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Message 4686 - Posted: 16 Feb 2017, 0:00:53 UTC

Bought a new Laptop & was wondering whether it's better to install BOINC on the Main SSD Boot Drive or the Secondary 1T SATA Storage Drive ??? Thanks

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Message 4688 - Posted: 16 Feb 2017, 1:29:25 UTC - in response to Message 4686.

Bought a new Laptop & was wondering whether it's better to install BOINC on the Main SSD Boot Drive or the Secondary 1T SATA Storage Drive ??? Thanks

If you have projects that are disk heavy then the SSD may provide a slight performance boost. However most project only write to the disk at a specific checkpoint interval. So any performance gains are likely to be minimal and would mostly come from how quickly the app/data loads or writes the result data.

Some people don't like to put BOINC on an SSD because of the limited life of SSD flash. Personally I don't see that as a problem & place BOINC on the SSD for each of my systems that has one.
My oldest SSD at 5yrs old had been running BOINC projects nearly 24/7 and has 93% remaining. Which is about 1.4% wear a year. It's hard to guesstimate how much of the wear is from BOINC and how much is from my normal use.

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Message 4689 - Posted: 16 Feb 2017, 4:43:11 UTC

I went ahead & installed it on the 1T Drive last night, main reason being if the OS goes so goes the BOINC Files too if the Backup doesn't work either. Like you said not much performance gain using the SSD Drive though some may disagree ... Thanks

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Message 4694 - Posted: 17 Feb 2017, 16:22:46 UTC - in response to Message 4689.

Suggest you turn off write caching on both disks & indexing on the HDD.

For W10 systems, File Explorer (start+E), Right click on the HDD, Properties:
- Under the General tab deselect indexing.
- From the Hardware tab, select a disk, Properties, change settings, Policies, and deselect both caching options.

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Message 4705 - Posted: 19 Feb 2017, 6:20:50 UTC - in response to Message 4694.

Suggest you turn off write caching on both disks & indexing on the HDD.


Just curious why is that? SSD I understand, but why the 1 TB?

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Message 4721 - Posted: 20 Feb 2017, 9:44:35 UTC - in response to Message 4705.
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When W10 decides to automatically update and restart @3am or there's a brownout/laptops battery gets a nudge... you won't lose as much Boinc work/data - Windows doesn't always save work and shutdown gracefully!

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Message 4723 - Posted: 20 Feb 2017, 15:04:49 UTC - in response to Message 4721.

When W10 decides to automatically update and restart @3am or there's a brownout/laptops battery gets a nudge... you won't lose as much Boinc work/data - Windows doesn't always save work and shutdown gracefully!


I always Disable Windows Update, first thing I do with any Box I build or buy ...

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Message 4724 - Posted: 20 Feb 2017, 19:09:23 UTC - in response to Message 4723.

Got lucky and missed on the first W10 Fubar Update.

Then I got hit twice on the 2nd too. Was really annoying because I just got things fixed and then M$ did it again. First level tech tried hard to fix it but had to escalate it. The escalated tech was mucking around my system installing old drivers and such... I was going WTF? I'm glad I came back to check. I was like Heck No... my drivers were just fine until you went installing old drivers from Dell.

The only good thing out all that was I found about the Refresh/Reset ability although I had to boot off a flash drive to get things fixed. It was a pain and I lost a couple more days (with having to reinstall programs) but I got it fixed without a tech mucking around with my device drivers, although I did discover this computer has GPS capability...so it's like the old Microsoft joke:

A helicopter was flying around above Seattle when an electrical malfunction disabled all of the aircraft's electronic navigation and communications qquipment. Due to the clouds and haze, the pilot could not determine the helicopter's position and course to fly to the airport. The pilot saw a tall building, flew toward it, circled, drew a handwritten sign, and held it in the helicopter's window. The pilot's sign said "WHERE AM I?" in large letters. People in the tall building quickly responded to the aircraft, drew a large sign and held it in a building window. Their sign read: "YOU ARE IN A HELICOPTER." The pilot smiled, waved, looked at her map, determined the course to steer to SEATAC airport, and landed safely. After they were on the ground, the co-pilot asked the pilot how the "YOU ARE IN A HELICOPTER" sign helped determine their position. The pilot responded "I knew that had to be the Microsoft building because, like their technical support, online help and product documentation, the response they gave me was technically correct, but completely useless."


So technically the tech fixed something but it was absolutely useless. ;)


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