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    Gay soldiers - watch your back!

    Pico, You don't sound like a homophobe per se just from reading your post, but you are more than just a bit narrowminded. Why can't you shower with a gay person, are you afraid it's contagious or something? Btw, chances are you've showered with lots of gays already, you just didn't know it. Is that what you want, for gays to hide who they are, just for your benefit? Lemme tell you something... That's not a workable way for a free nation to function. Most assuredly, you're not most gay men's type, and you're not going to lose your mojo from having to shower nekkid around them. Relax, okay? Gays are merely regular human beings, just like you.
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    What are ideports?

    If you run your SATA devices in IDE compatibility mode (instead of AHCI mode; this is a BIOS setting that may or may not be exposed to you, particulary not if you own a retail PC like a Dell for example), your SATA devices is most likely presenting themselves to the OS like any ol' 40-pin PATA device would. It's possible that your OS might describe SATA devices as IDE devices regardless of this setting; SATA command structure is based on the old IDE standard after all and is backwards compatible on a software level... Since your event log talks about ideport3, you should investigate what you have attached to that port - if anything at all. Note that the computer world sometimes starts numbering things from zero for some infathomable reason... Try disconnecting your SATA cable(s), maybe moving them to a different connector. Of course, if all you notice of this error are the appropriate event log entries, then perhaps you don't really need to do anything at all. Just continue to use your PC normally.
  3. Do you really need to store it in those conditions for that long? Can't you upload your data across the internet to another, cooler and more secure location? If not, I'd suggest a high-quality 2.5" single-disc HDD (ie: 1 or 2 heads) sealed in a small plastic baggie. Those drives don't dissipate a lot of power, so it won't overheat inside the bag. Naturally, you'd set the computer to spin the drive down when you're not using it... As mentioned, flash isn't neccessarily suited for long-term storage, and flash SSDs are such a new tech we don't really know how long they'll keep data intact, particulary when including factors like possible variations from unit to unit due to manufacturing variances or wear from repeated wipes/rewrites.
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    New HDD burn-in routines?

    It wasn't a mechanical problem, it was IBM's "pixie dust" treatment of the disks that caused clogging of the heads, which in turn caused overheating when the heads idled over the same tracks, tracking issues and data loss. Your tests are still pointless, all you're doing is waving that frog around and any evidence you've presented is anecdotal. "I did this to my drives and none of my drives failed (except the ones that failed anyway.......)" Post hoc, ergo propter hoc logic fallacy; you've no idea if those drives would have worked just fine anyway without going through your motions! Any stress testing your tests do is not going to scare away any possible faults that might affect that particular unit. A stress test won't eliminate forever the chance of a potential head crash. Essentially, the task of installing windows vista and patching it up with windows update to SP1 and current security fixes, installing some autostarting programs, and then (re)booting the machine a couple times is going to do all the stressing you'll ever need of that drive. ...And that WITHOUT the needless wear and tear you'd introduce by jumping through all the hoops you've described so far... If you're worried about your drive crashing on you, what you need is not waving frogs in the air, but solid backup procedures and a redundant disk array.
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    New HDD burn-in routines?

    All this is pointless and useless. If you've had 100 drives not fail on you, it's still just anecdotal evidence and hence, meaningless. Even if you had 1000 drives not fail on you it would still merely be anecdotal evidence, and would be no guarantee your 1001th drive won't fail, or the original poster's drive for that matter. "Burn-in" of a harddrive is pointless and does nothing to improve its reliability. You may possibly detect any existing flaw(s) that was already present when the unit was delivered, but that's it. Regardless of what you do as a user you cannot improve reliability of a HDD, it will either fail early or it won't, running HDTach and all the smart tests in the world will not change this. You may as well wave a dead frog over the drive whilst muttering incantations from various L. Ron Hubbard scriptures, it'll do you as much good.
  6. While I understand you may have little or no control over exactly which ads are displayed on the site Eugene, I still wanted to inform you that on the conclusions page there was a Google ad for therightspamsolution.com (and for heavens sake don't anybody go there now so they get referrals from storagereview in their server logs!) I wonder what keyword triggered a spam site being advertised here. Sort of having men's magazines on a girlscout website IMO. Anyway, thanx for the review, GOOD to see this site starting to live again! And when do we see Hitachi's newest drives reviewed, the K7400 is kind of old isn't it?
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    Cyberlink Folder - Help!

    Only two solutions that I know of - and neither are real solutions I suppose. One: don't use the program. Two: create a zero-size file by the same name as the folder and then write protect it. I do this to stop a "program files" folder from appearing (with programs in it) in the root of my non-english windows system partition. Of course, this doesn't really solve your problem, though I am somewhat at a loss trying to understand why you can't accept one itty-bitty extra folder. Yes, it may be a matter of principle on your part I guess, but is it really reasonable? Just let the folder be and it won't bother you.
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    Maxtor Atlas 15K II

    No award given for being the fastest drive released in two years? What does a harddrive manufacturer have to DO to deserve one of the coveted SR medals?
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    New Sata Drive, Problem

    If it is a cable issue it's more likely to be a bad connector somewhere, either on the drive itself or the mobo, rather than signal interference between the two conductors. SATA uses low-voltage differential signalling along a twisted pair of conductors for both the incoming link and outgoing link. If it was an interference issue, the cable would be more likely to cause interference within itself than receive interference from a nearby cable... The twisted pair structure and differential signalling will greatly cut down on the interference issue, so you needn't worry about that I think. SATA connectors on the other hand are routinely bashed for being both fragile and insecure, early on there were plenty of cases where merely touching the cable/connector caused transmission errors, or where cables simply detached completely with little or no effort (such as transporting the PC in a car). Have you tried all SATA connectors on your mobo/controller card and checked if it makes a difference?
  10. One cheap trick to cut down on display interference is to simply lower the screen resolution, and/or refresh rate, though this method will of course run out of usefulness really quick if that means one has to run the monitor at 800*600 @ 60Hz to avoid fuzzyness and ghosting...
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    Fujitsu MAU3147

    Nice review as always Eugene, one thing that struck me tho - and this could be a HTML rendering issue - one of the bars in the performance graphs on the desktop performance page are incorrect on the two lowest graphs, specifically the bar second lowest in each of the graphs if I remember correctly. They extended all the way to the right, despite the score obviously wasn't matching even the drive just above, and much less the leader. I use Firefox 1.0 on windows xp right now as I make this post.
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    7200.8 on Seagate's website

    Disappointing to see all manufacturers but Hitachi persists in making full-contact-stop harddrive designs in the 3.5" form factor. The headramps of the deskstar series really is a nice feature.
  13. Demagnetizing the platters would remove all the embedded servo information, sector marks, CRCs etc etc. The thing would become a paperweight. Highly unwise! It also would not remove the lock, as that is likely stored in on-board flashrom...
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    Program to Read .iso files

    Yeah, there is something that will do what you want, it's called A WALLET, and you take it out of your pocket to pay for your own set of CDs, you cheapskate.
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    Disk caching software

    Windows caching is horrible. Try copying a large file between two partitions on the same drive - windows spends at least ten times more time seeking back and forth than actually reading/writing data. Then try two simultaneous copy operations - drive thrashes so much it's like it's going to jump out of the case. Also, windows seems to default to keep data in memory after it's been committed to disk. Download a very large file off the internet (1gig+) and windows starts paging out actual program data to fit the downloaded file in RAM. Switching to another application then leads to mujos disk thrashing, especially if one/a few other disk operations is already going on. I'd very much like to stop these extremely annoying behaviours...