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Intact, I'm hard and solid

Broken down, kind of habitat

In repetition, I can help

If moving, I can stop

What am I?

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Might you be…

a block?

I'm a measure of distance

"I need to walk three blocks to my nearest subway station"

and volume.

two blocks of chocolate

Intact, I'm hard and solid

a block of, say, stone tends to be pretty hard

Broken down, kind of habitat

I live in a block of flats

In repetition, I can help

It's easier to manage a lot of data if you break it down into blocks.

If moving, I can stop

by blocking the way

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  • $\begingroup$ If indeed that is the answer, for the explanation of volume you can add your answer's 3-dimensional shape as being a unit of volume $\endgroup$ – A.B. Dec 19 '17 at 18:34
  • $\begingroup$ Sounds really like Minecraft blocks. The only thing not really fitting is the last clue. $\endgroup$ – Nova Dec 19 '17 at 20:20
  • $\begingroup$ Congratulations, this is the answer I was looking for. Though in explanations, repetition part was more like a block you create to draw patterns repeatedly. You got everything else correct. $\endgroup$ – itsyahani Dec 20 '17 at 2:51
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    $\begingroup$ I did come across the term "block" to measure distance when I worked in the USA. I have not heard it used in Asia or Europe $\endgroup$ – Mawg Dec 20 '17 at 7:14
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Biiiiig stretch:

I'm a measure of both distance and volume. What am I?

A stone is a measure of weight and 'a stones throw' is a lazy un-specific measure of distance

Intact, I'm hard and solid

Literally; check.

Broken down, kind of habitat

A Pound is both a unit of a stone and a place where animals live; ...check?

In repetition, I can help

Pounding multiple times? Multiple Pounds (as in currency)? Uncertain...

If moving, I can stop

A moving stone can stop...

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    $\begingroup$ "Broken down, kind of habitat" could refer to shingle/pebbles/gravel, maybe? Or even sand (deserts) for that matter. $\endgroup$ – Rand al'Thor Dec 19 '17 at 11:49
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Could you be...

One

Intact, I'm hard and solid

Hard One and Solid One are both common (?) idioms

Broken down, kind of habitat

One can be broken into Quarters, which is another word for habitat

In repetition, I can help

111 is a UK help line

If moving, I can stop

Not sure about this...

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    $\begingroup$ Nice try, it could fit if not for the last clue. $\endgroup$ – itsyahani Dec 20 '17 at 2:56
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Probably not, because this answer is based on a running joke from an old group of friends, but could you be:

A Hamster?

A measure of both distance and volume:

There was a group of my friends a while back that had a running joke that hamsters were a universal unit: They have an average weight, volume, length, speed, temperature, and so on. With a bit of creativity, any unit could be measured with hamsters!

I realize that this is true of basically any living thing, but hamsters were what we decided to use as our universal unit, so that's what I'm sticking with.

Intact, I'm hard and solid

This one doesn't really work :(
But hamster teeth are in fact quite hard and sharp, so there's that.

Broken down, kind of habitat

Like all mammals, hamsters have a wide variety of microbes living in them. And, if a hamster were to be "broken down" (i.e. decomposed), it would be a kind of habitat for whatever bacteria or fungus were to consume it.

In repetition, I can help

Hamsters are very good at repetitive activities, such as running in a hamster wheel.

If moving, I can stop

In a hamster wheel, hamsters can come to a stop, and bring the spinning wheel to a stop.

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    $\begingroup$ When I took an AI class a couple of semesters back, we had to learn and use a programming language called Scheme, Some of our projects took quite a long time, but the average was around 8 hours. We started using it as a measure of time, i.e. "my math homework took half a Scheme project to complete" $\endgroup$ – A.B. Dec 19 '17 at 18:47
  • $\begingroup$ I doubt if that is the answer, but it certainly gave me a good laugh! $\endgroup$ – YowE3K Dec 19 '17 at 19:50
  • $\begingroup$ Interesting answer. $\endgroup$ – itsyahani Dec 20 '17 at 2:52
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Perhaps an obvious answer.. but a bit of a stretch.

Are you...

a meter

I'm a measure of both distance and volume

meter as a distance and a cubic meter as volume

Intact, I'm hard and solid

a gas/electric/water meter on your house is hard and solid in the literal sense

Broken down, kind of habitat

could you say... a lack of working parking meters would be a habitat for lawlessness? As in people parking without paying. (this one is quite a stretch)

In repetition, I can help

Meters in music

If moving, I can stop

a parking meter will stop moving once it runs out of money

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I thought about

bars

I'm a measure of both distance and volume

On my way home in the weekend the bars (pubs) qualifies for distance and a bar(pub) is also a volume. Also volume can mean the loudness of a song.

Intact, I'm hard and solid

a bar (rod) is hard and solid

Broken down, kind of habitat

Bars (pubs) are all kinds of habitat, and people tends to break down there...

In repetition, I can help

In a song, bars (of a rhymme) are really helpful

If moving, I can stop

When the song ends, the bars are over

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  • $\begingroup$ Could you make these points clearer - ‘distance and volume’, ‘habitat’ and ‘moving’? $\endgroup$ – Napoleon of Puzzling Dec 20 '17 at 16:36
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Much is based on balpha's answer, here is mine, stretched as and when needed:

It could be a cell

As,

A cell is used a measuring means in certain situations as jail/mobile communications and also a cell is a measure for expressing few scenarios in biology/any physical construction.

Intact I am hard and solid

A physical cell(a battery/jail room) is hard and solid.

Broken down kinda habitat

Biological cells when broken (divided) leads to new life or when jail walls are broken - leads to a place where people can live in

In repetition I can help

In repetition they become cells and are of much help than a single one

If moving, can stop

Not sure of this, though !

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