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July 12, 2020


5TB front view left, enclosure profile right

Interesting US$200 2.5″ Storage Experiment

I decide to spring US$200 for a 5 TiB 2.5″ Seagate drive and a double-high 15mm drive enclosure, thinking I will lose out on performance owing to its 5,400 RPM rotational speed. A comparison with a 7,200 RPM 2TiB drive comes out surprisingly well.

MTPW data recovery window

War Stories: Done Dirty By a Double Whammy

Before I start messing around with my production PC I always make sure I have a current backup. So why am I not surprised that my current backup is now on a drive that itself needs recovery? Sigh.

New 1909 Disk Layout

On newer hardware, you may find the new Win10 disk layout (puts the Windows Recovery partition in last place, after the Windows OS partition) showing up after installing CU KB4524570.

Answer file – Autounattend.xml or Unattend.xml?

Last weekend, I saw a post on Ten Forums that really got my attention. A fellow member had been preparing a deployment image, and was wondering why his answer file simply did not work. Here’s an extract from the original post: I’ve followed tutorials on Ten Forums, Win10Guru, docs.microsoft.com, and many others. I’ve made my

UEFI Secure Boot Ins and Outs

Because Secure Boot blocks unrecognized software elements from loading during the boot process (before Windows starts running), it may interfere when you’re installing or updating boot-related software, firmware or drivers.

Relocating Users folder – Yes, it is 100% safe!

Always when installing or deploying Windows, I prefer separating the Windows operating system and its user profile files into separate partitions, preferably on separate disks. I’ve done this hundreds of times, since the days of Windows 7, on each and every physical Windows installation I’ve got, and often also on virtual installations. I’ve never had

Working with Windows Preinstallation Environment (WinPE)

There’s another version of Windows 10 that’s always around, different from the base version you boot when you fire up the normal operating system. It’s somewhat misleadingly called the Windows Preinstallation Environment. And indeed, it does provide a basic runtime environment during Windows installation that takes over from the primary OS when a new OS