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Intel Core i5 or Xeon E3

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Sorry. Always have a backup first. You can use something free like Clonezilla to make a backup outside of Windows of the whole partition or disk. Then use Parted Magic outside of Windows to resize the partition.

I just assumed W7 could do it itself, but I guess that isn't possible until W42. Just use Linux, even for NTFS partitions it is better.

Did you use Device Manager on your XP machine when you tried shrinking it? XP is very, very old stuff. Better to use a current build of Parted Magic than deal with anything built-in to XP.

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I have backups, but didn't really care if I blew out XP cuz I knew for a fact I was replacing it cuz it was driving me nuts. I use Gparted to try to shrink it, which may have been the wrong tool, I dunno.

The W7 box takes about 3 hours for full backup, so I figured it was worthwhile to spend a little time and get the unmoveable crap turned off than risk having to restore it and any potential issues with that. It was an educated decision that I will have to live with the rest of my life.


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Oh yeah, after decompressing the drive I went back and recompressed just the old contract scid data files and the data folder went from 62.7 to 13.7 gigs. I don't access them very often, so it shouldn't have much negative effect on my ssd, if hardly any. After each rollover I'll just compress the previous contracts. After all the changes, I have right around 50 gigs free space, which even at a conservative 4/1 compression ratio, that gives me about 200 gigs of free space for scid data, which is more than I will ever need. Thanks again for you help.

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Oh yeah, after decompressing the drive I went back and recompressed just the old contract scid data files and the data folder went from 62.7 to 13.7 gigs. I don't access them very often, so it shouldn't have much negative effect on my ssd, if hardly any. After each rollover I'll just compress the previous contracts. After all the changes, I have right around 50 gigs free space, which even at a conservative 4/1 compression ratio, that gives me about 200 gigs of free space for scid data, which is more than I will ever need. Thanks again for you help.

This is interesting to me, because by default Sierra Chart has always FORCED compression on its Data directory. I even emailed them about it a couple years ago, they could not find a way for me to disable it.

Now you are saying yours is not compressed by default. I wonder what gives.

But, we are severely off-topic.

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Question about config

Hi bigmike,

Is use NT to trade with lost of indicators, perhaps too Much...
But i need them...

I want to buy now a computer and so a new cpu with High frequency
Actually, i am not sre that NT8 is ready for a live version This year...
Beta version, problems to solve...
Indicators to convert...

So, i think to use NT7 for a long time, unfortunatelly...

I hesitate between a xon e5-1650v3 (3.5ghz)
And a i7 but which one?

When you talk about your cpu (5ghz), which one? Ty

2011-3 socket (x99) with ddr4 for both
And with ecc memory if i choose xon.
Ssd...

I do backtest but i need frequency (nt7) to run live Trading...

If u were me, Which cpu will u choose?


Ty for all and Your wonderful Website.

Fabrice from France




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I would say i7 over Xeon. My overclocked i7 @ 5.0ghz on water runs 24/7, never had a single issue. If you don't overclock then even more so (my overclock is also an undervolt on idle, to help with overall life).

In either case, throw out the stock CPU cooler and buy a quality HSF (heat sink + fan). You can find good reviews on newegg for this, it will cost around $50 or so.

16GB memory

SSD, or two SSD's in a RAID 1 unless you have a good daily backup plan, and don't mind down time should one fail and you need to restore the system. I have 2x256GB SSD in raid 0, but if doing it again, would do raid 1 even though I have a daily image backup. This is simply because of the time lost should a drive fail, I don't want to deal with that.

Also check carefully how much space you really need for this. Ideally try to leave 50% of your SSD empty for maximum performance. So it means you might really need a 512GB SSD, or two in RAID 1, depending.

Definitely don't do the i5 on a new purchase. The very minimal cost savings is not worth it, go for the i7. This is more future proofing than anything you "need" today. Unless you are backtesting, and then you "need" it.

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