Cavicchi

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  1. Reliability? I have 3 SSDs and no issue with reliability--they are very reliable as far as I'm concerned.
  2. I don't use the Toolbox, not needed. TRIM runs automatically for me.
  3. All my SSDs are Intel second generation. There is no noise with SSDs, they are silent. Are there issues with other brands of SSDs?
  4. I'll add another reason, Quiet! Someone mentioned durability, I've not had any problem with any of my 3 SSDs for what must be over a year.
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    NTUSER DAT File

    I found this NTUSER DAT File in C:\Documents and Settings\ but don't know why it's there. It opens with: Unknown application and the size is 3.25 MB. As an experiment, I tried to delete it and got this message: Cannot delete NTUSER: It is being used by another person or program. Close any programs that might be using the file and try again. Does anyone know what this file is and if it's any problem to have on my computer?
  6. Thanks for posting that Intel info about Superfetch. However, nothing said about Prefetch and that still leaves me wondering...
  7. Not sure what you mean with Superfetch and Prefetch, but neither are turned off in my system with Windows 7--both are on by default.
  8. I ran the SSD Toolbox and for Word 48 Trusted Computing Feature Set Options Bit 14 it says Must be set to 1, but I have 0. Does anyone know what that means, how I can correct it? I have Intel SSD X25-M G2 160GB and running Windows 7 64-bit. I noticed in Windows 7 that Superfectch, Prefetch, and ReadyBoost are all enabled.
  9. When I look in Device Manager under IDE ATA/Atapi controllers I see 2 listings for ATA channel O and 1, while ATA channel 2 shows one listing. I have 3 SSDs in the computer in ports 0,1, and 2. Only port 2 shows the drive in UDMA 6 mode while the others show PIO 4 mode. Why and what can I do about it? I have the latest firmware from Intel installed. The main drive is in channel 0, at least it should be. I have a SATA DVD burner in port 5.
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    SSD drive in PIO 4 mode?

    I tried checking the DMA box but it doesn't hold, goes back to PIO 4 mode. I have the same type of SATA cables for all three SSDs, and port 2 is in Ultra DMA 6. There is something odd here because ports 0 and 1 show up twice--look at the picture. Why should there be duplicate listings when only one of the two has a drive connected? I have one drive in each port 0,1, and 2.
  11. I have the Patriot Xporter XT USB Flash Drive and Windows 7 64-bit. Do I need to copy boot files to this drive to make it a bootable drive? What I mean is when updating the BIOS, do I need boot files or just the BIOS files when BIOS is configured to boot from Flash Drive? I guess it comes down to whether this Flash Drive is already a bootable device or it needs boot files? Here is a link to the Flash Drive
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    Bootmgr is missing

    I got the error using one SSD to install Windows 7. I bypassed the error message using F12 to boot from DVD burner--one SSD installed--and installed Windows 7 on it. The error message no longer appears, but I can't boot from Windows 7 or Vista disk--goes straight to desktop. I now have 3 SSD installed without any problems, just that boot from CD thing. So, while I have Windows 7 installed on two SSD, I will erase one tomorrow. I don't know why I got that bootmgr is missing when having just the blank SSD for Windows 7, but that issue is over now.
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    Bootmgr is missing

    I tried to install Windows 7 on another SSD, leaving the working one disabled, and get bootmgr is missing and can't do anything. I have the drive as primary and even had just that blank drive installed. I tried two different hard drives, SSD and mechanical, same problem. With the working SSD loaded with Windows 7, I can't boot from CD/DVD it goes straight to desktop with no error message. The DVD burner is working so I don't know what is going on. I had the CD as first in boot order but still goes straight to desktop. Anyone have a clue what is going on here? I tried another BIOS update but still same problem.
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    Bootmgr is missing

    Two different problems: 1. With Windows 7 on SSD #1 I can't boot from DVD. I set CD as first boot and it goes straight to desktop. 2. I was trying to install Windows 7 on a SSD #2 with SSD #1 not connected and got the bootmgr is missing error--never got to DVD. I formatted SSD #2 and forgot where but I saw it was bootable No so I changed it to bootable Yes--this I believe was in Windows. I mention that because it may have screwed something up. I used Boot Menu (F12) to run Windows 7 and Start Repair but it didn't find any Startup problem. I tried another hdd to install Windows 7 but that also got the bootmgr is missing. I can get to Windows 7 Install screen by using Boot Menu (F12) but I don't want to install it when there is a problem getting that missing bootmgr message.
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    Booting from USB Flash Drive

    I used the front USB port and worked perfectly updating my BIOS.
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    Booting from USB Flash Drive

    I have the Gigabyte EX38-DS4 MB that has a Q-Flash utility built in and that is what I would use to update BIOS. According to the manual, Q-flash updates the BIOS without going into DOS, so it appears you are correct that I don't need boot files on the USB flash drive. Oh, I also have HP's USB Disk Format Tool. So long floppy, and hello USB flash drive.
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    RAID 0

    I understand RAID 0 provides a significant increase in speed. What I wonder about is if one of those drives fail, you lose important data, and that brings me to the question if you can back up that RAID 0 onto a single drive with Acronis True Image? I would think not, and I have just 3 drives, so is it best for me to stick with a single drive operation? The reason I have 3 drives now is to use 1 drive for updating images of my disk and the other for backing up specific data. RAID 1 does not seem like such a good idea to me because speed is better using 1 drive, at least that is my assumption. I assume using RAID automatically enables AHCI according to what I read from Intel, and I am using an Intel MB/CPU.
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    RAID 0

    That is subjective, some say it does... I have seen HD Tune pictures of with RAID 0 and without and there was quite a difference, as well as the OP saying the difference was there in boot-up time as well as general use. this is an old topic raid 0 is like putting your finger up your bum you might like it, but it's not necessary just trust me here son Well, I kind of turned off the RAID 0 idea since seeing how much faster my new Samsung F3 is compared to Hitachi 320GB. Access time is greatly improved as well as transfer rates. So, I think my F3 will provide enough of an increase in speed combined with Windows 7 to make RAID 0 unnecessary.
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    RAID 0

    I don't understand your second solution. whether or not to use AHCI. I mean : -you buy 2 drives and mount those -you install the OS and Applications on C: -you manage to get all TEMP (browser cache, TEMP env variable, etc) and SWAP files on D: (may be some disk-backup although) Regarding AHCI, if you can install it, do it...otherwise use the default IDE (non NCQ) mode because you won't really feel the difference between both solutions (Desktop usage gets very limited gain from NCQ...and NCQ partly degrades the avg seek time that render in lower IOPS) No problem installing AHCI, I know how do do that. I don't need hot plug so NCQ is the only reason for me to use that feature. But, you have me confused on whether or not to enable AHCI because of what you said above. Do you recommend installing AHCI?
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    RAID 0

    YES You want the best performance for your desktop usage with 3 drives (with 1 drives being a backup media) You have 2 exclusive solutions: -RAID 0 with 2 drives -No RAID (with or without AHCI) with TEMP/SWAP on 1 drive and OS/APP/DATA on the other one ==> Your desktop usage will gain much more in using the 2d solution. You can test both if you have time too waste Additional solutions: -Using a RamDisk (like this) -Using good (and pricey) SSD (cf this AnandTech "The SSD Relapse: Understanding and Choosing the Best SSD" review Unfortuntely, I don't understand your second solution. You would have to explain to me how it is accomplished with two drives, what each drive is doing. The other thing that needs clarification is whether or not to use AHCI. When you say "with or without" it sort of leaves a lingering doubt in my mind if you consider AHCI useless.
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    RAID 0

    I disagree completely with you on RAID 1. Backing up should be done by a separate drive either internally or externally, or to an online source. RAID 1 is useless in my opinion as a virus will wipe out both. If you need to backup using RAID 1, then the idea of using RAID 1 is useless. At least RAID 0 proposes speed as a reason for going that route. Was he really all that vague to you? First, the author's native language is not English, although he does a very good job of writing in English. You speak of your experience with RAID 0 as if it were the end result and nothing else matters. Unfortunately, the real world is not that simple. You cannot take one person's view as the absolute truth. There are "qualified" people who use RAID 0 and recommend it for every desktop user--one such person is in the technology field and has been using RAID 0 for a long time. I suppose to you whatever someone else thinks about RAID 0 means absolutely nothing, and I suppose the other guy would think the same about you--comparing opinions of technically advanced individuals. Of course, I am assuming you are technically advanced, for I know the other guy is technically advanced because of his position in life. If you feel that author was too vague, why don't you send him an email and get the "real truth"?
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    RAID 0

    Yes but he doesn't know the meaning ;-) All kidding aside, RAID 0 is mostly useless for a desktop except when you need extreme sequential transfer speed xhich most people don't. Separate disks is usually faster. I've got VM's on 3 disks (no RAID) and my system loads faster than when those VM's are on a RAID 0 - i checked just for fun - and loading 3 VM's at once should benefit from RAID 0, right? I also used a RAID 0 and RAID 1 on a test machine (HP DL360 G6, dual Xeon 5550, 12 GB RAM, 2 x 72 GB 15k 2.5" SATA). Wel, VMware ESX 4 didn't seem to care too much: it started equally fast on either array. Same for Server 2008 SP2. And that's with a decent RAID controller, not some chipset integrated thing or cheapo add-in card. As far as the Tweakers.net article is concerned, it isn't realistic by any means. No reasonable amount of people use their pc in a way that would make RAID 0 beneficial so you can basically dismiss the article. RAID 0 doesn't help the typical desktop user. Period. Or do you really care about a boot time that increases a few seconds at best? Cavicchi, I don't want to be rude but it's clear that you're not a very technical person yet you insist on discussing something that you don't understand. You put too much trust in what some "enthousiasts" say, all too often people who don't let reality stand in the way of their opinions and irrelevant benchmarks. True, I am not a technical wizard, although I did build my own computer. Anyway, there are "technical" people who say RAID 0 is for desktop use--period. They advise using it--period. The guy from that Tweak.net article does not agree with you. "I can image a lot of situations where RAID would improve the performance of a 'standard' desktop pc. Think about: starting up windows, copying files, loading games." --author Aside from boot-up time, he mentions copying files, which I do a lot of, and loading games, well, I do have two games that load from Program Files--not CD. All I know is there are people who say RAID 0 is great and there are those who say it does nothing major in the way of improvement. I never tried RAID 0 so I don't have any real knowledge to give based on my experience. However, Intel does suggest to install RAID driver even if not initially going to RAID so the option will be there without having to reinstall the OS. Now, if one is so certain that he/she would never install RAID, then there is no need to fuss with a RAID driver. There is also AHCI that some say does nothing significant and some say it does. All this talk about RAID 0 is very subjective based on the individuals who have experience with it--and some say yes and some say no. Do I need it? Maybe I would and maybe I don't. I have lived without RAID all my life, except when I used RAID to kill bugs.
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    RAID 0

    From the comments section, page 2, of that article I linked to above is this comment by the author in reply: "But somehow, i find it hard to conceive a situation in which a standard 'office', 'home', or 'gaming' desktop PC (which cover about 95% of the desktop PC market) can noticably benefit from RAID 0." "I can image a lot of situations where RAID would improve the performance of a 'standard' desktop pc. Think about: starting up windows, copying files, loading games." --author
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    RAID 0

    Well, I read where Intel recommended installing your OS with RAID enabled so that the option for it would be there after the OS is installed--you can always delete the array and go back to a single drive. The argument seems to be in many directions, one of which is usefulness, another being speed. and yet another being data preservation, not to mention who is qualified to use RAID. I refer all those who argue in one form or another to this article. Read it and tell me what you think. As for drives dying and all, any drive can die at any moment, so backing up is essential and there are various methods available besides RAID. RAID 0 is not for everyone, and neither is Amy Winehouse.
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    RAID 0

    "This technique, known as "striping", is the fastest of all of the RAID levels, especially for reading and writing large sequential files. Real world tasks where RAID 0 can be of particular benefit include loading large files into image editing applications, saving large movie files in a video editing application, or creating CD or DVD images with a CD/DVD authoring package." The above an excerpt from Intel