Last week I posted the excellent news that the Robocopy in new versions of Microsoft Windows is multi-threaded and thus much (much!) faster. Then I tried to actually use it on a Windows Vista machine. Redmond, we have a problem. Spot the Problem Let's play a little game, shall we? Let's see if you can spot the problem! Now let's run "robocopy /mt" so see if … [Read more...] about Versioning FAIL: Windows Vista/7 Robocopy
Anyone doing much storage work on Microsoft Windows machines is familiar with Robocopy. It's the best tool to move data between NTFS filesystems, since Robocopy maintains permissions and file attributes. It also tolerates dropped connections, resuming where it left off, and can throttle operations over slow networks. But Robocopy was never very quick, especially when dealing … [Read more...] about Robocopy: Better, Faster, Stronger
Personal computer hard disk drive access methods have repeatedly been forced to adapt to ever-expanding capacity. Physical (CHS) addressing and 28-bit LBA have been abandoned, but the disk drives themselves retain the tiny 512-byte sectors they have had since IBM introduced fixed-block addressing in the 1970's. But time marches on, and Western Digital is leading the change to … [Read more...] about Drobo, XP Users: Beware of 4K “Advanced Format” Drives!
There is a lot of FUD flowing between Apple Macintosh true believers and the rest of the PC world. This is especially true now that Macs use Intel CPUs, NVIDIA chipsets and graphics, and so much more commodity PC parts. Lots have argued that a Mac is just an expensive PC with a flashy case and slick operating system. Mac fans have to admit that there is a lot of commonality … [Read more...] about A Concrete Reason Macs Beat PCs: Intel VT
Microsoft just let loose a Release Candidate for Windows 7, the operating system that will bring peace, love, and joy to PC users everywhere and finally stop folks from switching to Macs instead of using Vista. Maybe. … [Read more...] about Windows 7 Is Here! In My Hands! But Why 8 DVDs?