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I need to find information about my system. How can I find out the size of my hard drive and the type/modle of my graphics card

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Hello 19danigirl81

Belarc Advisor is a great little utility that will do all that for you.

You can find it HERE. Just click on FREE DOWNLOAD at the top of the page.

Please, let us know if this response was helpful for you or, of course, if you have more questions, etc on this topic.

Thank you

Posted on Apr 04, 2008

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    B Joan Rapier Apr 17, 2008

    Hello 19dannigirl81

    How did it go? Did the information and links I provided you w/ enable you to determine your hard drive and graphics card information you needed?

    I DO hope that is the case. :) If it isn't, please, post back here and we'll continue to assist you.

    If it is the case, would you kindly take just a moment to close the problem by assigning a FIXYA rating for my "solution"? I would be very grateful for your generosity and show of appreciation.

    Thank you once again for using FixYa! Have a beautiful day.
    BJ @:)


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Cannot change volume

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The hard drive space that's available after device installation depends on two factors;

the actual manufactured size of the hard drive, and the number and size of the partitions created on the hard drive.

Partitioning a hard drive splits the total manufactured space into sections, each listed as a separate device by your computer's operating system.

It's used primarily as a method of turning larger hard drives into more manageable sections of storage.

There are times when the chosen partition size is no longer adequate to your needs.

You can quickly change the partition size of the drive using the administrative tools of your operating system when this occurs.

The data will remain intact and the newly sized partitions are instantly available for use.

Press the "Start" button located on the taskbar on the bottom of the Windows 7 desktop. Select the "Control Panel" from the Start menu to open the Control Panel window.

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Right-click on the drive partition you wish to change in the lower panel of the window. ''Choose a size option, either "Extend Volume" or "Shrink Volume."

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Yes, you can. You'll need a little more hardware however. You can find "hard drive enclosures" at many computer stores, ebay and electronics stores. They look like these. In order to make this work, you need to determine the physical size and interface of the Samsung hard drive first. Most notebook drives are 2.5" and most desktop drives are 3.5" types (regardless of capacity). You'll need to find an enclosure for the drive size and interface type.

The Samsung drive is likely to be either and IDE type with a SATA (serial) or PATA (parallel) interface. Pictures of SATA cables are here, and PATA cables are here. You would select the enclosure depending on 2.5" or 3.5" size and SATA or PATA interface type. Lastly, would be to choose either a USB connection between the computer and enclosure, or an ESATA type. ESATA simply means External SATA. If your computer offers an ESATA jack on the front or rear panel, you might consider using it as it is much faster than USB. If you do not have an ESATA jack, stick with the USB type. All but the most oldest computers support USB 2.0 standard speeds, newer computers have a faster USB 3.0 speed (5Gbit/S) standard, but this hardware is fully backward compatible to the USB 2.0 & USB 1 speed (480Mbi/S) and hardware standards. If your computer has the original USB 1.x standrad speeds, you might consider purchasing a USB 2.0 or 3.0 expansion card as the USB 1.x standard is very slow (just 12 Mbit/S). Check these links for pictures of ESATA, USB 2.0 and USB 3.0 If you look closely, you can see the slight differences. USB 1.0 and USB 2.0 look identical.

Some enclosures will require / include a power adapter for the drive. Make sure you get what is required to get the drive to spin up properly. After your computer is up and running, connect the external drive to the USB jack and let the computer install drivers as needed; then use it as any other thumb drive etc. ESATA however may be different. In any case, follow the instructions included with the enclosure you purchased.

After copying good data, you might be able to format and scan the Samsung drive and map out the errant portions. Even still, I would not use the drive for important information or day to day uses. If you do, be sure to maintain frequent backups.

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even something as small as an electrical extension or a faulty fan lead can cause you problems

a computer needs all of the data and electrical current to travel through every working device and to have an end for a computer to be able work properly

make sure your graphics card is securely seated with no dust in its socket

if you physically remove your graphics to check the socket card restart your computer this should activate found new hardware wizard

click start control panel display desktop you can select a different desktop from the drop down list
or a browse button where you can select different pictures this may vary depending on your operating system

also settings you can change the settings for more or less pixels or from the drop down list pick the appropriate level of color range or troubleshoot also select advanced then general dpi normal size larger size or custom settings
always click APPLY after making any changes

click start control panel administrative tools computer management device manager scroll to scroll to monitors + to expand plug and play monitor you might see a yellow question or exclamation mark ? or red x you will have to update the driver right click where you have options to update driver
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