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#894545 - 06/14/13 05:32 PM Re: Part 3: Build GreyFuss a Computer!!! [Re: Draclvr]
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Originally Posted By: Draclvr
But if you want to take advantage of the Intel SRT, then, yes, you get the small SSD which is put into a RAID 0 configuration with your hard drive.

I wouldn't advise using RAID 0. It may be faster, but if either drive has a problem, you lose all the data on both of them.

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#894553 - 06/14/13 06:19 PM Re: Part 3: Build GreyFuss a Computer!!! [Re: GreyFuss]
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When they are set up in Intel SRT, the SSD is not used across both drives like in the normal Raid 0 setup. No data is stored on it. It is strictly used as a cache drive. The SRT manages the SSD differently than if it were in a normal Raid 0 configuration.
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#894564 - 06/14/13 07:32 PM Re: Part 3: Build GreyFuss a Computer!!! [Re: GreyFuss]
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Well, I went ahead and did it...Part 3 Build GreyFuss a computer is now complete and ordered. I want to thank each and every one of you for all the help, support and patience you have shown through Parts 1 - 2 & 3. I really had a lot of fun and a lot of learning although the I feel that school will be back in session once the new computer is set up and I have to learn Windows 7. I hope that others who were following the threads silently gleaned some information too.

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#894567 - 06/14/13 07:44 PM Re: Part 3: Build GreyFuss a Computer!!! [Re: GreyFuss]
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bravo dance

Congrat's GreyFuss!! How exciting... a big new toy!
Carol and a friend have win 7 and I was surprised that I did not have as much trouble figuring it out. I think the hardest part for me is they made finding the root of something harder to find... instead of just going to My Documents.. it is something like.. user name\local\roaming\documents...lol you will be pleasantly surprised. Now win 8 is a whole different ball game. :-)
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#894611 - 06/15/13 03:44 AM Re: Part 3: Build GreyFuss a Computer!!! [Re: Winfrey]
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Hurrah !!!! And enjoy your new "Beastie" to the max,GreyFuss !! dance dance dance
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#894628 - 06/15/13 07:06 AM Re: Part 3: Build GreyFuss a Computer!!! [Re: GreyFuss]
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Congratulations, GreyFuss! I've been following all the threads - very interesting
and informative.

Enjoy your new system. wave
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#894678 - 06/15/13 11:46 AM Re: Part 3: Build GreyFuss a Computer!!! [Re: GreyFuss]
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That should get the job done Greyfuss. About the only thing I'd opt for is a 1 or 2TB hard drive, the price difference is minimal.

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#894807 - 06/16/13 07:49 AM Re: Part 3: Build GreyFuss a Computer!!! [Re: GreyFuss]
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InlandAz tell me what you think of my reasoning. I think one should get a small local harddrive,say a 500gb and keeping all the mass storage on a external harddrive with the reasoning that if one would ever get a killer virus that requires a format and start over scenario,it wouldn't take that long and all the important stuff is safe on the external hd.

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#894818 - 06/16/13 09:59 AM Re: Part 3: Build GreyFuss a Computer!!! [Re: InlandAZ]
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That should get the job done Greyfuss. About the only thing I'd opt for is a 1 or 2TB hard drive, the price difference is minimal.

Thats sounds good InlandAZ, thank you for that advice....I could have used it sooner as I already ordered it on Friday but I emailed Mike at ECollegePC and he made the change and its the weekend. Already I like the service. And you were right, the difference was only $10 for the 1 TB.
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Interesting question Geo. I am no expert but I always thought that you lose some speed or something through the cable to the external drive or have they advanced in cabling and connections? Or maybe I just didn't understand that technology.
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#894822 - 06/16/13 10:13 AM Re: Part 3: Build GreyFuss a Computer!!! [Re: GreyFuss]
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It's a better option now that there is USB 3.0 and many USB 3.0 external drives. It's a bit of a pain to direct everything you download or install to a separate hard drive, but can be worth it. I have my Windows 7 set up that way. I've reinstalled the OS a couple of different times on the 60 GB SSD boot drive and it's nice to not lose any programs and any of the huge downloads from GOG or Steam.

Even though CyberPower has more options to choose from, one of the reasons I always lean towards eCollegePC is the customer service.
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#894826 - 06/16/13 10:24 AM Re: Part 3: Build GreyFuss a Computer!!! [Re: GreyFuss]
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In ***this thread*** (post #639277) Inland noted that Windows starts to slow down after your drive has less than 40% free space. So unless you expect to use less than 300 GB in the coming years, you should get a larger hard drive than 500GB.

Originally Posted By: Geo
I think one should get a small local harddrive,say a 500gb and keeping all the mass storage on a external harddrive with the reasoning that if one would ever get a killer virus that requires a format and start over scenario,it wouldn't take that long and all the important stuff is safe on the external hd.

If you keep all your stuff on one drive, it isn't backed up. What happens if your external drive fails? It's better to have your stuff in more than one place. And keeping your stuff on an external drive doesn't necessarily prevent it from being infected. Arguably the worst malware is the stuff you don't know about. It could have a time delay from the date of infection, or it could steal personal information rather than causing a performance degradation -- so you could transfer infected files to the external drive without knowing it.

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#894828 - 06/16/13 10:37 AM Re: Part 3: Build GreyFuss a Computer!!! [Re: GreyFuss]
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That's why I've been using Carbonite. It's save my bacon a couple of times.
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#894831 - 06/16/13 10:45 AM Re: Part 3: Build GreyFuss a Computer!!! [Re: GreyFuss]
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Carbonite is an alternative backup method if your Internet is reliable and your upload speed is fast enough. At $99 per year per computer, it may be an affordable alternative to a second hard drive or external hard drive.
http://www.carbonite.com/online-backup/pricing-plans/homeplus

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#894842 - 06/16/13 11:54 AM Re: Part 3: Build GreyFuss a Computer!!! [Re: GreyFuss]
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Since all my drives are in my computer, I use the Home option for $59 a year. If I renew for 3 years, they have normally knocked it down to $39 a year. Might not do that next time around though. The initial backup is the only time it takes forever - like 2 weeks for me because my upload speed is dreadful. After that, it's just a minute or two a day.
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#894856 - 06/16/13 12:19 PM Re: Part 3: Build GreyFuss a Computer!!! [Re: GreyFuss]
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I don't personally back up my hard drive routinely. I do image it after a fresh install, but that's about it.

Data files, such as spread sheets and word documents are backed up to external drives on a weekly basis (at least on the work PC's). Downloadable content is burned to DVD's and kept in a filing cabinet.

So long as you’ve got the install media for program applications, there’s just no need to backup everything.

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