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  1. Any inexpensive SCSI card would do... Unless you are planning to use a modern SCSI drive with > 40 MB/s xfer rate, an Adaptec 2940 would do just fine... even a slower one Ultra fast narow (20 MB/s) would do for both the Hd 2.1 GB and CD writer... Also LSI logic equivalent, or Qlogic, or Initio... as long as they are supported by the OS ! MEJV
  2. Well, How do you get the checksum ? You have to check what the box is getting and compare it to what you wanted to send. If the data is corrupted before getting to the external drive, it will return the corrupted data without any error ! You will need a bus analyzer IEEE1394... Good luck ! MEJV
  3. From the sound file I listen to, the arm is going to the crash-stop... Meaning the servo-code got lost and arm where the heads are mounted went to the end of the allowed movment... It could be due to heat... in any case, the arm speed is not controlled resulting in the slamming of the arm against the crash-stop. MEJV
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    Cf Cards Wear Out?

    Well, Flash card are, in our days, rewritable over 100000 times. (in theory) but a decade ago, flash technology was rated in the 1000 range. lots of progress made since. As for USB drive, if they are Flash memory based, it is the same story... A little info about flash drives : when copying data and erasing it, the firmware in the drive will keep track of where it's been written to not rewrite to the same location over and over. In fact, they do not erase data from the flash memory, but write in 'fresh' memory until hte whole capacity has been written once. Then they will erase for the first time to get some 'refreshen' capacity. This way, the 'limited' amount of time the Flash memory is rewritten is minimize, increasing the life of the media... MEJV
  5. Well, the firmware might use some of the 2MB buffer to store data or firmware code to be executed. You could always check the ATA specs to see if a command is available to check the cache info... but as it has already been said, why bother ? 2 MB is not as good as 8 MB... but you can not change that unless you change the drive. The firmware needs some of the space, and there is nothing you can do about it. If you want to speed up this drive, defrag it ! that's about all you can do ! Good luck ! MEJV
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    Maxtor L01P120

    Looks like it is an 80GB/platter device... Must be a 160GB that did not meet the requirements and got reduced to 120GB... MEJV
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    Maxtor L01P120

    Looks like it is an 80GB/platter device... Must be a 160GB that did not meet the requirements and got reduced to 120GB... MEJV
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    Seagate X15-36LP acting wierd

    Hello There ! Just a word about SCSI error recovery in windows : when a SCSI send an SCSI error message that the driver does not like, the SCSI driver might send a SCSI resetto the driveto attempt to recover. It could be due to the driver version you have, you could try to update it from the manufacturer of your SCSI host bus adapter. It could be a drive error. (if you have a way to use a SMART reader software from SEAGATE, try it) It could be a marginal drive not meeting the temp specs/ or your cooler is not doing a job good enough to keep the drive within the temp specs... Just thoughts to help... MEJV
  9. Actually, it all depends how much else you want to do with it... Without any graphical interface (Gnome/KDE...) you will be OK with 64 meg for little amount of user... Note that the latest Linux versions tend to require more RAM... The speed of the processor only matters if you plan to have a lot of IOs... To just store files, you should be fine with 350 MHZ... Good luck... MEJV