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    Booting from USB Flash Drive

    Unfortunately if the computer will only boot from a USB floppy and not a USB ZIP or HD, there are few choices. I have not been able to find a source for one of the only floppy bootable devices known to work. Are there others?
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    Number of Insertions

    Well of course the pins on the power connector should be looser, to prevent damage to the drive-side connector, which is the important part. In my system each drive will be repeatedly installed/removed from an inexpensive drive carrier - one that could easily be replaced.
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    Recommend me a new Hard Drive

    1. Check the Database and read the reviews. 2. Technically, only the Matxor drive is ATA-133, but that is unimportant here. 3. If two drives on the same channel are not being accessed concurrently, there will be no performance hit. onsider which combination of devices will most often be used together. Many users would prefer one HD and one optical drive per channel. Bettis
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    Number of Insertions

    Shouldn't this kind of bragging be in the Bar & Grille? Oh, you guys are too much! My "unit", as you would say, has not been used in over 15 years, so there is little chance of damage.
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    Number of Insertions

    I should have stated that the concern was over the IDE connector. I did not think to be concerned about the power connectro, but that would inserted/removed an equal number of times. I do have removable drive trays, but they are bulky and add weight. I prefer to remove the drives from the trays when tramporting them tofrom/ work.
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    Computer Case

    I have the 1080SEX (don't know what the differences are between AMG and SEX), a goo case for my purposes. The stock 430W Truepower was fine for eight hard drives, but there were occasional startup problems with nine drives. You might want to get a 550W supply up front if many hard drives are in your future.
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    Secure Digital MMC Memory Card Error

    Uh, would logic not dictate there is something wrong with the camera itself? Have you tried to reformat the card in the SD reader? If that works then it is RMA time for the camera.
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    ATA-133 Adapter BIOS

    Are there any ATA-133 PCI cards without a BIOS or that have a BIOS which can be disabled? I need to prevent a PCI ATA-133 card from trying to boot, as only storage drives are attached. Please don't suggest switching the adapter order; that is not a viable solution. TIA
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    ATA-133 Adapter BIOS

    Well, my mainboard (KT333) only has options for booting from southbridge IDE, internal RAID, and SCSI. There is no way to select between multiple bootable PCI cards (true SCSI and IDE). Although it is possible for the computer to boot by rearranging the cards, the drive order at the hardware level is then different from Windows so the DOS applications, run from VFD, are confused. It would be nice to upgrade my system with a new mainboard, CPU(s) and RAM. However, the PC3200 is not available yet, so I must wait for a few months at least.
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    Where's all the Raptors?

    Sure, I understand your point. Unfortunately I have purchased 10 drives in the last year (15 over 2 years) for a single computer alone, so it is not feasible for me to participate in the reliability database. I just cannot remember when I purchased and resold which drives. For example, there are five of the exact same drives in my system, so it is difficult enough to remember which drive contains which data. Although I replace drives annually to increase capacity and/or performance, this also increases reliability to some degree. The only drives older than a year are DM D540X drives (favored for being cool and quiet) and the Barracuda ATA IV (favored for being nearly silent).
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    Where's all the Raptors?

    How many entries do you expect? There are several possible reasons for low response rates, such as: The WD360 drive has only been available for a few months. Some people prefer the high-performance, proven 15K SCSI technology. Some people believe the database to be inaccurate and do not enter data. In any case, it will be months or years before meaningful reliability information is available, unless the WD360 turns out to be a total disaster. In that case, one would expect many discussions on the topic.
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    RAID vs Single HDD

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    What do you consider yourself as?

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    Too Many Drives Revistited

    There is physically not enough space. The Aztec 1080SEX has 10 bays, so 8 would be for HD, one for floppy, and one for DVD/CD-RW. I also think that the upper HD in the 3.5" bay is too hot. I will probably go back to eight drives - at least that is one more than I had last week. The main hassle now is moving data back and forth for consolidation. I copied over 500 GB today and have yet to mako teh fullo backyp. And yes, the logical drives letters are killing me. Due to the damned ATA-133 card's BIOS, the drive order is different in windows and DOS. Therefore Drive Image will not run from the hard drive. I witsh there were dummy BIOSes available for the ATA-133 cards as there were from the older Promise cards.
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    Too Many Drives Revistited

    I am clearly getting daft in my old age. The reason it was possible to install 9 hard drives is that I forgot to reinstall the floopy drive. D'OH!
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    Magical Ball

    Well, they used to call that the Compliment of Nines IIRC. It is a basic mathematical property of a decimal numbering system.
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    Maxtor 160 GB Drive

    I can't comment on the DM +9 drives sold in other regions, but the nine drives I purchased in the past six months do not have write verification enabled. These include 1 x 80, 2 x 120, 1 x 160, and 5 x 200 GB drives all with 8 MB caches, save one 120 GB drive. The earliest of these DM Plus 9 drives was made in November (IIRC) and the latest in May. Why Maxtor would bring back this feature and not provide a utility to disable it is beyond me. It especially does not make sense for retail drives, often installed by inexpert consumers.
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    RAID 0 in O/Ced Systems

    Yes, the risk is greater if the system is overclocked. (RAID 0 seems particularly sensitive to any hardware anomalies.) The fun part is that some errors are not noticed for months or years. Then one opens a file and finds that is corrupted. Bettis
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    Too Many Drives Revistited

    You may be looking at the regular TruePower. The control panel is clearly visible in the photo of the TrueControl 550. I would rather have the control in case of later need. According to the manual the voltage will drop to 95% if the control panel is disconnected. However, it appears from the photo that the controls are mounted on a small PCB which could be removed from the control panel. Does that make sense?
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    Too Many Drives Revistited

    Thanks for the advice. The system seems to boot and run fine with 8 drives, but not with 9. I don't want to strain the PS too much, so an upgrade is probably the best option. The current unit is the TruePower 430, so would the Truepower 550 be the same in terms of connectors and fan noise? Would it be possible to use the TrueControl 550 without the front panel if voltage adjustments are not necessary? (That front panel appears to be metal and I don't kow how difficult it would be to install a power switch for the FW drives.) Lastly, I don't see any SATA power connectors. Will everyone be buying new power supplies next year or will there be adapters?
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    Magical Ball

    I remember seeing this one well before the popular use of computers, back in the Johnson administration IIRC. It is only magic if considered a magic trick, where the symbols are used to obfuscate the victim from seeing the basic math.
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    Too Many Drives Revistited

    Do you have any speare drives with 8GB cache? I could use some of those.... J/k..... That should be able to run fine on that PSU.....what CPU and Video card are you running? What's the 12v rail rated for on your PSU? I am using the Aztec 1080SEX case which was provided with a 430W supply. I don't rememebr the model number, but last summer it was purported to be the best one they made. Yeah, of course the DM plus 9 drives all have 8MB of cache. In retail the regular versions with 2MB cache are less popular. I don't know which video card is installed, other than that it is a Maxtor from late 2000 or early 2001. It does not get very hot and needs no fan, so I think power consumption is not too great. The CPU is an XP 260)+. Some of the drives don't start up until later in the boot process and there is a BSOD about every third boot. Maybe I need to rearrange the splitters or maybe it is not feasible.
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    DDR400 1GB Modules

    How about even sooner than that.... like now http://www.buyaib.com/saorma1gb12p.html http://www.resellerratings.com/seller2870.html
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    DDR400 1GB Modules

    Hmm. I seem to remember that EBB guy asked the same question recently. The simple demand is that many of us need more that 2GB RAM and want to have a fast processor as well. Is that so much to ask?
  25. Do you think me some foolish juvenile blowing smoke? I spent much time and money wrestling with the issue and there was no solution or answer provided at the time. In total I used the following drives... D540X 160GB D540X 160GB WD1800BB WD1800BB WD2500JB DM Plus 9 200GB DM Plus 9 200GB DM Plus 9 200GB DM Plus 9 200GB DM Plus 9 160GB (just today, I might add) ...on the following controllers... ADS Firewire Bridge (Oxford 911) ADS Firewire Bridge (Oxford 911) ADS Firewire Bridge (Oxford 911) ...with three different types of FireWire PCI adapters. I dispensed with the first two WD drives since they were limited to 137 GB in my system, but I still have everything else. (The WD2500JB is used only with a SI IDE controller/removable enclosure.) There are three internal firewire bridges, two for fixed drives and one for a removable enclosure. The 137 GB limitation is the main reason I decided to purchase so many Maxtor drives instead of other brands. I have no experience with IBM or Seagate (they did not even offer 160 GB drives until relatively recently).