Today In: Initializing a new hard drive

September 23, 2009

So, I haven’t done this in freaking forever. The last clear memory I have of setting up a brand new drive is sometime in the late 90s and doing everything in DOS (fdisk anyone?). Because of this, I had forgotten all about the joys of doing this. But first, a little background info. Earlier this month, I got a Newegg combo deal for a <a href="” title=”[newegg] Western Digital Caviar Green WD10EADS 1TB 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5” Internal Hard Drive - OEM “>1 TB Western Digital Caviar Green drive plus <a href="” title=”[newegg] Rosewill 2.5” & 3.5” SATA to USB2.0 Hard Drive Docking - Gift - Retail “>dock for $84.99 Shipped That deal is no longer available, but a similar deal now available for $79.99. Though it uses a <a href="” title=”[newegg] Seagate Barracuda LP ST31000520AS 1TB 5900 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5” Hard Drive - OEM “>Seagate Barracuda rather than WD Caviar. The dock arrived before the drive, so I tested it out with a spare SATA drive Jon had on his desk. Plugged it in and worked great, no problems. The next day the drive arrives, I plug it in and then nothing happened (other then the standard windows installation for new devices being plugged in). I try it on another computer before harassing Jon about it and then realize “Oh yeah, have to format it!”

To Vista, Or not to Vista?

December 1, 2006

No, this is not an “internal” debate being externalized just so I can post. I install Vista, weeks ago. In fact I installed it Nov 17th, the day it was released to MSDN (Along with Office 2007 which I installed). This is a quick “review” for those debating on installing. Short Review: DON’T DO IT. Long Version: At this point in time, if you are a casual user, Vista is fine. The User Access Control system is a pain and will quickly teach you to click “Yes” to everything (Which is bad). There aren’t many drivers out (read: near none), but if your not playing any games or have any fancy hardware, you’ll be ok. The graphics are nice, with the transparency and all (if your computer can support them, and you buy the “right” version of Vista with Areo) but they are just eye candy and really aren’t that handy. Now… If you are a power user. For the love of god, save yourself the trouble and don’t install Vista. I waited very very patiently for Vista to be released to MSDN when I heard it hit RTM (read: I was bitching and moaning about MS not releasing it sooner), but now I realize thats a mistake. As I said previously, there are next to no drivers out. I managed to get new graphics drivers installed on my Dell Latitude D620 (with a Quadro NVS 110M) thanks to a hacked nVidia driver from LaptopVideo2Go. It shows up as a 7300, but it works fine, enough. I didn’t really need to install drivers for anything else, which is good because nothing is out. Some of you that switched early from Win 2000 to XP may remember that you could use just about every 2K driver on XP, well thats definitely not the case for Vista. Any driver you install that wasn’t re-worked for Vista will either be blocked from install, muck up your machine, or plain not work. Also, any software thats reasonably advanced, is hardware related, or makes a decent amount of changed to your system probably won’t work. Again, this is a problem for Power Users such as myself. Now I’m not saying never run vista (though the login & shutdown times are KILLER for me), I’m just suggesting you wait… a few months. Probably at least 6 months after the public release. Now, After the break (yes, I’m actually writing into the “extended body”) I’ll run down software I installed and how well it worked (and if I used the emulation).