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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.
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    That is not the worst of it. About six months ago I found a few gray hairs somewhere else.
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    I only remember 11 of those, mostly from short TV flashes, and I did not have children in the 80s as many of my generation did. However, I do remember about 4 of those from the 60s, so I guess things don't change all that much.
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    Maxtor Problems

    Thanks, Mickey. I am curious how the repair service works. I would assume that in the local service center the techs do a triage to determine which drives are fine, which ones need repair, and which ones are not worth repairing. Are the repairable drives shipped back overseas to the manufacturing facility for refurbishment? I found the receipt, dated 3/2/03 11:15. It was one of those $100 CompUSA rebate deals. I am not quite sure what was on the drive, only that 30 of 200 GB were free. The 170 GB of data probably was not important. It certainly is not worth recovering. B
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    The Curse

    The curse continues!
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    Major Upgradw

    cbcarbaj: I did not realize that RAID 0 was supported in Win2K. According to the specs, XP is required. I suppose it is marketing hype. Does the ICH5R RAID 0 work as well as software striping or is it about the same? ddrueding1: I think of it this way. Spending $140 more now will dissuade me from upgrading as quickly in the future. 3.2GHz should be OK until 3.8-4GHz is available for about the same price as the 3.2 is now. Anyway, I am going to place the order late next week. It will be nice to be back in the Intel camp. B
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    Major Upgradw

    ...for a major upgrade. What is the best performance available in a CPU/mainboard/RAM combo that can be obtained for NMT $2000 on November 14, 2003? I need at least 3GB of RAM (prefer 4GB). I would also like to use as many components from the current system as possible, i.e., nine hard drives, ATA and SCSI controllers, Firewire adapter, modem, video card, etc. (nothing is over two years old). TIA
  9. Dreadful. 1) The new packaging provides lesser protection. 2) It is nearly impossible to return the product after the package is opened (the main reason for the switch, no doubt). I would not buy WD drives again.
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    Cheetah 15K.3 vs Cheetah X15-36LP

    The X15-36LP had some defects, but I think that is normal. There were no "grown" defects when I sold it about a year later. I know next to nothing about the Linux, and therefore do not know if drives are optimized for different OSs. In single actual application testing I observed repeatable times of about 2:00 for the 15K.3 compared to about 2:30 for the X15-36LP. In multitasking timed tests the difference was less, but still near 20% IIRC. The former difference was justification for upgrading, but the decrease in noise alone would have been sufficient justification.
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    Hard drive space WD400BB

    What model and size does the BIOS report during POST?
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    Major Upgradw

    ...down to $417 on October 26...
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    Major Upgradw

    Thanks. As it has been about two years since I posted frequently at SR, most may not remember that I am not the average user. I mean, how many people do you know that buy 10 new hard drives a year for only one computer? I really should have 3GB of RAM as 2GB is barely enough. I am trying to compensate for the limited RAM by using RAID 0 for the 2nd scratch after the 640 RAMdisk 1st scratch. The improvement in performance is quite noticeable between two DM+9 drives software striped compared to a 15K.3 for example. However, I am not now doing so as there are already seven drives in the system. I was thinking of striping a pair of 7K250 or DM+9 drives so there would be four drives always running. This would entail upgrading the PSU and replacing the floppy drive with a hard drive. I don't know if the board supports booting from USB, though. I read that the P4s were being discounted down to $417 on October, so there would only be about $140 difference between 3.0 and 3.2. Of course I would not be averse to overclocking a little, but my limited experience has been that it is tougher to overclock four modules and that it is cheaper to buy a faster CPU than faster RAM. Maybe I would care about all the RAM timings and such if I were playing the video games, but I was planning to buy something solid with ECC like Crucial PC3200. So I figure the total would be reasonable at <$1100. (Somehow I have gone over my personal hardware budgets again this year, $5K for computers already, not to mention $10K on the Canon side. See what happens when there is no Julie.) B
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    Major Upgradw

    Thanks. Due to all the changes looming in 2005, I decided to make the upgrade a minor one that will get me by for the next 6-8 months until I assemble a new system. Therefore the P4 3.2 and Asus P4C800E Deluze with 4x521 MB RAM looks like a good, inexpensive choice. Thinlk aeny better options? Am I likely to have any issue if I decide to use the ICH5R channels in software RAID 0 under Win2K? Bettis
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    My hd is haunted (7k250)

    Hmmm. It sounds like the decendants of "Martians" that often lived in 15K Cheetahs.
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    Xbit Labs claims 120W Prescotts and ...

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    SCSI = Lower Desktop Performance?

    Maybe so, but AFAIK it is not available to the public without the ridiculous support fee.
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    2,5' Harddrive test at xbitlabs.......

    What kind of comparison is that? Half of the drives they tested are obsolete and they ignored most of the current 40 GB/platter 2.5" drives. Where are the results for the 7200 RPM Hitachi 7k60 or the 5400 RPM 5k80?
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    5K80 Problem

    Well, it is ten weeks later and now the small models (up to 60 GB) are available. Has anyone heard anything about the 80 GB 5K80?
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    5K80 Problem

    The 80GN and 7K60 are available, but so far the 5K80 is MIA. Does anyone know when the 5K80 will be available?
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    THG 7k250 review

    Oddly, although the Hitachi 7K250 was performance tested by SR weeks ago, the database entry does not yet contain thermal data. Perhaps Eugene is otherwise occupied or else there is a technical issue. B
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    Set Up your Benchmark : MaxBoost !

    There were four 6Y200P0 drives in the system. However, only the two drives on the Maxtor controller were detected; the drives on Firewire bridges were not. I launched the Maxboost application and selected the check boxes for each drive. The cache size was set to 32 MB. I should mention that there was a BSOD after about 8 hours. Needless to say, I restored the boot drive image at that point. B
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    Maxtor released their 320GB drive ?!?!?

    Yeah, I noticed the new drive listed soon after returning to the US. Of course I just bought a 300GB DM 16 in August. I'm not sure about any of those PW vendors, but will buy one as soon as it is available from a reliable source. I want to get rid of my old WD2500JB. Bettis
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    Italy's Blackout

    Agreed, but the Northridge quake was January 17, 1994. I lost power for ~24 hours, but the physical damage such as burst water heater, broken glass etc., was more of an immediate concern. By the second day there was no city water supply, which made life very unpleasant over the following two days. (The San Fernando quake of 1971 was bad for me in a different way; I was hit on the head by a falling object. ) B
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    Set Up your Benchmark : MaxBoost !

    I tried Maxboost and found that actual performance was the same or reduced in some cases, despite the benchmark results. Either Maxtor does not know Windows as well as MS (big surprise), or their cache management schemes do not play well together. I have the feeling that Maxboost steals RAM that would better be used by Windows. B