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    Xp Sp2 Changes Outlined In Detail

    Security is not important to me as a single user, since I live in a good area and have solid doors with multi-deadbolts. What has been done about the very nasty XP disk cache bug that SR readers want exterminated?
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    Aam Not Disabled

    I have purchased eleven Maxtor DM+9 retail drives in the past year, including: 80 GB (1) 120 GB (1) 160 GB (1) 200 GB (6) 250 GB (2) The odd part is that up until yesterday all of them were supplied with AAM off or fast. The 250 GB drive I added yesterday was received with AAM enabled. The manufacturing date is July 2003, which makes it older than two other DM+9 drives purchased previously. Does anyone have any idea why this one was set to "quiet"? Did Maxtor switch their retail drive AAM policy back and forth? Most importantly, are there any AAM setting applications that run in Windows or through USB/Firewire bridges? Thanks, B.
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    Maxtor Diamondmax Plus 9

    FYI, I purchased another 250 GB DM Plus 9 this morning and it also sounds fine. It is unfortunate that they all seek so noisily. B
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    Hitachi 7k250 200gb Version?

    Ordinarily one would think so. However, I have purchased 6 of the Maxtor DM+9 200 GB model, mfg. from late 2002 (IIRC) to September 2003. They are all 6 head drives, although 80 GB/platter 250 GB drives have been available for more than 6 months. I don't know if it is not worth the mfg. costs to produce a 5 head design, or the heads and platters for 66 GB/platter are cheaper, or heads and/or platters are binned depending on yileds, or what. Perhaps Mickey can shed some light on this. Regardless, the platter density issue has been beaten to death, and the difference between a 66 GB/platter and a 83 GB/platter drive is negligible. There are a goodly number of retail packaged drives that may not exist on the manufacturer's webite. For example the 300 GB DM 16 was sold at retail stores throughout the U.S. in retail Maxtor packaging although is was not listed on the website for months. B
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    DDR 400

    For some reason I assumed that the dual channel memory controller was not as sensitive to the number of banks and modules. IOW, it is like having two nearly indepent 2-module configurations and that is why it was possible to design the i875P to not implement registered RAM.
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    Maxtor Diamondmax Plus 9

    None of my nine DM Plus 9 drives make those noises, so no, that sound is not normal. The last time I heard similar sounds was when the PS was overloaded and about to give up the ghost. If the problem occurs with two drives I suggest thAt yu search for the root cause.
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    DDR 400

    That they did. However, those benchmarks were disputed by other sites. There is another thread about this somewhere. According to the article, 2GB of RAM is 1/3 slower in PS than 1GB? Give me a break. With small files such as those tested, the difference should be negligible. Anyone who actually uses the applications day in and day out would suspect that something is terribly wrong with the system, not assume that that is the way of things as the FS people did. I really don't understand much of the testing reported on the internet. It is amazing how many people accept questionable test data from a single site as the gospel.
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    DDR 400

    Holy moly! I have been looking at the Crucial site frequently and could swear that none were available last week. The question is whether I should wait for the ECC variety. I suppose it will not be too long before they arrive. I wonder if it would be possible to run 3 GB (2 x 512 MB + 2 x 1 GB)? Jules: Thanks, but the mainboard does not support registered DDR. I tried some expensive, low latency PC3200 RAM previously. It was not particularly stable and did not perform any better. I think it is mostly for the kids playing video games or benchmark measurebators who seldom need over 1 GB. The Crucial 4x512MB PC3200 ECC in my system does not have any funky looking heat sinks, but it works fine just the same. I want more capacity and speed is rather important as I run a RAMDisk. As I mentiuoned before a new motherboard is out of the question. I just replaced the CPU/motherboard/RAM a few months ago. I am not in the IT business, so I don't have too much money to spend on computers. If I did, it would easy enough enough to plunk down $7K for a high end Mac. My personal budget for digital equipment is $10K/year and I am already $5K over for 2003. Also, I dislike computers truymendosuly, so rebuilding them is an unpleasant experience.
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    DDR 400

    Does anyone have the 4x1GB PC3200 configuration in the i875? I truly want tot tolk RAM to be 4GB. 2GB is cromping my style, sometimes painfully, and for cost reasons I am in the unjustifiable position to buy the servr with large memory. Why does this 1GB PC3300 takwo so long to reach production, are the small prcess suffering from technial issues? Thank you all, Bettis
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    I'm Not Being Warned Of Something !

    I don't see any warning bar by the username. Is it somewhere else, perhaps located near the side with the cellphone advert?
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    Dynamic Dicks

    Where is the inoformatuon of the dynamci disks stored? For example, if a stripped set of 2-3 harddrives is created with 2000, can the individual drives be moved to otther controllers, channels etc. Would the data be accesible in that case or if moved to a differnet system, upgrado of the OS, e.g., Win2K -> XP? I am assumoing no USEr ID password or data encriupton. Thanks, B
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    Help me pick one

    If your ears are important, avoid the WDs. They are whiny enough as internal drives, but extra special in the external cases. Neither will perform very well with USB 2.0 or FireWire 400 interfaces compared to native IDE, so one should not condiser that as crucial. Also consider the purchase of a separate enclosure and drive.
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    Dynamic Dicks

    OK, well the speling was rahter more attrocious than usual, but still no reasons for the bad jokes. Let's just say there are extremestresses. Thanks for the useful info. I have been avoiding the software striped drives for too long, so now is the time to try it. The drives would only be trasnplanted to another machine in the event of fire, explosions, or other catastrophic failures and unlikelyy concurrent loss of the backups. B
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    A riddle: where did I find this?

    Is it the same old German doctor BS site that SR members often dislike?
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    What do you think about THAT?

    It is diifuclt to get an accurate reading due the high trasnfer rate, but this is what it shoudl be ;like. Winbench and Drivebench fail however. The system is a dual-channel PC3200 i875.
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    Connecting/disconnecting power to drive

    Try this. Attach the IDE cable from the drive to the bridge and the USB cable to the port and leave it that way. Connect the bridge power connector and the drive power connector together (with a "Y" if necessary), so that both can be powered at the same time. Use a DP switch, relay or MOSFETs, etc. to switch power to both the +5V and +12V rails of the drive/bridge combo. This works fine and is the same as using an external drive enclosure. FWIW, for years I have been using three internal firewire bridges configured similarly. Note that spikes generated by hard drive startup current in mid-operation may cause general system glitches. Make sure you have a sufficiently strong power supply on the +12V line. I found that when six drives were spinning and two firewire drives were powered on when in Windows, one of the other drives would occasionally drop out momentarily. A 550W PS solved the problem. Bettis
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    15K Futures

    I am in complete agreement with your philosophy and wish some of the RAID 0 newcomers would heed that advice. Three drives are always running as singles and another four are used as needed. In order to keep three indendent arrays, I could add a fourth drive and stripe it, but that would increase noise and heat. Two WD740GD drives would be unacceptable, due to the small capacity. Regardless, the question regarding performance remains. I just need to know
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    15K Futures

    I am considering a situation where a hard drive is accessed for two entirely different purposes at the same time. For example, when copying (reaading) 1,529,297 KB of data to another drive and simultaneously reading/writing a 1.67 GB file. Another situation would be when writing 1.99 GB sent from another drive and simultaneously launching a complex app such as PS, or a combination of the above. I really don't know which access patterns these are. My current system is a P4 i875 (Asesus P4C800E Deluxe). I could post more detalis if necessary.
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    15K Futures

    But won't the 15K.4 be faster and better than the WD 10K SATA drives? I looked at the WD benchmarks for multitrasking and they truly suck compared to a 15K drive that is a year old. Whether the GD series drives are designed to excel at SR benchmarks or not I don't know, but WD would be my last choice in drive manufacturers. Maybe if Seagate made the drives one would reconsider. Finally, I suppose it is good that financially challenged or cheap indrividuals can now have better performing ATA drives. However, that won't make my 15k.3 any faster.
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    15K Futures

    I would rather have a serial SCSI than a serial ATA drive, but that's just me.
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    15K Futures

    All else being equal, yes. But an improvement in RPM is usually accompanied by other improvements in access times, transfer rates etc. Regradless, I would be highly surprised to see a 20K or faster driver prior to the 15k.4.
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    15K Futures

    I think you are not understanding, probably becuause i a not clear. The CPU utiliation is not 100% during a simple file copy, it is 100% because the CPU is very busy processing. Howefer, during the sequence of consecutive steps, when the CPU is at less than 100% and the drive is struggling to write the GB of data, the relatively slovenly 15K.3 can be frustrating. It is a real probelm on teh 295 mpizel images, for example the 16-bit a and b channel smart blur or pluggins etc.. I am tired of the waiting for a new, faster hard drive but antother 6-9 months it will probably be. Aw, crap this merlot is too much for the small man. I meant 95 megopixles, Larry.
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    15K Futures

    I think you are not understanding, probably becuause i a not clear. The CPU utiliation is not 100% during a simple file copy, it is 100% because the CPU is very busy processing. Howefer, during the sequence of consecutive steps, when the CPU is at less than 100% and the drive is struggling to write the GB of data, the relatively slovenly 15K.3 can be frustrating. It is a real probelm on teh 295 mpizel images, for example the 16-bit a and b channel smart blur or pluggins etc.. I am tired of the waiting for a new, faster hard drive but antother 6-9 months it will probably be.
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    15K Futures

    I only have one 15K.3, not a baunch in RAID as you do. IMO, the transfer rate and access times are a bottleneck when the CPU utilization is less than 100%. Now with the new faster P4 system, compared to the older and slower XP system, CPU utilization is even less when the drive is struggling. The 32-bit busss is not nearly limited yet by a single 15K.3. I could increase the performance of STR with maybe a pair of striped IDE drives. However, I would like to continue using three separate drive systems to better handle various tasks simultaneously. In that case four total primary drives would always be spinning instead of three, not to mention in some situations two secondary drives and the two bay drives (8 total). I just want a 2-platter 15K drive with >90 MB/sec. Is thet so much i aks of tha hard drive?
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    fat32 to ntfs

    It is possible to create FAT32 partitions up to 256 GB with PM 7. This is enough for single partitioning of all current drives except the 300-320 GB Maxtor models. I would leave the data drives alone if they are working fine.