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Diffing an entire hard drive, available tools?

There's an existing question similar to this that didn't get answered in the proper context (a massive volume of data to compare) at all, so I'm trying again here. I'm using SuperDuper to maintain a ...
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Multi-platter hard disk performance guidance

I have a 1TB hard disk, and it has three platters. If I make three partition on each platter (where partitions C:, F:, and I: will be on the starting part of each platter) and I install as follows: ...
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What's a normal file-copying speed these days?

What is a normal speed for copying large files within the same hard-drive on a modern desktop PC (7,200RPM SATA single-drive, Quad-Core CPU, plenty of memory)? And how fast can you go if you really ...
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What's the difference between 8 MB and 16 MB Cache on a hard drive?

I'm looking to replace a dead hard drive in an older notebook. The current (bad) hard drive is a Toshiba 60 GB 5400 RPM HDD with 16 MB cache. It's very difficult to find replacement ATA-100 notebook ...
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Which RAID configuration should I go with for fault-tolerance?

On my work PC, I'm running a RAID 1 currently. I have an opportunity to upgrade my system and I'm wondering what is the best setup I can use. I have 4 available hard drives and I definitely need ...