Mac Pro :: SSD - Is There Way Around The Low Performance For Small File Sizes

Oct 26, 2010

Just got an SSD recently and it's extremely fast for big files (reads in the 240mB/sec range and an obvious improvement running the machine).But I also do work that uses a huge number of very small files, and I was surprised to find that the read performance is so much lower in that case. The 4k benchmark was actually slower than my old hard drive (about 40mB/sec), and loading up a project is also a little slower off of SSD versus HD. The files I'm loading are typically in the 60k range which should be better performance than 4k (and I would think better than HD, but that's not what I'm seeing on my machine). Looking at some SSD benchmarks online (on PC), 64k is still down from the max speed but not much, about 180.

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Safari :: Font Sizes On Many Pages Are Very Small

Jun 11, 2012

I'm having issues on my Safari version 5.1.2 - the font sizes on many pages are very small, and I have no idea why as other websites will look fine.  

Here's a screenshot showing an example of google: [URL]  

I'm on Mac OS 10.6.8  

It's been driving me mad for a while now so I've been using Chrome instead, but I miss Safari! 

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OS X :: How To Get File Sizes

Jul 5, 2010

If I drag the mouse over a bunch of files in Finder (to select them) and then click get "File...Get Info", I get a bunch of info windows pop up all over my screen, one window for each file!

What I normally want to do is, like in Windows, see the totals for all selected files selected in ONE window, but I don't see how to do this.

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Software :: Changes In File Sizes?

Jan 24, 2010

I'm running 10.4 with Photoshop 8. When I open a jpeg that comes from my camera which is usually between 2.5 - 3.0 MB and then 'save as' without doing anything to it, it is reduced to about 750Kb. I am saving as Jpeg and using the maximum quality (12).

What's happening?

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Aug 8, 2007

I already know about reducing file size through print pdf, but from my experience this has not done too much to actually reduce the size. I was wondering if there is any other way to do this that is similarly easy and free? More importantly, how about the ability to reduce a word document or text edit without converting the file into a pdf? I have massive word files and would really like to reduce the size they take up, but really do not want to lose the ability work in the document

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OS X :: Why Does Finder Not Show File Sizes?

Mar 24, 2009

My drive is filled so I want to search for files over 5meg, no problem. But the results does not have a size column in finder which is pretty useless. Any ideas? Skitch - > [URL]

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Apr 14, 2009

Whenever I try to write an .avi (or .mov) movie with iDVd onto DVD, it says: 'content reach maximum duration, pls remove some content' for movies over 700MB. That's without adding chapter markers etc...

I've tried using MPeg Streamclip and Prism to convert them to smaller sizes, but without any luck, they just come out bigger.

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Software :: How To See File Sizes And Locations?

Nov 26, 2009

Specific example of a very common general scenario: I'm searching for an instruction manual on my computer.
I have a lot of product brochures and one manual from the same company, all with similar names. No idea which is the manual, but I do know that when I run a Spotlight search, the manual will be the one with the large file size.

Except for some inexplicable reason, Spotlight won't show you the file sizes of all the results! This is absolutely bizarre OS behavior. I have to Get Info of each one, which is laborious. And it's hard to compare them, as you have to match each Info window with each file name back in the Spotlight results.

This process is next to impossible when trying to compare a very large number of documents or video clips, etc.

Similar usability issue when you need to easily and quickly compare where a bunch of files you've searched for are all located. Can't do it on a Mac. (This is sadly one of those areas where Windows has long been easier and simpler than Mac.)

I understand the $39 "Path Finder" application can add these functions, but it introduces other limitations that matter to me. So, is there ANY way to sort by size and location in OSX (10.6.2)?

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Software :: How To Display Real File Sizes

Feb 27, 2010

I work a lot with video, DVD's, etc. This work relies heavily upon the long-time, established standard when it comes to file sizes; that is, that noble of all numbers, 1024.

Sadly, it appears that some computer makers, hard drive manufacturers, and even some ISP's, no longer have respect for the decades-old standard of 1024, upon which the computer industry was built. Thus, to earn a higher profit, and to pretend to offer more than they really are, they have chosen to use 1000, instead of 1024, as their unit of measurement. It makes Internet speeds appear faster than they really are; it makes hard drives seem bigger than they really are; etc. To me, it is plain old greed and deception.

For someone involved with video, where accurate measurements are required, this modern usage of 1000 presents a problem.

Thus, I am looking for a program which will allow me to display REAL file sizes in the Finder -- which relies upon 1024k/Kb, 1024Kb/Mb, 1024Mb/Gb, etc. -- rather than the more modern approach of 1000 units/whatever.

I was hoping that a program like MacPilot, or a similar app, might possess this tweaking feature, but I have been unable to find one to date.

The only thing that I can do for now is to use a program like MediaInfo, which is a halfway point, because I actually want ALL of my files on my hard drives to display the file size based upon 1024, and NOT upon 1000.

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Applications :: ITunes Video File Sizes?

Nov 5, 2009

I tried a quick MRoogle on this one, no luck for what I was looking for. I'm trying to figure out why iTunes video sizes are so ginormous...

I recently got addicted to the show Chuck, so I bought the 2nd season on iTunes...

Now, I've downloaded tv shows from other... ummm.. sources before, and it typically is about 375MB for an hour long show (45 mins really..)

But iTunes, I'm running into standard def video in the 600mb for the same length of time.

Is this due to iTunes encoding or something? I mean, granted the store seems to pipe out the downloads pretty quickly, but its still a pain to wait for a longer download than if I'd obtained these through questionable methods.

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Hardware :: Small File Size Limit To The FAT32 File System?

Jan 19, 2009

I was wondering if there is a small file size limit to the FAT32 file system. I recently picked up a 1TB WD external with Firewire (pre-formatted FAT32) and have been transferring movies and such fine, but I just tried transferring an HD movie (5GB) and some large .dmg's/.iso's and they all just fail with an error.

Is this a size limitation, and will i need to reformat the drive to fix it, or is there something else I'm missing?

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OS X :: Changing Snow Leopard File Sizes From Base 10?

Sep 12, 2009

You've probably heard that SL is measuring 1GB as 1000MB, instead of the proper 1024MB.

Is there any way to change this back?

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Applications :: Create High Quality PDF With Small File Size?

Sep 24, 2009

I am creating a digital album booklet for a band I manage, basically I took a high res photo and type the lyrics of each song over it, then added additional pics, the booklet is roughly 33 pics. I am using Photoshop and saving each file as a PDF, I then plan on combining them all at once. I know there has to be a better way to get this done. Right now each photo is roughly 3.3mb, that's way too big! How do I get the size down?

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Nov 24, 2009

when I open pages, numbers, etc. that when they open they open big? In other words whenever I open a file it always opens small and they I have to drag the lower corner to make it cover the scree,.

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OS X :: Guest Account Disabled / Unable To Delete Small File Size Folder

Mar 26, 2009

I set up a guest acc several days ago and now it's disable, but the small file size folder still remains in hd/users. Is it ok to delete this folder?

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Sep 12, 2009

We're hunting for a small printer for a crowded office space. There's a not much desk space or shelf space.

Only need something to print. No scanning, faxing or other functions! Hoping we can get Canon that is compatible with the inkjet 40 and 41 cartridges as we already have a printer that uses those.

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Mac OS X Lion Server :: Small Office File Server Options?

May 31, 2012

We are a small business with 2 mac mini's, 2 macbook laptops and another macbook pro laptop who is remote. (the remote laptop is not a deal breaker) We are beginning to have a nightmare with file storage, everyone is saving their own work to their own workstation and it's becoming difficult to share files etc. Basically, our requirements for a solution are: 

- Sensible file server, allowing all on-site computers to use the server as a main file storage

- Something I can back all computers up with from time machine

- Useful to restrict certain users to certain files

- Useful to have external access to files when off site and via the likes of iPad etc.  

I've looked in a NAS Raid drive and the OsX Lion Server and also the Time capsule and am just so confused at what to buy. Although the calendar sharing options etc. on the server would be useful, we can also do this via icloud. It's mainly the file access that is such a problem.  I wonder whether a time capsule would be good enough as a file server - which we then back up to the cloud to secure the data.

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Mar 24, 2012

I've just ordered a MBP 2.4Ghz with 7200rpm 750GB drive, I will be adding either a single 8GB memory stick (total of 10GB) or a 16GB kit.  I'm looking for my first SSD use as a boot drive for OSX and potentially Win 7 in BootCamp and hope I can get some counsel on model selection and configuration. I read that SSDs suffer a performance drop (sometimes significant) as the drive fills up.  Also there are both 256GB and 240GB drives. 

1)  Are there models that maintain performance over time?  Is there a specification that indicates how performance drops as the drive fills up? 

2)  Is there a performance difference (current / long-term) between 256 and 240GB drives? 

3)  Does an abundance of RAM improve performance and / or longevity?   

4)  How much space (if any) should be kept free for swap files in OSX / Windows? 

5)  With 240 / 256GB SSDs, how much usable space is available after formatting? 

6)  Is there a difference in performance based on file format NTFS vs. HPS+?

7)  Do I need to be concerned about major name brands (Intel, Samsung, OCZ, Kingston, etc.) being incompatible with MBPs? 

8)  Are some SSDs easier to install / configure / maintain on a MBP than others? 

9)  Are there any issues I should be aware of regarding the installation or use of a SSD that would impact my MBP's warranty? 

Based on performance, reliability and 5-year warranty, I've been attracted to the Intel 520. I've also read good reports on the Samsung 830.  One review indicated that the 830 maintained performance over time while the 520 experienced a significantly greater drop.

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MacBook Pro :: Different Sizes Of 15 Inches?

Mar 13, 2012

I have an old MacBook pro 15 inches - MacBookPro3,1. Recently bought Speck hard case and it was waaaay larger than my laptop. TRied to serach to see if 15inches macbook pro have different outside dimensions, but could not find any info....

I really want to buy a hard case, but do not want to end up with a not fitting hard case again.

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Nov 25, 2007

I had that problem with the hal.dll file while trying to install windows XP on my mac. So I had to follow this guide and make the partition 32 gigs for windows, which I find about 10 gigs too big for my needs.

Does anybody know if it's possible to change the partition size? I heard leopard could do it, but disk utility doesn't seem to let me do it. I formatted windows in NTFS, so maybe that's why.

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Jan 16, 2009

How can I make volumes exact sizes? I've noticed that when changing the size of my partitions with Disk Utility, the size of the partition actually ends up being .12GB smaller than what I set it to be. So if I type 300.00 in, the partition ends up being 299.88. If I type 300.12 in, it ends up being 299.88. If I type 300.13 in, it ends up being 300.01. If I type 360.12 in, it ends up showing 360.00 in Disk Utility, but on the desktop when I have show item info turned on it says 359.99GB.

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OS X :: Saving Window Positions And Sizes?

Dec 9, 2009

I work with different resolution monitors at work and home. 22" 1920x1200 at work and 30" 2560x1600 at home. The problem is that OSX tends to throw the windows out of place on the 30" (connected via mini-DP to Displayport cable on my MBP 13") or resizes them to the 1280x800 size of the internal monitor after waking from sleep when connecting the 30" display at home.

Is there any program that would save and restore the window positions and sizes so I wouldn't have to rearrange them all the time?

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OS X :: Multiple Folder Sizes In Finder?

Dec 24, 2009

In windows / linux, you can highlight multiple folders, right click > properties, and get info on how many files / folders you have selected, and how big they are combined... How do you do this in os x? When you do "get info" on multiple items, it opens individual info windows for each item.

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Applications :: Different Icon Sizes On Desktop?

Feb 24, 2010

Are there any applications around that can do this?

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OS X :: External Hard Drive Not Calculating All Sizes?

Dec 1, 2008

I have an external drive that's not showing me all sizes when selected in the list view options.

Anyone know why this is happening?

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OS X :: Menu Font Sizes In Snow Leopard?

Sep 11, 2010

The menu (the top menu bar, "right click" menu etc) fonts are WAY too big. I downloaded TinkerTool and already lowered the size of all the fonts it let me, looked around the settings in the OS itself but I can't seem to touch the menu font sizes at all.

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OS X :: Finder Non-native Icon Sizes Are Much Larger?

Oct 8, 2010

I have recently noticed that when finder is invoked from other programs, for example gmail attachment dialogue box, the icons look noticeably bigger than if finder was opened on its own. I have no clue why this is happening.

Please take a look at the attached file. Does anyone know how to fix this?

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May 17, 2009

I just bought a 24" ACD, and I love it. However, because my MacBook Pro is only 1440x900 resolution, if I resize anything it'll go out of proportion on my MacBook Pro screen.

Ideally, if there was such a program, I'd love to be able to have my windows set a size and position for 1900x1200 resolution, and for them to have a different size and revert to that when I use my MacBook Pro's 1440x900 display.

Does that make sense? I just don't think I can be bothered having to resize Safari, drag any windows that were over on the right hand side of the 24" display back over on my MacBook Pro display just to see them when I unplug the 24".

I'm sure it wouldn't be too hard to make an application that does something like that - just take note of the window positions and sizes for both resolutions and switch between them when the resolution is changed.

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Jan 11, 2010

I've got some PDFs I'm trying to compile into one single PDF file. I'm using an automator script which is working well, except for the fact that the resultant PDF's page sizes are all over the place � some are huge whereas others are pretty tiny...

Is there something I'm missing here? Is there a way to combine PDFs and not have the pages sizes turn out weird? The PDFs are from different sources (some have been scanned at various resolutions, some are word documents that were printed to PDF from within OS X) so that could be the reason, but I'm just looking for a solution atm.

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