158 reputation
7
bio website
location St. Petersburg, Russia
age
visits member for 3 years, 6 months
seen yesterday

Nov
16
comment How do I determine whether a drive is an HDD or SSD in Windows 8?
@Josh Well the "ask the OS" answer is already much upvoted for a good reason. It's too simple to be fun though. And there always have to be alternatives. Holding the device is much more fun and nothing dangerous in this if you don't drop the device.
Nov
15
comment How do I determine whether a drive is an HDD or SSD in Windows 8?
Of course, sticker is no-brainer. Even without it you can usually just look at the shape of top cover and tell where the disk is and where the head is.
Nov
15
comment How do I determine whether a drive is an HDD or SSD in Windows 8?
@Damon you should listen very carefully to hear some disks. Some of them are extremely silent. You still can try hand-sensing the vibrations of seeking, but to hear them you sometimes may need to firmly attach the device to some resonating chassis. Tilting the device is much simpler and quite safe. I would laugh at someone if they told me I shouldn't tilt or rotate my laptop because it may crash its HDD head.
Nov
15
comment How do I determine whether a drive is an HDD or SSD in Windows 8?
True, but I think you'll have to rotate it very hard to come even close to a head crash. And in case of 2.5" HDD, it has been designed for such actions — it's designed to be used in mobile devices.
Nov
15
answered How do I determine whether a drive is an HDD or SSD in Windows 8?
Nov
14
comment Why is -r recursive necessary when copying a directory in Linux?
@JakeGould maybe because they may need to preserve ownership and permissions?
Oct
30
awarded  Teacher
Sep
8
comment Does every OS need RAM?
While external cases with IDE interface are rare today, one can easily purchase an IDE+SATA PCI-based controller.
Aug
27
comment Linux: Getting date & time of system startup
Interestingly, this disagrees with who -b by a minute or two on my 210-days-uptime system. Looks like who -b reports a time stamp, while this counting is somehow affected by clock drifts, even if these are periodically corrected by a running ntpd.
Aug
8
comment Windows 7 “home” sub-directory relocation
No it won't work. Shortcuts only work within Windows Shell. If any application tries to access c:\users\%USERNAME% via CreateFile or any other file-based API, it'll not find the entry with .lnk after %USERNAME%.
Aug
5
comment Doesn't metadata occupy any size?
There's no need to change OS to use a hex-viewer on a hard drive directly. Just use a decent hex viewer. (It seems even hiew can do it, but I'm not sure since I was on windows long ago).
Jul
24
comment File sizes in Windows not making sense
@ZanLynx Mega is not 1 million, it's adapted "great" from Greek. Also, as they are, SI prefixes only make sense with physical units. But bytes and bits aren't physical units. Moreover, as SI prefixes are standardized, there's also a standard for memory sizes, which defines meaning of kilo, mega and giga as 1024, 1048576 and 1073741824 respectively.
Jul
13
comment How do I know if my MacBook Pro supports SATA III?
So, not only controllers are backward compatible, but the drives too?
Jul
12
comment How to fix invisible file name?
But it does allow making them via e.g. notepad. Just select "All files" in save dialog file type filter and enter the name like .testfile.
Jul
12
comment How to fix invisible file name?
Windows does really like them, it's just that some of default apps don't understand them. Such names are incompatible with Win32 subsystem of NTFS, but they are easily created and manipulated via POSIX subsystem.
Jul
12
comment How to fix invisible file name?
Would never think that it's the whole name understood as a name extension :)
Jul
8
comment Swap partition size on a 64 GB RAM computer for memory-intensive work
Linux will overcommit memory even with no swap enabled. It just will OOMK processes when too much memory is actually used. So second point of the answer is wrong.
Jun
20
comment Is it safe to power on a motherboard outside of its case?
If the motherboard is screwed into the case, it does connect its ground to the case — even if you keep PSU outside the case. That's what the soldered lands around the motherboard holes do.
Jun
20
comment Is it safe to power on a motherboard outside of its case?
@kinokijuf first case I checked has two fans: photo.
Jun
20
comment Is it safe to power on a motherboard outside of its case?
Sounds strange. There should be much more air accessible around when no case is present, why would any devices become hotter?