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  1. 3.2 Manufacturers, Models, and Vintages Failure rates are known to be highly correlated with drive models, manufacturers and vintages [18]. This is congruent with users experiences like those in storage review's database and polar opposite to the "insiders" position who've posted here claiming that all brands are the same. Do a little searching and you'll discover who those shills are at SR.
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    Hard disk test 'surprises' Google

    reposted in other thread.
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    Was the i-RAM ever released?

    Just checked ncix; they raised the price further. Tis the season.
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    Was the i-RAM ever released?

    Sort of: But yes, it was a paper launch. After which, they pushed back the release date two or three times. After which, if you did some searching, you could find a handful of places selling it for way more than they said it would cost. Which is where it's at today.
  5. I wonder what changes this will entail.
  6. Anyone else notice from power supply reviews how many power supplies overvolt the 12v line(or all of them?) I've thought about undervolting drives to tax the motor and pcb less.
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    Two Hard Drives + PS Scratch

    How big does the scratch get?
  8. You mention they're all failing in the same fashion; how are they failing? Head crash? Motor? Electronics?
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    External drive enclosure

    usb & fw is old school; the new game in town has been esata(to be updated sometime with xsata).
  10. My short answer would be Seagate. A suggestion for lowering administration hassle would be diskless servers and xen; assuming you're not using windows.
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    New 400GB HDD, help please

    Well, around the same time people had noticed a certain reliablity trend, there were a couple guys who posted here saying how they were in the biz and had higher volume of drives pass through their shop than us mortals see, admonishing to "trust me" Maxtor is wonderbar. Then there's storagereview's reliability database and postings on message boards throughout the net that strongly suggest that Maxtor is poor in the reliability department. Take your pick. For your other choice, the WD SE16, it's reviewed here and discussed in several threads if you havn't already checked them out. It's the same drive as WD's RE2 with a feature turned off, lower burn in time, and lower warranty. A high performer. Hitachi's 7k500 peforms even better but I had my fill with deathstars so I woudn't touch one with a ten foot pole. As for Seagate, though a relatively low performer, based on the STR's survey, net commentary, and my own experience, it's always a contender. So much so, the question for me when getting a drive being; go for a reliable Seagate or take a chance for more performance?
  12. gc-ramdisk availability still hasn't changed. Only three places and still not lower than $185, $135 more than they said it would cost. For that much money, it should at least have an SATA-2 interface if not as well more dimm slots. Better than hyperos but easily so since their price is a joke.
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    quietest 500gb HD?

    Setup a file server /w gigabit and stick it in a closet in another room.
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    Seek Times

    Tracking cluster access isn't required.
  15. Yes, I believe they arrived at their 500GB drive from a business decision, not a technical one. Perusing the industry sites should help you discern where they're coming from.