Here is a great utility to test your drive speed– Crystal Disk Mark
The image is from a SSD – A regular sata only pulled 87 for sustained read
Microsoft has released a preview .iso image of the new Windows 8. I loaded it into a virtual box, and for a short preview video click here: win8 Internet Explorer works best. Chrome and Fire Fox users should right click and Save the file vs streaming.
Found a great program to list out product keys – Including Windows, and Office. This can really come in handy during rebuilds.
Here is a short video on disk mirroring. The quality is not that great due to the compression but you can get a grasp on the procedure.
raid 1 win7 – click to play (chrome browsers will have to Save video as after you click the link. IE Streams fine)
Increase your listed programs when you hit the start bar
Right click your windows icon bottom left of the task bar and click PROPERTIES, Then CUSTOMIZE, Then Raise number of programs to Display to 20 for example. When Finished click the Windows Start Icon again
Test your broadband! This is movin’ – I can still remember being happy with ISDN when it was first available(basically 2 full speed dialup modems). Realize that this is not sustained speeds only the initial burst. I average around 2Mbps upload. The speed on the other side of the connection is also part of the equation.
This may not be the best procedure, but I have yet to find something more comprehensive. These tips can definitely get you close to working order. Itunes is great when it comes to replacing a lost iphone or upgrading, but if the opposite happens—it’s not pretty getting back online without losing your old settings. This also works if you purchase a new computer and want to sync with your current phone.
First off hopefully you had a backup of your iTunes media directory which is typically under My Music. Most backup programs will by default include this folder. In it, you’ll find podcasts, music, movies, and your apps from your last sync. If your computer’s hard drive has crashed and been replaced – or you get a new computer and you simply restore/copy the my music directory to the same folder, iTunes will not recognize your apps, music or podcasts – now this is going to start to get confusing.
Any music and movies bought under itunes will show up – however any ripped cds or music bought off amazon, etc won’t – so follow these steps to get your iphone / Ipod back in sync with the ‘new’ computer. There are a few other steps that are not listed here but basically iTunes is going to prompt regarding syncing with only 1 computer and you may need to rewrite it. Realize, you do not have to wipe your phone completely to get it back in sync with the computer but you can if you want. So follow below as best you can and email me if you have any questions.
- Repair new pc hard drive or get a new machine
- Download and install itunes
- Restore your my music (itunes) directory – remember documents and settings\user on xp or \users\username on 7
- I would recommend at this point you keep all your data on a separate drive. If you do this set your itunes folder to the data drive so it is backed up. And make sure you include this new folder in the backup archive. EDIT, PREFERENCES, CHANGE itunes media folder location
- Connect the phone and follow the prompts
- TRANSFER PURCHASES FROM PHONE— FILE, – transfer purchases.. this will import any bought media—movies, music, apps from itunes to the computer. It may ask you to replace or merge the current files. Itunes may also be configured to download any previously purchased media
- Music—FILE, ADD FOLDER TO LIBRARY- this will get your music back on the ipod / phone. Browse to the music folder(s) you want
- PODCASTS – same procedure—FILE, ADD FOLDER TO LIBARARY- browse to that itunes music directory that you restored and it will import all your podcasts. Itunes is smart and loads these under podcasts. You will then have to reSUBSCRIBE to all the podcasts.
- You’ll now have to go to your device as listed in itunes and recheck the media(music, movies, podcasts, etc) that you want synced, in addition to Outlook if you use that for Contacts and email
- Sync – this is going to overwrite all your current media, but if all goes as planned with a little more tweaking you’ll be back on the grid
- Next time buy Android. –JK hope some of these tips help. Leave a comment if you have anything to add. L8r
A great video on the durability of SSDs
I’ve recently ran a few benchmark tests on hard drives using PC Mark Vantage. An old laptop with 5400 rpm scored approximately 2000. A few 7200 drives in an i7 scored around 3200. A WD 10k raptor in a few year old AMD 5200 scored 4000+ Better, but not great. A friend of mine benchmarked his new OCZ Vertex 3 240 gig SSD at 52,000+ Crazy Speeds. The new drives take full advantage of the new 6Gbps bandwidth motherboards. They also can greatly improve performance even on Sata II mobos, although for anyone wanting to upgrade to an SSD, the best bang for your $ is an earlier generation SSD. I have read a lot of good reviews on OCZs Vertex 2 line, Intel, and Corsair Force series.