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PC tune-up software: does it really work?

Emil Larsen
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@David B & @Sir Runcible Spoon

@ David B: Acronis 10 was used to re-image the PC for all utilities and both Ram setups.

@ Sir Runcible Spoon: Startup times were measured all the way to the desktop + all icons + all taskbar utilities.

For whoever talked about imediate-post boot testing, all the benchmarks were run in order before a reboot. Although I like the idea of mixing in some sleep-testing and running more programs at once with open-close-open testing too.

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PC tune-up software: does it really work?

Emil Larsen
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@ Brian 6

Actually, the margin for error in the gaming test was +/- 0.27fps (95% confidence interval), so the 2fps drop is very significant.

@ Shaun Hunter

It was only when we tested Iolo's software that we re-enabled MSN and Snaggit, as these were two programs that were being used and disabling was over the top.

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Buffalo Terastation III

Emil Larsen
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@ Cameron, Andy, Steve & Nigel

@ Cameron Colley: the TeraStation III, like most Nas boxes I've tested, doesn't come with any Linux software on the CD (probably something to do with that tiny desktop market share Linux has). Linux file shares are supported via NFS on the TeraStation III though.

@ Andy Turner: Many Nas boxes will do what you want. The Promise NS4600, recently reviewed on the Reg, calls it 'replication' and the TeraStation III calls it a 'distributed file system'.

@ Steven R: FTP is often very quick, but doesn't reflect how most users use a Nas (I think!)

@ Nigel 11: The TeraStation III doesn't have ECC Ram. When asked whether this will increase the likelihood of Raid 5 errors, Buffalo responds:

"Absolutely not, we use software RAID controllers to constantly synchronise and monitor the array when RAID 5 is enabled.

When configuring RAID 5, either on a server or a dedicated NAS product there is a lengthy synchronisation check that takes place to make sure everything is working correctly, you can even schedule this check to happen on our product every week if you so wish."

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