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[News] [Rival] Careful with These Mac Hard Drives...

  • Subject: [News] [Rival] Careful with These Mac Hard Drives...
  • From: Roy Schestowitz <newsgroups@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Wed, 28 Nov 2007 06:22:16 +0000
  • Newsgroups: comp.os.linux.advocacy
  • Organization: Netscape / schestowitz.com
  • User-agent: KNode/0.10.4
Apple acknowledges some MacBook hard-drive problems

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| Apple is investigating whether or not faulty Seagate hard drives are to blame 
| for data loss on some MacBooks. 


How about that Ubuntu laptop hard-drive FUD, eh? Not to mention Vista...
(details below)


Vista burns laptop hard disks - Failure eight times higher than under XP

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| The hard disk’s temperature can get ten degrees higher than the vendors’ 
| specifications allow. This could cause hard disk failures eight times more 
| frequent than with XP.  


Windows Vista's Constant HD Activity Craziness

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| Any user that has used Windows XP and updating to Vista will notice one 
| thing: In Vista, your hard drive thinks it's a bewitched lawnmower – it's 
| always active. Even after all startup programs are loaded, the HD is still 
| active: Vista's Constant HD Activity Craziness.   


The Heartbreak of Drive Fragmentation

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| If there was ever a case for automation of a system task, defragmentation is 
| it. One of Vista's biggest selling points, in my mind, is that it comes with 
| an automatic disk defragmentation utility--systems can run a scheduled defrag 
| without user intervention. Yes, Vista users, it does do defrag 
| automatically--but you have to turn it on.    
| However, automated Windows Vista defragmentation might not be such a blessing 
| for some users--the utility uses multipass defragmentation, and, according to 
| a Gartner research note, "characteristically fragments the remaining free 
| space on the disk, which accellerates fragmentation later."   


Ext3 File System for performance in Windows

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| As an idea that was sparked by using a shared Ext3 File System between a 
| dual boot of Ubuntu and Windows, what would happen if you went as far as 
| installing Windows-native games on that shared Ext3 partition? Think of the 
| benefits: no need to defragment that massive Hard Disk of yours every now 
| and again. This guide will update as I experiment more.
| [...]
| I think this idea would work very well for any program/game with a
| large amount of files, due to Ext3's more streamlined architecture.
| As I say, I'm just experimenting with this, but it's working very
| well.


Six free and simple steps to keep your [Windows] computer running smooth

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| 1. Improve Your Browsing Experience [Get Firefox]
| 2. Clean Up Your Room [Remove third-party applications 'bloat'/Registry]
| 3. Keep Your Room Clean
| 4. Call In The Exterminator [malware]
| 5. Visit The Doctor Early and Often [viruses]
| 6. (De)frag It


Top 10 disk defragging pointers

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| # Work it!
| # Use your noggin.
| # What are you waiting for?
| # Know your disk capacity and potential disk errors.
| # Server bottlenecks.
| # Leave me alone!
| # Application interference.
| # Respect the differences.
| # Don't rely on the built-in Windows defragger.
| # Stay in charge.


Raxco Software Releases PerfectDisk Defragmenter for Windows Vista

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| Raxco Software, the worldwide leader in disk defragmentation
| software, announced today its award-winning PerfectDisk now
| supports Microsoft's new Windows Vista? operating system. 
| PerfectDisk is the first third-party defragger to support Vista.


Defraggers attack Vista, each other

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| Competition in the market is stiff, as with escalating storage demands
| being placed on hard disks, defragmentation is as vital as ever. Yet
| disk fragmentation is a problem often overlooked by enteprise IT
| departments, if not when it comes to servers then almost certainly
| when it comes to end users' workstations.


Windows XP OS is really quite a crock 

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| It's amazing that Microsoft built-in a disk defragger into Windows XP,
| but it didn't get around to building an operating system defragger.
| [...]
| Are there better ways to clean up and speed up a Windows XP? Sure,
| there are plenty of different techniques and options, but if
| Microsoft had some smarts, they'd build a lean-and-mean Vista
| (since XP is now "legacy") for laptops and desktops without all
| the assorted crap that they've built in over the years.


Why Does Windows Get Slower Over Time?

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| The natural impulse is to blame Windows itself. The phenomenon is so
| well known and widespread that some in the industry have even coined a
| term for it: "Windows rot." The idea is that, for lack of a specific
| cause, Windows just performs worse the longer you use it. 


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