Defrag: SSD Questions, Tagging Files, Mirroring Drives, Hardware Hacks

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Microsoft tech troubleshooter extraordinaire Gov Maharaj and I help walk you through troubleshooting solutions to your tech support problems. If you have a problem you want to send us, you can use the Problem Step Recorder in Windows 7 (see this for details on how) and send us the zip file to DefragShow@microsoft.com. We will also be checking comments for problems, but the email address will let us contact you if needed.

00:20  Eric Meijer and Charles interview Gov Maharaj.
04:12  All About SSDs - How do you know TRIM is enabled?
07:00  Is there any benefit to a defrag on an SSD?   
08:42  What's the fastest way to connect a SSD
09:44  Can I tag text files like I do pictures in Windows 7?
12:53  Monitor no longer wakes from sleep.  
14:42  Can I mirror my C: drive to another drive as a backup while Windows is running?
18:32  Will a "low level format" fix a thumbdrive that has bad sectors?
22:21  Deleted Thumbs.db and Desktop.ini, now having problems.
27:12  Windows crashes non-responding app too soon, is there a way to make it wait longer?
30:30  Hacking hardware - our pick of the week is Sugru.

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      magicalclick

      I use Live Mesh to backup my working files. Not only I have the same copy on my synced devices, also on the cloud. After I am done working, I put it in my D drive. And then, at much later stage, I have D drive copied to 1TB External HDD.

      Also I duplicate the file myself. Too lazy to figure out which copy I want in a system restore point or the image backup point. I name them myself, so I don't have to guess the date.

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      Joe Abusamra

      Agree that an SSD does not need to be defragmented. However, write performance WILL improve if the free space has been consolidated. A tool like PerfectDisk (www.raxco.com) optimizes/consolidates free space of SSDs.

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      josh

      I repaired broken sectors with HDD Regenerator. Worked very well!

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      dentaku

      I avoided this show because I've wasted too much of my life fixing people's computers but it turns out to be quite interesting.

      By the way, Maximum PC recently built a machine with SSD raid and it's ridiculously fast.
      http://www.maximumpc.com/article/features/dream_machine_2011_how_we_created_best_pc_ever

      Their podcast does support e-mails and calls just like this show.

       

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      IRB

      Nice show with some good info, but wish i had stopped before the end.

      Now I have to get me some of that Sugru even though I have no use for it as it's cool.

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      RhymesWith​Orange

      @IRB:

      LOL... I am hoping people go out there and start hacking their lives to make it better. This is a great tool in the arsenal. The only gripe I have with it is the shelf life of the new package. Only 6 months. It would be nearly perfect if you could just throw this in with camping/survival gear and be done with it.

      I have used it for a few repairs around the house, and personaling some equipement. Another cool thing to do with it is to "mark" cables or ports so you can find it in the dark, or if you have to reach behind something blind. Like a braille-type marking.

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      RhymesWith​Orange

      Agree that an SSD does not need to be defragmented. However, write performance WILL improve if the free space has been consolidated. A tool like PerfectDisk (www.raxco.com) optimizes/consolidates free space of SSDs.

      True, but it isn't as dramatic as with spinning media, as there is really no seek time or wait time to position a read head to, you know?

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      Dale

      I like seeing that Gov is a fellow Diet Dr. Pepper drinker!

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      RhymesWith​Orange

      I like seeing that Gov is a fellow Diet Dr. Pepper drinker!

      It is probably the best diet drink that doesn't taste diet. I also like coke zero. But I am trying to drink less pop in general, sugared or not.

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