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Mar
12
answered Firefox writes megabytes of data per minute to disk, why?
Mar
12
comment How to format an Intel 320 SSD to take advantages from their wear leveling function?
@David Schwartz: It has to do with Write-Amplification. How much free space and over what area you are writing affects the WA of the drive, which in turn can have a big effect on drive endurance. Here is an old pdf from Intel discussing the matter: mralpha.s3.amazonaws.com/Intel-overprovisioning.pdf There is also more discussion over at Anandtech: anandtech.com/show/5518/…
Mar
12
comment How to format an Intel 320 SSD to take advantages from their wear leveling function?
This answer is not correct. While it is true that the Intel SSDs will do wear-leveling no matter what, the amount of writes they can handle greatly depends on free space and where you write. This is specially true for server situations or situations without TRIM.
Feb
11
answered SSD testing equivalent of Memtest for RAM?
Feb
9
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Jan
17
comment Can winsxs be moved and if so how?
That discussion is true but misses a key point. On a newly installed Windows the winsxs is mostly hardlink to dlls elswhere. But when a dll is updated the old version is moved to winsxs and a hardlink to the new one is established. So if you have five versions of a dll four of them will be in winsxs and the fifth, newset one will have a hardlink to it. So after a few years of installs and updates you can end up with many GiB of real dlls in winsxs in addition to the hardlinks.
Jan
16
revised My Windows folder takes up too much space - how can I reduce it?
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Jan
16
comment My Windows folder takes up too much space - how can I reduce it?
Not anything safe. As you install program and update the windows folder will grow endlessly. Except reinstall windows.
Jan
16
comment My Windows folder takes up too much space - how can I reduce it?
Not really, no. It contains repair and uninstall information for most stuff on you computer. There used to be a tool by Microsoft to remove orphaned pieces left over from failed installs or updates called msizap.exe, but it is no longer available from Microsoft. Apparently there were some issues. If you want you can see if you find it and see if that helps with the size, but it is not really safe to use so backup before you do.
Jan
16
comment My Windows folder takes up too much space - how can I reduce it?
It is a protected system folder and won't show up by default. You need to disable Hide Protected Operating System Files in Folder Options. Truthfully the easiest solution might be to run WinDirStat, and see what it reports.
Jan
16
comment My Windows folder takes up too much space - how can I reduce it?
That is not as big as I expected. Another thing that can balloon over time is the windows\installer folder. How big is that one for you?
Jan
15
answered My Windows folder takes up too much space - how can I reduce it?
Jan
10
answered Is it possible to boot Windows 8 installed to VHD from Windows 7 boot manager?
Jan
9
answered RAID on Solid State Drives
Jan
9
answered Is running a Windows 7 VM on an SSD a bad idea?
Dec
28
comment My Intel 320 SSD - is encryption automatic?
That may be a concern, yes. A offline brute-force could break it in a reasonable amount of time.
Dec
28
comment How do I install commands on command line? - Windows 7
Additional tip: Powershell comes with an Integrated Script Editor, which supports Powershell syntax highlighting. It is nicer to edit Powershell profile with it. You can use it like this: PS > powershell_ise $profile
Dec
28
answered My Intel 320 SSD - is encryption automatic?
Dec
27
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Dec
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