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Good point Kevin... if you do go with a RAID 0 config you MUST back up nightly, which I do. My HP laptop data drive is mirrored daily to another similarly configured laptop (T61p) and at night that drive mirrors to the 1 Tb NAS.
Toggle Commented Jun 8, 2010 on Workstation Specs at Ellipsis
I would add that if you have a system which can be configured with more than one physical drive, then you should absolutely add one... and here's why. In a single drive system all drive access is obviously going to take place on that one drive. When running computationally intensive tasks, there are several types of disk access taking place. First and foremost are the data files themselves, and in conjunction with them, the temp files, undo, etc generated by the application working with the aforementioned data files. However, the OS is also touching several types of files concurrently with this... DLL's, Swap and temp files at a minimum. In a single drive system, all of these operations must run sequentially, however if I add a second drive I now have the flexibility to isolate specific operations to specific locations. For example, in a laptop with a single 5400 rpm drive, an added 7200 rpm drive lets me place the most frequently accessed large file types, in this case Swap and data, on the second faster drive. If we are working with a desktop system, with multiple drive bays, then our configuration can get even more imaginative. I am a big fan of RAID 0 configurations and have been running them for years. The nVidia SLI system I am building right is going to have a 500 Gb, 7200 rpm applications drive and a pair of 1 Tb 10,000 rpm drives striped together into what the system will see as a single 2 Tb drive. The advantage of a RAID configuration like this is that disk read/writes are twice as fast because half of all data is written to each drive simultaneously. Even better, when the Swap file is located on this drive there is "almost" no disadvantage to hitting virtual memory. I could go on and on with regards to this subject, but I have work to do so I will cut it short here. However, if anyone has any questions just ask.
Toggle Commented Jun 8, 2010 on More Hardware Spec Goodness at Ellipsis
Totally... the machine I am building in my IBM M Pro Chassis with Ant's nVidia SLI mainboard and a pair of FX 5600/4800 should be sick! Oh yeah, that one is going to have a 2 TB, 7200 Rpm RAID0 drive setup... and that is just the data drive.
Toggle Commented Jun 8, 2010 on Workstation Specs at Ellipsis
Scott, That looks like a fine machine setup. I will assume from the single hard drive configuration that you are using a network drive for all of your data? The HP that I use primarily is an 8730w. We are very happy together and she performs admirably regardless of the task set before her. [grin] Core 2 Extremem Quad core, 8 Gb memory, 1Gb nVidia Quadro FX 3700, 2x 300 Gb 7200 Rpm Drives... 1 of which is for Applications & Virtual Machines, the other for data. I am also running a dual monitor setup... HDMI to a Dell LCD 24", and DVI-D to a Wacom Cintiq 12WX, which besides being an AWESOME tablet, happens to be an incredible 2nd monitor.
Toggle Commented Jun 8, 2010 on Workstation Specs at Ellipsis
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Yep... it's that time again. Time to discuss the one of the best tools Inventor has in its bag of simulation goodies. I have personally waxed philosophic on Optimization several times, and thought with the new release it may be time to speak in glowing terms about the usefulness of... Continue reading
Posted Apr 26, 2010 at Ellipsis
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At first glance it may not appear as though we made any changes to Inventor's simulation environment at all for the 2011 version. Nothing could be further from the truth. The fact is that the bulk of the changes we made this year are aimed at eliminating what we refer... Continue reading
Posted Apr 22, 2010 at Ellipsis
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Seriously, I was going to go a completely different way with this today, but subsequent to a discussion Rob and I were having re. why someone would want to use Inventor 2011's new Frame Analysis tool as opposed to Stress Analysis he pointed out that we had compiled enough useful... Continue reading
Posted Apr 20, 2010 at Ellipsis
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Well, we certainly are doing a lot of talking about Fusion these days. Are we getting your attention? Have you downloaded your copy from //Labs yet? Today I am going to show you a Fusion workflow that you might not have thought of. Consider what is needed to address changes... Continue reading
Posted Apr 7, 2010 at Ellipsis
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