anaxagoras

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    TLER / CCTL

    Does anyone know if "scterc" can be set on the WD EARS drives?
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    ZFS and Raid-Z

    I'm just looking for some info on ZFS and raidz, anyone know how it compares to raid 5 or how raid2z compares to raid 6? I'd probably be looking at hardware raid 6, raidz is software only, any massive sata controllers out there that don't do raid?
  3. http://www.servercase.com/miva/miva?/Merch...2F8U+Rackmounts I don't even know what to say, who has more problems, the mind that designed that, or me for wanting it. My 1.5 TB array of 200 gb drives has been maxed out for over a year and I"ve been eying up replacements. One of these days I'll have that sitting in the 42U rack i have in the basement.
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    So who wants to give me a loan?

    They have a 5 u top loader that will take 48 drives! http://www.aicipc.com/ProductImage.aspx?ref=RSC-5D-2Q1 That sucker is like 4 to 5 grand though.
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    Long IDE cable

    I have 6 Western Digital WD200JB drives and 2 seagate ST32000822a drives, baracuda 7200.7's i beleive they are. all 200 gig drives. I can't reach 2 older western digitals a 120 gig and a 160 gig. the smart errors reported were very significant on the segates using long cable, I'd assume that seagates give a more realistic smart value. I was also using 2 WD drives on long cable and while they did have error rates on the smart, it was nowhere near as high as the seagates, i'd assume the WD's probably hide their error data more and only report the more significant stuff.
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    Long IDE cable

    does anyone have any experience with long ide cables? after havine done a bit of reading here i've found that rounded cables are not reccomended, i already have 2 x 36" antec 'cobra cables' which are shielded, twisted pair, round cables. I want to replace them with standard ribbon cables. I think I can get by with 24" cables. These are all for use to connect IDE hard drives in a double wide server case. Or are there any other options i might have? 18" cables are just not long enough. Does anyone have any experience with 24" and 36" ribbon cables?
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    IDE RAID cage for 5.25" bays?

    www.calpc.com has some good products. I have their fixed drive system that allows you to fit 3 ide drives in 2 5.25 bays. they also have a product that lets you fit 5 drives in 3 bays. as for removable/hotswap i don't know if they have anything, and i'm too lazy to check.
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    Long IDE cable

    the cables i had are shielded and have a grounding strap. But looking at the smart data the drives that were on those cables had a high raw read error rate, and high udma crc error counts. The quality of the 36" cables i had were very good, but 36" is just too long. I managed to get most of my drives to work with standard 18" ribbon cables... albeit some have a bit of tension on them which i don't like. there are only 2 drives that i can't reach.
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    Can't we restructure this forum?

    maybe we can just split the forum in half, one for all things related to hard drives, storage arrays, etc. pretty much the main topic of this site, then another sub category for everything else?
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    Long IDE cable

    ok, so i'll go the sata to ide adapter route as i don't have the money to replace all 10 of my drives right now. of course only 4 need long cables... this means that i'll also need a sata controller card. any reccomendations? just something cheap preferably a single card that can handle at least 4 devices. I don't really need raid as when i do raid i will do a software setup. and just one more question, anyone know of any software to test the integrity of the data going to that drive? i'm assuming something that does many read/write operations of a set of known data would do the trick. I"m running NetBSD on that machine.
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    Rackmount Question

    So i just picked up the following two items, or rather will be getting them shortly, i already won the auction for the rack, now just for the case. http://cgi.ebay.com/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?ViewI...item=9703044923 http://www.calpc.com/catalog/8u-13bay.html I've never setup a rack before, and really don't know much about the process. I need some sort of mounting rails from what i understand, but they come in different sizes so i really don't know what to get. Any help would be great. Also anything pointers or tips just in general would be greatly appreciated.
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    Rackmount Question

    also, i picked up the rack today and it's in good shape.
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    Rackmount Question

    how likely is it that the holes in generic rails won't match up to the holes in the case?
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    Rackmount Question

    so with slide rails is it just the rails and bolts/nuts/washers/etc, or is there any sort of mounting bracket as well? I'm looking on ebay and see a few different things. CalPC reccomended a product to me, but ebay seems cost less than half the money even after shipping.
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    New Sata Drive, Problem

    I just added a second sata drive to my desktop system, the first was a 250GB WD drive, I just added a 200 GB seagate a week or two ago. When I transfer data between the two drive, the seagate gets a dma time out error, and then just stops responding. I tried to seperate the sata cables as much as i can so they hardly even come in proximity of each other, unfortunatly no one around here stocks sata cables of any decent lenghts. Is this problem likely that i just need sheilded cables? Makes me warry about my future plans to create a massive SATA2 Raid5 array. I'm running Gentoo linux, btw. My motherboard is the DFI Lanparty B, nfroce2. Running the latest bios.
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    New Sata Drive, Problem

    any updates on this issue? i'm still having problems
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    Active HD Cooling

    yeah, now i'm set on the idea of getting something like the bay cool =/. My current server case is out of room and i have 2 drives in direct-mount coolers just sitting on the floor next to it.
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    Active HD Cooling

    I currnetly have a file server with about 1.2 TB of total space, a rats nest of IDE and power cables. I had a LOT of problems for about 2-3 years with Maxtor drives dying on me after a year or so of 24/7 use (i RMA-ed about 6 drives) so i switched my setup to WD drives and have been happy for at least a year and a half now. Ever since the maxtor drives started dying on me i have been using HD heatsink/fan combo's religiously on all my high capacity drives. I have about 8 "ultimate HD coolers" and the fans on them are starting to seize up, so I'm looking for new drive coolers. What can anybody reccomend? I know i "shouldn't" need them if i have good airflow, but hey humor me here. What's the best drive cooler out there? I'd imagine liquid cooling is only good if your running 1 or 2 drives, after that the heat just travels up the chain.
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    Active HD Cooling

    unfortunatly i don't know to many people in the real *shudders* world, even fewer that are computer 'savvy' enough to have a Lian Li case
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    Active HD Cooling

    good point, but i find it hard to beleive it wouldn't fit in any other case as the 5 1/4 bay design is pretty standard.... the only thing i can think of is specific screw mount locations, but that's what a drill is for. Anyone who has this know if it fits in other cases?
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    Active HD Cooling

    That lian Li cooler looks great and affordable, thansk. The reason i'm looking at the case I'm looking at is i want the ability to put 15+ drives in a single machine, and based on what I can find that looks to be the biggest I can find with out spending an insane amount of money on a case.
  22. I just started using CGD for netbsd, it's a pretty nifty little app that's included with the OS, it encrypts the entire disc. http://www.netbsd.org/guide/en/chap-cgd.html Right now I'm just running it on a small 40 gig test drive. if you have your entire drive encrypted in such a way that it looks liek random data, couldn't you just deny everything? "Encrypted drive? I have no idea what your talking about" "What's on my 400 Gig drive? I don't have anything on it" Or even a lot of us set up computers for our friends and such, so coudln't you use the opposite of that as well "this guy i met online set up my system for security, I don't know what he did, here's his handle *insert bogus handle*" "Password? I don't remember" It's not uncommon for someone to forget a password. Based on my onderstanding of the US laws: While they can say "he has 500 GIgs of possibly encrypted files", if they can't prove what the files are that's really just something they can take into consideration but can't jail you for based entirely on that fact. I want to start using Disc Encryptioin myself, but i'm paranoid up the ying yang as I"ve been watching nothing but the X-files for the past week. Got the DVD collection, and having my own personal marathon. Just because your paranoid doesn't mean they're not out to get you. When one of my buddies and I use to transfer files between our computers we were create an encrypted tunnel between our machines, so that all data the travels this "tunnel" would be encrypted and thus not allowing our ISPs (and anyone else watching) to know what it is.
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    Active HD Cooling

    your right i could just use brackets. I'm just one of those people who likes to do everything with extreme overkill. Cram more drives in the bays means that in the future i can add another array to the system with the leftover space. Or that If i have the extra cash laying around I can create a bigger array from the start.
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    New Sata Drive, Problem

    My controller is the Silicon Image 3114
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    Active HD Cooling

    I'm looking at creating a fairly massive raid 5 array, at least 12 Drives maybee more depending on what's in the piggy bank. so i'd have to end up using the 5.25" bays.