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  1. PsychoStreak

    Oldest drive still in use

    ST-225 in my 8088-10 clone. Both still run. 130MB ST3144A in a 386-33 - first PC I built from the ground up. I think I have a 50MB SCSI drive in a machine I built from spare parts.
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    SSD's = Defrag is a thing of the past?

    Actually, we do it @ work with a scheduled task that runs at 5am daily, no extra utils needed. I believe we just use the command line to initiate it. Before implementing that we got constant complaints of slowness from users that would go away once a defrag was run. After enough complaints from well, me and a few others who wanted to just buy Diskeeper or a similar product and deploy that, they came up with that and it's worked pretty well.
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    Upgrade Laptop Drive question

    If you have an external enclosure, or a 2nd HD adapter for your laptop, or, have a desktop PC you can use for the process, there are a number of free drive cloning apps you can use. I already own Norton Ghost, so I haven't used the free utilities that often. With a Desktop PC, you may need 2.5" to 3.5" adapters unless your laptop uses SATA drives.
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    Pls recommend a PCI-X SATA RAID controller

    Areca ARC-1120. 8 port SATA PCI-X.
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    First new build in 8 years

    Anyway that's a tangent... as noted, the OP's system most certainly doesn't need a very big PSU. Heck, 220W oughta be enough for the proposed box, unless the OP switches out to a 9600GT or 8800GT or Radeon HD 3870 or something, in which case the Seasonic S12 II 330W or S12 II 380W would be (still oversized) about right... I've read the [H] review already, and was surprised at how different the two models are. The 750 is apparently yet another different beast than the 610. The 610 doesn't exhibit those characteristics. But I still agree that the OP won't need more than the Seasonic 380W PSU.
  6. I just installed the 320GB M6 in my T60 the other day, and it's very impressive. Much faster than any 2.5" drive (Non SSD or SAS) I've used. Also, I literally had to put my ear about 1" away from the drive to hear it during a defrag. The handful of tests I've done so far fall in line with what I've seen on websites, which suggest it is the fastest out there at the moment, although as usual, not in every single category.
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    First new build in 8 years

    I have the Silencer 610EPS12V (2 actually), as well as a few Seasonic S12 II's. They are, contrary to what continuum says*, in the same class acoustically once they're installed in a system. The Seasonic is quieter, but not significantly so. A whisper vs a somewhat louder whisper. The PC P&C is very close in noise output to the Seasonic unless you manage to get the Silencer near full load, which most systems will never do. That said, you won't come close to putting either unit under any kind of strain with the system you've spec'ed out. You could go as low as the Seasonic S12 II 330W, but the 380W version is probably the best balance for most systems out there. Unfortunately, PC P&C currently don't offer anything I'd recommend (except for specific needs) below the 610, but hopefully that will change with time, as I also prefer the large single 12V rail. Regarding the HD choice, as continuum mentioned, you should take a good look at the performance numbers for the newer 500GB - 1TB drives next to the Raptors. The Raptors are an overpriced, undersized drive when you realize their one remaining advantage over modern 7200RPM drives is mainly in their lower access times, which really doesn't make much difference outside benchmarks these days. Those case requirements are tough. mATX is probably going to be mandatory. If you drop your HD requirement down to two drives, then you open up a wider range of cases. I'm looking at this Silverstone for a possible build. It's actually smaller than your dimensions, has good cooling, and should have no issues if you ever want to toss in a long high end card. Others have mentioned the CPU, motherboard and Optical drives already, and they're basically the same suggestions I'd make. *This usually never happens, but this time I feel he's incorrect. Also, while SPCR are useful for quite a few things, their failure to test any PC P&C PSU's make them useless for a direct comparison. As a long time Turbo Cool owner, yeah, they're loud as hell stock, and I can understand why it causes what I see as knee-jerk reactions even when you don't mention Turbo Cool at all. And the earlier Silencer models weren't silent, although they were not loud per se; they were silent compared to a Turbo Cool.
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    Power supply for 18 hard drives?

    A 600-650W PSU should be plenty for that system. 1KW is completely unnecessary for that system, and a waste of money. Either a Seasonic or a PC Power & Cooling Silencer 610 would work well. The PC P&C has a peak output of 670W, which should be sufficient for that system at startup. With the PC P&C, you can (for an additional fee) request a custom wiring harness, which will let you get more than the 6 or so SATA power connectors that come with it.
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    Samsung SpinPoint F2 Details!

    2TB by 2008? I'm having hard time believing that. Why? Samsung's 1TB offering is a 3 platter design. Presumably, Hitachi and the others are working on catching up to and exceeding that areal density. Hitachi has a penchant for pushing 5 platter drives out the door, so if they can get their platter density up to the 400GB mark, or bust out a 6 platter monster at current 334GB levels, they could do it. Samsung could probably do that now, but I don't think I'd want such a drive right now. Better to wait for denser platters.
  10. Honestly, the lack of new reviews is probably the biggest reason I don't stop by more often. I still check in now and again to see if there's anything new at all. Also, what really interests me these days is new SAS & SATA RAID controllers. I'd deffinitely like to see more controller reviews, but I suppose that's beyond the resources of the site. Still, it'd be nice to see.
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    Slow SCSI-configuration

    I think it may be related to the controller. It's a 64bit PCI-X card running in a 32Bit PCI slot, will normally limits the performance. Also, it does sound like it might be running in UW mode rather than U320. I'd check out the BIOS options to make sure it's all set to 320 or the defaults.
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    Num Lock: Still useful?

    It's still used in Lotus Notes, but the first program I ever encountered that actually used it for something was SimCity, back in the old DOS days.
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    Laptop Drive

    Quietest: Samsung, then Segate, then Hitachi Fastest: Probably the reverse of the above. Coolest: Haven't used any new Hitachi's recently, but the Samsungs run somewhat cooler than the Segates in my own machines. As the others mentioned, you'll be hard pressed to find one drive that has all three attributes. I think the Seagates are probably the best balance, particularly if you add capacity into the mix.
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    Symantec LiveUpdate doesn't work anymore

    Actually, this is somewhat normal for NAV. Older versions would update along with any other symantec apps when you just ran LiveUpdate by itself. But with Nav (I first encountered this quirk when installing NAV Corp. Ed 7 on some PC's that had Nav 2003 or older personal editions on them. NAV will autoupdate if you set it to, but you have to initiate LiveUpdate from within NAV if you want to do it manually, and then it will only update NAV, liveupdate and livereg. Run LiveUpdate by itself and everything else updates but NAV. We've learned to live with it.
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    Decrease game load times

    But my main drive is a full and highly fragmented 120GB WD-SE. I'm still pretty disapointed with loading times in some games. I realize it's not all the computers fault, but I want faster load times! The way some games work these days is they use one large file to store everything. These files (on my computer anyway) often have thousands of fragments. Is there any way to defragment specific files? Using the standard windows XP defragmenter often doesn't defragment these files at all, no matter how much free space there is. 194252[/snapback] If your drive is full or nearly full, it will affect the ability of the XP defrag utility, as well as the full version of Diskeeper to handle your data. You want to keep at least 25% of the drive free so it be defragged properly. If possible, move any uneeded data off the drive, prefrerably to a second disk in the system or to server share if you have one set up. Then run the defrag in Safe Mode overnight. If you run the stock defrag util from the command prompt, you can get a better idea of the fragmentation on the drive. In XP just run "defrag -v -f -a c:" (no quotes) to let it analyze fragmentation. Most of the 3rd party defraggers will give you a more detailed analysis though.