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  1. discjet

    using an old (from 2000) scsi hdd

    By today's standards that SCSI drive is dead slow except when it comes to pure random access. I would guess your performance will be better if you do NOT use the SCSI drive at all. Another reason not to use it is noise issues. It is probably loud enough to be annoying if you have to spend time in same room with it. You could make the server very quiet, if you use only the WD15EARS drives (with CF card if you want) and pay attention to other components too.
  2. Nice find. I would guess it is a generic extra driver layer that makes the drive appear as two separate devices. Kind of like some 1.2 GB seagates had "Dual-drive emulation" mode. So that might work on ~any other motherboard too, unless they artificially prevented it. And even if they did, perhaps "fixed" versions will pop up somewhere
  3. Out of curiosity i tried to connect WD 95044-A (40 MB, type 17 with stepper) to my core 2 duo system (Asus P5K, P35/ICH9), but sadly without luck. I tried connecting it to motherboard sata port with Abit serillel ide-sata adapter and then a noname "two-way" supporting adapter. With serillel adapter the HD was simply not recognized and the modern AMI bios did not have the option to manually enter drive type. With the other adapter the system hung up when trying to detect the drive. Also a Highpoint HPT366 based udma66-supporting ide controller wasn't able to detect it (and didn't let me enter controller setup since it didn't detect anything). The drive did make some startup noises though, so hopefully it is still in working condition. As if I really cared
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    Storage Review Site Update

    I just hate the javascript image viewer thingy that darkens the rest of page and "nicely" opens the image with fade/sizing/whatever extra delay causing transition effects. I'm sure that script is actually really great, seeing everyone else uses it too! I just don't get it...
  5. Price graphs for Intel X25-M G2 80 GB and 160 GB over a one year period, from www.hintaseuranta.fi (a finnish price watch site) X25-M 80 GB: X25-M 160 GB: They sure haven't gotten any cheaper here...
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    Problems formatting 2TB drive

    I had a similar problem with 1.5 TB seagate 7200.11 drive, where format always stalled at 70 something %. Could have been at 1 TiB point as well. That was also using 32bit Win2k3, SATA ports in legacy mode. After a few stalled full format attempts with 2k3 i tried it on WinXP system, where format finished ok. I plugged it back to the 2k3 system, scanned it with hd tune, found nothing alarming and then just quickformatted it and filled it with data to try it out. So far there hasn't been any other problems with that drive.
  7. System specs: Gigabyte EP45-DS3 (=ICH10) motherboard. Win2k3 x64 SP2. AHCI not enabled (i think). Is there a way to confirm without leaving Windows? Additional controllers: Adaptec 29160 for the Hitachi drive, Silicon Image 3114 for Samsung HD501LJ and WD WD5000AAKS-00TMA0. Crappy result, but 15k rpm still helps it stay above 10 MB/s Works great with 2 instances! With 3rd instance (0%,33%,66%) they all dropped down to 5 MB/s so not perfect 3 instances (0%,33%,66%): 16.3 MB/s each! 4 instances (0%, 25%, 50%, 75%): 11.3 MB/s each! Results were same for firmware CC1G. Congraz Seagate. Pretty good with 2 instances. 3 instances (0%, 33%, 66%): 8.5 MB/s each so slows down somewhat. Crappy result. (Basic 1 instance STR is higher than that of WD5000AAKS-00TMA0)
  8. Interesting concept, but I think it is unlikely to happen. We'll just go SSD + 5x00rpm bulk storage route for now. For it to make sense from HDD manufacturer's viewpoint, I think suitable flash cards should be on market already. Common flash cards are not up to the task performance/reliability wise, and the gap between them and SSDs seems to be just widening. Also because it would have to be managed on OS level for the reasons you mentioned to properly make use of the cache, why add the flash slot on HDD when it could be plugged anywhere and its use would not be directly controlled by HDD anyway. I've read Vista Readyboost only made a difference with minimal amount of RAM to do caching with. Perhaps Windows 7 Readyboost is better, but is it enough to make it really matter? I haven't tried it with either of them.
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    Samsung STORY Station 3.0 Contest

    one tiny samsung and so many hopeful takers!
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    Samsung STORY Station 3.0 Contest

    Need to try my luck too, hehe
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    Hard Drive Porn (Safe for Work)

    ST410800N, Seagate Elite 9, 5,25" full height SCSI monster with 9 GB capacity and idle power consumption of 31 watts It was still in full working condition when I took it apart.
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    Hard Drive Porn (Safe for Work)

    Here's my contribution
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    Storage Software Guide

    Searching: Everything - Locate files and folders by name instantly (Windows/NTFS).
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    Controllers compatible with 2TB hard drives?

    I think nobody can give definitive answer without having the exact same controller/motherboard and bios version. Whether the high capacity drives can be properly detected or not, depends on the controller/motherboard bios. The chip manufacturers cannot know if your particular controller/motherboard is equipped with a bios that can properly detect high capacity drives, or if it has some limit that is lower than what could theoretically be supported by the chips. I have a crappy silicon image (siig) 3114 based controller card that supports at maximum 500 GB drives. On that card the bios is not even upgradable (rom chip). But since 1 TB drive works with your 3114 controller you could be lucky - that drive already is (most probably) far newer than the controller so there might not be any stupid limit, certainly not as low limit as with my controller... Try it out.
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    Storage Review Site Update

    This one seriously needs an update!