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  1. Tomcat76

    Integration of Marvell 88SE9172

    I worked around it by installing Windows with the SSD plugged to one of the Intel SATA2 ports (AHCI), installed the Marvell drivers through Device Manager and then connected the SSD to the Marvell controller.
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    Integration of Marvell 88SE9172

    Has this problem been solved? I'm having a similar problem integrating the drivers for a Marvell 88SE9182 controller with nLite. It's also a two-stage install as described above, and Windows (XP) setup complains about not being able to find one of the Marvell sys files (can't remember which one). I used the v1.2.0.1049 driver available from the win-raid forum "for Win7-8 (maybe even usable from XP up)" from 2016. The v1.2.0.1038 miniport driver "for XP and W2k3" from 2013 uses the same two-stage install.
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    HW RAID 1 vs SW RAID 1 vs incremental backup

    I know, but thanks for pointing that out. In any case, I want the backup to be RAIDed, not the original.
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    HW RAID 1 vs SW RAID 1 vs incremental backup

    The Asus X99-E has 6 Intel SATA ports that can be set to RAID and 4 that can't, so it should be able to handle a JBOD+RAID mix. But I think a hardware RAID or onboard RAID setup is overkill for me. A Windows mirror would already give me three copies of most files (the original, the main backup and the mirrored backup), I can still access the backup data if one disk fails without the need to rebuild (I'm not forced to buy another hard drive or have spare ones at hand) and it's less picky about firmwares and stuff. It's basically secure enough for my needs, and cheaper. The only thing I'm really worried about is the requirement to convert to dynamic disks. Many years ago, I was taught to always stick to basic disks because of possible issues regarding data integrity with dynamic disks. It was the Windows 2000 era, though.
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    Buying Windows 7

    I recently bought three digital licenses for Windows 7 for about 80€ in total. You just need to get the media yourself.
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    HW RAID 1 vs SW RAID 1 vs incremental backup

    I agree that an external backup is the safest, but I intend to have some of the backup processes automated. I also like to keep the clutter to a minimum. The original plan was to have a dedicated PC or NAS for backups, possibly even running a flavor of Linux, but since I won't be video editing 24/7 (actually < 50% of the time) I thought about combining the two functions into one PC. I'm gonna go with a Windows mirror. Thanks for the help, guys
  7. I have purchased most components for my "new" Windows 7 machine. It will serve as video editing workstation and contain backups from other PC's in the network. I already have three 4TB hard drives that contain such backups, but they are "standalone" drives. I now intend to buy two 10TB Western Digital Red drives for the task and I would like both to contain the same data. What I find important: should one drive fail, the data on the good drive should still be accessible (should continue to work as standalone drive); it should also be straight forward to rebuild the previous setup after replacing the bad hard drive. Because the RAID will only be used to store a backup on, speed is a non-issue. Since I have never dealt with RAID before, I have read many things on the subject online in the last couple of days, but I'm still having difficulties deciding which way to go. These seem to be the choices: - hardware RAID (dedicated PCIe RAID controller) - "motherboard" RAID - Windows mirror - clone, followed by periodic incremental backup System specs: Windows 7 Professional 64-bit Asus X99-E (10 Intel SATA ports of which 6 can use RAID) Intel i7-6850K 16GB RAM (4x4) I will not be using RAID on the system drive or on the main data drive in that PC. Only the backup drive should be mirrored. From what I understand, it can prove difficult to rebuild a broken hardware or MB (fake) RAID, while drives once belonging to a Windows mirror can be reused independently. Is this correct? The incremental backup method seems a little over the top as it would be backing up a backup (in my scenario). Any backup should be written to both destination drives simultaneously. Any thoughts?
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    Windows XP: new Z68/Z77 rig in 2017

    I wanna thank everyone for their advise, but I eventually settled for an X58 system since I got a good deal for it. I would have preferred an X79-based system, but I wasn't sure Fernando's INF hack would make the AHCI controller work properly without issue. MB: Gigabyte G1.Assassin CPU: Xeon X5650 @ 3.66Ghz RAM: 12GB SSD: Samsung 860 EVO 250GB The Win7 machine will have: MB: Asus X99-E CPU: Core i7-6850K RAM: 16GB (4x4) SSD: Samsung 860 PRO 512GB
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    Disable "Special Tasks" in XP

    Yes. "Other Places" and "Details" should stay.
  10. No, not yet. But I think I won't bother with it anymore. My new computer should be up and running in a couple of weeks. That should hopefully fix all problems. Thanks anyway for the suggestions.
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    Disable "Special Tasks" in XP

    I was wondering if there is a way to disable "Special Tasks" in Windows XP. For folders containing pictures or videos, Windows will add a section in the left side bar named "Picture Tasks" or "Video Tasks", right above the always-present "File and Folder Tasks", "Other Places" and "Details" sections. There are probably more types than just the ones for pictures and videos. For several years now, I have had XP set up to display all folders in Details view (by clicking the "Apply to all folders" button after having configured one to my tastes). This way, I don't get additional columns in the main panel of the folder if Windows decides this to be an image or video folder. However, this doesn't prevent the "Picture Tasks" or "Video Tasks" sections from appearing. I have found many articles on the web describing how to disable "Automatic Folder Type Discovery" on Vista and later, but the procedure doesn't appear to work for Windows XP.
  12. Same symptoms as described in my initial post.
  13. Windows Installer 4.5 is actually part of the problem for me. I'm beginning to suspect it's something specific about my hardware that's causing this. Maybe the Audigy 2 PCI card? I haven't updated Windows between regular XP's EOL date and the time I finally upgraded to POSReady 2009 (more than two years) so it's not like I care too much about having an up-to-date XP; but it would be nice just to figure out what's going wrong.
  14. It's a Core i5-650 with SSE4.2 support. I heard of that limitation. Seems silly to me they restrict CPU support now, less than a year before POSReady 2009's EOL.
  15. As it stands, the last IE8 cumulative that works reliably for me is the one from February 2018. Aside from that, I can't install most other updates either (without rendering my system unusable). Symptoms: - system clock running too slow - loud crackling noises while playing YouTube videos To fix things back, it's usually enough to uninstall the updates I installed last and re-apply the February 2018 IE8 cumulative update (no need to uninstall it first). If that still doesn't work, I need to install Windows Installer 4.5, reboot, uninstall Windows Installer 4.5 and reboot once more. I attempted to compile a list of "bad updates" last week, but I gave up. I would install one or two updates, reboot, and verify if everything was still fine. If so, I'd move on to the next one or two updates. If those failed, it happened that uninstalling those updates, re-applying the IE8 cumulative update and installing/uninstalling Windows Installer 4.5 didn't help, but uninstalling the updates from the previous "known-good" batch would. I already had to unmark several that I thought were good. This makes it really hard to debug. Reading through the forum, though, it seems I'm the only one having this problem. Only the bad oleaut32.dll and its issue with "Find Target" appear to be commonly shared.