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Went to Data Doctors today - The online computery journal thingy of a turtle

Jan. 8th, 2007

05:12 pm - Went to Data Doctors today

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They're building me a custom system with 160 GB drive, which they'll partition for me into 60 GB on C: and 100 GB on D: or E: or whatever letter it ends up being; a CD/DVD burner; 1 GB memory (if I need more, I can get more later); Windows XP Pro; and my old hard drive installed as a slave (and the first thing I'll do is copy everything onto the new drive). This will all cost $938 ($1,015.39 after sales tax), half of which I paid up front.

But I won't get it till Thursday at the earliest, next week at the latest (and if next week, I'll need to pick it up after FC). So I'm still stuck on Mom's computer this week.

Still... yaay new computer!

Current Mood: excitedexcited
Current Music: BNL - Everything Had Changed

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From:nefaria
Date:January 8th, 2007 09:01 pm (UTC)
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$938 isn't bad for that setup, assuming the CPU is pretty fast. :)
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From:normanrafferty
Date:January 8th, 2007 09:07 pm (UTC)
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Why are you bothering to split the partition?

Maybe I'm old skool, but I'd suggest at least having one partition that's for nothing but your swap file, and nothing else. It should be about 2.1 times the size of your motherboard's maximum RAM.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:January 8th, 2007 09:11 pm (UTC)
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So that if the main partition fails, it won't take my files with it.
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From:normanrafferty
Date:January 9th, 2007 12:48 am (UTC)
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That's not as big of a danger as it used to be. Both FAT32 and NTFS make backups of the file allocation table, and a variety of tools -- many of them free -- can recover the data.

What's far more likely is the drive itself goes bad (in the controller, in the motor, etc.), and dual-partitioning won't help against that. Stupid moving parts! That's one reason a bunch of us are excited about Samsung's new Flash drive technology.
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From:yakko
Date:January 9th, 2007 03:25 am (UTC)
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It's exciting, yes, but I'd feel much better if they also solved the "limited write cycle" problem of flash technology.
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From:kinkyturtle
Date:January 10th, 2007 01:41 pm (UTC)
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"Limited write cycle"? Whatzat mean?
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From:yakko
Date:January 10th, 2007 11:59 pm (UTC)
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Flash has a limited number of times it can be written to before parts of the memory go bad. With sector sparing and advanced write strategies in the device, the inevitable can be postponed, but it's still a matter of time before flash goes bad.
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From:palabrajot
Date:January 10th, 2007 06:33 am (UTC)
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Congrats on the new pyooter!

If you're having your old HD in there as a slave drive, you might want to look into a program like Norton Ghost, and make it a mirror. Makes full backups much easier. ^.^
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