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Old 08-18-2013, 02:21 PM   #21
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Off-topic here, but as we touched on this subject...

For people who have an older PC that you are not using (who doesn't!), you can turn it into a home server by buying a copy of Windows Home Server for $100. Add additional HD capacity of a few TBs, then you can also use it as a media server.

I use this server to run periodic backup of all other PCs. I have tried an open-source server based on Linux, but the truth is that a server based on Windows works better serving other Windows machines. For example, as different client machines all use Windows, the server knows not to backup duplicate OS files (DLL, EXE, etc...) that are common between machines, and only stores links to a common copy.

And if the server itself crashes (!!!), it is easier to physically extract its HDs and to recover the contents. It also maintains mirrored drives for dual redundancy. This, I do for critical financial records and photos.

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Old 08-18-2013, 02:39 PM   #22
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Originally Posted by bjorn2bwild View Post

If you have not used SSD for a performance boost, I suggest you give one a try. As I stated above they will work in all computers that use a HD - especially a laptop with its smaller spinning disc.
To reduce the pain of a fresh install, I love cloning - you only need do it once for each computer. If you keep a cloned copy up to date, a re-do takes < 5 min.
You are correct about speed, removing the current slowest part of a system, the mechanical hard drive. Caching mechanisms and algorithms have been improved over many years, especially on 'big iron'. But SSD, really all cache, you have bus traffic and have to go through the I/O system but compared to HD latency that's nothing.

As an fyi do you run naked or some type of raid configuration?



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Originally Posted by MRG View Post

As an fyi do you run naked or some type of raid configuration?


You might say semi-naked. That is, I have a super clean clone source for all of my computers and I store/back-up all important new data. So a sudden fizzle of the SSD would not be catastrophic.

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