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  1. e_dawg

    What would you do?

    Well with that much space, I know someone who would like to use them as porn servers, lol...
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    Seek Times

    Very interesting, Eugene. A drive may spend ~11% of its time servicing 16+ M sector requests, but uncached service requests encompass much more than just the 16+ M sector "long distance calls". I would say that analyzing differences in seek performance from beyond 16 k sectors as opposed to 16 M is more representative when answering the question of how significant is seek performance to responsiveness. Reframing this analysis to look at 16+ k sector requests, we find that a drive spends ~60% of its time servicing uncached requests. And that means the seek performance of a drive is more significant than you're giving it credit for. Am I missing something here?
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    WD mobile drive repeatedly "clunks"

    I have a Toshiba MK4019GAX 40 GB 5400 rpm 2.5" drive that clicks and clunks all the time. And it has since the day I got it, some 3 years ago. No bad sectors, not a single bit has gone missing. It just annoys the hell out of me. I have an HGST 7k60 sitting in an ESD bag in my drawer for the past 6 months ready to replace it, but I haven't yet for one reason or another.
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    Where is you MFT?

    I usually disable the Indexing service and uncheck the Index this drive option in drive properties... but I do wonder: what is indexing used for? In what circumstances would it be useful to have it enabled? I assume it's normally not that useful. Is it only useful in speeding up searching? Does it have advantages when your drive is being browsed over the network, for example, or in any other situation?
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    Where is you MFT?

    True, but hard drives are rarely full, especially one's OS and applications drive. I would say my OS takes up about 1-2 GB and my main apps take up maybe 2-3 GB... that's 4-5 GB of space that almost all of my frequently used files reside in. How big are most peoples' drives? 80 GB now? If you use an intelligent defragger like Norton Speed Disk, which places your most frequently used files together at the front of the drive (I think WinXP does something like that as well), then putting your pagefile and MFT at the center of the drive is counterproductive. Even if you somehow have filled your drive to capacity, being in the middle of all your files is not what's important necessarily -- it's being in the middle of your most frequently used files. I would be willing to bet the 80/20 rule is a good guide here: you use 20% of your files 80% of the time.
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    Is your copy of Windows genuine?

    Not just that, but MS Office is 10 times better than Open Office or other free packages if you actually do use the advanced features. We use every feature of Excel at work, and Open Office can't even compare. Pivot Tables, Subtotals, Goal Seeking, Solver, Multiple Linear Regression through the Rinlex plug-in, Conditional Formatting, and heavy VBA automation. Even Access is invaluable as a front-end for our Oracle and Siebel databases. I'll admit, however, if all you need an office software suite for is word processing and basic spreadsheet calculations (come to think of it, most people tend to use Excel inappropriately where a table in Word or a simple database would be better), then MS Office is complete overkill.
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    Where is you MFT?

    Shouldn't there be two copies of the MFT? One at the beginning and one at the middle.
  8. Read the FAQ. It's all in there -- what cluster size should I use, why RAID does not improve performance as much as you think it will, etc.
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    2.5" drive power consumption

    This post was found using the Search feature. Follow the link... http://forums.storagereview.net/index.php?...ndpost&p=143580
  10. ...but I digress... I agree, Wolfram. I would go with a 36 GB 15k.3 over a 74 GB Raptor any day of the week.
  11. Ah, but capacity is always an issue, even when we're talking about performance. Assuming the seek velocity is is not significantly slower due to the extra mass the additional heads incur on the actuator stack, bigger is better -- if only by a small amount. http://faq.storagereview.com/tiki-index.ph...cityPerformance
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    10K V results posted

    And when did Microsoft say Longhorn was going to be ready when they announced it? When HD mfr's say shipping in Q3, they actually mean the new drives may start trickling out to OEM's at the end of Q3 and won't be widely available to retail consumers until the end of Q4
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    Adaptec 19160 + 2 36LP ERROR

    Why don't you use SeaTools? If you call Seagate, they will tell you to run SeaTools before they give you an RMA anyways. http://www.seagate.com/support/seatools/index.html
  14. IMO, snappiness is largely dependent on access time, especially when the file requested has not been cached yet (as is typical when you turn on your PC) If you want the ultimate in snappiness, it's got to be the 15k.3.
  15. Of course, FDB does not automatically ensure reliability -- just ask Seagate about their Medalist Pro 7200. It wasn't until the X15-36LP and Barracuda ATA IV when Seagate regained enough confidence in FDB technology to use it as the exclusive bearing type on a product.