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    Storage Review Site Update

    Really happy to see this. Was horrible to see the site dying off in terms of content as it's always been such a good source of information.
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    HDD Coolers - Any recommendations?

    That looks pretty good. How loud are they? What about drive based vibration? Does it do anything to help that?
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    HDD Coolers - Any recommendations?

    Already using very good cases which provide 120mm or 60mm fans blowing over the hard drive cages but in my experience I have got much better temperatures by using the heatsink based drive caddies that sit in the 5 inch drive bays.
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    A few questions for a new system

    No! No! No! Dual layers may be slower to write dual layer media, but all the good drives can write single layer too, at the same speeds generally. Have a look here for good reviews and info: for instance shows a dual layer drive which will burn +R and -R single layer discs at 16x. To the best of my knowledge, there's no single layer drives any faster than that.
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    A few questions for a new system

    Thinking about Raptors and the fact that they are "noisy", am I the only person here that is actually comforted by being able to hear when the drive is reading and writing? I've always liked it, as long as it's quiet normally (It is), I dont mind the computer letting me know when it's doing something intensive.
  6. At the moment I'm using these (Vantec Vortex) in some of my machines: They seem to be pretty good but because of the strange fan, they make a bit of a mechanical whirr (Hard to describe). I'm buying some new equipment soon, so I thought I'd try something different. I may try and silence the machines a bit and go fanless, but I'm not sure. These are the different coolers I'm looking at: Vantec HDC-502A (Probably noisy) Coolermaster Cooldrive 6 (Looks good, quite quiet, very expensive) Zalman 2HC2 (Silent, expensive for what it is, not sure how effective it would be) AeroCool HB101 (Same as Zalman) SilverStone FP53 (Fairly quiet, reasonable price) Does anyone have any particular opinion on any of these? Are there any others that people have used and think are good buys?
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    Three becomes four...

    I use these for cooling my drives at home (Good, but not quiet): The office machines have their drives mounted behind a 60mm fan. The dedicated servers are probably just cooled with the aircon. I use either Enermax or Antec 400w PSUs on all my machines. The machines in work get whatever Supermicro are shipping at the time in their servers. Monitoring software has shown that voltages on the lines are always well within tolerances (They are set to warn if they go outside of 5%) I appreciate the suggestions, and if anyone else has any more, please let me know.
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    Three becomes four...

    [Edit - I take cooling and power supply very seriously so that shouldn't be a factor. Every single machine I have (Work, home, datacentre) is on a line conditioning UPS and my work and datacentre machines are airconditioned so heat really shouldn't be a problem either. The one at home is temperature monitored and never gets above 35c CPU / 30c case).
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    Three becomes four...

    Two of those drives were in the same machine, so yes - I'm assuming a trend and binning the server. The other two were at completely seperate locations (1 at home, 1 at a datacenter), just bad luck maybe? I suppose I'm responsible for about 20 drives in total and these have been the first failures in 3 years so I'm not doing too badly.
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    What is the best cheap RAID5 solution?

    All I can say is don't go for the Highpoint 1640 card, reasons given here: I'm going to be replacing it with a 3ware card, but if you're interested you can find some reviews on other items here:
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    Three becomes four...

    Those of you that read my last post here: Will know that I've lost three drives in the last two weeks. Well, that just became four as I've lost a second drive out of my RAID 5 set (About a day after the thing came back online following the rebuild of the array). I'm desperately trying to get all the data off it before I lose a third and the array goes down completely. I can't trust the machine that the RAID set is in, so I'm going to be dumping it and getting new equipment as soon as possible... in the mean time I'm sure you feel my pain. I think I'd better stop smashing mirrors in my sleep, cos I don't need all this bad luck!
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    Three Dead Drives Drives in 2 Weeks...

    Couldn't agree more. Whole server is going out of the window when I get some replacement cash! Array finally came back up about 12 hours ago.
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    Three Dead Drives Drives in 2 Weeks...

    it won't boot until it's rebuilt? that sucks. it'd be quicker to put in new drives and restore from a backup. 194340[/snapback] I have the file server back up and running from backups already. But there are a few files that I need the most recent versions of which is why I'm persisting. I think that when I get my next RAID card (Probably a 3ware job) I'm going to fill the array and simulate a failure so that I have a rough idea of how long the rebuild will take. Then again, I know full well that decent RAID cards would have let me use the data whilst the array was rebuilding.
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    Recovering lost partitions ?

    I've used ontrack ( before now and it has worked like a charm. You can try the free trial but if you want your files back you'll need to buy it.Not sure if there are any free equivalents.