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  1. OK, I found the answer. I am so used to having drivers included in the motherboard that I overlooked the most important driver. I downloaded and created the floppy disk to contain the SATA2 drivers. When I re-installed XP, I hit F6 to install addition drivers and everything was OK from that point on. The standalone Partition magic rescue diskettes no longer work on the new mother boards that have SATA2 only. I am happy.
  2. I bought an HP D4999T with q9300, 3gb ram, 750GB ST3750640AS drive, ASUS IPIBL-TX motherboard. The motherboard has G33/ich9r and is built for HP. Comes with VISTA home premium. None of my old standalone utilities work on this hardware. When I look at the drive with Partition Magic, it shows error 110 and I can't even delete what is there. I managed to format drive with DOS/ PM (partition magic) and create 2 partitions of 250GB and 450GB but as soon as I reboot I get the error 110 again. Do I need more modern utilities to access the G33 and SATA2 hardware?????????? If so, what can I use to partition the drive with this hardware??? My GHOST and Acronis software appears to work when creating a backup, but won't restore correctly. I have installed XP ok but can't do a backup/restore with standalone utilities. HP doesn't support XP with this computer. I am having hard time getting drivers. Do you think the SATA2 is causing the problem? I will gladly buy new utilities if that will solve my problem. HELP
  3. I am thinking of building a new rig. I have the older WD360 with 8MB buffer. I get the impression that the WD360ADFD with 16MB buffer is a lot faster than my old model. I don't see the ADFD model in the performance data base. Is it as fast as the WD7400ADFD? I have read lots of pros and cons about raid 0, but it looks attractive for me because it seems I do a lot of waiting on backups, virus scans, movie decoding and copying. I am not into games. Can anyone tell me whether raid 0 would benefit me in these areas? If so, would I be better off with 2 WD360ADFD in raid 0 (16GB partition) or short stroking 2 WD6400AAKS (16GB partition)? Would I be better off with a single WD1500ADFD? Thanks for any suggestions.
  4. Can anyone give me a clue as to why my new rig is so slow during Norton Virus scan? I have an ASRock dual sataII motherboard running a WD2500KS on SATAII. The CPU is an Opteron 144 running at 2.1 Ghz. I also have another PC with Northwood 2.4 @ 3.00 on a P4P800 deluxe with a Raptor 36gb. I would think the raptor would be about the same speed as the WD2500KS (16MB buffer). The Raptor goes through about 120,000 files in 18 minutes. The WD2500KS does about 35,000 files in about 46 minutes. 46 minutes for 35,000 files doesn't look right. The WD2500KS looks to be fast for most everything else. It boots fast. A quick benchmark shows the following for the WD360 Raptor: SiSoftware Sandra Benchmark Breakdown Buffered Read : 54 MB/s Sequential Read : 52 MB/s Random Read : 26 MB/s Buffered Write : 63 MB/s Sequential Write : 52 MB/s Random Write : 40 MB/s Average Access Time : 19 ms (estimated) Here is the same test for the WD2500KS Benchmark Breakdown Buffered Read : 135 MB/s Sequential Read : 59 MB/s Random Read : 42 MB/s Buffered Write : 65 MB/s Sequential Write : 59 MB/s Random Write : 44 MB/s Average Access Time : 7 ms (estimated) I know that the benchmarks are not great for real life computing, but they show that the WD2500KS shouldn't be 4 times slower. It appears that the WD2500KS is a little faster during benchmarks. But, it just chugs along at a snail's pace during virus scan. The virus scan is the same for both PC's and are both up to date. Does anyone have any ideas????????????????????
  5. I am going to build a computer for a friends small business and I am looking at 80G drives. I have a WD800JB in mine and I like it. All my drives have been WD ever since I bought the Expert over 5 years ago. However, I read about WD failures recently. I looked at the reliability data base but it hard to define reliability. Both drives have failures, as one would suspect. But I get the impression from this forum that Seagate has an edge in reliability. Does anyone think the 80G Seagate is more reliable? I don't care about performance. Thanks for any insight.
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    Western Digital Caviar WD800JB

    Does anyone know how to tell the difference between the 3 platter and 2 platter models? Does the serial number reveal the faster drive?