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  1. mealfred13

    Hitachi Deskstar 7K250

    I don't care if this thing has to scream Banshees for it to work...As long as it doesn't fail like the 75gxp did, it can whine like a little be-hotch for all i care...
  2. mealfred13

    Hitachi Deskstar 7K250

    Oh it says it will. But I've tried and it still doesn't. It comes with an optional menu for SCSI drviers to be loaded before the program, none of which work with the Silicon Image SATA + RAID chip on my ASUS A7N8X-E Deluxe. I don't know why they say increased support if all they did was throw on a bumch of useless SCSI drivers.....
  3. mealfred13

    Hitachi Deskstar 7K250

    I think I see a pattern here. I'm also running the drives, 2 160 GB, in RAID0 with a GIG of RAM. Thanks to the loads of memory, these things are almost always at idle so the noise happens pretty often. In general, I've stopped noticing the noise unless I'm doing something quiet like browsing the web. It is pretty scary, though, when both drives "meow" within seconds of eachother and sometimes follow with a "click." Last time I heard that click it was my 75GXP failing. The sounds are far worth the satisfaction of blistering BF1942: Desert Combat map loads that put me in the map before everyone else, though, so I'm not complaining anymore... The only thing that REALLY ticks me off is that the IBM/HITACHI Hard Drive Diagnostic program still doesn't work with SATA controllers that aren't native. At least they didn't last time I checked. I just want to run a little testing on them to make sure they aren't reporting error codes so I can relax.
  4. mealfred13

    Hitachi Deskstar 7K250

    I bought 2 on for RAID0 use. Serial ATA though. They worked great straight from the Fedex guy. These were OEM also, so I don't know if you got OEM or Retail, but I'd think OEM would have a better chance of being DOA since they may have been packaged haphazardly. I'd worry more about the location your bought your drives than the company. You can't blame Hitachi for poorly handled drives...
  5. mealfred13

    Hitachi Deskstar 7K250

    Hey Everybody, Just registered to post this. Basically, here's the scoop. I read the review since I was building a new system and didn't want to spend huge bucks for the Raptors with so little storage space, and I decided to buy 2 of the 160 gig drives for SATA RAID 0. After a few days, I started noticing the cat-like meowing of the drives every so often which started to concern me. Here's what I've done: I used Drive Image to copy all my stuff over to my WD 80 gig special edition and formatted the 2 Hitachis. Then, I unplugged the power from one drive at a time and listened for any noises they might make in Windows. Sure enough, both drives make the meowing noise every once in a while. In my case, it's pretty often, and I think I've narrowed this down, to some extent, to the fact that I have 1 gig of RAM. For that reason, the drives are rarely used for the page file, if ever. Since they aren't being hit unless I'm opening programs or something, they tend to idle alot, so I hear the noise. Also, my case is extremely quiet, so it's a lot more noticeable than it would have been a long time ago. All in all, these things turned out RAID 0 HD Tach benchmarks slightly faster than my friend's RAID 0 Raptors, and fly through everything I throw at them, so I think I'm gonna stick with them. As long as I know the sounds are apparently normal and not signs of failure like my old 75gxp, I'm not too worried about hearing it every now and then. Sorry about the rant, but I just wanted to put my 2 cents in after finally finding some people having the same experiences here. Now, I'm gonna go re-image my stuff back to the Hitachi array, boot times are killing me now that I've been spoiled . Drives are highly recommended despite the noises, so don't be too scared to take a shot at them, especially if your case isn't super quiet. -Albert