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Message 19302 - Posted: 26 Jun 2006, 2:56:01 UTC

Hey all new to Folding and have quickly become addicted. Have done a bit of reading but have\'nt found anything related to this, recently bought an external HD and wanted to switch my folding to that bigger drive and can\'t seem to find where I can do that. any help would be apppreciated, Thanks
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Message 19306 - Posted: 26 Jun 2006, 4:52:40 UTC

BOINC can only use the drive it is installed on. You can uninstall BOINC move the remaining files and then reinstall to the new location. However I would recommend against this in your case. The lower transfer rate of the external drive may slow things down too much.
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Message 19307 - Posted: 26 Jun 2006, 5:53:49 UTC
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That\'s really not true... After I\'d installed BOINC and Rosetta on several of my machines I decided to added another hard drive to those machines with less that 100GB\'s (two being external drives). I then exited BOINC after restarting, moved the entire folder to the new drive, switched paging to the new drive, restarted BOINC and everything worked fine... <shrug>
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Message 19308 - Posted: 26 Jun 2006, 6:28:26 UTC
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I guess if it helps any I got a Lacie 600gb hard that might I was planning on doing 3d rendering on eventually. but until then I \"figured\" the larger HD would get more Folding done or would be more useful in general for Folding. Thank you all so far
Edit: I moved it to the other drive w/o rebooting I wanted to see if it worked
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Message 19323 - Posted: 26 Jun 2006, 15:16:00 UTC

Yes, it will work. You just have to be sure to change the path name behind any icons or shortcuts to BOINC that exist.

A larger drive won\'t help to crunch more models. It really just helps put some of the read/write load on to another drive. The read/write activity of Rosetta is actually pretty minor when compared to the ability of a hard drive.

To crunch more models the main this is having enough memory (which with 1GB, you do!) and to have a fast CPU (with 3Ghz, you do!)... now all that\'s left is to crunch full-time, 24x7 on Rosetta, and beyond that... get more people to understand the value of the project and to crunch too! :) Help spread the word. Perhaps an explaination your cat will understand will help to describe it to friends.

Post what you can volunteer in the can you help Rosetta thread.

Post your ideas on the videos that are being developed or in the How to bring more users to Rosetta thread.

And if you run in to resistence, post in the Reasons some people avoid BOINC projects thread and perhaps we can help find ways to address the concerns with existing BOINC features.
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Message 19451 - Posted: 29 Jun 2006, 6:09:08 UTC

Ok 1 more question if possible, viewing other daily averages and similar computer setups I was wondering if there are any other things I should do to increase my daily average. But I have been running this 24/7.Also are there any \"current\" articles regarding building a folding farm. The best or economical mobo to buy and I guess I could relate to the older articles from there. thank you very much
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Message 19491 - Posted: 29 Jun 2006, 19:41:26 UTC - in response to Message 19451.  

Ok 1 more question if possible, viewing other daily averages and similar computer setups I was wondering if there are any other things I should do to increase my daily average. But I have been running this 24/7.Also are there any \"current\" articles regarding building a folding farm. The best or economical mobo to buy and I guess I could relate to the older articles from there. thank you very much


These are just some more or less random thoughts I had when I was considering setting up a crunching farm.

Get the right computer for the job. People have run crunchers with just a CPU, memory, the cheapest possible video card, and no hard disk. The two things you need are the fastest CPU you can get, and a lot of memory. Don\'t burn cash on the hottest whiz-bang video card you can find, it won\'t buy you anything. Mobo\'s with onboard video are made to measure for this.

Going diskless: it has three advantages. Cheaper, lower power, and faster. The first two are obvious, and it\'s pretty much guaranteed to be faster because there\'s no vmem to swap to.

If you do decide to go diskless, Linux makes the job several orders of magnitude easier. Booting 2K or XP diskless is likely to be so painful I think I\'d rather undergo root canal work without an anaesthetic in preference. :/ Just make damn sure the NIC on the Mobo has full PXE support. Intel chipsets are incredibly good at this, I\'m not so sure about the VIA (Rhine) or Nforce NIC\'s.

Linux will hurt your stats some, because the Linux BOINC client doesn\'t bench properly. These two systems of mine are identical, 3.2 GHz Dell Dimension 4700\'s, with 1Gb memory. Compare the measured Flops and Iops numbers. Ouch! However they do the same amount of useful work, which is what matters to me. OTOH, if you\'re here for the stats rather than the actual work, you may want to view Linux as a penalty.

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Message 19525 - Posted: 30 Jun 2006, 1:59:26 UTC - in response to Message 19491.  

Just make damn sure the NIC on the Mobo has full PXE support. Intel chipsets are incredibly good at this, I\'m not so sure about the VIA (Rhine) or Nforce NIC\'s.


I think most boards have PXE support these days. Recently I\'ve tried an ECS RS485M-M motherboard and a Gigabyte GA-M51GM-S2G motherboard (both socket AM2) and they netbooted fine.

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