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  Reply # 2132044 22-Nov-2018 17:13
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I am a compulsive PC builder - small form factor preferred. I recently built a Wintel PC out of spare parts.
It works well but ... I used a mini ITX motherboard (Gigabyte Z370N) - which has a single PCI slot - with an OCZ RevoDrive SCSI disk (bulky and total overkill!) for my C drive.
Therefore I can't use a graphics card because the only PCI slot (and the case) is full.
The Z370N has two M2 sockets - just crying out for decent M2 SSD such as a Crucial P1 - which would liberate the PCI slot for a graphics card.
Less is more.


I live in hope. ...   tongue-out


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  Reply # 2132048 22-Nov-2018 17:19
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Built a new computer a few weeks ago.  decided to to a clean install. Installed windows 10 as boot from flash drive. except i realised after i chose my external by mistake and it formatted my 2tb external down to a 32gb drive. Lost a lot of stuff. Was not impressed. lol



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  Reply # 2132049 22-Nov-2018 17:28
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Built a new computer a few weeks ago.  decided to to a clean install. Installed windows 10 as boot from flash drive. except i realised after i chose my external by mistake and it formatted my 2tb external down to a 32gb drive. Lost a lot of stuff. Was not impressed. lol



It's OK, even if you hadn't made that mistake Windows 10 would have helpfully deleted your files for you afterwards.



"Thank Bill, kids!"


"Thaaaaanks, Bill!"

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  Reply # 2132053 22-Nov-2018 17:33
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My first enterprise exposure to the speed of SSDs came when I was involved with a team managing a fairly large environment being backed up via commvault.


Weekend fulls were merging into Monday \ Tuesday and failure rate was on the increase. 


A technical assessment from CV, recommended the use of SSDs in the physical SQL servers hosting the CV DDB. 


The DBs were stored on enterprise grade, but still spinning disk. Seek and Insert times to and from the DB were running into seconds rather than milliseconds. 


The purchase of SSD drives at an enterprise level, for me was unheard of and I forget the price, but I thought that these drives were a high price. 


SSD installed and DBs moved across, seek and insert times reduced down to milliseconds, backup failure decreased and success increased. 


A brilliant example of technology improvements that has a visible benefit




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  Reply # 2132090 22-Nov-2018 17:54
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I had a backup of the Sharepoint site for the company I co-own backed up to an internal drive, that was then mirrored to an external drive, and also to an FTP server overseas. A weekend of  hard drive weirdness rendered most of the previous versions on Sharepoint corrupt, and of course my oh-so-clever instant-mirroring backup system mirrored all the corruption through all the backed-up versions.
Major panicking ensued, with me furiously digging through all the backups on hard drives I had lying around the place.
I eventually managed to rebuild the file system, but it definitely spurred me to start looking at backup solutions that handle versioning, rather than pure, instant mirroring (currently using Cloudberry for versioned backup, and Bvckup for mirroring - very happy with both)

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  Reply # 2132096 22-Nov-2018 18:08
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Like many others I would recommend to newbies, if you have multiple HDDs in a PC , be very sure which one you select when doing a low level pre-OS format.


Especially if one of them has a family member's work files on them ........


Get it wrong and you wont be popular.

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  Reply # 2132104 22-Nov-2018 18:28
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I named my HDD "DAT ASS" now my computer asks me me once a month if I want to BACK DAT ASS UP

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  Reply # 2132105 22-Nov-2018 18:30
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My first hard drive death happened very early on, I was about 8 or 9 at the time and was playing Dark Reign on our win 98 laptop. I heard what I thought the CD drive emit a criiisskkkttkk sound, which i assumed was the CD doing something weird (they sometimes did). But at the same time the screen went black and the PC died. Needless to say their was no more Dark Reign that night.


I have now had my Samsung 840 for around 5-7 years (i forget, i have had it ages) and can't speak highly enough about them. I like Samsung so much i brought a 850 evo just to try out win 10. Too bad it never gets used... but it will be there when I win 7 support ends.

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  Reply # 2132106 22-Nov-2018 18:30
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Good storage story: I met my wife - she left a floppy disk in one of the computer labs at Uni. It had her CV on it and I contacted her and returned it via snail mail.




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  Reply # 2132110 22-Nov-2018 18:31
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I named my HDD "DAT ASS" now my computer asks me me once a month if I want to BACK DAT ASS UP



When Windows first introduced the cutesy "My Computer" and "Network Neighbourhood" names, I renamed them to "Ma Bitch" and "Da 'Hood" as a reaction to that. SJW friend of mine wasn't impressed...

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Reply # 2132111 22-Nov-2018 18:33
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Once I had a Windows XP lap top and I was transferring some important documents from an external hard drive to it...


Thinking everything was going well....


As I was moving the files accordingly I would periodically delete the files from the hard drive as they transferred over...


Anyhow long story short... once I had cleared the external hd and was ready to look through my lap top with the content I had just transferred over..


To my horror... nothing was there... yet when it was transferring it was showing it was transferring...!!!




Anyway... moral of the story... I use MAC now.. and have never had an issue since... and I have a back-up of anything where as before I didn't.




I was fortunate it was only a 250GB hd...

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  Reply # 2132117 22-Nov-2018 18:45
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I used to keep a box of archive drives full of backups, one evening my gf (now ex) and I had an argument and it got pretty serious.


I didn't know this at the time, but she's the type that breaks other people's stuff when they're super mad ... she threw the whole box across the room (it had 6 drives in it) ... at the time I was too angry to care. But the morning after, holy hell I was panicking and checking every drive one by one, thankfully all of them were okay!

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  Reply # 2132155 22-Nov-2018 19:26
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Not sure if this is a horror story or just one of not paying proper attention.


I have just purchased the parts for a lovely little system that should do me for a good few years to come. One of the parts was meant to be a 1TB P1.


My flatmate put the machine together for me (his cabling is a delight) and I got the machine in a working state. I was benchmarking the drive and wondered why the results seemed so poor. I finally worked it out when I really paid attention to the part numbers and double checked my order. I have ended up with an MX500 drive instead of the P1 I was after so the numbers I am getting are about 1/4 of what I was expecting.


I has a sad...


but the machine is still awesome :)

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  Reply # 2132223 22-Nov-2018 20:40
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Switched on my computer back in Sept 2015 and no boot up. My hard drive died. Lost 10 years of photos.

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  Reply # 2132228 22-Nov-2018 20:41
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So I was nearly completed my animation project, it was a boggy worth 80% of a 2nd year paper. This was back in '07, a 120gb portable 5200rpm hard drive was pretty sweet kit. Also I was looking to make an impressive portfolio highlight and had spent hours upon hours illustrating, rendering, keyframing tweening, rotoscoping, all the while actually learning to use the animation software.

I had a tabletop modelling mannequin which had a powerful magnet base and found myself unaware that in one hand I had my hard drive with the only copy of my animation, and in the other hand the magnetic base. I approach a corridor door closing in front of me... Not thinking, I empty the contents of one hand into the other so I can stop the door from closing. They attach.

Needless to say, I love cloud storage.

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