that makes general sense. so would defragging the hard drive put certain whole programs in the "box"?
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8/17/09 at 1:40pm
fadingxero one suggestion I have. Wikipedia at least for me has been a great tool. I find it to be written well overall. It is not overly complicated unnecessarily. I even in answering many of your questions have done quick brush up to try and be as accurate as possible. Also I do understand you reading something new to you is very different than me reading something familiar to me. I mean we would get different levels of information and understanding out of the same material.Of course I get more and likely deeper understanding and comprehension as likely not the first time I read and I likely already have a greater understanding. I do not do any better than anyone else on a first read of a subject I am not familiar with. But I do get a lot out of repeated reads and much thought in between.
I did not own a computer until 8 years ago and honestly I knew about zero. I likely did nothing much for about two years. I have known a lot for about 3 or 4 years. So in two years just reading I learned a lot. Since then of course I learn stuff but even more I stay on top.
The last stuff was in no way meant to discourage you from asking any question you want. But an attempt to give you ideas of how I learned and what worked for me so maybe you can do it? I also must say Maximum PC was very important in getting me started even before using wiki as a tool.
So ask away but I wanted you to have other resources, maybe soon you will correct me on something I am wrong about?
Onto your questions that Djembie did answer and intentionally wanted to keep it simple so as to not confuse you. I want to say a little more maybe some in a new way. Different explanations of the same things sometimes help with complicated subjects when they are new to you.
I wish I had not used the term "random access" when talking about HDD's. I think it just confused you. Access time is also used. Random is correct and acceptable but let's just call it access for now.
You asked Djembie about putting an entire application together. He said no, guess what I did not know that. Djembie having said I learned something. I think he is correct. What you do not want with an HDD is the splitting of a single file to many locations. Remember an application is many files.
The way all data is stored/saved whatever you call it. Just like a book a table of contents is set up. That is where when a request is made it is searched for. Consider if there was no TOC the entire medium would have to be searched. TOC is much smaller/faster than searching all the data.
Fundamental difference between HDD's and SSD's. HDD has a request it goes to the TOC gets the info on file location. If all the boxes/blocks/clusters are sequential the HDD heads follow the data as fast as the rotational speeds will allow. Very much like a record does. Now imagine the file is fragmented. Parts of it are at different locations all over the disk. Well the head must move toward the inner or outer part of the disk. Even though it is very fast it still takes time. Now add the rotational component into the mix. You move the head to the right track? But now you have to wait for the rotation to put the correct data under the head? That even though very fast adds time.
If I defragment my HDD the head goes to the correct track and gets all the data with basically one movement of the head. If fragmented it must make many repositions and that slows things down as explained before. Fragmentation slows/cripples HDD performance.
SSD's have no moving parts they rely on electrons that move at the speed of light. Many might say this means instantaneous takes no time. While technically not correct for any real world discussion light is instantaneous. As such Physical proximity is of no consequence to SSD's. Ergo fragmentation does not reduce SSD's performance. Fragmentation is not an issue with SSD's.
As if I have not said enough to confuse you already. In theory defragmentig is a bad idea on SSD's. The reason is the memory that SSD's use has a finite number of write cycles. So by defragmenting you waste these for no benefit. That last statement is true and fact. But that said the number of write cycles the memory has is hardly likely to matter with the real world lifespan of a SSD device.
Good luck and keep reading.
qhn have you ever noticed as much as you learn. A refresh never hurts? I always pick up more. Very little in this forum or life a thought does not help.
fadingxero I hope you had a hot date I was ready to answer a question. I rather enjoy your inquisitive questions. Keeps me honest.
heh. i wish i had a date...nah its more me brooding on a question, trying to research it, and actually wondering if its a question worth asking because this is completely my theory, and i have no idea whether itll work or not.
oh well...here it goes:
this is regarding the use of a home server:
as per a while ago, during the conversation of the 6cored/8cored talk, i posted a link about an intel xeon 6 core. of course my curiosity had me google it, found the dell edge, which contained the 6 core, said it can contain a max of 24 cores, and is in fact a server. thusly i wondered if i packed a bunch of "stuff" into this (home?) server (all 24 cores, stick a bunch of ram in it, etc) and then connected it to a laptop, would that have a noticable effect on the said laptop due to the mitigation of resources. (esp. during games, completely disregarding processor ghz need due to it being 24 cores, and having a duo core within the laptop), (not going into the complete unknown) and possibly graphics cards. now servers are normally for desktops, or possibly running a game server/ peer 2 peer/ website, but if the laptop is connected, would it work? i know at school there is a giant room of servers, and all the desktops are connected apparently (or at least the ones adjacent to the room). sorry for the cluttered question, i shall rewrite it:
step 1: get server
step 2: juice up server
step 3: attach server to laptop
step 4: ????
step 5: profit!
If you're talking about using your laptop screen with the server's power output, there's really no reason for it. It would be much more advisable to just get a nice monitor or digital television and hook up your server to that.
If you're talking about networking your server with your laptop (like your school's setup), then there would be no effect on your laptop's performance because the two computers do not share any hardware resources.