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  1. 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
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    First Desktop Supercomputer?

    WTF? Who but a (big) kid would spend $8k for an overclocked system with 250 GB 7.2K IDE drives? I wonder how much noise it makes. Give me some 15K drives in RAID 0 and RAID 1 and a better graphics card. B
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    Law Suit On Size Of Harddrives !

    Check this. Manufacturers surely are not helping with that sort of confusing information. How can a GB be "a unit of data measurement equal to 1 billion bytes or 1 thousand megabytes (MB)?" Here it is claimed that "By Q4CY2003, disk transfer rates are targeted to be beyond the ATA-100 level." How likely is that without at least doubling the areal density?
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    404: /donations.htm

    But why are there two different links? The first is 404 and the second does not provide any payment info. http://forums.storagereview.net/donations.html http://www.storagereview.com/welcome.pl/do...n/thankyou.html There is also is also a third URL that provides an address. http://www.storagereview.com/welcome.pl/donation It is all very confusing.
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    Power Failures

    The power keeps turning on and off, there is no cable, and teh microwave is goind nuts. My UPSs sound like pinball machines. The windy is really becimjnn an incovenence and it is only 60 mpH at this piont. Where in hell is that vodksa i was supposed to receive? And now hte FedEx indicates a delay of at least one day so all the samnples will sitting pover the weekend, degrading as we speak. Suckarooni. Bettis
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    Power Failures

    Fortunately, the power was out less than two hours in my location. However, cable is out and there is no antenna, so no TV. Driving is very difficult and dangerous since every other traffic signal seems to be out. Some of the main roads are still closed for repairs.
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    USB Pen Drives

    M-Disk 220
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    USB Pen Drives

    The pen drives are mostly useful for conveniently transferring small volumes of data. Reliability of a USB flash devices is obviously superior to HD, but speed is still lagging. The fastest USB 2.0 units achieve about 8 MB/sec. reads and 6 MB/sec. writes. Many have very useful built-in security/encryption features. I use both flash and external 2.5" hard drives, depending on the purpose. Bettis
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    Passing from 512 to 768MB RAM

    I am not convinced that Office does not benefit from more memory. I have noticed a huge improvement - more than double - in Access query performance when upgrading RAM. I have also noticed a performance boost in Excel, especially when multiple and complex files are accessed repeatedly through VBA calls.