Ask the Doctor: Storage Cloning, Slow SSD, and Other Issues Tackled



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It's also possible that Karl can't rip a file over 4GB in Handbrake because he doesn't have the "Large File Size" option selected in Handbrake. When this option is deselected, it caps the video size to what Fat32 can handle so it's compatible with devices that require that format.


Bullwinkle J Moose

either that or he forgot to install the codecs for the mp4 he's making

with KLite or VLC codecs, are you certain that the video won't play even if it crashed halfway through the movie?

1. Format a Portable USB drive as NTFS
2. Install the right codecs (Windows don't play jack)
3. 3, 3, what the hell was 3 again?

oh yeah...

Buy another new copy of Windows again

That will fix it
That will fix anything!

even AHCI

unless you're like me, and would rather have just sleightly slower insanely fast SSD speeds and boot XP in 3.2 seconds, instead of the faster 3.14 seconds that you get, but still boot 7, 8 or 8.1 as well, then for compatability sake, just leave the BIOS in IDE mode and not worry about it

3 second boot times and complete compatability between Boot drives and backups might be more important to me than 3.14 second boot times

sure, your SSD boots 0.06 seconds faster than mine, but to me, insanely fast and complete compatibility is good enough and I can wait the extra 0.06 seconds to boot on an old SATA 2 port

Oh look, I'm ranting again...
Just cut this post into little pieces and scatter them throughout these other posts....then it will make sense

it's easier than fixing it....



I bought my 80G Raptor seven years ago, and the first thing I noticed after installing the OS, drivers and a couple of apps was that it was no faster than my older drive at anything...boot time, app loading time, etc.

After some googling, I came to the realization that I needed to enable AHCI in the BIOS *before* installing the OS. People said you could enable AHCI after OS install: some had success, some thought they had success but were wrong, and most failed. I also failed. Back then, the key was slipstreaming the AHCI drivers onto XP.

So I flattened it, enabled AHCI, installed from my slipstream disc, and there was a very noticeable...ok, massive...speed increase. Sure, it's slow compared to an SSD. MY issue was that I didn't want slow compared to all other mechanical drives...which is what Gary might have been alluding to: his Velociraptor is not fast compared to other mechanicals. So Gary: check your BIOS.

That old Raptor is now the primary drive of my HTPC, running Win7 (no slipstream required) and it enters or resumes from S3 inside two seconds.



You can enable AHCI after installing Windows by flipping a registry key.



For NT6 operating systems, sure. But for NT5 operating systems the process was considerably more involved, and a registry key flip wasn't the solution.


The Mac

Ive converted MANY xps to AHCI after install.

there is a specific way to do it, and it causes a blue screen initially.



Actually, there are specific wayS to do it: it changed based on which Southbridge you had, and my extensive searching in anguish seven years ago found that many people failed.

Except if you had an nForce, then just forget it...there was no solution for those chipsets that I recall.



There's no magic to it, you simply have to get the driver installed. Tell the OS to install the driver whether it wants to or not, restart after any potential BSOD, and you should be good to go.


The Mac

did it on a bunch of 680is (nforce).

all i did, on all my machines was change the driver in device manager to the appropriate ahci driver, wait for the blue screen, reboot into bios, change to ahci. reboot.

worked every time. on a variety of machines/Mobos/SouthBridge Chipsets.