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    BYOB Episode 22


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    This week’s BYOB the Double Deuce!  Michael Reviews the WDTV Live Hub.  After a long struggle Tim has defeated the UEFI mystery.  Mike and Tim give us some use cases for imaging and talk about recent troubles in cloning a larger disk to a smaller SSD.  In addition, we discuss various disk management tools.  Brief discussion on Mike's spontaneous purchase,  Michael shares a nifty SSD tool.  Don't forget to join us on the 27th for he live Q&A show.

    Review: WDTV Live Hub

    Michael had an itch to try out WD’s latest offering in the Media appliance market.

     

    http://homeservershow.com/review-wdtv-live-hub-the-good-the-bad-the-ugly-2.html

    Tim = 1 – UEFI = 0

    Tim gets UEFI enabled and boots from a GPT partition into windows. Listen to the show for more details.

     

    UEFI

    Hard Drive Management Tools

    Acronis

     

    Perfect Disk

     

    DriveImageXML

     

    EASEUS Disk Copy

     

    Clonezilla

    Mike's spontaneous purchase

    http://homeservershow.com/the-tale-of-the-gtx-580.html

    SSD Health Monitor Tool

    SSDLife

     

    SSDLife

     

    SSDlife_SMART

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    I think your discussion of UEFI has been great. However, I think you have left out some important other aspects of the technology that would provide some more insight into why UEFI is great. First, this is an industry-defined extensible platform that Microsoft has leveraged for a while on its server platforms and on the desktop since Windows Vista SP-1 (it originally was included with Windows Vista, but was pulled later in the beta program). There are some good technical white papers at http://www.uefi.org/specs/. There is a Self Certification Tool (SCT) for OEMS listed that is useful for learning about the processes involved. While configuring UEFI to handle the local disks (as you have defined so well) is useful for the BYOB audience, one of the primary reasons for Microsoft’s implementation was to be able to bring up a piece of server hardware from scratch across the network using a standardized “remote boot” interface. The goal was to create boot images that are stored on a centralized image store and to be able to install systems without having to use physical media by storing the boot settings in the Boot Configuration Data (BCD) store. UEFI is tied closely to ACPI and uses the PXE Broadcast Tag or 0x00 0x07 for the initial loading process. Most hardware manufacturers supporting UEFI also support the PXE load. I just wanted to add a different perspective on the technology. These topics are great and insightful. Keep up the good work. Regards, =D- Derek R. Flickinger Interactive Homes, Inc. http://Custom.TheDigitalLifestyle.com

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    Thank you for the comments Derek. We had many resources during the discovery process but very few tied in consumer applications. For this reason our focus stayed on the BYOB listener and the home applications of UEFI. We reference Intel, Microsoft and UEFI.org many times and hope that anyone interested in learning more about UEFI will be able to do so through our links and articles. We also mention that MS has supported UEFI since Vista and that all Windows 7 installation DVDs support UEFI installations. Pixie boots and some of the other commercial (server) uses of UEFI unfortunately are left out of the podcasts due to time and audience considerations. At BYOB, as I am sure with TDL, the amount of content we can cover each show is overwhelming and some details and additional topics are cut. Thank you again for the comments. Tim

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