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comment vim7.3 on windows XP: can't set vim as default file type for .cpp/.h files
This is much better than what I ended up doing... switching the answer to this one.
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comment How do I rename a file or folder to .something in Windows 7?
Note that if you initially renamed the .svn directory, and are trying to move it back, you might have to uncheck the 'hidden' box on the directory's Properties dialog before this will work.
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comment Why is enterprise hard drive capacity so limited?
There is also a "data tub"-style enterprise drive... which is usually the same as a desktop drive (similar capacity), with stricter QA standards... these may perform better than the equivalent desktop drive, but it's not nearly as consistent as the smaller form-factor/high-rotational-speed drives.
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comment Why is enterprise hard drive capacity so limited?
@Xyon: It should be noted that enterprise-grade HDDs are significantly higher performance than consumer-grade drives (usually at least twice the throughput on a mixed-testcase). Most of the quality improvements in enterprise grade drives is due to higher quality componants and stricter QA standards. Somewhat counterintuitively, enterprise drives usually DON'T spend as much time recovering from errors, since they assume they are in a RAID array, and the data can be regenerated (performance beats reliability here). I'm mostly talking about the 2.5" enterprise formfactor.
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comment Is it possible to find corrupt files spanning across bad sectors of a hard drive or find files fragmented beyond part of a partially copied partition?
@purefusion: Modern hard drives have several knobs that can be turned to increase the chances of recovering data. Operating systems generally set these knobs to "moderate", since they don't want to stall out for more than a few seconds while trying to read a random sector. (These knobs are different per-manufacturer and per-firmware build as well... and OS devs don't want to track it all.) Dedicated disk recovery software knows it's intended to get data back, and will usually do things like "Completely disable power-save features", "pull out all the stops on recovery", etc.
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comment What do I need to saturate a 6Gb/s SATA connection?
It should also be noted that the average consumer SSD will NOT saturate that bus, even after you factor in the protocol overhead.
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answered is it safe to copy data from hard disk having bad sector
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revised How do I setup Japanese input on Windows XP?
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asked How do I setup Japanese input on Windows XP?
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comment vim.exe on windowsXP, alt-key combinations don't work
Unfortunately, alt-up, alt-right, alt-down and alt-left all seem to produce that same character.
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comment Can some software physically damage hardware?
Also... SSDs (always?) have an indirection system wherein a given LBA does not correspond to the same physical location on sequential writes. Sure it can be damaged by repeated writing, but this is a known issue with SSDs under normal use. And the results would be indistinguishable from writing a single large file to the SSD repeatedly.
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comment Can some software physically damage hardware?
Hard drives CAN be damaged by viruses, but not from any arm&platter related silliness. The most vulnerable point is the main spindle motor. Start the drive up, shut it down, start it up, shut it down, etc etc etc. This is (relatively) hard on the componants. This is the major reason (aside from physical shock) that laptop drives don't last as long as desktop drives, power requirements keep the things spun down as much as possible. So a virus could theoretically shorten a desktop drives lifespan to look more like that of a laptop drive.