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  1. I used to have 256gb 'boot' ssd + 2x3TB HDD Windows Storage spaces in parity mode. I deleted a Windows storage spaces virtual volume (was set to parity), took out one of the drives and partitioned the remaining drive with a simple ntfs volume. Now the drive keeps getting offline and the only way to reconnect is to use the command line diskpart tool or reboot. I suspect this is something to with the HDD still having the same ID as the old Windows Storage spaces had or something similar to that or a sign of an actual hardware issues (faulty hdd, faluty cable). How do I properly reset the HDD, do you also think that this may signal some sort of hardware issue with the drive as well. SMART seems to be ok, even when drive is offline.
  2. I'm trying to understand what it means to boot into a GPT-initialized disk on UEFI system. In the world I live in Windows only boots to MBR disks. But I keep reading that it is possible to boot using GPT. Few questions arise: UEFI seems to exist only if the hardware supports it. How do I check if my (new PC, HP Z440) has it? How does booting to GPT work (there's no boot record!)? The real reason I bring all this up is because I am trying to install Windows 10 onto a brand new SSD (OWC). I failed. Here are the details: When 1st plugged in, the motherboard didn't even recognize the SSD Then I plugged it in via USB and it was seen. I mirrored my existing drive onto using Acronis When I plug it back into SATA and try to boot, I get irql_not_less_or_equal error (which is a driver error, when it tries to access an illegal memory address space, from I've read) I'm trying to update the firmware on the drive now, which could be a solution I am exploring options to get this fixed, thus the questions about using GPT.
  3. I'm looking for a fast, diskless Windows RAID 5 (or RAID 6) DAS solution with 4 or 5 bays to use with some old WD 3TB SATA drives. My use case is general file copying (often hundreds of gigabytes) and multimedia I/O. Price isn't a huge issue, thought I get disconcerted / skeptical comparing a $700 Drobo 5D to a $160 Mediasonic. USB3 seems a likely low-priced candidate, but I'd happily go Thunderbolt / eSATA / eSAS / ISCSI if it made an appreciable speed difference. I'd be willing to look beyond the drop-in consumer market if a well supported business product made more sense. I half / secretly believe that a name brand eSAS RAID and simple case is probably my best option, I'm just lost in that world. Any thoughts would be greatly appreciated!
  4. Hello! Need your help! 3 days ago I bought iMac late 2013 with new generation PCIe Samsung XP941 M.2 based SSD 256Gb. Really powerful SSD. But of course, I was scared about SSD rewrite cycles and wanted to check it because want to keep this computer for 5 years. Found Mac OS X app called DriveDx that can check SSD and HDD lifetime and other S.M.A.R.T. attributes . Utility log here: SSD Lifetime Left Indicator : GOOD 95.0% === SSD HEALTH INDICATORS === ID NAME RAW VALUE STATUS 5 Retired Block Count 0 100% OK 173 Wear Leveling Count 0x100990005 95.0% OK 174 Unexpected Power Loss Count 0xA368E 99.0% OK 192 Unsafe Shutdown Count 6 99.0% OK 197 Current Pending Sectors Count 0 100% OK 199 UDMA CRC Error Count 0 100% OK I used this Mac for 3 days. I just did clean install OS X , installed 80 GB of soft on it, and installed Windows in the second partition and 95% of wear leveling count?! My SSD has 2 partition: Mac OS X (133 GB) and second for Windows 8.1 (117 GB) I know that OS X is very optimized to SSD, but I have second Windows partition and don’t know how two systems will live together. Need Windows ONLY for gaming. I have two question. First: I heard that rewrite cycles depends on SSD size. Is it true that my drive turned into two 128 Gb SSD? When one of OS reach 128 Gb then it will rewrite cells again. Right? And lifetime will be a half of 256 Gb. And how about TRIM with two different systems. Is it working correctly? Second: I have an idea how to reduce read/write on Windows. Want to make 30Gb partition for Windows and install all games in my external HDD USB 3.0. Yeah, game loading will be slower, but less read/write gaming data. But this method is useless if external HDD use system SSD as temp storage between RAM and HDD. Does Windows use system drive to store some temporary data between system drive and external HDD or it has direct route to RAM from HDD? If it does, using external HDD is useless, because all temp data will be passing through system SSD and make rewrite.