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Oct
29
comment SSD/HDD not exceeding 120 MB/s
Between idle time garbage collection and SSD manufacturers concentrating on improving worst case small random write latency, you have to try to get an SSD since about mid-2011 into a pathologically bad state, and in the overwhelming majority of end user systems, there's plenty of idle time for garbage collection routines to do their work using the built-in spare area and free space. I haven't look at TRIM stats in a while because it's a solved problem, but links upcoming:
Oct
29
comment SSD/HDD not exceeding 120 MB/s
TRIM is much less important for modern SSDs since the garbage collecting and background maintenance routines are much better than with earlier drives. Also, Vista does not have TRIM support at all.
Oct
28
comment Building my own computer
An anecdote: Back in the 90s, I had the same quandry you did. I bought a CPU+MB only to have it lose half of its value over the next month while my build still sat unfinished. It was several hundred dollars I could have used for, well, anything else really. Save up first and buy everything you need at once. Your comopnents are going to lose value anyway, but you might as well be able to use them while they do.
Oct
21
answered Sycronizing/deploying scripts across several systems
Oct
16
comment Performance issues with Notepad++
Try toggling line wrapping and see if it helps. I think the biggest problem is simply attempting to measure the line width for the horizontal scrollbar. The Scintilla editing component that N++ (and many other editors) use simply doesn't consider extremely long lines to be a worthwhile use case to optimize performance for.
Oct
4
comment Missing MSVCR100.DLL
With recent versions of the Visual C++ Redistributables (since VS2005), security fixes can be installed without installing the prior version.
Sep
6
comment Compress the silence - audio file formats
The problem is that "silence" probably isn't digital silence, it's low-amplitude white noise. Most encoders are going to attempt to encode it and use much more space then necessary. Pre-processing your audio to turn that into digital silence and using a VBR encoding should get an encoder to use the minimum possible space.
Sep
1
comment Long running chkdsk on Windows 7 1TB external hard drive
IF it's your backup, then get a new disk and redo your backup. If the drive isn't completely worthless then it can be relegated to light duty.
Aug
22
comment why don't file search utilities just load and parse the MFT?
Tools like Everything and UltraSearch also parse the MFT (and in some cases the USN Journal) directly. However, sidestepping ACLs is the #1 reason you don't see more use made of this.
Jul
29
comment Batch or PowerShell to mount drives on a FQDN
You're allowing SMB in from the internet?! That's brave.
Jul
29
comment Windows will not shrink my drive?
That file is probably the MFT or a system file.
Jul
29
comment Windows will not shrink my drive?
possible duplicate of How to shrink Windows 7 boot partition with unmovable files
Jul
23
comment Windows task scheduler won't run file on non-system drive
I wonder if there's some checkbox to toggle in the scheduled task definition to control this behavior
Jul
22
comment Windows task scheduler won't run file on non-system drive
Is this E: drive a network mapped drive?
Jul
10
comment How can I see the hidden data of a bootable CD/DVD media?
If you want to extract it, you'll need the user data for the entire track. I'm not sure what you're expecting to find once you do though -- you're getting into a mixture of both Linux and El Torito voodoo at this point and everything is going to be Windows-hostile. What are you hoping to accomplish?
Jul
10
answered How can I see the hidden data of a bootable CD/DVD media?
Jul
9
comment Windows 7 says a 8.6 GB file won't fit in 14.7 GB space?
@us2012: That's a fair sight better than previous versions of Windows which would return a far more cryptic "access denied" generic error message.
Jul
7
comment Size of the compressed image file deteriorates with usage
+1 - Dedragging and compacting should help immensely. There may be OS specific actions that can be taken too, like mounting most partitions read only for *nix systems.
Jul
4
answered perform a CHKDSK on an NTFS image?
Jul
4
comment Even after reinstalling windows, why does explorer.exe like to hang?
IME, when a clean install of Windows without 3rd party software is hanging or crashing, the problem is bad hardware more often than not. Most of the remaining cases are bad drivers.