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  • Main System Specs:
    PII-450MHz on Asus P2B-L, 512MB, 20GB + 120GB, CD-RW, DVD, Win2k
  • Secondary System Specs:
    PII-450MHz on Asus P3V4X, 512MB, 80GB, CD-RW, DVD, variety of Linux distros (PCLos, Fedora Core 2, Mandrake 10, and others) and Win98SE
  • Other System(s) Specs:
    Sun Ultra 2 Enterprise running Mandrake 7.1 sparc Dual Athlon MP 2000+ on Tyan S2460, 512MB, 80GB + 160GB, CD, DVD±RW, (no OS installed, but thinking XP Pro and/or a Linux distro - PCLos) Note: Hardware tends to move around...
  1. Psst, so is anyone home? It almost doesn't look like home, it's been so long. Well, I've managed to get myself into trouble. I pulled a hard drive from a Core 2 Dou and put it into a (Sandy Bridge) Core i5 computer, swapped out Win7 product keys (I think), upgraded to Windows 10 Pro, tried to change user name and related registry settings, and Windows 10 then wiped out all of the user's data . So I have a few options: 1. Cut losses and move on. 2. revert/restore back to Windows 7 (using an available HDD) 3. try to recover files from previous folder/file versions option (I now know where to go, just not sure how to extract the "shadow" copy) 4. make full raw copy of HDD (prior to reverting back to Windows 7) -a) what's a good means to make full raw copy of HDD commercial or open/free options? DriveImage XML, Acronis, etc. I learned the Ghost 15 doesn't/didn't work well with EFI/UEFI based systems, which is what I'm working with.
  2. Hey y'all, It's been a very very very long time since I've poked my head in here. The last time I checked in, I was truly about to ask for help from our late friend Bruno before noticing the unforunate post of his passing. And sadly, I haven't had much time to check in more frequently for a long while now since then. -- ....5 minutes passes... hmm, alrighty, time to move past this awkward silence-- So, I got a Rasberry Pi for Christmas. Yeah!! Only to be bummed out with the lack luster of information. How does it hold up to a Pentium II/III? So, after extensive Googling, I finally found and know how the boot process works - for a single Linux distro on a single SD card. While I like both for their strengths, I like NOOBS a bit more because, from what I've gathered, it can use any distro with little modification. I like BerryBoot for it's built-in networking and ability to use an external USB HDD. What I want: a Raspberry Pi to network, multiboot, and partition like a PC does with multiple distros and retain data with a local shared storage area using an external HDD. I suppose network storage (NAS ) would also be an option. Swapping SD cards could wear out the mechcanism or damage the SD slot. So I've used LILO and GRUB (GRUB is a bit easier to edit and modify, imo) on the PC, thus this post. Currently I'm looking for and wanting a better educational discussion and explanation of the underlying concepts and softwares used that enable NOOBS and BerryBoot to work as they do. What I think I understand: BerryBoot has it's own kernel (think of it as a kind of DOS, you know prior to Windows 98... err, oh wait, Windows ME/98/95/3.11 were all built on top of DOS). Well you get the picture. BerryBoot has it's own "local" library set that the other distros then need to use. But the distros made available and presented with BerryBoot are a bit hacked themselves and subsequently squashed (no, really, they use SquashFS). For explorating OSs, it's great up until you hit a wall. Is it even a real problem?? I don't know, but I want more space for local system files - a distro for each configuration because I can't afford multiple Rasberry Pis (at the moment). Maybe I don't understand the SquashFS and how it works. But it seems to me that it's a fixed size partition that's hard to update and hard to grow. It seems to me that NOOBS incorporates a modified version of GRUB that then directs the CPU to boot a given distro on a given partition. I just wish that partition was on an external USB HDD (but so far it doesn't support external USB HDD devices). Distros based on NOOBS can expand the image to use the remaining portion of the SD card. I want more room, even if it's just 250MB to 500MB more than the stock image, but I don't want it to take up the entire 16GB or 32GB SD card. That process to expand an image is not very clear and to my knowledge will not work with BerryBoot. I guess that's what I have for now for my questions. But I'm sure I'll have more. Oh yeah, I did post this question in similar form (or so I thought) at the raspberrypi.org forums (which somehow got turn around into me hating both methods of multibooting).
  3. Wow, now that looks ugly, It's like some awful poor 2000 era alpha testing of a beginner's web programming design? It's been so long, I thought I landed at the wrong place. Are the links to the CSS files in place for the "front page" gone missing, or corrupt? Firefox 34.0.5 on Win 7 Pro
  4. Hmm... That sounds very promising. So, was this ever an option for early Windows server platforms? Or strickly a Linux thing?
  5. Curious about 32-bit processor with 36-bit memory addressing capabilities like the old Pentium II's, Pentium III's and Xeon's that could address memory far in excess of 4GB RAM. So the perplexing question that I have is this: Where can one find an old 32-bit OS to run on this old school Xeon server and fully utilize the 8GB of ram that the motherboard supports? The more perplexing question is how does this work and why haven't we seen higher memory capabilities in computers sooner?
  6. So sad, it feels like half a decade since I was last on here in the forums. But I digress. I found several online articles about running linux and installing windows from USB drives. So I found the Microsoft Windows USB/DVD tool (free). I tried it out once and finally got the install to work on a nice little find for my own testing/evaluation. Turned around to try it on another similar looking machine. So after one install, the USB seems fine, but a bit scrambled. Windows Boot Manager File: \Boot\BCD Status: 0xc0000000e info: An error occurred while attempting to read the boot configuration data So, install once and then you're hosed? Has anybody done this or seen this before? Other online posting say to go into Windows recovery mode and run some commands. Does that still apply to USB flash drives? I figure it's an ISO image undisturbed, so why not just start again. Still no dice. I hope the ISO wasn't ruined by the tool. What would be the point of that? On brite side of things, the install was rather fast. And before I forget, the hardware I found and am trying to test are two servers each with 4GB of ram, a 3ware 9500-4lp raid controller, and six (6) sleds/trays - one with a 3.0GHz HT P4 and the other 2x 2.8GHz HT Xeons. Poul
  7. Yeah the topic sums it up best. So I've read about NAS rigs running FreeNAS over at Tom's Hardware. But my questions are more geared towards finding the balance between costs and efficiency of the hardware options to implement and build a NAS device. So where else do I post? Maybe in the Linux forums, but it's not really linux, and it's definitely not Windows, though Windows should be able to access it - or what's the use? CPU: cluesless - well not completely - I suppose most anything will work. Atom*, Athlon XP (1600+), P2/P3 (450MHz-1GHz, some duals), P4 (2.4ghz-3.4ghz), P-D(one, ??), Core 2 Duo (or C2D - 1.8), Celeron (331), Core I3*, or that new Intel E3 Xeon* on a Mini-ITX*? (* = $$$, need to buy) Posts at Tom's Hardware state to avoid PCI - as it's mostly dead anyways. And I would have to agree, though most of my systems are AGP/PCI based. RAM: Again the posts indicate that FreeNAS can operate with 512MB to 1024MB/1GB, and everything else above 1GB is a waste of resources. What about ZFS memory requirements - well, I don't know. OS HDD: some old thing that still runs; (Live-)CD, 1GB USB, 40GB ide, 80 GB sata (for FreeNAS of course) RAID: most likely - hardware or software?? ZFS sounds nice. as does Raid 5 and Raid 6. Anything special to look out for? HDD: Well I was thinking 3TB, but old school hardware (most anything pre-C2D) might have (untested) limitations. PSU and CASE: Well, just about any PSU and any case will work. So off to the FreeNAS site to do some digging.
  8. Late to the game: CPU-Z utility will tell you - looking for the EMT64 op-code/identifier. Some late model 775 Pentium 4s and (I believe all) Pentium Ds are. You can check the CPU ID (SL7D, etc) with Intel's CPU spec sheets.
  9. Well, if I didn't post already. I started off using the family Tandy 1000 EX with an interal 5.25" 360K drive, an extermal 3.5" 720K disk, and the track-fed dot-matrix printer (black and while). It had DOS 2.11, GW Basic, and Tandy's Deskmate suite with a mono and then later the 16 color CGA. My lastest build is a well loaded Phenom II x6 1090T. And several others. I do have a P75MHz w/ Win 3.11 (and yes, I can still surf the web with it.)
  10. A recap: Yes, MSI Live Update is installed and that's what I used. So I had a minor issue after updating the BIOS, but was quickly resolved when reviewing the settings in BIOS (changed the SATA options back to RAID from the choices of Legacy, AHCI, or RAID). I should have stopped here. When the RAID drivers and the utility for the OS were updated, all broke loose and was lost. Thus my question, with the MSI 890FXA-GD70 mobo, is the AMD's RAID option on the 8xx (apparently 7xx and 9xx too) south bridge chip truly hardware based, software based, or some hybrid? In other words what does most of the work, the CPU with software or the hardware chip with the proper drivers? Why did I loose my RAID 5 configuration (and the data) when installing the new drivers?? Ideally the configuration information should have remained untouched. Roll-back/system restore disabled as Win7 sits on SSD. Moved page file, temp, users, etc. to 1 TB drive. I wouldn't mind system restore if I could place it where I want it. First time playing with RAID. P.S. - So how does $50/TB sound? Now its $130/TB or so. I laughed when a few months later I saw $400+ for the 3TB drives. My wife doesn't think I'm so crazy now.
  11. Why? Because of this little update utility flagged it as having an update. And it had been six months since I initially build the machine. (Other home projects came up.) So I was activating windows and updating the drivers, etc. The new feature is that AMD's RAIDXpert software is now flashing a warning every 30 seconds about "Task 20 timeout on disk (Port 3, Target ID 1) at LBA 0x0#(some semi-random 7 character hex number)# (Length+0x40)". There appear to be several posts (one main one at HP) but nothing specific and perhaps related to a power supply issue too (not enough power for the HDDs). Maybe even a bad build of the software. Did I answer all of the questions? Custom home built, Nvidia 465 GTX, 16GB, Phenom II 1090t, windows 7 x64 pro, 120 GB SSD, 1TB local storage, 3x3TB in raid 5 (yields ~6 TB) mass storage on MSI 890FXA-GD70 mobo w/ 760W (modular) PC Power & Cooling.
  12. I was afraid of that. My thinking is that its hybrid hardware/software. The sad part is the lack of warnings for possible loss of data and/or configuration(s).
  13. :'( So I updated my BIOS, and that made my mass storage drive (raid 5) disappear in windows 7 x64. Made some minor changes in the BIOS and the drive was back. Updated the drivers and the utility and now the drive is gone again. Is AMD's RAID hardware or software based? Is there a way that I can restore the contents of this raid 5 drive or its configuration?? Is all now lost? (hard drives have not been formatted yet)
  14. This is so maddenningly crazy, and it makes no sense. The math still doesn't seam to add up either, but at least it's a little better now. So this system dropped down to ~6GB of free space and then, with the time between posts, jumped to ~24GB of free space. All I did after running the VSS command was to let it sit as I moved on to other things. I tell you, it's simply got to be pure madness, it crazy madness. And it still doesn't make any sense! Scary, ~67GB is unscannable according to the trail of SpaceMonger. So who or what is using up all of this space?A new question:Does a system with 4GB of ram still need a page file? If not, that would certainly free up more space.
  15. Temporarily disabling VSS/system restore did increase the free space to 28GB. As soon as I re-enabled VSS/system restore the free space went right back to ~9GB, after running the VSS command, the drive now has ~6GB of free space. Something is broken in that VSS/system restore does not abide by the maximum threshold as set by the user.How can I effectively remove any prior restore points from this system?
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