I'm still slogging through content as I install my purchased payware from Jointed Rail, K&L, and elsewhere. I have a bunch of missing dependencies on my routes and some dependencies I've installed but I'm not concerned. I need to pick those up from my "bad" install and export them. The problem is it's a long slow process and periodically I stop and defragment the hard drive due to the number files opened and written to the drive.
Thanks PC_Ace.John - time to ditch your prejudice about SSDs. Time to forget conventional HDDs (except for the massive 20+Tb storage strictly-for-archives ones).
Trainz performance (and database operations) are so much faster and more reliable on SSDs.
Check out the latest TH Benchmarks and Hierarchies comparisons here:
Your blood pressure, patience and stress levels will thank you! (Though not necessarily your wallet, but prices are the lowest on SSDs per Gb ever right now).
The only HDDs I keep on my rigs these days are in long-forgotten drawers and there's just one per rig as backup drives
That's great to hear. I'm currently using Seagate Iron Wolf 8 TB and one 12 TB hard disk for data. At the time, I went with the Datacenter-quality drives because I was eating consumer-quality drives annually if not sooner. The ROI of these drives is excellent and I may move to an offline storage archive system and replace them with SSDs when I can afford it, but right now as I said my Jeep ate my budget. The new tires cost me about $1200 USD and I could've gotten at least 4x 8 TB SSDs if not more for that price.The MTBF and minimum RW cycles of modern SSDs is vastly superior to earlier SATA builds. Also, you can 'over-provision' them by using a small percentage of the disk allocation to extend longevity for decades.
The sheer speed and performance alone compared to spinning rust hard drives (and earlier SSDs) is more than sufficient for making the switch.
Reckon use multiple PCIe 4 2Tb drives to achieve the price/performance 'sweet spot' for the current market place.
I had coworkers do that. They claimed they backed things up but turned their machines off instead. Oops! Some also had backup drives that were full and their backup software went through the motions of backing up nothing without producing an error message. One guy, a VP of sales, found out that the hard way when his laptop hard drive died and there was nothing to restore.I think every time my power has gone out it's been bad weather so that's late afternoon. I can't recall ever getting up in the night and turning off things when the UPS is howling... I let my machines "sleep." I've seen one too many circuit board solder "breaks" from temp going up and down (from turning things on and off every day.) But I could be totally wrong. Plus, I have large files that sync overnight (cloud) and auto backups that run. I had a fellow work companion on the other side of the world who kept claiming they put files in DropBox to sync but when I looked they were never there. Found out they were turning off their machine before the files could sync.
Anyway... you raised a very valid point. Make sure your Trainz tasks are all done before that shutdown (I know you will)
Thank you for the kind words, mrjunction. That's very much appreciated. I miss Ed Wells very much as well.I was worried that you could be the next "Euphod". Big presence on these forums and then gone. Never to be heard from again. I believe his last post was wishing N3V "good luck with that" (when they announced their subscription plan) You are also a big presence and have offered sage advise to untold Trainzers. Glad you worked it out. To loose you would be a shame.