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    OK, how about HD tools?

    Truth be told I've been weary of defraggers ever since the switch to XP and NTFS, if I were you I would simply use regular defrag that comes with windows and just let it run when you are not using the system. I too have had defraggers hose systems, and defraggers are nowhere near reliable in NTFS environments. The only "safe" defraggers I've really felt comfortable with are the old ones that defrag FAT16 and FAT32, I have old copies of norton utilities that do just that. As drives have become bigger and bigger defrag utilities haven't kept up and defrag times are so long now that it's practically pointless unless you really need to. I've actually been really annoyed that norton hasn't been on the ball with defrag, they used to be #1 in disk tools. Now most of what they publish is boated and a joke. It seems ever since the switch to NTFS and XP architecture no one has really come up with really good tools. I almost wish Powerquest was still around, excellent partition and disk utils. If you are brave search betanews for defrag programs you will find everyone under the sun there I think (or most of them).
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    SATA Seagate Lasted One Week

    It all comes down to defects in either materials or manufacturing, you have to realize that even the best manufacturing process as of today, could always be made better, there are enormously huge strides yet to be made in manufacturing of things of all types. Composites, material engineering, etc. On the scale of manufacturing hard disk manufacturers make, somewhere along the line someone or some machine is going to miss something and a defect is going to slip by them. Quality control is no simple problem, and there's still tonnes of innovation left to be done on all levels. Hard disks will soon be replaced to some extent by flash, and I can't wait for this to happen personally. I'm now using "flash" 3.5' drive to replace the floppy disk drive I've had forever.
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    Inserting a disc causes PC to stutter

    I see a lot of myths here... It is totally dependent on the optical drive, period. It has nothing to do with processor speed, some older OS's may have a 'bug' but in XP with my pioneer DVD-Writers I have not had the "cd rom" hang in ages, and other CD/DVD burning programs may or may not bug out while the disc is still being read but thats normal being the programs they are. Windows explorer will bug out for a bit if you have it open, so it will be unresponsive until the disc is read and its file system is loaded/mounted, but this just a part of how the file browser in explorer (how it displays lists of files) was designed. It reads/mounts any new discs and has to refresh the list and redraw the window. Programs being the nice loops they are (remember windows also is one big perpetual loop), so its understandable that the drive will make certain applications hang.
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    Inserting a disc causes PC to stutter

    Microsoft should have just prevented you from clicking the CD drives in explorer and preventing explorer from attempting to access the drives FAT / CDFS until the drive with the disc is ready. In my opinion its only the file manager that freezes on modern OS's while it is open when you have the drive selected or the directory open from a previous disc session, solution : Close the directory tree and deselect the cdrom drive.
  5. I wonder if seagate is eating up the sales of other hard disk manufacturers. With 5 year warranty its hard to go wrong.
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    Storage capacity growing faster than CPU speed:

    Onboard memory Bandwidth is going to be the next huge issue. The bandwidth between teh CPU and main memory is something like 2 GB/second, thats horrible compared to what we have on modern 3D accerators (31GB/sec). And considering CPU's spend most of their time waiting, just imagine what a doubling in bandwidth will do for performance. Memory is the PC's biggest bottleneck in my opinion, not Mhz. We'll always have Hard drives for permanent storage until they find another better way to make permanent storage devices that can supply data faster and cheaper then current hard disks.
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    Sound Blaster Audigy 4 Pro

    And your verdict is...? You sound you don't like anything... 191953[/snapback] Add in cards are still better, especially if you use headphones. The jack quality is much better on an add in sound card like those from creative then it is on cheap sound cards or onboard sound. You will definitely tell the difference while listening to music through headphones, games may not be such an issue but if you listen to music a lot then add in card is definitely a better investment and you dont even need the latest technology an original audigy is good enough. For music an add in card is still a must. The only board that may get around this is the Nforce with their own Audio processor, but most onboard audio chips still suffer from awful sampling and poor signal out quality (i.e. pops, distortions at higher volumes, etc) Stuff that you would never ever have to deal with on an add in card. Plus add in cards have way better recording features. IMHO the "record what you hear" feature of creative Audigy and up cards is a must, you can record what you're playing from any source and not have a conflict saying you're already using the "device" in question. Regardless of whether you hate creative or not, they've been making quality sound cards for the most part forever even if they are not the most innovative company.
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    Partition Magic Sucks

    Symantec products started getting really bad after the DOS days. Windows versions of Norton ant anti-virus seem to get even more bloated and run slower every year. I remember when people used to swear by norton utilities but modern operating systems and other better programs made them obselete for the most part.
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    Sound Blaster Audigy 4 Pro

    The problem is sound is much harder for average people to distinguish between then graphics. Sound is much less important then 3D graphics cards since sound quality in games and other entertainment software, etc, is always only as good as the people that composed the music or sound effects themselves. Sound was always at a maximum state of creative freedom. And 3D sound positioning was of real interest to a niche market (Gamers) Aureal proved that 3D sound accelerated add-in card was not profitable enterprise. Most game developers always leave the least budget for sound anyway. Notice how majority of the money goes towards ART and 3D accelerators. Let's face it though, games drove early add-in sound card innovation. If you were a serious musician you could always buy decent hardware at more expensive prices. On-board sound still is pretty bad if you listen to the difference in your headphones, theres always noise or popping usually off integrated sound.
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    Integrated Ram Drive

    Couldn't someone make a SDD out of old SDRAM for really cheap? i.e. someone just makes a board with the memory controller chip on it with the interface, then wait a few years for the "old ram" to plummet in price and pick up tonnes of it used on ebay and you got yourself a nice SDD for not that much $$$. Plus you wouldn't even need ram to operate at SDRAM speeds of 1GB/second, hard disks can't even break 50MB a second.
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    "Freezer trick" does it again

    I think the "expert" is absolutely wrong in this case, for certain hard disk problems freezing the problem offers a temporary solution to get Data off drives that have severe recalibration errors (i.e. the so called "clicks of death") I have done it countless times with Western Digital hard disks which recalibrated so often that it made it impossible to get the data off the drive which I then "froze" overnight and severely reduced the amount of recalibrations while reading the drive. Experts are frequently wrong when they don't have an open mind to the options, especially thousands of people who's hard disks give them the "click of death". Freezing drives do not fix them, no one claimed they did, they give you that extra time to get the data *off* the drive. I put my money on their being something to the freezer trick for certain types of hard disk failure in my opinion.
  12. I just got a new mainboard and I want to migrate between them without the almighty blue screens coming up and stopping my good intent. What registry keys and whatnot do I delete to make sure the the old motherboard disk controller drivers and whatnot do not get loaded? I know its recommended to do a fresh install but at the moment I have too much data and not enough hard disk space to do a fresh one. Is there a 100% for sure method of doing it? I'm sure there has to be... it seems ever since XP / 2K, switching Motherboards got a little bit tougher but I'm sure it could be done with the right info.
  13. Is the jury still out on installing a HD vertically or horizontally?? Is there anyone in the *disk manufacturing* industry that can answer these?
  14. Do SATA hard disks use different power connectors then IDE? I ordered a bunch of SATA drives /w controller card and am wondering if my power supply connectors are ok or if SATA uses different power couplings as well?
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    I have 6 Gmail invites here, the first 6...

    nevermind google tricked me, they have a link saying to invite 6 friends but it doesn't work. It links to nothing... gay!!