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May
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comment How do I recursively list filenames (only) in DOS/Windows?
@ala: If you want to show hidden files, you'll need to use something like David Remy's answer only with the appropriate flags passed to the dir command.
Apr
24
comment What’s the best way to connect 12 different SSDs—each already containing non-formatable, unique data—to my editing workstation?
Just having lots of ports isn't enough -- the controller has to be fast enough to handle delivering the data to the workstation.
Mar
12
comment FTP from Windows Explorer in active mode?
@theB3RV: IIRC, Explorer defaults to Active Mode FTP. I can't think of any other FTP-specific options for Explorer off the top of my head.
Nov
22
comment What is the difference between “used space”, “size” and “size on disk”?
@Kamil: That difference is called slack space, and already addressed by several answers.
Nov
10
comment FTP from Windows Explorer in active mode?
@codescribblr: No. If you need that you'll need to use a proper FTP client.
Oct
21
comment How to speed up the ftp upload process?
@djechelon: Pipelining helps, but you still have the problem of command overhead and most pipeline implementations limit the number of active simultaneous requests (because overhead can still swamp the payload eventually).
Feb
18
comment Is there a shortcut to open Command prompt in Administrator mode
@DanielB: I'm 99% sure you're right, but not at a PC to verify.
Jan
10
comment What is the difference between a quick and full format?
Full formats on Windows did not write zeros to the entire drive until Vista. KB941961
Jan
7
comment Can SSD raid be faster than ramdisk?
@PeterHorvath: Latency is still a big deal with SSDs. Look at all the research and benchmarks into consistency and the stuttering problems that early SSDs had. And as Michael Kjörling mentioned, RAM latency is several orders of magnitude lower than SSD. Latency on Lx caches is significantly lower still, and CPU register latency is even lower yet. And it all matters for performance.
Jan
5
comment How much memory does Windows 7 64x use for itself?
SQL Server will use all the memory it can unless you've configured constraints on usage.
Jan
1
comment How to preserve file attributes when one copies files in Windows?
@megamorf: In what way does robocopy do anything special? It doesn't do any checksumming or hashing of the data, it relies on the OS to report errors just like almost any other program.
Dec
16
comment Installing IE 8 on windows xp hangs forever
Run the IE setup with the /update-no command line option to keep it from looking for updates. Then do Windows Update later.
Dec
14
comment Installing IE 8 on windows xp hangs forever
Yikes. System specs? Had it been updating successfully before?
Dec
13
comment What are the best options to use when compressing files using 7 Zip?
@endolith: bzip2, lzma, wv, and ppmd are all very recent additions to the file format. It's not even safe to assume that your recipient can handle deflate64, much less anything newer.
Dec
10
comment Can SSD raid be faster than ramdisk?
Any competent DBMS will keep as much of the DB in RAM as possible. If your DB is tiny enough to fit in a RAMdisk, it's tiny enough to just fit in RAM. Properly tuning your DBMS with an SSD will give you the performance you're looking for -- for local development, you can even take advantage of things like write back caching and worrying less about ACID. A RAMdisk is fighting the system.
Dec
10
comment Can SSD raid be faster than ramdisk?
@KorayTugay: Generally speaking, the answer to "Do I need a RAMDisk?" is almost always "No. If you really needed it, you'd know enough that you wouldn't have to ask." What are you doing that makes you think you'll need it?
Oct
29
comment SSD/HDD not exceeding 120 MB/s
AnandTech's Smasung 840 EVO Review shows how most current controllers hold up under sustained writes, and his Corsair Force LS Review shows how garbage collection starts working over the course of an HD Tach run. Tom's Hardware Link shows how the Marvell controller in the m4/M5S and the Samsung 830(!) maintain performance.
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.