Checkpoint: Server SSD Edition

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I bought a new OCZ Vertex 4 for my home server. It’s the same sever year old home server that is only equipped with a SATA 150 port. It may seem like overkill but I figured I could migrate it to new hardware in the future.

Before I did the switch, I wanted to see how the 200GB Maxtor SATA hard drive fared. The result was shockingly poor:


I knew it was bad but I didn’t think it was going to be this bad. And this is was tested without the SATA to IDE adapter which I apparently only need for the initial install.

Migrating to from HDD to SSD is taking a bit longer than I thought. I used these guides from Lifehacker and HowtoGeekI tried using EaseUS Partition Master but it wouldn’t install on a “server” operating system. So switched over to Clonezilla for the cloning and Gparted Live for the alignment.

The alignment process could take hours. Thankfully there is football.

I started Final Fantasy XIII-2 this week. It’s not that bad but it isn’t outstanding either. The framerate issues are putting a damper on the feel of the game early on though. Fortunately, it’s not happening during battles.

Checkpoint: Split Steam Install Edition

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Note: I recently posted this on NeoGAF, but decided to spruce it up a bit for here.

I recently upgraded my OS drive to a OCZ Vertex 2 60 GB solid state drive. Even with Windows 7 and a handful of applications, it has approximately 35 GB worth of free space. That’s more than enough for a game or two, but not my entire Steam directory.

Steam and it likes to keep everything under one directory. So I did a bit of searching to see if I could somehow split my Steam install. Apparently, you can. I found this little trick on the Steam forums. (Note: this only works with Windows Vista and Windows 7)

It essentially works like this:

  1. Install Steam and games on Hard Drive 1
  2. Move required games folder/files to Hard Drive 2
  3. Use Windows command to point Steam to folder on Hard Drive 2

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Checkpoint: Solid State Edition

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I finally installed my OCZ Vertex 2 60GB solid state drive today. I thought it was going to be an easy install for my Antec Mini P180, but I ended spending 15 minutes figuring out how I was going to mount the drive.

I tried using the 2.5″ to 3.5″ mount included, but the screw holes did not line up to the case’s drive cage. I tried only mounting the two front screws, but the case screws were too thick. I had to think outside of the box — or more precisely — outside of the mount.

I ended up mounting the drive on the bottom rung and using only one screw. It worked and was quite secure thanks to how light these drives are.

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