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Back in Part II, I did some time tests to see the differences between reading and writing compressed and uncompressed files. One factor that I did not account for was the fact that the number of files in the test could affect the results.

Here's what led me down this road, from Part II:

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A little while ago I did some testing on NTFS compression with HD Tune and Sisoft Sandra. The results seemed to favor using NTFS compression, but didn't really answer the question of which file types would benefit, and which would not. The tests gave a slight edge to the compressed drive for reading, but I didn't feel like one benchmark test was really conclusive enough, and benchmarks are not an indicator of real-world performance. So I decided to run a test of my own making using some real files, and see if I could get some better numbers.

When you're looking for a laptop (or any type of screen), one of the things you should look at is the screen resolution. Some people care more about the size of the screen, but to me, it's both the size and the resolution that are important. The more pixels on the screen, the more stuff you can see at once.

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Every so often the debate arises (in tech circles) about whether or not one should use the compression feature that's built-in to Windows NTFS. One the one hand it will save you some disk space, but on the other hand it will slow down your system... or will it? (and are those the only two options?)

This comes from a guide I posted at Notebook Review:
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So you just got your shiny new RAM, and you can't wait to upgrade your computer. Congratulations! You've been through the decision making process, scraped up the cash, placed the order, eagerly followed the tracking number, and now it's finally in your hands! This is what you've been waiting for!

Before I get into it, I want to address this right off the bat. Too many people approach security issues with a "why bother" attitude. That sort of attitude will only come back to bite you in the end. Never EVER approach a security issue assuming that another person "will never figure it out", or "what are the chances someone will find this?", because eventually you will lose. You might get lucky and never have an issue, but real security does not rely on luck. The consequences of not protecting yourself FAR outweigh the "hassle". Once you see how easy it is to get real security, you won't have an excuse not to use it.

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I've seen many questions, and even more incorrect or incomplete replies about missing disk space in Vista. You got a 160GB hard drive and you've only installed a few programs, but you're missing a LOT of disk space! Where did it go? There are numerous possible reasons why your disk is getting used up -- sometimes it's being used by useful services, and other times it's just being wasted.

So where does the space go?

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This is my notebook for notes and configuration settings I use regularly. It's mainly a central place for me to store this stuff, but maybe it will be useful to others.

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Copied from my guide available here

If you're looking for Activation Backup & Restore (ABR) it has moved to it's own page, which you can find HERE.

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This guide is relatively VENDOR NEUTRAL. It should work on all Vista installations that were preinstalled at the factory, for both laptops and desktops.

NOTE: This procedure may look long, but I'm just really wordy at writing these things. You should get through each step pretty quickly.

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I've been doing a bit more wrangling with drivers lately, and ran into another very annoying issue which I've also seen before.

I decided to install Windows XP on my new laptop, just to make sure it works (and in case Vista has a lot of problems). During the Windows installation, I need a driver for the SATA disk controller, otherwise Windows can't see my hard drive. Normally this can be provided at the start of the Windows setup in the form of a floppy disk. However, there is no floppy drive on this laptop.