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  1. I'd concur with physical media not going away any time soon. They may be damaged under some circumstances but won't magically disappear (remember that embarrassing Kindle incident, involving an Orwell e-book of all things?), and like stated have some intrinsic value. Besides, it is easier to import a CD from another country than the same for the electronic version, ironically enough... (This reason for this is quite simple: a much more decentralized distribution network. Things electronic tend to have a "gatekeeper problem".)
  2. "Phillip’s head screws" (I know these as "Phillips", sans apostrophe), "Windbond DDR RAM cache module" (last time I checked the company was still called Winbond, though IIRC the parent company is another these days), "The area the Seagate Momentus XT really shined " (cringe) - methinks a pinch of proofreading wouldn't have hurt for this article.
  3. While there are entries for the P80 series drives with 8 MiB of cache, there have never been any for the following: P80 w/ 2 MiB cache - (SP0401N, SP0612N, )SP0802N, SP1203N, SP1604N (copy existing models, except cache 2048K; you could seemingly already buy them in May 2003 while the 8 meggers hadn't yet materialised in July) V80 family - (SV0401N, )SV0802N, SV1203N, SV1604N (as above, but 5400/min and again cache 2048K) That always bugged me because we used to have a SP1604N until not so long ago (it was then sold in working condition), and a SV0802N is still serving as a backup drive. These Samsungs were extremely popular then (mostly the 80+ gig models though, but I listed the uncommon 40/60 giggers anyway), as they were inexpensive, decent performers and generally very quiet albeit with some variation in terms of vibration levels. Certainly better than the Seagates of the day (a sad sight for an old Seagate fan like me).
  4. sgrossklass

    Storage Review Site Update

    PS: Oops, seems I'm thoroughly spoiled by forums that allow editing nowadays. ;-/ The "no edit" policy had some points going for it back in 2002 or thereabouts, but one may have to rethink that.
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    Storage Review Site Update

    The main problem is that it has historically been coupled to the reviews DB, which is highly unsatisfying as you may imagine. No review - no entry for the drive. In other words, just about 99% of current models (and still a few more past ones) are missing. Not good for what once was a unique strength of SR. Since Eugene could never be motivated to dissolve the dependencies, I assume you folks will have some, err, fun with that. On an unrelated note, the forum theme seems to be a pixel fetishist design, as it chokes on my minimum font size here in the message form. Shot screen [~100K] I don't think it used to be like that. In addition, icon contrast seems low (they are definitely too pale, look at those below the font selection dropdown list for example).
  6. Well, I justed tested this driver on my parents' machine (AMD 760/686B based, U100TX2, same XFire 1024, Win2k) which I faintly remembered to have exhibited sound problems with b43, and there were occasional sound "jerks" during defragmenting - which promptly disappeared once I went back to 2.00 b42. Case closed. It was worth a try, wasn't it?
  7. I noticed that there was a 2.1.0.3 Vista driver out for the Ultra133 TX2, so I wondered whether this might be compatible with older controllers and Windows versions. So not wanting to shut down my main machine (or even kill the OS install), I gave it a spin on a secondary rig with: PIII-800EB on P3B-F (you are officially allowed to feel nostalgic at this point - this is my newest board though...) Win2k SP4 OS drive: 18 gig Cheetah 36ES on AHA-2940U2W - thus messing with the Promise driver is easily done Promise Ultra66 (!) with 20 gig Travelstar 40GNX (which ended up there after my notebook let out the magic smoke) Previously installed Promise driver: 2.00 b42 (2.00.0.42) The result: It works, and seemingly no worse than 2.00 b42 - including SMART readout and no sound crackling. (One only shouldn't try addressing drives on the Promise as /dev/scsixx in smartctl, that'll give a nice BSOD. This, however, happens regardless of driver version, only the stop error is different between the two.) However, the sound cards in there are not particularly crackle sensitive - a Terratec DMX XFire 1024 isn't for sure (the CS4624 must have a fairly healthy buffer), and a SB Live! 24-Bit (man, what a bus and CPU hog) doesn't seem to be either. No fussy Envy24(HT) cards. Now, before I try this driver on my main machine with an U100TX2 and two Envy24HT cards (which would involve catching up with my radio recording backlog and some DVD burning to gain some free space before that), would anyone have any experience with regard to: * SMART readout in S2k3 or Vista (broken for S2k3 onwards with b42/43 due to a change in the driver stack which would have to be accomodated in the driver but isn't) * sound crackling issues (as noticed with 2.00 b43) ?
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    I have a mtron SSD 32G for testing .....

    I'd suggest h2benchw. Use -english, -a (all tests), the various -t options for labels and -w <output> to create log files. Write tests (-!) can only be performed if no partitions exist, so you'd have to remove these in this case.
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    HDD not allowing system to powerup

    Try connecting power only. If the system still won't power up, the drive probably has a dead short somewhere... maybe something as simple as a failed tantalum cap, maybe a dead motor driver, who knows. Seagates have historically not made a PCB swap easy, so I guess you've got a problem for a data recovery company there.
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    Newbie with a HD problem losing his mind.

    A P5... that is not a P5A is an LGA775 board (just checked, it's an i955X based thing), thus 48 bit LBA shouldn't be an issue. Ideas for troubleshooting: Does the drve spin up at all? Does POST see it? Check the PATA/SATA config in BIOS setup, not that the PATA ports are disabled by default (you can also enable enhanced mode, so all PATA and SATA ports will be usable at the same time). I don't get what sense it would make to still buy a PATA harddrive for a new machine these days though.
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    Reading around bad blocks

    dd_rescue works like dd, only that it skips unreadable sectors.
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    new Samsung SP2504C S.M.A.R.T. values

    From my experience with Samsungs (mostly older P80s and V80s), Raw Read Error Rate should be in the one or two digit range raw data wise, depending on how much use the drive has seen. A complete surface scan should add a few. Several 1000 seems excessive to me unless the PL40 handles this attribute differently.
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    how to RMA a fujitsu scsi drive?

    RMAs for Fujitsu drives have to go through the distributor. I.e. normally you'd return the drives to the dealer you bought them from and he'd send them to the distributor he bought them from in return, with the distributor then sending back the drive to Fujitsu. Fujitsu, like Toshiba, does not offer any end user RMA support.
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    Possible Fail(ed/ing) Hard Drive

    The array is being rebuilt. In this case, data is copied to the drive that had dropped out. Once this finishes, turn off the system, remove the suspect drive, connect it to another system and carefully inspect the SMART values there. If you can't do that, a backup of your data couldn't hurt, and keep an eye on the array. If this should repeat, then it's likely to be a bad drive. (Oh, and check whether the SATA cables are well-seated, these can give some trouble.)
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    could i avoid dead pixel on my monitor

    This, btw, would indicate a failed solder joint or such at the panel. Whether this is repairable would depend on how difficult it is to access the problematic spot; in warranty the panel would probably just get exchanged. A limited number of dead pixels is usually not covered by warranty; they should be less common these days anyway.