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  1. egh? Whats a more normal that usual fan? I've heard very bad things about Lacie external drives, albeit from pros who use them day in day out 9-5. How often are you going to use your enclosure and at what intensity? If you are going to use it primarily for backup (intense disk activity for a few hours, but infrequently used) you are best off going for: 1) Long warranty. As a back up and primary are very unlikely to fail at the same time, there is not point worrying about reliability. Most disks are much of a muchness anyway. 2) Good cooling. I use an Antec MX-1 which keeps hard disks cooler than in the main pc case. The fan is noisy though. Not loud, but produces a hum at an annoying frequency. I think a lot of external drive problems are cause by excessive heat build up which is the no.1 cause of premature hard disk failure. They should be kept below 50c, but I imagine that being very hard to achieve enclosed tightly in a very small space. If you are going to use it frequently, day to day to play your media files, you should seriously consider implementing a full backup regime so you don't have to worry about data failure. Alternately, you could do a bit of research for the quietest, coolest enclosure you can find and stick in a 750gb - 1tb desktop drive. They are much of a muchness when it comes to reliability I think. I would again go for the longest warranty.
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    Archiving Audio

    you a basic server with a redundant raid array... pretty basic stuff. (not that I know anything about how to set this up mind you) have you tried calling a pc company and asking them? a lot of people on this forum will be able to help.
  3. I wouldn't classify that as a hard disk... its a RAM disk. If you switch off the power, the data needs to be backed up or its gone. The Mtron SSD is flash memory based and so will store data without power... just like a conventional hard disk. If you can't afford a $1000 disk, you could always go for the Hitachi 200GB 7K200. Everyone says this is the fastest conventional 2.5 inch hdd on the market right now.
  4. Mtron 2.5 inch SSD by far. About 1000USD
  5. If you want to create SATA RAID 0 arrays for video capture you will need to add another disk or two to each array depending on the disk you go for. See the storagereview database for minimum transfer times and then multiply as necessary. However, 15,000RPM SCSI really is the way forward as scratch disks really benefit from fast access times.
  6. 2 sets of audio and video scratch disks. 1) RAID0 2 disk 15,000RPM SCSI array as a Captured Video scratch 2) RAID0 2 disk 15,000RPM SCSI array as a Video Previews scratch 3) 1 Sata disk for Captured Audio scratch and storage 4) 1 Sata disk for Audio Previews scratch and storage 5) Media Cache? I don't understand how Premier Pro will use this so can't really help spec a disk. I think a Sata disk will be fine as the Video scratch files are the real bandwidth hogs. 6) DVD encoding if you create DVD's. Probably won't need more than a SATA disk. 7) 1 Sata Project file disk 8) 1 Sata System and Program file disk I don't know exactly what your work flow will be like but generally you want to seperate Source (Capture) and Output (Preview / Render)Data to seperate RAID 0 volumes that aren't used for anything else. You want your project files to be on another seperate volume. You want system (OS) and program files to be on another seperate volume. That makes a minimum of 6 disks in 4 volumes.
  7. what programs will you be using? a lot of software companies recommend setups for their particular software. adobe for instance makes these recommendations for premier:
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    Computer taking long time to shut off

    its totally safe to delete the contents of the temp folders. If windows is using a particular temp file, it won't let you delete it.
  9. 15K SCSI difinately. The low access times really help with databases.
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    Computer taking long time to shut off

    Just read my previous post and it didn't make a lot of sense. Too much caffeine. 3 cups of expresso! Use system restore to get your pc back to its damaged state, post registry clean. A lot of registry cleaners make an automatic backup before making any changes to the registry. In which case, fire up the registry cleaner and restore the pre registry clean working registry from inside the program. Failing that. Try system restore again but before using it do these things: 1) uninstall any programs that were installed after the system restore point you are winding back to. 2) delete the contents of your temp folders
  11. Do it yourself. Buy something like a 500GB Samsung F1 and buy a quality external enclosure. Maybe something like a Antec MX1 (nice quality but has a noisy fan) or a HDD Stage Rack It will take you all of 10minutes to put the hard disk in the case, and it will work just like the manufacturer solutions you have listed. Most hard disks are much of a muchness when it comes to reliability. Since you are going to backup it up, you might want to go for the longest warranty and not worry about reliability per se as its really unlikely both your main data source and back up will fail at the same time.
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    Computer taking long time to shut off

    Try going back to the messed up registry settings opening up your reg edit program and re-instating the old registry back from there. You did take a back up before unleashing the registry cleaner right? If you didn't make a backup, I guess you could try deleting the contents of all your cache and temp folders and try to do another system restore. Sometimes that helps. Do a google search to find out the locations of these folders. I find that system restore is a bit hit and miss, so I take full backups/images and restore them from an external hard disk. A bit overkill but it saves a LOT of headache. Otherwise, you will probably have to live with it... slow shut down problems are notoriously difficult to get rid of.
  13. Or if you work in a small firm, can't afford the extra network hardware etc... you should be looking to upgrade your existing servers with SSD's or 15K SCSI disks. Although I don't know much about networks, I do know that 25-30mins is a ridiculously long time to load up a few hundered MB's of files. I was thinking it must be in the GB's range with those sorts of transfer times. What sort of network / storage system are you guys using? It must really be slowing you guys down especially if multiple people work on seperate bits of the same model, and there are like 10 of you uploading and downloading different bits of the assembly all day. Man, I haven't experienced a network that slow ever. Wait maybe once at a small firm, which used a stupid direct connection / home network setup, instead of a central server. It was ridiculous. The network was so slow everyone swapped files larger than a few MB using USB flash memory keys.
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    Seagate FreeAgent standby mode

    Call Seagate technical support... its free!