does the hard drive effect folding?

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does the hard drive effect folding?

Post by KnightRid » Mon Feb 13, 2006 12:04 pm

Was wondering if I put an OLD 5GB HD in a system to load windows on to get it folding, will it effect the folding application itself?

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Post by kenc51 » Mon Feb 13, 2006 12:21 pm

Folding doesn't use the Hard drive much......some even boot linux off their usb stick to fold, others don't use any Hdd's and some boot their folding rigs via their LAN (PXE boot) --> so no HDD access is not going to slow you down........


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Post by Apoptosis » Mon Feb 13, 2006 12:23 pm

i wouldn't expect it to make a huge difference.

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Post by infinitevalence » Mon Feb 13, 2006 1:04 pm

it can depending on how much memory you have and if your OS is swapping to the drive. On only 512mb with windows loaded my HTPC was swaping to the drive quite a bit.
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Post by KnightRid » Mon Feb 13, 2006 1:41 pm

I would have 512mb, but it would be only for folding, so no other programs . Well - AVG probably...

USB key - hmmm - now anyone have a nice all in one solution that I can just copy files to my usb key and stick it in the computer, tell BIOS to boot from it, and thats it? ;) OH and let me edit a txt file so I can put my info in to get credit - now that would be sweet!!

Folding farms - argh...now that would be REAL sweet.....

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If only I wasnt so stupid and impatient.

might throw that 5gb on this MB and make sure everything works...
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Post by kenc51 » Mon Feb 13, 2006 2:56 pm

KnightRid wrote: USB key - hmmm - now anyone have a nice all in one solution that I can just copy files to my usb key and stick it in the computer, tell BIOS to boot from it, and thats it? ;) OH and let me edit a txt file so I can put my info in to get credit - now that would be sweet!!
Feather Linux, very easy to "install" and use --> installation is just extracting a zip file to the usb drive and then running the syslinux program to make it bootable, all in all 5mins work.........

I carry a copy of feather linux everywhere with me (ubar-geek!)

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