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Best files system for a USB drive?

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Best files system for a USB drive?

I've just bought a tiny 64GB USB 3 thumb drive, which was formatted as FAT32. Today I had to move some massive PST files (a rant for another day), when I ran into the 4GB file limit of FAT32.

Going to reformat it I found I could use exFAT, which is designed for the task, and worked fine until I tried to copy the files onto Windows XP, and had to install an update, after which it again worked fine.

Which has all got me thinking, it used to be that FAT32 was the default format for a USB stick, because everything could read and write to it, and a 4GB+ USB drive was science fiction.

Now, with much larger capacities available for not much money FAT32 is a bit constrained.

NTFS is quite a good choice, it copes with large files and drives, and nowadays most things read it, but not many write to it.

exFAT is purpose built for flash storage, and is supported for r/w by a lot of things, Windows obviously, and apparently it works fine on recent Macs as well. However on Linux you need a FUSE install, and it's not supported on the Xbox 360 or PS3 (or the XBone or PS4 I think, not much info online).

This is a problem if you want to watch a video larger than 4GB on a console, although apparently the XBox 360 can read HFS+ partitions which is fairly ironic.

I don't have a Mac so HFS is out, and EXT2/3/4 requires a bit of messing about to read/write on Windows.

So, which format do you use on your USB stick? Have I missed an obvious choice?

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VMware 5.5: Plenty that's new and exciting... but what about the obvious stuff?

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I've not had problems with the VMWare licenses, but while they owned Zimbra for a while the licenses were actually impossible to buy from them. Account managers would try, but fail to find anyone in the company to take our money, it was only by escalating to nosebleed inducing levels of seniority (a VP of something I think) that we could get them to take our cash.

Business 101 - make it easy for people to give you money.

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A black box for your SUITCASE: Now your lost luggage can phone home – quite literally

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Mushroom

Re: Expensive

Well, I suppose your bag isn't technically lost if the local bomb squad have just destroyed it, after the x-ray showed a phone jury rigged inside it.

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Re: Why?

If you're tracking your spouse's car, firstly, maybe there's something wrong with your relationship? And secondly, there's much more accurate GPS trackers available for less than £100.

As long as you're not expecting them to leave the country it's probably a better bet than the luggage tracker, just search for "GPS tracker".

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Elon Musk's LEAKY THRUSTER gas stalls Space Station supply run

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I'm assuming that they re-pack the cargo between each attempt, otherwise the astronauts' sarnies are going to be quite out of date by the time they get there.

The first launch date was the beginning of this month if I remember rightly.

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Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace

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Re: Good old Google

Is it spying if people are *giving* them information?

The NSA/GCHQ have to go out and acquire information about people, Google can just sit back and people give it to them.

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SpaceX Falcon tests HOVERCRAFT tech – despite ISS outage

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Boffin

If you pop here and put in your details:

http://spotthestation.nasa.gov/sightings/

You can find out if/when you get a chance at spotting Dragon flying over, for example we should be able to see it at about 22:20 BST in the UK tonight.

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Top Secret US payload launched into space successfully

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Re: Amazing

Well, if you watch the SpaceX Dragon launch later today (14th) and you live in the UK, you might get to see Dragon as it passes overhead about an hour later:

Mon Apr 14, 10:18 PM 2 min 59° 10 above W 59 above WSW

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Cheat Win XP DEATH: Little-known tool to save you from the XPocalypse

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Re: OEM licenses

Odd, I've had to talk to an actual human at Microsoft before, when re-installing XP on a machine.

Having a 'broken' motherboard was one of the legitimate reasons for reinstalling, and the mere mention of the word would get you an OK.

For some reason the excuse 'it's been installed for over a year and now runs like a dog' wasn't good enough.

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Broadband Secretary of SHEEP sensationally quits Cabinet

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Yeah but at least MPs are better than those horrid benefit cheats right? After all, the government estimates that benefit fraud cost £1.2B and that's a really big number.

Mind you, that is across something like 22 million people (ie about £55 each), whereas MPs had to pay back £1.2 million of falsely claimed expenses, an average of £1800 per MP.

So MPs are less trustworthy than benefit claimants, who knew?

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Jack the RIPA: Blighty cops ignore law, retain innocents' comms data

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Big Brother

Re: Simply parroting what he's been told by the heads of the agencies

Welcome to government oversight!

The only time they're likely to find anything wrong, is if it was due to a policy introduced by a previous government, and the polls are looking a bit tight.

From this we can see that His Dave-ness isn't anticipating any problems from the proles at the next election.

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Eco-friendly fluid keeps SGI supercomputer cool and moist

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Re: Useful with a gaming rig?

People have build mineral oil immersed PCs before, and I've heard of people managing to get hold of other 3M coolants as well, so I'm sure some brave soul will be doing this with their overclocked desktop machine real soon now.

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The... Windows... XPocalypse... is... NIGH

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Mushroom

You *can* hot plug an internal USB header, but if you some how plug it onto the wrong pins, then you've just sent 5V down the wrong wire, and your motherboard and/or peripheral are both fried.

Either be double careful when plugging it in, or just leave it plugged in inside the case. No one will ever open it up to look inside anyway (and if they did they could use their own internal header).

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DosBox and/or a VM should help you run any old games that don't already have a patch.

While we're at it, let's thank all the people who have patched old games to work on modern systems for free.

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Rumour: Next Apple iThing to feature 65-inch screen. Four-limb multitouch, anyone?

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Re: watching them watching you

Vista might have been shiny, but it never made anyone happy.

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Seagate brings out 6TB HDD, did not need NO STEENKIN' SHINGLES

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It's surprising how many times you can drop a modern harddrive from above head hight and for it to be unscathed.

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Re: This is all very nice but...

If you're going to go that way, why not get one of these hotswap drivebays about stick four 2.5" disks in yoursef?

http://www.scan.co.uk/products/akasa-lokstor-m22-525-mobile-rack-for-4-x-25-sata-hdd

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Microsoft's Windows 8.1 updates also tweak Windows Server 2012

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I installed Win 8 on my home machine over the weekend*, and once it had updated to 8.1 and given a few hours for me to work out where stuff lives now, I think I'm ok with it.

Mind you, I'm capable of learning a new GUI, which sounds like it's a massive problem for some people.

* because I'm a masochist ok?

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Tesla in 'Ethernet port carries data' SCANDAL

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Re: "Because ethernet and wireless are the same."

You're right, now all they have to do is break into the car, find their way behind the dash and install a ethernet-wireless adaptor, and then stay close enough to the car to pick up the signal and then hack your navigation screen so that, um, why would you do all that rather than just stealing the car?

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Nothing's as SCARY as an overly aggressive SOFTWARE PIMP

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Re: Boring Read

I've just had a think, and I don't think I found an OS that was a stable, even over the long term, as AmigaOS until Windows 7.*

Everything up to XP was less stable, and less capable. XP just about managed to be more useful, but still fell over from time to time, and needed a reinstall about once a year.

Win 7 was the first microsoft OS I used that didn't need re-installing at regular intervals (Vista was close, but had back tracked on the usability front). I'm still using the same installation from it's first release, on a computer that's been upgraded so many times that every single component is different.

* The hardware kept improving of course, but software has continued to bloat at the same rate.

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Bay of Tweets: US sought to disrupt Cuba with covert social network

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Re: Why the hell does the US give a damn about Cuba?

How dare they site missiles near the US mainland eh? It's not like they were provoked by the US basing Jupiter medium range missiles in Turkey or anything.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/PGM-19_Jupiter

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HIDDEN OCEAN of LIVING SOUP found on Enceladus, moon of Saturn

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Those filth space communists eh mate! Not only do they pretend that Saturn exists, but they've also put something in my telescope so it appears in the sky! They must be putting stuff in the water because I can see it with my naked eyes as well. All so they have an excuse to raise taxes of course.

Perfidious bastards!

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Driver drama delays deep desert XP upgrade

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Re: No matter the OS

My 'go bag' includes a USB wifi stick that has yet to give me driver problems on anything I've plugged it into (and a USB-ethernet, just in case). So if I run into driver problems, and I've not thought to pre-download the drivers, I can still hopefully get a network connection.

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That's it, we're all really OLD: Google's Gmail is 10 ALREADY

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Re: those so called 'killer features'...

I would have killed for an email client that did conversation threading back in the day, or indeed for a spam filter that actually works. What were you using in the 90s that had those features?

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Little pink handjob: Sony's Xperia Z1 Compact

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Re: Attention Handset Manufacturers!

Yep, what I'm looking for in my next phone is a sub 4 inch screen.

Smaller screen equals smaller phone (or at least it should), and hopefully better battery life.

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Hold on, everyone ... Prez Obama thinks he's cracked this NSA super-snooping problem

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Mushroom

Re: Not much changes...

Ah, but this way the telecos have to pay to keep all the data, not the government, leaving more tax money for you.

Oh, sorry, not more money for you, more money for missiles. But you know, they might send you one of those missiles if you're naughty.

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It's EE vs Vodafone: 'How good is my signal' study descends into network bunfight

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I live about half a mile from a tower. All networks give full signal, even in the basement.

Seeing as everyone else is moaning I thought I'd add a bit of balance.

(I'm not sure what the 3G signal is like because I almost never have it turned on).

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BLUE BIRD DOWN: Turkey wipes out Twitter 'scourge'

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Re: So if Twitter is banned

Or indeed this one with the DNS details written on Edrogan's face:

https://pbs.twimg.com/media/BjNsQRIIUAAAwTE.png

If the only way they're blocking twitter is at the DNS level, well, you all understand how pointless that is.

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Microsoft alters Hotmail policy amid blogger inbox probe outcry

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Re: All better now. Rest easy.

So now you get the same protection from Microsoft reading your emails, as you do from the US Government, except that MS will tell you if they've been peeking, whereas the government won't.

Still, if you're stealing/leaking things from Microsoft, maybe using a Gmail/Yahoo account would have been a better choice.

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'Weev' attempts to overturn AT&T iPad 'hack' conviction

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Re: If he had worked for NSA

Technically WhatsApp asked your permission to trawl through your contacts. Of course, most people (including me) just clicked 'Accept'.

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NSA spies recorded an entire COUNTRY'S phone calls for a MONTH: Report

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Re: captured massive data flows “without the use of discriminants,”

So, do you reckon Obama knew that they'd been up to stuff like this, and chose to lie (hoping that it wouldn't be revealed), or that he was told by the spies "nah prez, course we wouldn't do that", and thought he was telling the truth?

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Help a hack: What's in your ultimate Windows XP migration toolkit?

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Apparently Ninite can create offline versions of their automated installers:

http://ninite.com/help/features/offline.html

Although it's only available in the paid version, I think they might help you out in this situation.

I'd also take as much spare hardware as possible, spare harddrives, NICs, memory, PSU, PCI graphics card, and cables. Oh, and tools of course.

You never know when you might need to replace stuff, and it's sometimes easier to use an add in card, rather than tearing your hair out trying to find drivers for (eg) the built in NIC.

And at the risk of continuing the argument, I probably would take along a Linux install *as well as* Windows, just in case one of the PCs is too low spec to run Win7. Basically, give people the choice. Also, a linux boot stick is handy for all sorts of tasks, like partitioning, or getting at data on a dead windows install.

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Eight hour cleansing to get all the 'faggots' and 'bitches' OUT of Github

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Re: Equal or !=

For me it's not about being PC, it's just my default pedantry that if I insult someone on the internet I don't want to use a gendered insult, because I might get their gender wrong, and they might be insufficiently insulted.

Instead I try and insult people with words like "Arsehole", which is an equal opportunities insult.

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Blighty goes retro with 12-sided pound coin

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Re: iSIS...

invisible Spoof Ineffective Security?

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Virtual reality? Two can play THAT GAME, says Sony: New headset revealed for the PS4

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Re: On the plus side

Isn't that kind of the point of most crowd funded campaigns? A small company asks for money to develop a product that they're hoping to sell, and backers are promised one of the first finished products, it's basically what Pebble did.

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Re: I can see a flaw in this

"Did ann summers toys come with an assult rifle attachment?"

Rule 34 suggests that there's pictures of one at least. And no I'm not searching for proof.

Paris, because, well...

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Europe approves common charger standard for mobe-makers

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Facepalm

There is a slight downside to having a single charger for everything.

It used to be, I'd have the separate charger for my phone and my mp3 player both plugged in, so I could charge both at the same time.

Now I just have one microUSB by my bed, which has to time share between a phone, a tablet and a couple of e-readers.

And if you think a micro USB connector is tricky to plug in, you should try plugging in a SCART cable when you can only reach the socket by lying on your back and jamming your hand behind a massive old telly....

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Actually, there is an Arapaho word for 'pliers'

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Re: Journalistic Integrity

Another use for a paperclip:

Should you need to use an ATX power supply without a motherboard, you can jump start one by shorting pin 16 (which usually has a green wire) to earth (any of the black wires).

A bent paper clip is perfect for this, leaving you free to test your watercooling pump, or use a fan as a vacuum cleaner without having to power up the entire computer.

>>> needs a McGuyver icon.

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BuzzGasm: 9 Incredible Things You Never Knew About PLIERS!

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IT Angle

Re: Next weeks article :

One thing I can tell you, if you've just installed an HP blade enclosure and you're wondering where you're going to get a torx driver to screw it it. Don't fret! Just jam a Phillips head (ideally one that belongs to someone you don't like) in there and tighten away!

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NSA's TURBINE robot can pump 'malware into MILLIONS of PCs'

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Re: Do YOU have UNITEDRAKE FOGGYBOTTOM SALVAGERABBIT clearance?

Just wait until the Gruadiaid publishes the leaks about CASE NIGHTMARE GREEN...

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166 days later: Space Station astronauts return to Earth

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Re: Welcome back to earth!

I saw a good pass a few weeks ago, and the ISS was being trailed (about three finger widths behind) by a much dimmer source which I'm pretty sure was the Cygnus freighter (CRS Orb-1) on it's way to burning up in the atmosphere.

el Reg needs a space related icon.

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Blurred lines: Android e-ink mobe claims TWO-WEEK battery life

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Headmaster

Re: older generation

If the kids can't read, you have to wonder why they send so many texts to each other.

ACSII art pictograms I suppose.

(Let's all ignore the statistics that literacy rates have been at 99% in the uk for the last thirty years)

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Sony can't wait to flash you its enormous disc ... a 1TB Blu-ray spinner

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Are Bluray disks any more robust than CDRs?

After having seen a CDR that had sat in a sunny window for 6months bleach, leaving an outline of the pen that had been sat on top of it, I don't really trust optical media for more than a few months of backup.

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Delhi police forget passwords to corruption portal, ignore 600 crimes

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Re: Sounds similar to how my company works

This whole story did make me think "yep, I've had users like that".

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US prosecutors drop hyperlink charges against Barrett Brown

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Re: hyperlink charges against Barrett Brown?

You can see the video where he allegedly threatens the FBI agent here:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TOW7GOrXNZI

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Icahn and I will: Carl's war on eBay goes NUCLEAR over Skype

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Unhappy

"Icahn is known as "an activist" shareholder"

I did wonder why he was investing in a company he doesn't seem to like very much.

What a grumpy man.

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Reg reader rattles tin for GoPro camera 'Stubilizer'

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Re: QUOTE: "The Stubilizers all attach using a standard Go-Pro compatible mount. "

So you have the camera attached to your head, and you're worried about someone stealing it? Perhaps you should ride in a slightly safer part of the world, where ever you are now sounds horrible.

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Curiosity now going BACKWARDS

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Re: hollow legs

They anticipated that the wheels would get punctured, but they thought it would happen at a slower rate than they've seen so far.

Apparently the motors are powerful enough to run with square wheels, although I'd be more worried about loosing the whole wheel.

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French youth faces court for illegal drone flight

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Black Helicopters

So the Prosecuter says:

"If the machine crashes in a densely populated area, the consequences could be serious."

And I can see, that yes, in a town it the consequences of crashing could be worse than if he's flying over an empty field, but this is just a quadcopter we're talking about, even if you tried I don't think you could hit more than two people in one crash, and then only if they were stood really close together. Crashing a car would cause much more damage.

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Seagate's LaCie touts a 25TB (not a typo) box o' disks for your DESK

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Re: 25TB at RAID5? ...

RAID 5 *might* be a problem, but according to the article this box only does RAID 1, 0 and JBOD.

So that's alright then.

And could someone explain to me how you're supposed to do RAID 1 across an odd number of disks?

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