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    Total Bytes Written Weirdness

    Ahh, got it.
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    Total Bytes Written Weirdness

    Case in point. Yes, a hypothetical, code-literate variant of me could do that. 😁 Yes, that was accurately reported in Windows, but where are you seeing total written/data unit count?
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    Total Bytes Written Weirdness

    Ah, no, as a matter of fact I didn't! Rather silly of me. And there you have it. Clearly the drive makes the data available for anyone who knows how to access it.
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    Total Bytes Written Weirdness

    This all started when I asked a seller on Kijiji to post a screenshot of the TBW of a Western Digital SSD. I figured it would be right there in the overview page or the SMART data. Nope. I guess the cryptic health score is fine, but it's puzzling (and a little irritating) that WD would obscure...
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    Total Bytes Written Weirdness

    Today—on a whim—I checked one of my NVMe drives (WD Blue 1TB) to see how it was wearing. The WD Dashboard app doesn't show TBW but it reports SMART data. The value it shows is "3340658 Data Units Written", which I took to mean "Total LBA written". The problem with 3,340,658 x 512 LBA sectors...
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    MediCat Live USB

    No specific goals, here, just curious because it's in my nature to wonder about rescue tools.
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    Admin Permissions Per App

    Eight months on and I've realized that I neglected to report back on how I got Steam to run as admin. The solution—after some trial and error—was to create a shortcut and in the target to type: C:\Windows\System32\runas.exe /user:DESKTOP-UFI6199\Administrator /savecred "C:\Program Files...
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    Windows Admin Account F-Up

    I wiped. I reloaded. (y) Who has time to chase these problems down? Not I. I thought it was beguiling enough a circumstance to share so I documented it.
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    Windows Admin Account F-Up

    I also tried booting into a command prompt from the Windows 10 installer and running sfc /scannow, chkdsk and bootrec with various switches. No love. I checked the disk partitions using diskpart and things looked pretty messed up so I think it's time for the nuclear option.
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    MediCat Live USB

    In-ter-est-ing!
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    Windows Admin Account F-Up

    My nephew got a MAR-refurbished T480s which came factory-reset and already logged into Windows. While I was setting it up I absent-mindedly performed the following actions in User Managment console in this order: 1. Added a password to the default Administrator account. Hit Apply 2. Renamed the...
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    Checking TBW on WD Blue

    Crystal Disk Info reports a figure. Different than the figure reported by SMART but close enough.
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    Checking TBW on WD Blue

    I found a S.M.A.R.T. parameter called Data Units Written. According a document by Kingston this reports the number of 512B sectors written, not including metadata.
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    Checking TBW on WD Blue

    WD Dashboard doesn't report TBW anywhere that I can see. Is there another utility that can report this?
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    Admin Permissions Per App

    It seems as though the _runas_ shortcut I set up is requesting an admin password.
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