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Feb
3
comment Why do later versions of Windows continue to use shortcut files instead of symbolic links?
@user23013: That's because of Explorer's Link Tracking.
Dec
24
comment Is it safe to defrag a virtual machine on an SSD?
He's not, really. Left unchecked the drive could end up very fragmented, which could easily increase write amplification. That's why Windows 8 and up defrag SSDs monthly. hanselman.com/blog/…
Nov
17
comment How can I create a list of named folders in Windows automatically?
How they sort is tool-dependent. Explorer (and most other file managers) will sort them intuitively, with Lec-10 coming after Lec-9.
Oct
9
comment Why are so few SSD 3.5 inches?
@barlop: That is slightly confusingly worded. What I was referring to are storage servers with multiple drive bays. e.g. In a 2U rackmount enclosure, it's possible to fit more 2.5" drives than 3.5" drives. That said, products like the Icy Dock MB082SP allow for installing two 9.5mm 2.5" drives into a single 3.5" half-height bay. That was simply the first product I found on Google, not an endorsement for that particular item.
Oct
7
comment What is the equivalent of the bin directory for Windows?
Windows does not combine environment variables with the same name -- normally user-level environment variables override system-level ones. PATH is a special case and AFAIK the only one treated that way by Windows.
Oct
6
comment What Windows account is used when no one is logged in?
Starting with Windows 7 and 2008 R2, Managed Service Accounts and Virtual Accounts allow for running services under their own identities, so you don't have a bunch of services sharing LocalService/NetworkService/LocalSystem, limiting access if one service has a vulnerability.
Oct
4
comment How do I install a font from the Windows command prompt?
@djangofan: Were you using an elevated command prompt? I haven't tried fontreg on Windows 10 yet, but I'd expect that to be required.
Sep
24
comment What USB drive filesystem works out of the box on Windows, Linux, and OS X?
The "most correct" answer changes depending on which versions of each platform in particular you need to support. ExFAT is supported well on modern versions of every OS, but if you need to support XP or Mac OS X Leopard (10.5) or older, or some arbitrarily old versions of Linux it won't work OOBE. Otherwise NTFS is your next best bet if FAT32 is too restrictive.
Jul
29
comment How to open Windows CMD so that it starts in the current folder?
Even better is that it works for other programs too!
May
2
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.