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February 21, 2013



My 3 tips for accelerating data analysis:

1. Upgrade your hard drive to an SSD

2. Max out your RAM

3. Work with local copies of your fcs files.

I recommend maxing out the RAM in your computer AND upgrading to an SSD. Once you have an SSD you won't need to use a RAM disk, but the extra RAM is always a good idea.

If your files are located on a network drive, you should copy them to your local drive before you begin analysis. Accessing big files over a slow network connection greatly impedes things, especially when you are trying to refresh multiple large files.

Time is money - you shouldn't be afraid to invest a few $$ to speed up data analysis. It pays off in the end!

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