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  1. I agree with Emily123. We're using Defender with a lot of rules and it does a bang-up job. That said, I use (and like) Vipre for our server farm. Lightweight, scores well, easy to config and can be centrally managed if purchased that way. Just my $0.02.
  2. Mdisc doesn't require any special burning software, should work the same burning software you've used for non-mdisc media.
  3. Yes, to write them you need a drive that has MDisc compatibility. The are supposed to be readable in regular drives, and I have been able to read the DVDs in a non-mdisc drive. Have not been able to try the BluRay discs, because all my drives are Mdisc rated.
  4. Do a Google search, there were several reviews on the 7101 (SSD Review, Toms Hardware, YouTube, etc). The 7540 is probably too new for any deep-dives, but I'm sure some will be coming soon.
  5. The HighPoint SSD7101A will run 4 NVME drives on a PCIe3 x16 card. If you have PCIe4, you could play with the SSD7540 (a beast at 8xnvme), or the more reasonable SSD7505 (4xnvme). None require bifurcated slots.
  6. You could create a TrueCrypt/VeraCrypt volume just slightly smaller that the media's free space. Create it on your local drive and burn it to the MDisc. You could do encrypted 7Z/Zip (this is what I use for archiving transaction log files). Both these methods have the likelihood of being around when you need to restore. I'm not sure if something like DiskCryptor would be able to encrypt the entire volume, I've never tried that.
  7. If your database is growing pretty quickly, daily might not be the right increment. You may want to stage a large but slower ssd in the box and replicate transactions, or block changes (something). Daily sounds like a pretty big window to lose if something goes wrong.
  8. Most anything you do with regular ssd/hd is going to run slower than the single, non-raid NVME drive you referenced. Not sure I'd trust my database to a single nvme, but since you have a one slot limit, you could try an add-on board that supports raid 0/1 and add four more nvme's (2tb/4tb). https://highpoint-tech.com/USA_new/series-ssd7101a-1-overview.htm https://www.amazon.com/Sabrent-Rocket-Internal-Performance-SB-ROCKET-4TB/dp/B07ZQSDQDB
  9. We use the machine's Group Policy to configure updates on Win10 machines. I don't recommend turning them completely off. We make a system state backup before and after each update, so prefer them to be on our time, not some random reboot from MS. Hope this article helps.
  10. I've taken to attaching DAS units to my machines that don't have enough drive bays. I've used the TowerRAID boxes (example), but there are others.
  11. As Chiyawa pointed out, MDISC are a good long term storage option, but are limited to 100 gigs. I've been using them since 2011/2012 to archive some of my business records. The ones that burned correctly are still readable! They are slow (and relatively expensive), so you should probably pick and chose exactly which data needs to be saved long term.
  12. Of course it will, until it doesn't, then you've done nothing useful. First, I applaud you for suggesting something proactive! I have archive drives I update or just spin up periodically, and I do check the smart health while they're powered up. But how does that help you the day you run the "damn software" and the drive doesn't respond? No warning, no bad stats, just an unhelpful "cannot mount" error. What the plan then? Some people might not only store only useless information on their computer. I said it a couple months ago, I have a half-dozen devices i don't backup. Use t
  13. Looks like one of the HyperDrives from HyperOS Had one of these in the very old days. Painfully slow by today's standards, but excellent performance back then. Today, you'd be better off using a software RamDisk (e.g., SoftPerfect), but there aren't many cases where its needed with fast NVME drives.
  14. If the three workstations are networked, a small two-bay nas might make sense. Take your off-site backups from the nas rather than walking station-to-station. Just a suggestion.