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About jchung

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  1. jchung

    When did Eugene and company sell out?

    Count me in amongst the old crew I guess. Although I wasn't nearly as active as a number of you, I was an active supporter of SR. It was sad to see SR languish for as long as it did. I know that Eugene kept it going for as long as he could for our benefit and not for his. I hope he's doing well and benefited from the sale of SR. IIRC, SR was the site that set storage reviews on the right track, performing consistent, detailed tests. My thanks go out to Eugene for all the hard work he put into it and for keeping SR alive as long as he did (even if it was on life support for a while). I hope the new crew will live up to the standards set in the early days of SR. Joo
  2. jchung

    The Fall of StorageReview

    I agree. Frankly, I'm amazed the hosting account has been maintained with so little recent activity. It's almost like an old science fiction plot – "Where Did Everybody Go?" Sometimes when I, on a whim, take a look at this site, I feel like I'm the only patron left... Certainly hope the owner(s) is(are) O.K. Thanks for a fabulous site, at least, in days gone by! I remember when SR first considered shutting down. Eugene's partner had to move on and couldn't put the effort into it anymore. Many readers of SR, including myself, pleaded with Eugene to continue SR. But considering the pressures he must have been under over the years and responsibility of providing for a family, I can understand why SR has languished. I'm really very sorry to see it in the state it is in now, but I know it requires a huge amount of effort and dedication to run it the way it should be run. I hope Eugene is doing well. I wish him well in all of his endeavors. And I thank him for the excellent articles that SR has published over the years. Joo
  3. How about this case? http://www.silverpcs.com/product/CS_PCV2000 Has 7 (seven) 5.25" drive bays and 12 (twelve) 3.5" drive bays. Total of 19 drive bays in one full tower case. Joo
  4. jchung

    Best SATA Raid controler on a budget.. sortof

    The other reason the ARC-1260 is out of the picture is that he has a motherboard with PCI-X slots, not with PCI Express slots. Joo
  5. jchung

    Best SATA Raid controler on a budget.. sortof

    I guess the assumption here is that he needs the maximum bandwidth possible. If that is the case, then yes, he will be bottlenecked by the PCI bus. But, if like me, he just needs storage capacity and adequate IO performance, then the PCI bus should be fine and he wouldn't need to get a new motherboard. Having said that, I've tried the Raidcore cards and Highpoint cards and both have given me problems. I ended up getting a 3Ware 9500-12S (12 port card) for about $700. I understand the performance of the 9500-12 is not up to the levels of some other SATA RAID cards, but I was looking for stability, reliability, and capacity. The 9500-12 has adequate performance for my needs. Joo
  6. jchung

    Building a 1TB RAID5 File Server

    Heh. I just upgraded my RAID at home to approximately 1.2TB useable also. Mostly for photos and only storage of app CDs (to install from). One thing though, you might want to get one of those 5x3 drive cages (Five 3.5" drives in Three 5.25" drive bays). With it, you should be able to fit 2 more drives into your system. I usually keep a spare drive un-raided as a 'backup' drive that I do system backups to. And if one of my RAID drives fails, then I sacrifice my backup drive to repair the RAID. Joo
  7. jchung

    Powering a large number of drives

    Zark has the right idea here. Without know which power supplies you are using and its specifications, we can't tell if the power supplies you picked are really adequate. You don't want to look at the Watts but instead you want to look at how much current can be supplied on each rail and compare that to how much current all of your devices need. I recently upgraded my power supply in my server to a 660W Enermax power supply. Runs good. I have a couple Y connectors in it, but not many. It had 10 Hard drives, 1 DVD-RW drive, 1 DVD-ROM drive. Having said that, if the estimate was that you needed 720W, and if your power supplies are typical power supplies that over estimate the wattage, then you probably need to upgrade your power supplies. Joo
  8. jchung

    3Ware 7006-2 review

    Not quite the same unit... but here is a review of the 3Ware 7210, 2 port unit. http://www.gamepc.com/labs/view_content.as...ware7210&page=9 Joo
  9. jchung

    ATA to SATA converter in a Raid

    I tried this about a year ago. All I can say is, although it will work, don't expect great performance. the LSI MegaRAID SATA 150-6 isn't supposed to all that great when it comes to RAID 5 performance, and then to use the ATA -> SATA adapter will lower performance even more. Joo
  10. I use Acronis TrueImage... I like it better than Ghost 1. Acronis TrueImage will take a snapshot of a partition while in windows. Even the system partition 2. Acronis TrueImage uses standard windows shares when saving an image to a file on a network server. Even when you restore 3. You can schedule Acronis TrueImage to take images of partitions. 4. TrueImage has a better interface 5. You can mount a saved image as a virtual drive in windows if you need to access the files on the image. Joo
  11. Thats good to know about hte RaidCore card with the Broadcom chips. I just installed one. Hopefully it'll work out.
  12. jchung

    Bandwidth Needs For The Next Decade

    I'm not familiar with SLCs. It's a subscriber line concentrator? Isn't it possible to run DSL only to the SLC and continue with another technology? I guess the 'design' of the telephone networks regarding the local loop is kinda different then in the Netherlands. This is basically what the Remote Terminals (RT) does. The RT is deployed alongside the SLC and bypasses the SLC in order to provide DSL services. The RT is in essence a mini DSLAM. But, RTs are just starting to be deployed widely (last year) but really only marginally lengthens the lifespan of DSL. Even with RT, DSL still can't offer the bundled services that Cable and Fiber can. Joo
  13. jchung

    Bandwidth Needs For The Next Decade

    I would hate to see what would happen to US communications if there were a war or terrorist action. Communication is very important, and wireless is very vulnerable. I suppose if you consider each mobile phone an internet device and a member of the internet, you could say that most of the Internet will go wireless. Joo
  14. jchung

    Bandwidth Needs For The Next Decade

    That is true. RT's can be deployed remotely alongside the SLCs in order to reach more consumers. But, its really a stop gap solution. Verizon is deploying RTs also. But DSL still suffers from a bandwidth deficit. The LECs still won't be able to offer the full breadth of services over a 6Mbps DSL service that they could over Fiber. You can't push HDTV video down a 6Mbps DSL line without seriously compromising the quality of the video (in which case why bother with HDTV). Joo
  15. jchung

    Bandwidth Needs For The Next Decade

    Who has optical <-> eltektrical convertors in the local loop? And which technology has no bandwidth limits? Many new home developments are serviced through SLCs (should have stated analog to digital and not optical to electrical). DSL services do not function properly through the SLCs and in order to provide DSL services, the SLCs must be bypassed. Its ironic since the demographic that would have probably adopted DSL services would most likely have lived in these newer developments. No technology has bandwidth limits but if you look at the bandwidth limits of DSL compared (combined with their distance limitations) and compare it to the limits of Cable and Fiber, then DSL can be considered to be closer to the grave than either of them. The only residential broadband service worse than DSL is Satelite. But, at least Satellite can reach most homes. Fiber can offer multi GB total bandwidth whereas DSL can not. Even cable can offer 30-40 Mbps per 6Mhz channel. Given that Cable can have 100 or more channels, the potential there is considerably higher than DSL. DSL just does not have the bandwidth and reach to offer the range of services that the LECs need to provide in order to compete with Cable. If DSL did offer it, then the LECs wouldn't need to move to Fiber nearly as quickly, if ever. Joo