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    • in reply to: Solid State Drives? Optimize? Defragment? #2110539

      Paul T
      AskWoody MVP

      I think that Digital Citizen article is wrong in a number of ways. Two examples.

      TRIM is a command that helps the operating system know precisely where the data that you want to move or delete is stored

      TRIM has nothing to do with moving data.

      whenever a delete command is issued by the operating system or the user, the SSD automatically sends a TRIM command to wipe the storage space being erased

      SSD’s do not send TRIM commands, they receive them.

      TRIM replaces the need for block (4k) alignment, defrag

      Nope, doesn’t do that either.

      Here is the lowdown on defragmentation of an SSD from Scott Hanselman.
      And the 4k boundary issue from MiniTool (Partition Wizard).

      cheers, Paul

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    • Paul T
      AskWoody MVP

      As you said here.

      You can’t convert SCSI to SATA in a VM but you can backup, delete / recreate the disk and restore.

      cheers, Paul

    • in reply to: Windows 10 Update – Home vs Pro #2110521

      Paul T
      AskWoody MVP

      And setting the network connection on Home to “metered” stops auto-download / install of updates – you get a button to press to download / install.

      cheers, Paul

    • in reply to: Windows 10 System Image #2110511

      Paul T
      AskWoody MVP

      I’ve not used the Windows backup program, but with all the 3rd party backup apps I’ve used you get an option to use all the disk when restoring. Never had an issue choosing that option.

      cheers, Paul

    • in reply to: Solid State Drives? Optimize? Defragment? #2110508

      Paul T
      AskWoody MVP

      You should not do anything to the SSD, let Windows manage it for you.

      SSDs do not need to be defragmented because there is no time cost to having non-sequential files and the internal algorithm the drive uses for write optimization is likely to fragment the files anyway.
      The only defragmentation Windows does is to keep file fragments to less than X (I can’t remember the number) because Windows can’t track more than X fragments.

      When Windows 10 is installed on an SSD it automatically aligns the drive so there is nothing to do afterwards. If you restored the entire disk from backup you may not have aligned the disk, but backup software should have taken that into account.

      cheers, Paul

    • in reply to: ME Update Tool #2110173

      Paul T
      AskWoody MVP

      Intel Management Engine, allows system administrators to perform tasks on the machine remotely.
      It’s really only a problem if someone on your local network attacks you, but I’d patch anyway.

      Backup first, of course.

      cheers, Paul

    • in reply to: Windows 10 – Spinning Blue Circle #2110169

      Paul T
      AskWoody MVP

      That indicates something is taking up lots of CPU in the background.
      I would run Resource Monitor (right click on the Taks bar, Task Manager, Performance, Open Resource Monitor). Leave it running in the background and after a few spinning circles view RM and turn off monitoring (Monitor, Stop Monitoring), to see what was the busy beaver.

      cheers, Paul

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    • in reply to: Remedies for common password pains #2110554

      Paul T
      AskWoody MVP

      I hope you backup the database regularly – what happens if you lose the stick?

      cheers, Paul

    • in reply to: Solid State Drives? Optimize? Defragment? #2110540

      Paul T
      AskWoody MVP

      No traces are left once TRIM has run.

      Data recovery via specialized equipment was only a theoretical possibility in very, very old hard disks. Reference here.

      cheers, Paul

    • in reply to: Remedies for common password pains #2110537

      Paul T
      AskWoody MVP

      (Just a guess) I suspect products have to be commercial-ware to qualify for inclusion in some people’s writing.

      cheers, Paul

    • in reply to: Flushing the DNS Cache on a Mac #2110532

      Paul T
      AskWoody MVP

      Network comms is via MAC address – the unique address of your network card.
      IP is used as a mechanism to map the MAC to networks and paths to networks.
      DNS is our easy for humans to read / remember layer on top.

      This was in place way before the internet appeared, but newbies (and plenty of middlies and oldies) don’t know about “the time before Internet”.  🙂

      cheers, Paul

    • in reply to: Yet another JScript vulnerability #2110524

      Paul T
      AskWoody MVP

      Probably not, but it’s worth checking the browser web sites to see what they say about it.

      cheers, Paul

    • in reply to: Flushing the DNS Cache on a Mac #2110518

      Paul T
      AskWoody MVP

      The DNS cache is to take the load off your DNS server and speed up network connections.

      Me: Go to http://www.askwoody.com
      Computer: Where is that? I’ll ask the DNS.
      DNS: It’s at IP address x.x.x.x
      Computer: I’ll cache that info to save having to look it up next time.

      cheers, Paul

    • in reply to: Closing the book on Windows 7 #2110512

      Paul T
      AskWoody MVP

      Given Malicious Software Removal Tool is part of Windows updates, no.

      cheers, Paul


    • Paul T
      AskWoody MVP

      Mine is set to “metered” and I get a button to download/install updates. Works every time.

      cheers, Paul

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