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  1. Ok. Good to know. I wanted to make sure they werent all goign to format down to the same capactiy. If I want the most usable at that storage point, I will focus on 512GB SSD's. Thank you.
  2. I get the bit v. byte conversation and the age old, “OMG! My 1TB drive formatted down to 913GB usable!” complaint. However, this particular issue in this instance is stumping me. I’m here to offer a different spin on the, “where did all my capacity go?” complaint. At the “500GB point” I see a lot of manufactures advertising different sizes. Are these drives actually different sizes, or are these companies just reporting their drives differently and the usable capacity is the same? Is a 512GB SSD going to provide me 32GB’s more of usable space then the 480GB? Or is it just a different way to market the same capacity?
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    SSD Caching Software. Any suggestions?

    So, I think I have made my decision. I will add a 500-1TB platter drive until 1TB SSD's come down. I expect to move too a 2x1TB setup around this time next year. I have my eyes on a 1TB WD Black WD100SFZEX and a VRaptor WD5000HHTZ. Both are the same price. Capacity is not a concern. All I need is 500GB. The most intense task it will do is gamming. Witch should I get?
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    SSD Caching Software. Any suggestions?

    I noticed the VRaptor wasn't on the leaderboard. Is that old hat?
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    SSD Caching Software. Any suggestions?

    I have used the Seagate Hybrids to great effect in the past. I just think I want something a little more robust for this situation. Specifically, faster platters. But that is a good point. If the Seagate Hybrids are just as good as a VRaptor+64GB then that is that. So, I have maxed out a 3x512 RAID 0 SSD area. There are arguable many things on that raid that don’t need to be on an SSD. There is about 100 gigs right off the top I can take off, and if I sacrificed I could probably free up a bunch more. But I don’t think I could go down past 1TB of pure SSD goodness. The array has 98% applications/programs/games installed on it. I would like to move less used applications/programs/games off the SSD area to a fast mechanical alternative. If I could move enough off it, and I'm not saying I can, but if I could, I would like to down-size it to 2x512. It may be that I won’t be able to move THAT much data off the 3x512 to be able to remove an entire 512GB disk from the array. That is a possibility. Ideally if money was no option I would run 2x1TB SSD's and that would be that. But I can’t bring myself to put down that kind of money. Alternatively, I could add another 512. That is a completely valid option. But I’m already nervous about 3x512s. The more I think about this the more I think the Hybrid Seagate is my answer. I just wanted something more robust then that.
  6. Hello, I have searched the internet for this. By and far, the most popular answer I seem to see is, buy a Seagate Hybrid. I do find that to be an amicable solution in some cases. However, it is not what I am looking for in this case. I am under the impressing a current gen VRaptor saddled with a 64GB SSD cache would outperform a Seagate Hybrid drive. Benchmarks to the contrary would sway my opinion, but I am currently under the belief the above mentioned setup would be faster then a Hybrid. With that being said, other than Intel’s caching (I think they call it Smart Response), are there any solutions out there? I would like to run a dedicated SSD boot drive, a large capacity SSD storage drive, then a larger capacity mechanical drive with an SSD cache. My current setup is C: = SSD, D: = 3x512 SSDs <- currently out of room. I would like to go to a setup that looks like this: C: = SSD, D: = 2x512 SSD. E: = 1TB w/ SSD cache. Advice on caching software, or evidence that would support, caching isn’t any better than Seagate’s Hybrid drives is where I would like to focus. Thank you.
  7. So, I have a windows home server running cat5e everywhere in my house. All the runs are full gigabyte but one. It keeps dropping to 100BASE-TX (12MB/s). Process of elimination has indicated the problem is in the CAT5e drop somewhere. Either on the keystone jacks, or somewhere in the wire itself. I was wondering if anyone has experience with this. I was hoping someone could tell me exactly what wire(s) I'm having trouble with (loose, not making contact, etc.). If I can’t get it isolated, I'm going to have to rip the whole drop out of the wall and replace it. I don’t want to do that. At all. I'm confused as to how it can cary a 100BASE-TX signal, but not a 1000BASE-T. It has carried a 1000BASE-T signal in that past, but its intermittent. Now it won’t do it all. To someone who knows this kind of stuff, it may be very clear and apparent. I just simply don’t know enough about it to understand why it will carry a 100BASE-TX, but not a 1000BASE-T. Any suggestions would help. Thank you.
  8. OK, so I was happily running a Windows 7 MCPC (HTPC) when I decided to upgrade to Windows 8. Long story short is, Windows 8 took my 4 drive spanned volume, broke it, and reinitialized it as 4 independent hard drives. When Win 8 reinitialized the drives it did it old-school like. It made a 2TB portion and pushed the rest out into unallocated space. Think LBA instead of GPT. That is kind of the bad part, but not really. The REAL bad part is, I don't understand how to initialize the drives to their full capacity. Under Disk Manager I cant, well, manage the disks. All the options are grayed out no mater what I right click on. The only options are Properties and Help. I cant change drive letters, I cant Delete, Shrink, or anything. I know I wont be able to recover my deleted Spanned volume, but I was hopping I could at least "unlock" the drives. Anyone have any suggestions?
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    Games of 2012

    By far, Mass Effect 3 and Diablo III Star Craft II: Heart of the Swarm I will keep my eye open for anything Skyrim related too.
  10. I know there is a little more activity on this in the 240GB review of this drive, but, in the intrest of staying on topic, I wanted to post here. I’m extremely interested in purchasing a few of these 120GB versions, but the numbers worry me. Especially, the hit it takes on non-compressible data. I understand all SSD’s take a hit there but going from 456MB/s to 162MB/s is pretty unacceptable. Did firmware fix this? The thread on the 240GB version eluded to it, but is there anything solid?
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    SSD RAID 0 Benchmarks Please

    Thank you very much. I appreciate that. For whatever reason I missed that review. I searched the site for “SSD RAID” but that didn’t come up. Again. Thank you. And that does answer my question. Not only is getting to 240GB’s cheaper by going RAID0, but judging by those results, its faster in nearly everything. I wasn’t excepting random 4k’s to see an increase. I also wasn’t expecting to see such a huge performance increase in the “real world” bench’s.
  12. Not because I’m a speed freak or anything, but because it’s cheaper. Depending on the drive, it can be anywhere from $10 to $50 cheaper to buy two 120’s and RAID them then to buy their 240 equivalent. However, the age old debate continues; does RAID 0 really increase performance beyond sequential? I may be more inclined to buy a single 240GB at a marginally higher price for the simplicity then 120GBx2. That is if real world performance isn’t improved by much. And by real world, I mean the HTPC, Gaming and Productivity bench’s. You don’t have to do a full battery of disks. Or even a full battery of tests. Just slap two 120’s in RAID 0, toss your real world bench’s at it and post the results. OKGO!
  13. So I think I know what the answer is. All my data is lost, right? This is under Windows 7, Dynamic Disc, Spanned Array. This is not a striped array, but I hardly see the difference. Obviously the drive that has failed is lost, but what about the others? I don’t mind loosing the data. It was a backup of a backup so It’s no big deal, but we are talking about 8TB of data here total. It’s going to take the better part of two days to copy that much data back. I would love to be able to salvage the data on the other two drives. If it’s any consolation, the array isn’t broken. At least yet. just one of the drives has failed in it. I can’t write to the array anymore and when I try to use scandisk on it, it can’t complete it. So that puts me in the middle ground of failing but not failed yet. I would love to just boot the bad drive out, loose whatever data is on it and insert a new drive into the spanned array. Is that even possible?
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    Best upcoming games in 2011?

    We should update this for upcoming games of 2012. The only thing I was really lookig forward to this year was Skyrim and Modern Warfare 3. Well, Dragon Age 2, but that was first part of the year. MW3 was good. I knew what to expect so I wasn’t disappointed. Full price for an expansion is BS, but it is what it is. Skyrim is freaking amazing. I love it. 60+ hours on it and I dont think I'm halfway through. And I'm no slacker either! I consider myself a power player. I will have spent 8 to 10 hours a day on that game a few times. It has its issues, but the depth of the game is like nothing I have ever experienced before. That includes the Fallout universe. I can answer specifics if anyone wants. For 2012? Mass Effet 3 Diablo III Starcraft II: Heat of the Swarm