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  1. Well, Optane itself makes a massive difference in small tasks because its latency is magnitudes faster than even NVMe. As a storage accelerator over a NVMe drive, its not worth the effort. However, a large enough Octane drive can significantly accelerate spinning disk operations. That said, if I had money to burn, I'd definitely have an Octane drive as my Boot drive, and let slower NVMe drives be the bulk storage.
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    how to merge 2 drives

    You can and you can't. Is there a technology that exists to present two physical disks as a single volume? Yes, the generic term is RAID. The Raid level for 2 disks as a single volume would be Raid 0. However, Raid 0 requires both disks be the same size. You can't do 1 25GB drive and 1 100GB drive to make a 125GB volume. Your laptop however will not do this, so you cannot use it. You need to physical upgrade the storage if it's possible.
  3. The GranPrix GTP has a glass transmission barely adequate for the job, and it was easy for people to change the supercharger pulley to increase boost. The extra torque was just too much for the 4T60 and 4T65s. Its also the first generation of Electronic slush boxes so it's prone to poor valve body and solenoid design. GM's 700r4 which became the 4L60E was also prone to failure behind modified V8s. Basically, the transmissions were adequate for the service life of a stock car if you maintained them. If you failed to maintain them, OR modified the power output they just couldn't reliably handle it. The biggest killer of these transmissions is people who NEVER change the fluid. It turns into a black sludge over time. So when they start slipping or acting funny people have them flushed which just breaks the sludge up and sends it through the transmission causing the already failing transmission to self destruct. Its why car guys have that adage where the transmission fluid has never been changed, you do not touch it. You just pray to it every night for one more mile. On a neglected high mileage transmission you never do a full FLUSH. You do need to change the fluid, but you do it gradually by draining the pan and replacing the filter only. This way you only replace some of the fluid. The new fluids detergents start to break down sludge/varnish. You repeat this process every 1-2 months for as long as it takes for the fluid to remain pink and fresh looking. At that point you just change the fluid annually and the transmission will last as long as it can after a harsh life. Unless the manual states "Fill for life" (which is a lie). You should change the fluid every 30,000 miles. If its fill for life, you should probably change it every 50k. Fluid breaks down and loses its ability to protect components under high heat loads. Stop N Go is nasty on a transmission since the torque converter is constantly slipping. Slipping TC's make heat. Transmission fluid does not like going over 180°F for extended periods. Road Racing, Towing, extensive stop n' go will all cause that temperature to soar and accelerate break-down.
  4. German cars are nice to admire from a distance for me but not to own. I'd consider a Porsche, but not a standard VW. BMW M cars would make the cut, along with Audi S7 or RS6.
  5. Wasn't given much choice. Got hit on the driver's door by a person who failed to yield. I replaced it with the white RS, but I'm missing my gray RS now, even though the white looks damn good. At the time, I could have had an exact match to the old car. But it just felt wrong because of the accident. A reminder I didn't want. But now I miss the gray. 28k in damage, car valued at 32k at time of accident. Equals no more Focus RS. I walked away with nothing more than a contact burn on my knee as it hit the dash and slid. Thankfully due to a good down payment I walked away with 12k in cash. So I was able to make good on any new car I wanted. I considered plopping 12k down on a used Fiesta ST and having no car payment. Probably the smart decision. But the AWD system in the RS, sheer performance, and the accessibility of that performance is like a drug. Every time you see someone say the RS is like a Mini-GTR, its absolutely true. It is insane just hard you can throw the car into any corner, or how ham-fisted you can be with it. The TransAm on the other is a bit vague yet incredibly fun because its so raw. Its old school and analogue in everything it does. No nannies of any kind. Its chunky and lazy down low, but when it comes on cam its just so in your face loud.
  6. I love cars. My two cars. 89' TransAm GTA. LT1/T56 swap, heavily modified, never dyno'd but makes north of 400whp. AFR 195 Comp, decent 231/239 110 cam, ported everything, suspension and brake goodies for road racing. 2017 Focus RS, bone stock daily. Had a 2016, got T-boned, today is the 2016's 3rd birthday today.
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    Crucial P1 1TB 3D NAND NVMe 128$ worth ?

    I would look at the Anandtech and Toms Hardware benchmarks. Both sites do a good job of comparing the drives across many different benchmarks. You have to read the data and come to your own opinions. I often skip may of the cheaper SSDs because they lack a significant dram cache so performance can easily come to a crawl during extended write sessions. Aka when copying a multi-gigabyte file. You really cannot go wrong with a Samsung 870 EVO for the money. Its usually near the top of the performance charts for mainstream drives. It doesn't compete with the top tier performance drives, but it also doesn't cost what they do. I'm also pleased at work with the Intel 760P SSDs for what we pay for them. I like the 970 more, but to fit in the budget the 760p definitely performs.
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    Intel Xeon W2102 vs i7-8700 (non-k)

    Yes, Success. I was able to make my case. It only took many benchmarks. But the truth was in the numbers.
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    Network Projects Drive

    OS X can handle Windows SMB file shares no problem, and can authenticate against Active Directory. Centralizing the storage is easy. The workflow management is harder and not always a Software solution, sometimes its a People solution.
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    Intel Xeon W2102 vs i7-8700 (non-k)

    Well, I finally went and finished benching all of our standard models. The Xeon W-2102 performed poorly as I suspected. The entire system as a whole was on averages 25% to 50% slower than our base desktop which has a i5-8400cpu in 2D and 3D based workloads. One of the tests was a handbrake transcode of a 8m H264 8bit file. Standard PC with the i5-8400 took 7 minutes, the Xeon 2102 took 14 minutes. Twice the time. The H265 transcode was even worse but stayed closely with the twice as long scheme. May not do anything, but I feel better for actually having gathered the information. I am saddened though. My 4790k has fallen behind the i5-8400 in Handbrake by a small amount. But that's progress and the 4790k is 5 years old at this point. Though the 3D tests were a joke as my Gaming PC has a RTX 2080, and that is just NOT fair to anything using integrated graphics. The bar charts for that look like the Burj Khalifa next to a 1 story house. I am waiting for Ryzen Gen 3 to redo the CPU/Mobo on my gaming PC. Did benchmarks with the free stuff. Passmark, PCMark 10, Blender, Cinebench, Handbrake.
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    Right HDD for NAS

    All true. Even though the NAS really doesn't operate over 200 watts according to the UPS, I still have a 750w psu in there for if I ever have all 24 bays filled and power on the system. The spin-up draw is the biggest drive power hog. Though the HBA cards do have the ability to stagger spin-up to reduce instant-on power draw. It was a big jump. Especially since I replaced all of the fans, and I did buy rails to rack mount the case. But now that I'm in, I will likely never have to upgrade the case. Just the internals as long as I stay with ATX style components. I did buy a spare backplane though just in case a backplane dies I can swap it, and then buy another one after the fact to keep in stock again. But I did run across a Rosewill 4 bay 3.5" Hot-Swap cage that fits in a 3 bay 5.25" slot. Part of me thinks it wouldn't be a bad thing to try with a case that has forward facing 5.25" bays like the Antec 900. Run the OS on the internal bays, and use the 4 bay hot-swap for data drives. Which might make a tower style chassis more palatable. Never owned one though, just saw it on Newegg once and though that it could be useful in some situations. Would still need a HBA card with SAS to SATA break-out cables for these. https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816132037 They also make one that supports 8x 2.5" bays and only takes up 1 5.25" bay. The fan looks super tiny though so its probably not very quiet. https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16816119044
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    Right HDD for NAS

    My opinion there is if you are getting into that sort of system its time to build in a chassis that allows hot-swap bays. I did a NAS in a Mid-Tower case and ANY time I had to do any kind of drive maintenance it was a major pita. I made the jump to a Norco 4224 case and couldn't not be happier. I have 24 bays now and that is more expansion than I will probably ever need. Want more storage, plenty of bays to add drives to. Or if I need to migrate to a new array, I rack all the new drives, migrate the data to the new array. And once confirmed yank the old drives to dispose/sell. I hated having to go into the mid-tower case for anything drive related.
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    Right HDD for NAS

    Having been around the block and built a few NAS for both home and small office work I can tell you that right now, 4TB drives are the most cost effective drive capacity right now. If I take your IronWolfs as an example, the 4TB drive gives 36GB per $1. The 6TB is the worst at 30GB/$1. From there it edges up slowly till it plateaus around 33GB per $1. I don't know what you want this NAS for, so I'm making some assumptions. Right now you have a 20TB array. This is technically a stupidly huge amount of space for anything that isn't dealing with Media such as Uncompressed Bluray Rips. So based on the capacity if your current system I'm assuming you are using it for some sort of Media Server. Drive Warranties are great, but that doesn't replace the data you lost when something failed. A 3 Drive Raid-5 array is a ticking time bomb. You'd be better off moving to a Raid-10 setup with 2 Stripe's mirrored. Or building a 6 drive Raid-6 setup out of smaller capacity drives. 6x4TB in Raid-6 offers the same storage capacity but with WAY more redundancy. A single family isn't going to come anywhere near stressing an array like this. You will never have enough people hitting the array at once to even hit its limits on a LAN, let alone sending stuff over the WAN. As for electricity costs? My NAS specs are below in sig, only uses about 70w at idle. Full load is somewhere near 180-200w if ever single disk is spinning and the CPU is doing some heavy transcoding. Either way, the costs are minimal. A $5 box fan running over-night in a bed-room will cost you more electricity than even a server like mine would. I have a 4790k CPU, not the most power efficient now. I would also never shut it down. One thing that does kill drives is constant spin-up and spin-down, it wears them out faster. Heat also kills them. Keep them wet ventilated, and keep them running 24/7. Powering up and Powering down twice a day will wear them out more quickly. Example SMART output from one of my original 8TB EasyStore drives. They've only been started or stopped 28 times in almost 13000 hours of use. I expect these drives to last about 5-7 years. === START OF INFORMATION SECTION === Model Family: Western Digital Red Device Model: WDC WD80EZZX-11CSGA0 Serial Number: LU WWN Device Id: 5 000cca 3b7cc500f Firmware Version: 83.H0A03 User Capacity: 8,001,563,222,016 bytes [8.00 TB] Sector Sizes: 512 bytes logical, 4096 bytes physical Rotation Rate: 5400 rpm Form Factor: 3.5 inches Device is: In smartctl database [for details use: -P show] ATA Version is: ACS-2, ATA8-ACS T13/1699-D revision 4 SATA Version is: SATA 3.1, 6.0 Gb/s (current: 6.0 Gb/s) Local Time is: Sat Mar 9 23:11:41 2019 CST SMART support is: Available - device has SMART capability. SMART support is: Enabled === START OF READ SMART DATA SECTION === SMART overall-health self-assessment test result: PASSED General SMART Values: Offline data collection status: (0x82) Offline data collection activity was completed without error. Auto Offline Data Collection: Enabled. Self-test execution status: ( 0) The previous self-test routine completed without error or no self-test has ever been run. Total time to complete Offline data collection: ( 101) seconds. Offline data collection capabilities: (0x5b) SMART execute Offline immediate. Auto Offline data collection on/off support. Suspend Offline collection upon new command. Offline surface scan supported. Self-test supported. No Conveyance Self-test supported. Selective Self-test supported. SMART capabilities: (0x0003) Saves SMART data before entering power-saving mode. Supports SMART auto save timer. Error logging capability: (0x01) Error logging supported. General Purpose Logging supported. Short self-test routine recommended polling time: ( 2) minutes. Extended self-test routine recommended polling time: (1125) minutes. SCT capabilities: (0x003d) SCT Status supported. SCT Error Recovery Control supported. SCT Feature Control supported. SCT Data Table supported. SMART Attributes Data Structure revision number: 16 Vendor Specific SMART Attributes with Thresholds: ID# ATTRIBUTE_NAME FLAG VALUE WORST THRESH TYPE UPDATED WHEN_FAILED RAW_VALUE 1 Raw_Read_Error_Rate 0x000b 100 100 016 Pre-fail Always - 0 2 Throughput_Performance 0x0005 131 131 054 Pre-fail Offline - 116 3 Spin_Up_Time 0x0007 253 253 024 Pre-fail Always - 177 (Average 183) 4 Start_Stop_Count 0x0012 100 100 000 Old_age Always - 28 5 Reallocated_Sector_Ct 0x0033 100 100 005 Pre-fail Always - 0 7 Seek_Error_Rate 0x000b 100 100 067 Pre-fail Always - 0 8 Seek_Time_Performance 0x0005 128 128 020 Pre-fail Offline - 18 9 Power_On_Hours 0x0012 099 099 000 Old_age Always - 12813 10 Spin_Retry_Count 0x0013 100 100 060 Pre-fail Always - 0 12 Power_Cycle_Count 0x0032 100 100 000 Old_age Always - 28 22 Helium_Level 0x0023 100 100 025 Pre-fail Always - 100 192 Power-Off_Retract_Count 0x0032 093 093 000 Old_age Always - 9305 193 Load_Cycle_Count 0x0012 093 093 000 Old_age Always - 9305 194 Temperature_Celsius 0x0002 153 153 000 Old_age Always - 39 (Min/Max 24/45) 196 Reallocated_Event_Count 0x0032 100 100 000 Old_age Always - 0 197 Current_Pending_Sector 0x0022 100 100 000 Old_age Always - 0 198 Offline_Uncorrectable 0x0008 100 100 000 Old_age Offline - 0 199 UDMA_CRC_Error_Count 0x000a 200 200 000 Old_age Always - 0 SMART Error Log Version: 1 No Errors Logged
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    Raid 5 workaround

    Long post here. Few parts. Software Raid is a dirty word. Almost a swear word. However, File Systems like ZFS and UnRaid have resolved almost all of the issues and for most of us are better than the dedicated Raid cards for non-enterprise work, aka prosumer stuff. ZFS is extremely resilient, and very fault tolerant. However, ZFS is designed to use the all of the system's resources to support a server role. I've looked at Un-Raid, and played with it small scale and I like its easier implementation of VM features and SSD accelerators. Though its not enough to get me to jump from FreeNAS which has been 100% rock solid once I got past the initial learning/teething issues. Windows software raid, aka Storage Spaces, is, terrible by comparison. Hardware based Raid is better. Storage Spaces has got some problems and I wouldn't trust my data to it at all. Even if all I was doing was a mirrored configuration. I'd rather run two drives separately with a Robocopy scheduled task to sync the drives. Raid 5 in the traditional sense has some issues. ZFS and UnRaid have fixed these issues. Hardware Raid 5 has a problem in that lets say you have a 5 drive array. If a drive fails when you replace it you need to rebuild the 5th drive. This puts major stress on the remaining 4 drives as they need to reconstruct the 5th drive's data. If you are working with smaller drives, its not big. But as you get into the 4,6,8, and god forbid 10TB drives the stress on the remaining drives means its going to take a LONG time to rebuild that data. Thats a lot of heat buildup and thrashing, so the chance of a 2nd drive failure increases. During the rebuild process if a 2nd drive fails that's it, kaput, your data is GONE. ZFS, the underlying file system of FreeNAS can't save you from this either, but it is not a total loss. You can recover some of the data, just not all. So as you get into the larger sized disks its better to build with Raid-6. I built a 40TB RaidZ1 volume, and as sometimes happen I had a single drive fail out under MFG warranty. While I was replacing the drive I had no redundancy and it was an uncomfortable feeling. Since I didn't want to wait two weeks for a RMA, I bought a new drive locally. After I replaced it and it rebuilt, I backed up all of the data, wiped, and rebuilt the array as RaidZ2. I feel MUCH better now if I have a failure knowing I can still lose ONE more drive. If you are dealing with smaller 2TB-3TB drives, the Raid-5 vs Raid-6 argument affects you less. If you are going to run a Plex VM I suggest upping the processor to something with more oomph. I ran a FreeNAS / Plex VM based on a AMD A10-7850k. The CPU was about 25% slower than the 2200g you listed.. It was capable of about 3 1080p Transcodes at once, but where it struggled hard core was the nightly analyze task where Plex analyzes your media for Chapter and Seek thumbnails. It was also sluggish to respond when spooling up a 2nd or 3rd transcode. It just didn't have the ability to handle multiple threads well. When I added TV Seasons it would chug for hours and hours to process it all. God help it if I ripped an entire box set containing multiple seasons. It chugged for days. I think you'll be initially happy with the 2200g, but later find it doesn't give you the HP you will eventually be looking for. I can see you out-growing it quickly. In the end going with a better processor will save you money as the system will have a longer shelf life as your media collection grows and your demands increase. I bought the the 4790k when I upgraded from the 7850k build for FreeNAS and it has been rock solid and super responsive. Its been 5 years and it's only now reaching the end of its life because it can't handle 2 4K HDR transcodes at once. The next system I build will be capable of handling 4-5 4K HDR transcodes simultaneously. Which means for standard 1080p content it will basically sit at idle doing nothing. For a mid-range CPU I really like the Ryzen 5 2600, I built one for my nephew and its would have made an excellent budget CPU for a Media Server.