elho

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  1. Ah, thanks. That's good news.
  2. Which is a very good question, do those adapters exist? It would be a major shame if one would be forced to use the old raptors if one does not want to get new systems featuring 2.5" backplanes along with. Besides cost, wanting to use some large capacity drives alongside the raptors seems like quite a good reason not to. (Of course, its no problem to find/build systems featuring both, but options are fewer and chances to be able to convert an existing system yet lower.)
  3. That's purely a software/OS issue though. My current desktop has been installed many years ago (using a single floppy to fire up the network-install, if you can believe that these days ) on a 366 MHz Celeron with 3 IBM DNES SCSI drives and went through a PIII to a 2.4 Ghz P4 with a Seagate Cheetah 15K drive (and some IDE drives for storage). From there I moved it to the current box 1.5 years ago, a E6700 Core 2 Duo having a RAID1 of 2 WD740ADFD Raptors (and a RAID6 of 6 WD5000YS RE2's for storage) on a 3ware controller. Did the move quickly in 1-2 days without any problems. Hehe yes, before the current box, I haven't been accepting anything but good SCSI drives where performance and reliability matters either. But with the ever increasing prices of SCSI, the Raptors on a 3ware did sound like a good alternative, and oh yes, they are. Its just a shame that I do have an unused Cheetah lying around now. My favourite real-world "benchmark" is firing up the GIMP (which loads a whole slew of plugins on startup). On my laptop (1.5 Ghz G4, Hitachi Travelstar 7K100) it takes 30s the first time, 6-7s when cached, on the desktop 3-4s the first time, 2s when its cached. The Core 2 Duo is obviously way faster, but it also shows that a fast disk does go a long way.
  4. Hi, looking around at some local dealers regarding what SCSI drives they offer, one of them to my surprise asked me what controller I have (an Adaptec AHA-2940U2W) mentioning that Ultra320 drives might not work with it. I asked him whether he bases that claim on specific drives and he answered that he had some negative experience regarding this with Fujitsu drives while IBM ones (and another brand he couldn't remember) worked fine. Having never heard of this before, I wonder if anyone here had a similar experience to confirm this (or contrasting ones to controvert it). Before this I've been considering both the Fujitsu MAS3367 or Seagate ST336753 Cheetah 15K.3, yet already slightly tending to the latter. Thus I'd also like to hear from anyone being able to confirm the Cheetah operating on preferably an Adaptec AHA-2940U2W or any other U2W controller - better safe than sorry. TIA