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  1. 2 points
    Minimal, I'm not sure it consumed more than a couple hundred MHz during the time we had it going in the background. We've been working with the Nexenta team over the duration of that review and they are still working on it internally. Should hopefully find out more soon on that topic.
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    While both are about the same, just make sure that a USB external drive is not your sole backup and when using them on Windows machines use the safe eject to help avoid losing your data in a mishap, I second the motion on HGST drives. I have 20 in two arrays that have been on 24/7 for the past 4 years without a failure. Yup, I know that I just jinxed myself.
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    If you really want something durable go for an HGST drive. I have 4 of them running non-stop for the last 4 years. But to answer your question, have a look at Blackblaze stats: https://www.backblaze.com/blog/hard-drive-stats-for-2017/ Now, these are NOT consumer drives but these stats pretty much reflect the overall reliability of a drive.
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    For a single drive sample, they'd be exactly the same, or so close you wouldn't be able to tell.
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    We haven't heard anything from end user HDD guys in ages. I can't even recall testing one that wasn't some sort of hybrid abomination for a year or more.
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    This is a little dated but we have a guide on how to do this. http://www.storagereview.com/fio_flexible_i_o_tester_synthetic_benchmark
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    We're badly overdue. If memory serves, the top 2.5" used to be around 50% the capacity of the top 3.5". That's before 3.5s went to high platter counts. Still, 3TB should be out. The only good news I've seen is in SSDs. After a 3-year stall, there's finally some price movement. Baby steps though, nothing dramatic yet. 2TB and 4TB have dipped below their 2015 prices, everything smaller is still above 2015.
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    From the spec sheet, the drive falls under the same drive acoustic ratings as the 4TB, 6TB, 8TB and 10TB models of the BarraCuda Pro, with a typical idle of 2.8 bels (3.0 idle max), and a typical seek of 3.2 bels (3.4 seek max).
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    I've been thinking a lot about how to better socialize street prices for storage. The vendors will tell us, but of course don't want to let us post such things. That said, it seems like anyone who buys has a pretty good idea of what the street is anyway. I'd love to be able to anonymize the proposals and post them in a repository by vendor. For now, you guys chatting about it here is a good start.
  11. 1 point
    You'd have to email Supermicro. Unfortunately we can't discuss the pricing of this system.
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    If your actual disk I/O requires are low then pretty much anything should work, including the MX300. 850 EVO actually has near best in class performance as Samsung has a significant headstart on both 3D NAND as well as TLC vs. their competitors, the 850 Pro is ahead of it (perhaps near the very top of SATA SSDs for consumer use), but it smells like either of those might be a waste of money for your use.
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    We do have an embargo drop on an SSD next week that you may find interesting.
  14. 1 point
    Stick with the brands that have their own fabs. Samsung, Crucial/Micron, Toshiba/OCZ.
  15. 1 point
    I'm glad you asked We're talking right now about what's next and SolidFire is definitely on the list of reviews we're discussing.
  16. 1 point
    The 03 or 04 part is the series number, it gives an indication of density and possibly power efficiency. Toshiba's 05 series has just hit the markets, with 04 still going strong. 03 is an older design today. I don't know what the G or D stands for.
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    Neither reports a defective battery. It's just that the capacity has decreased a lot, holding little charge. The ibbu07 was at about 10% (reporting 300+ cycles) while the ibbu08 is hovering around 50% (despite reporting only 6 cycles). I wanted to a try a new battery that I have lying around, which doesn't costs me anything apart from a little fiddling time. For the eprom programmer, I guess you also need a converter from soic to dip. I'll try without any of those to see if it works. I'm hoping it will work, especially if I use an identical but new battery.
  18. 1 point
    Apparently the bq2060A internal charge controller does not count backwards, several users has tried just changing battery but it was unsuccessful - relearn simply fails. I don't know what lsi module you have but it will be interesting if you post your findings, I have only edited code for ibbu07 so other modules would be interesting and might behave otherwise.
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    The Pentium M started around early 2002/2003, for about 5yrs. It hasn't been in production like Vista for about 10yrs. Frankly, it's time to upgrade. It doesn't even support a 64bit OS! Even going to Windows 8.1 seems like an odd choice, when 10 is out and has been solid and stable. New PC's with more clock speed, more ram, more cores can be had for under $300. It'll even come with a copy of WIndows in many cases. I'm currently using a 5yr old AMD powered system with 8GB of RAM and 6 cores, and it's plenty for my general web stuff, transcoding videos, and a run a linux VM or two as needed.
  20. 1 point
    STDA4000200 vs. STDA4000100, no idea. However I suspect aside from whatever regulatory paperwork is different between USA and Europe, they are identical. http://www.storagereview.com/seagate_backup_plus_fast_portable_review Shows two Samsung 2TB M9T 2.5" drives inside. Per: http://www.storagereview.com/samsung_spinpoint_m9t_hard_drive_review They smell like conventional PMR drives. There are ample articles, both on Storagereview.com as well as other sites, discussing the difference as you noticed. For reads they appear to be identical, it's only for writes beyond one zone's worth or whatever (25GB I think?) that they get slower. I don't think any SMR-based drives have been around long enough to have a real track record, at least not as far as is visible to end-users. FWIW Seagate does appear to be refining their SMR implementation, performace in the newest drives does look much more consistent. http://www.anandtech.com/show/10335/seagate-innov8-8tb-buspowered-external-hard-drive-review Peformance between the ST3000DM001 (7200rpm, 3.5", PMR), STDR4000100 (5400rpm, 2.5", SMR), STEA4000400 (probably identical to the STDR4000100, probably just less bundled software included as it's part of the lower-end Expansion line vs. the higher-end Backup Plus line) or whatnot, it sounds like you've already read the benchmarks. You don't need us to re-read them to you again. http://www.storagereview.com/seagate_4tb_backup_plus_portable_drive_review http://www.anandtech.com/show/9489/seagate-backup-plus-portable-4tb-usb-30-drive-review Both are a single 2.5" 5400rpm 4TB disk, almost certainly using SMR per reviews. The links above are for the Backup Plus, but you can read the spec sheets on both at Seagate's site, and from the spec sheets they are almost certainly identical hardware inside. I'm not sure exactly what software packages are included with the Expansion drives as I have never used any of the included software with either but IIRC they are lower-end than Backup Plus drives so the software included is less comprehensive.
  21. 1 point
    For USB storage it means the device supports 16 byte commands (so these can be used instead of 10 byte commands, which are limited to 2 TB). Of course, you also need an OS which supports 16 byte commands itself, but it doesn't have to be a 64 bit OS. Something like Windows 7 x86 supports >2TB disks just fine. BTW: You can check for support even without having a drive >2TB available by simply checking if the 16 byte commands are implemented. The reason why you see those "tested capacities" in advertisements, because those resellers don't really have a clue what they sell. They order a container full of some USB gadgets from a Chinese OEM and then "test" what works with it. Fun fact: eSATA never had any capacity limits. I have still have old USB 2.0 docking stations, which work fine with 4 and 6 TB drives using the eSATA ports.
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    Hi everyone. I'm running two machines on one 21" monitor which is PanaSync Pro. It has BNC and VGA connectors on the back and you can switch between them through OSD menu. So I needed VGA-BNC cable. I had a lot of old cables from broken monitors so I picked one with VGA connector on one end, of course, and cut the other end open. Then I went to a local electronic store and bought 5 BNC connectors which ran about 15 bucks total, if memory serves me right. I soldered them onto the open ends according to specifications of the cable and making sure about the signals. All works flawlessly and keeps me very happy about it. This is just for someone who enjoys hands-on weekend projects. If anyone wants the same cable I can make it custom, but not sure about price and shipping expense... I just couldn't find any of those cables in local computer stores, that's why...
  24. 1 point
    you overpayed, a $15 cable would suffice for anything shorter than ~6ft for 1600x1200. If somebody needs these, maybe ebay would be the best place to sell them.
  25. 1 point
    I picked up an ancient Dell D1626-HT Trinitron free from school before they threw it out. ( I had an eye-straining 15'' NEC before... ) I connected it via generic vga cables and the colors were pretty dry, and it was too dark. I spent hours trying to set this thing up. Since it was free, i just bought the best cables i could find for it. $99 dollars for a decent 21" a year ago was good enough for me. I'm not really a cable fanatic so I don't have experience as to how monitors look with various cables. The only other monitors that I've personally seen are one's at the local Fry's. I guess this cable brings out the color/saturation out of the monitor. A good graphics card helps though--a lot. Also I noticed that I can change the refresh rate of the Dell to 100Hz at 1280x1024. That wasn't even on the specs, http://support.ap.dell.com/docs/monitors/5...55347/specs.htm. But still at whatever resolution i get ghosting and some blurry text. Convergence is screwed... My theory is that if you have a strong signal then the monitor would last longer, or at least bad things will become noticeable later on...