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  1. If you fully encrypt the drive (not fast encryption format) it is filled with pseudo-random data and perhaps your recovery software is picking up a few fragments of coincidentally similar file header info and assigning the file type.  Some of that SMART info makes no sense, but I use other tools.  Manufacturers usually have their own tools, so try that as well.  Usually on a factory new drive I find 0 hours use and 2-5 power cycles depending on manufacturer/model.

    If you think the drive was used, then return it, but the encryption formatting should have effectively wiped any data.

  2. In August 1999 I was using the Atlas 10K, which was the best at that time.  I received the 18LP sometime in the spring of 2000, and then of course the X15 was vastly superior to any 10K drive at the time.  Back then many of us ordered SCSI drives from Hyper Microsystems which had the new models in stock fairly early and was a SR sponsor.

    IIRC I was using the 28 GB Barracuda in late 1999.  They were hot and noisy, but fast for ATA at the time. ;) The 27GB Maxtor DiamondMax Plus 6880 was probably a bit better, but I opted for the BIOS-busting Maxtor DiamondMax 36/40 5400 RPM capacity drive around that time. :)

    The WD raptor was an SATA drive from the start, but a 21st century product.  It was neither fish nor fowl, having low capacity compared to 7200 RPM ATA drives and mediocre performance compared to 15K SCSI drives.  However, it was cheap and popular with the gamer types.  I still have that clear window version purchased more out of curiosity than for any other reason.

  3. Actually, I'm not done.  :(

    I always thought that PS only used the scratchdisk for certain particular things (like undo history etc).  However, I have determined using tests on my system that it uses it for everything that won't fit in RAM.

    Now you've got the idea! Sorry if I did not explain it befroe, but there was pain and hurrying. You can also understand why I like having 4GB of RAM and using half for the RAMDiks scratchdisk. ;)

    Angus, I am sorry for your plight. In any occupation it is difficult having to work without the proper tools.


  4. I also have the task of t sorking with the large PS files. First of all, PS (Windows) only sees 2GB. As ylu knows, the scratch disk is usualy teh limiting speed factor. I tried the WDG740GD and found it poor for hte scratch disk compared to a 15k.3. Maybe a stripped pair woudl be a littel beter, but the access time or command queing or something is important. A pair of the 10k WD drives would be fine for storng the PS files, however. By far, the best perfpormance results were obtaned by installing 4GB of RAM and assigng a 2GB RAM scratchdisk. The STR of the RAMDisk is unbeatable at more than 1GB/sec., and the access times are minsucle. Its the biggest speed improvement I’ve had in yeras. :D

    But really, realy, if this is work related, buy a Mac with 64-bit supprot up to 8GB. Windows PS is a BS kludge until windows reaches 64-bit status. Also you should conider a dual-CPU system. Now that my harddrives ar not a bottleneck., I wish I had more CPUs.

    B. (sorry for the poorwriting)

  5. It is high time to ditch the damned WD740GD and the elderly 15k.3

    Some people have more money than sense :D

    Why do you say that? The 15k.3 was a great buy; the 36 GB model was relatively inexpensive. It has been in operation about 18 hours/day since November 2002, and paid for itself many times over. The 74 GB WD 10K drive was a disappointment, but I'm sure somebody will buy it for at least half the original price.

    Now I want to upgarde the boot drive and intsall the orifginal parts ofthe system. So its another few dollars, no biggie. I alrady spent enough on teh CPU, and lats wekk, 4Gb RAM upgrade. Now trhe system will be usable for another 8 months.


  6. One word of caution. Your mobo will most likely not handle this much memory. The most I have got to work in any desktop class mobo was 2.5GB and this was uinsg PC2100 memory. At PC3200 this is very difficult using 1GB unregistered dimms because each module has 16 or 18 chips or more and each of these chips will contribute to noise on the bus, heat and power draw.

    4GB of these work just fine.