Fun Guy

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  1. I've been running an ASRock Z79M OC Formula with a 256GB Crucial MX100 for about 5 years. The drive is nearly full, and slowing quite a bit. Here are the 5 replacements I am considering... any suggestions? https://www.newegg.com/Product/Productcompare?CompareItemList=20%2D301%2D382%2C20%2D173%2D317%2C20%2D156%2D174%2C20%2D147%2D673%2C20%2D250%2D088
  2. I partitioned my new disk while it was a secondary drive and now want to make it my main (and only) disk. Problem is, when I enter WinXP setup, all it sees is a single disk/partition and says it cannot install there. Says I must delete (the entire?) 'partition' and start again. Is the problem that the disk is Dynamic instead of Basic? WinXP setup also says MBR....does that mean that the master boot record was installed on this secondary disk for some reason? Is this the problem? I don't want to have to delete partions and start over, because I already migrated all of my data from my old computer onto one of the new partitions.
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    Mounting question

    Does anyone have a preference, and if so, what?
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    HELP! Any way to repair a hard drive PCB?

    Unless you have experience soldering flat packs, and also have access to the right equipment, I would not try what whiic suggested. I used to solder under a microscope and even with the right equipment it is difficult. I'd say your best bet is find another drive and swap entire boards out. Either that or find a data recovery organization of which there seem to be a few out there now.
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    HELP! Any way to repair a hard drive PCB?

    How many connectors on the board? Perhaps you can find another like Deskstar and swap PCB's. I have a 45GB Deskstar I don't need but the boards are likely different.
  6. I loaded Windows XP on a new machine I'm building on a SCSI drive because that's how I thought I wanted to go. Turns out the speed will be no better than a modern SATA drive, and besides, I'd rather have quiet and cool over a few percent better throughput, so I'm bailing on the SCSI and want to go SATA instead. So here is where the weird thing comes in. I'm trying to format and partition the SATA drive while I still have the SCSI drive with the OS installed, etc., so I can configure the SATA drive the way I want (i.e. three partitions). Problem is, it seems I can't see the SATA, drive unless I set up a RAID array. I boot into XP with the SCSI drive and the SATA drive hooked up, and I can't see the SATA drive, even in Disk Manager. Also, I can't see it in Hardware so I can load drivers and see it. I can see 'Promise RAID Console' and 'Windows Promise Fastrack 579' under 'SCSI and RAID Controllers', but no SATA drive under hard drives. What is going on? Is the only way I can use this SATA drive in an array? My motherboard has two IDE channels, plus this Promise RAID controller. Here is the motherboard here. HELP !!!!!
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    Mirroring with Partitions?

    I'm interested in this but don't know the mechanics of it. How do I boot from the second drive if all it contains is a 'backup image'? Is a backup image automatically bootable? I thought backup images were just files (albeit large ones) and didn't know they could be bootable. Also, can I organize my second drive the way I want if it has to house a backup image, or does the image have to reside on a certain place on the second drive? Someone mentioned Acronis 'True Image' in another thread; is this what I should use?
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    Mirroring with Partitions?

    Okay, I'm beginning to see what you're saying, and I am beginning to agree with you. I have a couple of comments and questions that I'd like to explore. I've put my swap file on a separate partition for a while now. First thing I do when I configure an NT/2000/XP box is make the swap a fixed size, usually double the RAM size (i.e. 2GB swap for 1GB physical RAM). Then I point the swap to a separate partition whose sole purpose is to house the swap file (i.e. 2.5GB partition). My swap space never gets fragmented, and I like the performance of my machine this way. Never any problems. Next, I've heard that reading from a RAID 1 array is much faster than reading from a single drive, so this is a plus for mirroring. However, it does take longer to write to two drives, so if you write a lot, that is a minus. Now, regarding my situation....I have these two drives for this computer (SpinPoint 160GB x 2)....how would you use the two drives to get the best use out of them for this new machine I'm building? I'd like to be doing some backups, images, etc., but admit to not knowing the best way to configure them for best performance and preparedness for recovery.
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    Mirroring with Partitions?

    I'm a little confused by your reply. Are you saying that if I created a RAID 1 (mirror) array, that let's say spanned 3 partitions (OS+apps, swap, data), and installed all of my programs, that if my OS bit the dust (on one of the drives only, of course), that I couldn't get back up no problem? Even if the drive that bit it was the actual boot drive (only one drive can have the MBR, correct?), then all I would have to do would be make the surviving drive bootable, then I'd be up and running again in no-time, right? Why wouldn't that happen? Am I not creating the registry on both drives when I'm installing my apps?
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    Mirroring with Partitions?

    Actually, what I think I'd like to do is just build one drive the way I want it and then build the array later. Is it possible to do it this way? I have a Promise on-board RAID controller. Another question - will both drives be bootable if one drive goes bad? That is the whole reason (or one of them, anyway) why I'm doing RAID 1.
  11. I am in the process of building this new machine and have two drives to mirror. What I'm wondering is if I can partition one of the drives into three partitions (boot/OS/apps, swap, data) and then build the array. Or can I build the array and then do the partitioning? What is the best way to go?
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    Ghost? Drive Image?

    Anyone? I need to make this swap in the next week.
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    Ghost? Drive Image?

    I've decided to yank the UW320 SCSI Cheetah from my newly-built system and put in a RAID 1 array. I don't want to deal with building up the entire system again, especially since I know XP will give me hassles about activation, etc., so I'd like to just move everything over. Having never done this before, I have no idea how it's done or what tools to use. Anyone have suggestions? The particulars: - Present drive: Seagate Cheetah, 18GB, UW320 SCSI - New drives: Samsung SpinPoint 160GB x 2 (to be a RAID 1 array)
  14. I'm curious which of these Dell drives are Raptors.
  15. Interesting, thanks for the post. Couple of questions.... 1) Which ATI card did you get and why? After having pointed out to me that the Matrox card I was looking at is not PCI-E (duh! I really feel like a nincompoop!), I'm now looking at the ATI Fire GL, specifically the V7200. I've always liked ATI cards, so this is not a big stretch for me. 2) How loud and/or hot is the Raptor? I've heard some not so good things about its noise and heat. 3) What NLE software do you use? Avid? Premiere? Just curious.