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This is about hard drive configuration for a new Dell Precision Workstation 5810 computer.
http://www.dell.com/us/business/p/precision-t5810-workstation/pd?ref=PD_OC

The PC will run Windows 10 64-bit Pro. It will probably have 64GB RAM.

If I'm reading the specs right, the 5810 can accommodate:
* up to 4 internal m.2 PCIe SSDs of up to 1TB each using a Dell Ultra-Speed drive Quad (FH/FL,x16) adaptor card
* up to 4  2.5” SATA/SAS drives

I am contemplating:
Boot drive (C:) m.2 512GB PCIe SSD
Data drive m.2 512GB or 1TB PCIe SSD
Auxiliary infrequently-accessed data: 1TB or 2TB 2.5" SATA 6 Gbps

My questions:

1. Do I need a third SSD for the Windows 10 swap file? Or given the m.2 speed is it OK to use C: or the data drive?

2. Is it accurate to assume that an internal SATA drive working off the integrated controller will be fine alongside the m.2 drives?

3. I am thinking of buying the data m.2 SSD separately and installing myself, to save money. Is this practical? Is Intel the best brand? Any particular product recommendation?

4. Do the m.2 cards plug into PCIe expansion slots, the Dell Ultra-Speed Drive Quad card, or something else?

5. What brand or brands do you recommend for the 2.5" internal SATA 1-2TB? In past I've used Seagate and Western Digital drives.

6. Is anyone sufficiently familiar with the 5810 configuration options to tell me which of Dell's numerous options I need? The full list is in the attached .PNG copy from the Dell website …
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Windows 7 Pro on a Dell Latitude E4310 laptop goes dead due to power failure. I now want to move & install the hard drive into a Dell Vostro 3350 laptop. How can I do this seamlessly?
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My 2012 Dell Windows 7 Pro PC was working fine until sometime last year when it was not able to install Windows updates.  I have about 50 updates to install now, but am only able to install them one at a time. Sometimes that won't even work.  If I try to do more than one at a time, Windows will say they were successful until I reboot the PC.  After I reboot it will say that the updates failed (these are the updates that Windows just said were successful just before the restart).  
The error codes I get are either #80070005 or #800F0826.  
I have deleted the C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution\DataStore folder and the C:\Windows\System32\catroot2 folder and I have removed the hidden and read-only attributes from all the files & folders in the C:\Windows\SoftwareDistribution folder.  I have also scanned for viruses and malware and found none.  Thanks for your help!
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This is about memory configuration for a new Dell Precision Workstation 5810 computer.
http://www.dell.com/us/business/p/precision-t5810-workstation/pd?ref=PD_OC

The 5810 has eight DIMM slots with four-channel memory. It uses RDIMM 2400 MHz ECC RAM. I plan to use 64GB RAM as 4 x 16GB modules. In the past I've used Kingston and PNY memory. I'm open to other brands if you recommend them.

Kingston memory is cheaper purchased from Kingston than from Dell so I am contemplating ordering the PC with 16GB RAM (4 x 4GB) and then ordering 64GB separately from Kingston or NewEgg.

Attached is the single page from Dell's online user manual for the 5810 with information about equipping the slots. I find it a bit confusing. My questions:

* Is Kingston a good brand to use? Do you recommend something different?

* With a single CPU can I use all eight DIMM slots or can I only use four slots?

* If I can use all eight does it make sense to put the 16GB modules in the first four DIMMs and the 4GB modules I get from Dell in slots 5-8?

Thanks,
Pete
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This is about choice of Windows version for a new Dell Precision Workstation 5810 computer.
http://www.dell.com/us/business/p/precision-t5810-workstation/pd?ref=PD_OC

Dell offers:
* Windows 10 Professional
* Windows 7 Professional with a Windows 10 license

My question: Is there an obvious choice between Win 7 and Win 10 for this system? What factors should I consider?

Background: Likely parameters and needs for the new system:

64GB RAM (with eye towards up to 256GB some day)
2 - 3 internal SSDs about 256GB to 512GB each
1 external USB3 drive, probably more than 2TB
nVidia graphics card to be determined - at least the Quadro M2000 4GB
want option of encrypting one or more of internal SSDs and a partition on external drive

So far I have used Windows 7 and not gotten into Windows 10 but if Win10 is the right choice here that is fine. If you look at our desktops they resemble Windows XP - Aero, etc. disabled - no use for the fancy UIs. If I used Windows 10 I would probably disable Cortana.

Primary uses of the system: Image (still photo mostly, small amount of video) editing and conventional Microsoft Office, web. Need for a more-responsive system while editing images is driving getting this new system.

Your help in choosing the best OS appreciated.

Thanks,
Pete
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I'm going to be mirroring a defective SSD to a new SSD on Dell Latitude E7450.  In the past, whenever a drive has bad sectors etc., I couldn't seem to get Macrium Reflect to ignore the bad sectors no matter what I did.  The only thing that worked well was Acronis True Image, which I don't currently have access to.

Does anyone know of any free disk mirroring program that will positively ignore defects on the drive? The SSD in the Dell laptop has defects but nothing that is affecting the operation of the laptop.

Thanks.
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So I have a number of older Dell PE servers running ESXi 4.1 and would like to update BIOS, iDRAC etc.  What is the easiest way to do this?  I'm sure I can't run the downloaded EXEs with a guest OS.  So I guess I have to create some sort of boot disk (USB maybe) with the updates preloaded?
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Dell Inspiron All in One 2330.  When power is turned on will not start anything.  The only thing that runs is the hard drive and the fans.  The screen is black and I cansee the backlight.  Nothing happens further just black screen.  I connected hdmi cable to roku and it works fine as a tv monitor so im convinced that the lcd is fine.  I tried resetting the CMOS and failed every time.  I dont think there is anything wrong with the motherboard as it did once load bios and started windows.  But when it shut down it happened again and I was not able to get it back in windows or bios again.  I think that I may not be resetting CMOS/Bios properly.  Power light is steady white, green light for power and screen works fone as tv.  Again, it did start up fine just once.  I think I got lucky with the CMOS reset before it shut down.  Any help would be greatly appreciated.
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I'm running Windows 7 Pro at latest level on two computers.  One is a Dell Optiplex 9010 I5 with 32 GB of memory.  Suddenly I couldn't use any USB flash drives.  Printers work and so does a Logitech keyboard/mouse.  But any Flash Drives get a code 10  - could not start device.  I cloned the C drive, a Samsung EVO 850 SSD to another Samsung EVO SSD and installed that in a Dell Optiplex XE2, updated all the drivers and the same thing happens.  I've put in a half dozen different flash drives, different models from different manufacturers and I can't use any of them.  I put them in other computers and they work.  So it's not the hardware.  I think it must be some registry entry screwed up.
I tried the Windows USB troubleshooter.  That didn't fix it.  
Thanks,
Al
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I am planning a new Dell desktop to replace a 2009-vintage Dell Precision Workstation (PWS) T7500. Primary reason for new PC is sluggish response doing complex photograph editing with Adobe Lightroom, Adobe Photoshop, and Affinity Photo.

I am mostly considering a Dell PWS T5810 although another possibility is the Dell XPS 8910 Special Edition
5810:  http://www.dell.com/us/business/p/precision-t5810-workstation/pd?ref=PD_OC
8910:  http://www.dell.com/us/business/p/xps-8910-se-desktop/pd?ref=PD_OC

1. Does anyone see reasons the XPS 8910 may be better than the PWS 5810?

2. For the PWS 5810, I am considering these CPUs:

Intel Xeon E5-2630 v4 (10 cores, 2.2GHz, 3.1GHz Turbo, 2133MHz, 25MB, 85W) [Included]
    PassMark 14,239

Intel Xeon E5-1660 v4 (8 cores, 3.2GHz, 3.8GHz Turbo, 2400MHz, 20MB, 140W) [+ $726.54]
    PassMark 15,861

Intel Xeon E5-2650 v4 (12 cores, 2.2GHz, 2.9GHz Turbo, 2400MHz, 30MB, 105W) [+ $861.36]
    PassMark  15,994

Intel Xeon E5-2687W v4 (12 cores, 3.0GHz, 3.5GHz Turbo, 2400MHz, 30MB, 160W) [+ $1,250.85]
    PassMark 20,253

Do you see reasons for one CPU versus the other? Will the different PassMark ratings give meaningful difference in PC performance?

I will ask other questions about Windows, hard drives, graphics cards in separate questions.

Thanks,
Pete
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I am setting up a new Dell PE R930 and need some guidance on which config is best when setting up a Hyper-V host and two VMs. One is a highly used file server and the other will be a Sql server with a document management solution. Here is the config I am thinking of and please let me know if the I/O would seem poor and if I could change my drives based on best practices.
 
Hyper-V Host: 2012R2 with 2 X 300GB 15k sas drives (raid 1) and one 300GB drive for Hot spare

VM1: 2012R2 and Sql 2014 with 2 X 400GB SSD drives (raid 1) for the OS plus hot spare  ;  2 X 300GB 15K sas drives (raid 1) for translogs plus hot spare  ;  3 X 1TB 7.2K  12gbps NL SAS drives (raid 6 is better than 5 right?) for databases and disk storage

VM2: 2012R2 with 2 X 400GB SSD drives (raid 1) for File Server OS plus hot spare  ;  3 X 800GB SSD drives (raid 6?) for data accessed often plus hot spare

drives remaining for use or not to use:  2 X 300GB 15k SAS drives ;  1 X 600GB 15K SAS  ;  1 X 240GB 7.2K sata

I have not set this server up yet and wonder if it's better to use the 1TB 7.2K NL SAS drives on the file server and use the 800GB SSD drives for sql? Will there be performance issues on the SQL server since I want to put my translogs  on the 300GB 15K drives and the OS will be using 400GB SSDs and Databases may be on the 1 TB 7.2K drives?   I have also read about raid5 being a bad option due to rebuild time and problems. I am open to moving and mixing as best as possible but what are your…
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I have a Windows 10 system Intel 7 processor two TB hard drive a year old. The client complains that his system performance tanks. The system appears to lock up. Once Dell's SoftThink Agent kicks in everything else stops. What can possibly be done about that agent???

Dell's SoftThink Agent has something to do with handling backups....
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Hi,
I have my Dell Optiplex 3020 connected to my TV's HDMI input using the Displayport output and a Displaypot to HDMI cable. I have got it to work but I have to unplug and plug in the Displayport cable each time I use the computer or it will not recognise the TV at all. Every time I reboot the computer it seems to forget anything is connected to the displayport socket.
Is there any way to fix this issue please?
Many thanks,
Tom
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I had this question after viewing Dell Server drives.

The server had identified the drive as 'foreign' ... ended up rebooting and going into the raid configuration, it now sees the drive. So I rebooted again.. current status is that it appears to be rebuilding but the connected monitor is displaying a CPU response of greater than 67s. Does the rebuild have to complete prior to the server coming up?
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I have a DELL R520 server in a RAID configuration loaded with Redhat Linux. The sleds have two LEDs top and bottom. I heard a zizt, zizt sound and one drive was displaying a  flashing amber light on top. So I replaced it with a brand new HD (600G, 15K). When I removed the original drive it was It extremely warm.

Now the new drive has a flashing amber light on top and a steady green light on the bottom.
Is this new drive bad? Or is there another issue?
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I have a Dell Precision Tower 5810 running Windows 7 Professional X64.   Everything was normal until I powered it up today, only to find a blank screen.   I tried to boot from a DVD to no avail.   I can hear two short beeps during power-up.   I ran the Dell ePSA Pre-boot System  Assessment and no errors were found.
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Hello,
      I have a Dell Precision 5510 laptop that I need to downgrade to Windows 7 Pro. It has Skylake chipset with a M.2 NVMe hard drive. I have it able to boot to a USB with Windows 7 Pro but when it gets to where you choose the drive I get an error that states: “A required CD/DVD drive device driver is missing. If you have a driver floppy disk, CD, DVD, or USB flash drive, please inset it now.”
      I have attempted to slipstream what I believe to be the appropriate drivers into the Windows 7 install but I continue to get this message. There is a Dell Knowledge Base Article SLN301992 that explains what needs to be done and I think I have done what they are saying to do but I still receive that error. Any help with this would be appreciated.
      Note: Because the laptop was purchased with Windows 10 pro installed with no downgrade option Dell is of very, very, little help.

Thank you.
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I have a Dell Precision Tower 5810 running Windows 7 Professional X64.   I disconnected the internal SSD and HD in order to install Ububtu on an external HD.   After installing Ubuntu then disconnecting the external HD I reconnected the internal SSD and HD and booted the system.   I got the error message "invalid partition table".   When I pressed F2, the computer loaded Windows and is working normally.   How do I fix this  error?
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I have a Dell server T310 that has a Dell H700 Array controller.
Which Dell application do I need to install in Windows to monitor the array within Windows?
Thanks,
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Hi All,
 
I have a client with a Dell PE T110 server that has two 300 GB SAS 15K drives arranged as a mirror.  Running ESXi 4.1 host, Windows SBS 2008 R2 as the guest OS.  DR1 was reporting Event ID 7's (bad blocks) to guest OS, so I bought a brand new identical Seagate drive, downed the server, removed DR1, powered up server, went into SAS RAID utility and saw status was DEGRADED.  Powered off, then installed new DR1.  Powered on, went into BIOS SAS RAID utility and told it to SYNCHRONIZE DRIVE, exited BIOS utility and rebooted.  FOUR DAYS later and OMSA still reports the Virtual Disk, Disk 1 state as REBUILDING (0%).  Did I do something out of order or incorrectly?  I assumed that when I selected SYNCHRONIZE DRIVE (in the BIOS SAS RAID utility ), that I could then exit the utility and the sync/rebuild would run in the background?  I have seen other posts where folks say to add the new drive and assign it as a hot spare.  Seems as though there are numerous ways to do this?  I thought my way would be the quickest - but I guess not.  A Dell tech said maybe there are errors on DR0 (primary drive of mirror) and that it can't rebuild the mirror, and sits stuck at 0%.  I saw other posts that said you have to remain in the BIOS RAID utility and let it rebuild there.  So confusing...
 
Thanks for any help,
 
-Mike
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oh dear experts, "k" and "i" keys wont work in a dell lap top
please you guys help me!!!
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I am running windows 7 professional on a Dell 6600 laptop. Lately I noticed while I'm working the computer stops accepting inputs from me, from the mouse, the screen remains the same I just can't interact with the computer. If I do a control alt delete, and that menu appears, and then I cancel it generally I have control of the computer. This is a list of the services running in the last minute before the computer hung.I use AnVir task manager Pro, and it has a continuous log of any running processes. Could any of these Windows processes be controlled by a virus? And if so, how would I test for it? Is there another software that I could run on my computer that would give me any more information on running processes than the copy I just showed you? this makes me wonder if there's some process running in the background that might be monitoring what I'm doing. I always run the browsers in private mode and I always run with Anonymizer virtual private network.

01/10 08:57:44      smss.exe 396 started by System NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM      C:\Windows\System32\smss.exe      
01/10 08:57:44      csrss.exe 540 started by 532 NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM      C:\Windows\System32\csrss.exe      
01/10 08:57:44      wininit.exe 636 started by 532 NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM      C:\Windows\System32\wininit.exe      
01/10 08:57:44      csrss.exe 660 started by 648 NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM      C:\Windows\System32\csrss.exe      
01/10 08:57:44      services.exe 696 started by wininit.exe NT AUTHORITY\SYSTEM      C:\Windows\System32\services.exe      
01/10 08:57:44      lsass.exe 732…
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My dell Inspiron 15 3000 Series laptop make contineously beeping sound when i try to switch on.
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Hi,
I have dell inspiron 3542 15" windows 8.1 laptop. I would like to install windows 7 on it. I am just confused with the bios setting. It has two options for boot. UEFI and LEGACY. Which option should I opt???

Thanks.
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I have a 5 year old Dell T7500 workstation. My C drive is a 10K rpm drive. I have 12gb now. I don't really notice any problem. However I have the chance to upgrade my memory very substantially at a very small cost. I wonder if I will notice the difference. My most heavy duty applications are Corel Draw and Photoshop. Is this a waste of money for me, or a wise decision?
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