Windows must initialize it then create a partition. Do this with the Disk Management console. Run diskmgmt.msc

If it has been used and contains files, with which file system has it been formated?

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hey, is it possible for me to use my old hard drive as a slave for storing backups and music etc.? and can i store files on it if there is no operating system on it.? i was thinking i could format the drive and just sent my files to it without an os on it, is this possible.?


A:storage device.?

Kenny Gates said:

hey, is it possible for me to use my old hard drive as a slave for storing backups and music etc.? and can i store files on it if there is no operating system on it.? i was thinking i could format the drive and just sent my files to it without an os on it, is this possible.?

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Hi mate!

Of course it is possible, you have to plug your old drive to your machine and make sure that Master/Slave jumpers are set correctly to avoid conflicts. Your OS will identify the drive and then you will be able to access files stored in it. If you want to reformat it you can easily do that from inside the OS with no problems. There is no need to have an OS installed on that drive.

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I have a USB storage device that you place a hard drive in it then the usb plugs into the computer. The Hard drive & USB storage device is for desktop computer hard drives. I want to put the USB device in a laptop. Will a desktop computer size hard drive work in the laptop if I put it in the usb device?

btw: This laptop has no internal hard drive. The laptop is a Gateway Solo 9100. 150Mhz processor. 64MB of RAM.

Can I boot the computer from the USB hard drive if I put an OS on it?

A:USB Storage device

A computer that old is not going to support booting from an external hard drive.

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