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    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.
  16. I have always said that the handling of a drive during shipping and integration affects its reliability, but a corollary to that is: FDB can increase the non-operating shock tolerance of a drive, and a drive so equipped may be able to withstand greater "abuse" during transit than their balled cousins.
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    Strange dialup probs

    You say it couldn't RESOLVE any other pages? Then why not enter straight IP addresses and see if that works. For example, if you type, and if that brings up msn.com, then it's a DNS problem. It could be that when she authenticates as herself and allows the system to auto-config her DNS, it is pointing her to an invalid DNS server.
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    High End Speakers?

    Yikes, I didn't even know that! That's too bad... they were actually decent sounding speakers. Oh well, I use headphones 80% of the time now anyways...
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    High End Speakers?

    M-audio Revolution 7.1 or Terratec EWX 2496. The Revo has a coax digital out, and the Terratec has optical out. The optical out may be preferable if you are looking to purchase an external DAC down the road (a bit of future proofing should you decide to upgrade). Most affordable external DACs have optical in, but not coax for some reason.
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    High End Speakers?

    Whoops, I meant HeadRoom Little above. Allow me to elaborate. For <$200, you can get a PIMETA based headphone amp like thisor this. Or, you can go with something like the Headsave Classic. In any case, be sure to get a linear regulated PS. Any of these choices should sound just as good if not better than a HeadRoom Little. BTW, avoid the cMoy based amps that you see all over eBay. They are okay, but again, you can find better for less. Any PIMETA or MINT based design with a regulated PS will surpass it. Comparing the PPA to the HeadRoom Little, the PPA is quite a bit better than the standard Little. It is somewhere between the Little + Premium electronics module ($470) and the Little + premium electronics module and power supply upgrade ($650) in sound quality. And the PPA usually costs ~$400. Check out head-fi.org for all you ever wanted to know about headphones and headphone amps.
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    High End Speakers?

    If you're the kind of guy who likes tube amps, I think you'll love this amp. ASL is developing quite the reputation as a high value (headphone) tube amp manufacturer. Kinda like SG Jolida when they introduced their <$400 integrated tube amp back in the mid 90's. I was this close to buying an MG Head DT/OTL Mk2, actually. But I bought a custom tweaked PPA headphone amp instead. It was cheaper, quite a bit smaller, and more flexible/tolerant of any kind of music or load than the MG Head. Still, I do always wonder what could have been with an MG Head. As far as the HeadRoom Lite suggestion goes, it is not a bad amp, but there are definitely better choices for the price.
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    High End Speakers?

    Adapted from my post on another forum: Indeed, a real stereo receiver and real (i.e., not computer) speakers gives you infinitely better sound than almost any PC speaker you can find, and this includes the "high end" PC speakers like Klipsch, top of the line Logitech, Midiland, Monsoon, possibly even Videologic/Sirocco, etc. Generally, PC speakers have atrocious sound quality. If we're talking about maximizing sound quality vs dollars spent, nothing can beat headphones. If you don't mind wearing headphones (some people simply do not like it), you can spend a fraction of the price for the same quality of sound. Grado SR60's (arguably the best sonic value of all the headphones) cost ~C$120 or US$90 and humiliate most speakers under C$500/US$350. And that's without using a decent headphone amp or external DAC. If, however, you absolutely must have PC speakers, I suggest going with 2.1 only, and rejecting digital speakers with their cheapo internal DAC's (if you want to use your digital out, hook it up to a real external DAC, otherwise, any decent sound card like the M-Audio Revo 7.1, Terratec EWX, or even the Audigy as a last resort). AC97 onboard sound is serviceable (spend it on the best analog 2.1 speakers you can get first, and if you have extra $, then upgrade to a nice sound card). The Monsoon PM-14 2.1 setup IMO is the highest fidelity PC speaker that's not a Videologic/Sirocco (I also have the Klipsch 2.1's, which is decent, but a notch below). It needs a bit of equalization to sound its best, but you will be rewarded for your efforts. Every other PC speaker I have heard suffers from intolerable driver and enclosure resonance (usually any satellite with a plastic enclosure), colouring the sound to an extent no music lover could tolerate. The Monsoon's planar drivers and thin metal enclosures offer much less colouration than the usual crop of resonant plastic box satellites. However, headphones or external receiver/amp + speakers would still be my choice.
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    Clear Memory?

    Ideally, you should just get more RAM. 512 MB is not enough if you use Photoshop regularly. With memory being so cheap these days, there is no reason why someone should suffer with too little RAM. It doesn't hurt to have more RAM.
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    19" Monitor Recommendation

    Yeah, but you'll need to upgrade your system every 2 years or so; a nice monitor will last 6 years (and a mediocre monitor will too, but it will feel a lot longer). You'll be on your third system by that time and you will have suffered countless hours of eyestrain, headaches, lack of enjoyment. As far as I'm concerned, the whole computing experience starts and ends with your interface devices. KVM. Keyboard, video, and mouse. That's what it's all about. If any one of those devices suck, it will ruin your computing experience. And it's worth every penny. Ask anybody who has a Samsung 191T or a Dell 2001FP. I bet most people were like me -- initially torn over whether it was worth it to buy one or not... until I brought it home and started using it. Wouldn't go back. Besides the obvious visual performance benefit (corner-to-corner razor sharp text, high contrast, lots of screen real-estate PLUS easy to read - compared to a 17" LCD that is, no annoying glare from the glass of a CRT), think of the other benefits (compared to a CRT): no radiation, much less power consumption (and thus heat production), takes up 1/4 of the space on your desk and in your room, and it just plain looks a lot better to the point where it could be considered a stylish element of your room decor.
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    19" Monitor Recommendation

    Why don't you trade up for a 19" LCD instead. They run 1280x1024 like the 17" models without making you squint to read small text. I paid a little extra for my 19" over a 17" I was considering, but the premium was well worth it. Even if you take a bit of a loss on the 17", it's worth it. Your monitor is what you look at every day.