By popular demand we’ve added a FAQs section, to which you are welcome.

There’s a lot of information on topics that we frequently get asked, so this section should become a good reference archive for you.

General

Installing a new PC takes time, so patience is needed first and foremost.

That said, here’s what we would recommend for a new installation:

  • Windows updates.
    Get to the point that Windows states that there are no more updates required. Make sure that you are getting them from Microsoft as sometimes.
  • Antivirus Software.
    Install Eset next, as this provides protection to the PC.
  • Microsoft Office.
    Install this and connect Outlook to the email services, then run the Windows updates to get the Office updated – again keep going until nothing is required.
  • Printers.
    Connect to all required printers and set the default – you may need some drivers for some of the printers.
  • Utilities.
    Personal preferences rule here, but we would usually install:

    • Adobe PDF reader
    • Java
    • CCleaner
    • Defraggler
    • Malwarebytes
  • Configure the Start button.
    Right click the start button – select properties and click the customize button. We suggest at least adding the ‘Run command’.
  • Propriety software.
    Many clients use specific software for the day to day business activities, these need installing and configuring.

That should put you in a good position to use the PC

Category: General

RAID stands for Redundant Array of Independent Disks (the ‘I’ used to be inexpensive but this has been superseded) and is a system designed to increase the performance and resilience of computer storage.

There are several systems that can be implemented to achieve slightly different results; These systems are knows as ‘Levels’ and differ in the system they implement, the resultant fault tolerance and performance.

RAID Levels

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This is a system the simply uses 2 drives to write data to, and writes to both drives at once in a striped pattern. it is mainly used to increase system performance.

System Performance +
System Resilience =
Cost +
Complexity =
Minimum Drives 2

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This is also known as ‘Drive Mirroring’ and again uses 2 drives to write data to. This time however, the data is only read from one drive, the other drive is a ‘mirror’ of the first drive and only used to recreate the first drive in the event of a failure.

System Performance –
System Resilience +
Cost +
Complexity =
Minimum Drives 2

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This level introduces ‘Striping’, or writing data across all of the drives at once, and ‘Parity’ technology. Imagine cutting your data in to chunks the same as the number of drives in the system and writing those chunks to each disk, then doing some clever maths (known as ‘Hamming Code’) to enable rebuilding the data if a drive fails.

This system tends not to be used, as later systems give better results.

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This is the same as using RAID level 2 but with bigger chunks of data.

Again, this system is rarely implemented.

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This system collates all the parity bits and puts them on to one drive.

As above, this is rarely used.

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This level is the most regularly used, as it gives good resilience and good performance, for not too much money.

RAID 5 is also known as striping with distributed parity. In this case data and parity code, is striped across three or more drives. If a single drive fails, data can be recovered from the remaining data blocks and the parity information, the array will fail in the event of a double drive failure.

This level also features improved read and write performance because data can be read or written simultaneously across multiple drives.

System Performance +
System Resilience ++
Cost ++
Complexity +
Minimum Drives 3

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This level includes ‘Double data parity’, that writes the correction bits twice.

In this case the array will survive a double drive failure.

System Performance +
System Resilience +++
Cost +++
Complexity ++
Minimum Drives 4

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There are several other hybrid and nested levels of RAID – such as RAID 01, 10, 50 etc. all giving slightly different levels of protection and all increasing cost and complexity.

To read more about RAID pop over to Wikipedia here

Category: General

EDI is Electronic Data Interchange – put simply it’s an electronic way to send and receive documents, usually purchase orders and invoices etc. If you think of this as clever email you’ll be on the right lines.
We resell Atlas EDI products running on the MX network – that sounds confusing, but think of it like clever email and you’ll be on the right track!

To get it in and working, we’ll get the right software base, connect you to the networks and configure your firewalls and there you go.

EDI is a great time saver (you, your clients and your suppliers get the paperwork immediately) not to mention the £££s you’ll save on postage!

Category: General

Easy – CALL US!!!

We’ll have a look at what you are trying to achieve and suggest a route to go down for the design and build of your website.

We only use up-to-date technologies and partner with some of the ‘big boys’ in the industry to make sure you receive the website you need at a price that won’t break the bank!

We create websites that work for both your clients and you – why not add your client database onto your website to give you full 24/7/365 day access to your contacts from anywhere in the world?

You could even create a bespoke application to perform a specific task in your business – we’ve even created websites that replace some bespoke applications and databases that no longer run on modern PCs.

All safe and secure of course!

Call us on 08456 340 599 to discuss your requirements.

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