Alucard

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  1. wondering if anyone knew where to get the areca cards in canada, it says synnex is the distrbutor in canada but they don't carry them when I called.
  2. Currently I have a raptor 150, and 6x seagate 400 7200.8 and 2x seagate nl35 drives. Most of the drives were bought 2 at a time and I think the nl35 drives are pretty much the same as the 400 7200.8's. System specs athlon 64 3800X2+@ 2.7ghz, 2gigs of ram, high end videocard x1900 or 7900, and sound blaster xfi elite pro, on a dfi nf4 expert mobo. I use the system for pretty much everything like a media pc, and for gaming, work, school. I wanted to put 8x 400 in raid 5 or 6 array using my pci-e 8x slot, and just give my graphics card 8x. Since I have 9+ drives in my system, I have to use the sil controller that is on the pci bus, and a promise pci sata controller. This easily overloads the pci bus and causes my soundcard to stall or creates static when the drives are underload. Trying to decide on a pcie raid5/6 controller since I have alot of lossless audio, and dvds imaged, and other files I'd like to have some redunecy with incase one drive fails. Right now I have all my hard drives on an antec 550truecontrol psu, and my main system off a seasonic s12 600. I was thinking of getting another 600seasonic if it would be better since the voltages should be closer, not that I think it matters much for hard drives, and fans. I was looking at the areca 1220 and 1230, I don't think I will need the 12 port consider all new motherboard should have 4+ sata ports, but if you can run multiple arrays on them, and if it would perform better then the default chipset ports I think it might be worth it. For instance if I have 8x400 raid5 array and 2x150 raid0 array on the 1230 would performence suffer? Would I be better off just using raid 0 on the chipset native ports or off the the controller? I am also wondering how easy it is to expand the array, since I already have atleast 2tb of data I would need to move to the array. I heard it takes along to expand arrays any estimates though if I start with 3x400 and go to 8 drive by drive? I never had any problems with the ntfs file system corrupting but is it something I should worry about with tha large raid 5 array? I am also wondering how the cpu usage is on the areca controllers, or if anyone has any other to recommend, that are hopefully cheaper but reliable. I heard there can be upto 1 gig of ram on the controllers and there is a sodimm slot but I can't see it on the cards. Is it possible for me to order a 1gig ecc sodimm(laptop memory) and just stick it on the card for a performence boost, and how much would it cost?
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    PCI EXPRESS SATA 2 NCQ cards?

    well if anyone can confirm it works with nf4 chipsets native sata ports getting 1 of these would probably solve my problem. I'd also like to know if they effect performence, I don't think they should unless you are using more then 2 drives at once.
  4. I ran out of sata ports on my nf4 board, and have been looking for a pcie card that had 4 sata 2 ncq ports , I don't need raid or anything jsut more ports, and ncq makes a big difference for me so I would like that too. I could get some pci card but I only have two slots and it seems like a waste since the bus will be the transfer limit anyways. I've looked and looked but I can't seem to find any pcie controllers, I was just looking for something around the 50us range for a 1-4x pcie slot. I also would like a card that boots fast, unlike my promise tx2 plus. If worse comes to worse I may have to buy a cheap pci sata2 ncq card if anyone has any recommendations.
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    Seagate Barracuda 7200.8

    well I guess I bought into the hype of the seagate 400gig drives and ended up buying three of them and a 300 7200.8 drive. For me they seem alot faster then the 7200.7 200 sata drive I had, the ncq makes a big difference with a nf4 board, but that didn't seem to be teted in the review. I do notice the 400gig drives are really hot my raptor seems to be 7c cooler then them, and I thought that was suppose to be a hot drive. I don't really trust maxtor drives so I went with seagate, since I figure if the drives has 5 year warrenties they should last for the 1.5-2 years I plan to keep them for without any issues. Benchmarking the 400 seagate doesn't seem to do it justice in most reviews, when I actually use them, they seem alot faster. I think there are two different firmwares 3.01 and 3.02. The 3.01 I have on my 300 gig drive seems to perform alot worse then the 400 but that maybe just do to the lower platter density. I found 400 to be really heavy compared to my other drives, so the heavy platter probably have something to do with the slow seek, or seagate may just want them to be more realiable to not have alot of returns during thier 5 year warrenty period. If I trusted maxtor I would have bought thier 300gig drives, but they didn't seem large enough for my need, and seem to have quality control issues for alot of people.
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    Seagate 7200.8 squeak if low space?

    well I'm starting to think the noise was my nf4 chipset fan, or another fan I removed cause I haven't hear that sound since then, I still dislike the high corrected errors in the smart values. Looking for a pcie sata card if anyone knows and good cheap one I don need raid.
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    PCI-E RAID Cards

    are there any sata 2 ncq pcie cards I don't need the raid just the extra 4 ports, and somthing cheap that doesn't kill my boot process.
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    Seagate 7200.8 squeak if low space?

    first drive is making the noise I don't like the higher error rates on the other drive added my raptor for comparasion and two other seagate 7200.8 drives I have. I called thier tecj supp and warrenty which is both sound retarded and unable to any anyone of my questions properly. I'm in canada and even bussiness can't do advanced rma here so it's pretty brutal. My 7200.7 drives never had any problems. But after getting a doa 400seagate, and the one that's squeaking was form the same shipment I'm pretty worried about my data, and it's hard to just back up 400-800gigs on optical media. HD Tune: ST3400832AS Health ID Current Worst ThresholdData Status (01) Raw Read Error Rate 51 45 6 118576488 Ok (03) Spin Up Time 97 97 0 0 Ok (04) Start/Stop Count 100 100 20 25 Ok (05) Reallocated Sector Count 100 100 36 0 Ok (07) Seek Error Rate 70 60 30 12536915 Ok (09) Power On Hours Count 100 100 0 538 Ok (0A) Spin Retry Count 100 100 97 0 Ok (0C) Power Cycle Count 100 100 20 45 Ok (C2) Temperature 29 43 0 29 Ok (C3) Hardware ECC Recovered 51 45 0 118576488 Ok (C5) Current Pending Sector 100 100 0 0 Ok (C6) Offline Uncorrectable 100 100 0 0 Ok (C7) Ultra DMA CRC Error Count 200 200 0 0 Ok (C8) Write Error Rate 100 253 0 0 Ok (CA) (unknown attribute) 100 253 0 0 Ok Power On Time : 538 Health Status : Ok HD Tune: ST3400832AS Health ID Current Worst ThresholdData Status (01) Raw Read Error Rate 54 48 6 21760788 Ok (03) Spin Up Time 98 97 0 0 Ok (04) Start/Stop Count 100 100 20 71 Ok (05) Reallocated Sector Count 100 100 36 0 Ok (07) Seek Error Rate 78 60 30 66092804 Ok (09) Power On Hours Count 99 99 0 1082 Ok (0A) Spin Retry Count 100 100 97 0 Ok (0C) Power Cycle Count 100 100 20 95 Ok (C2) Temperature 33 54 0 33 Ok (C3) Hardware ECC Recovered 54 48 0 21760788 Ok (C5) Current Pending Sector 100 100 0 0 Ok (C6) Offline Uncorrectable 100 100 0 0 Ok (C7) Ultra DMA CRC Error Count 200 200 0 0 Ok (C8) Write Error Rate 100 253 0 0 Ok (CA) (unknown attribute) 100 253 0 0 Ok Power On Time : 1082 Health Status : Ok HD Tune: ST3300831AS Health ID Current Worst ThresholdData Status (01) Raw Read Error Rate 52 46 6 172694840 Ok (03) Spin Up Time 97 97 0 0 Ok (04) Start/Stop Count 100 100 20 74 Ok (05) Reallocated Sector Count 100 100 36 0 Ok (07) Seek Error Rate 78 60 30 74537778 Ok (09) Power On Hours Count 99 99 0 1253 Ok (0A) Spin Retry Count 100 100 97 0 Ok (0C) Power Cycle Count 100 100 20 101 Ok (C2) Temperature 32 45 0 32 Ok (C3) Hardware ECC Recovered 52 46 0 172694840 Ok (C5) Current Pending Sector 100 100 0 0 Ok (C6) Offline Uncorrectable 100 100 0 0 Ok (C7) Ultra DMA CRC Error Count 200 199 0 3 Ok (C8) Write Error Rate 100 253 0 0 Ok (CA) (unknown attribute) 100 253 0 0 Ok Power On Time : 1253 Health Status : Ok HD Tune: WDC WD740GD-00FLA0 Health ID Current Worst ThresholdData Status (01) Raw Read Error Rate 200 200 51 0 Ok (03) Spin Up Time 73 72 21 4850 Ok (04) Start/Stop Count 100 100 40 230 Ok (05) Reallocated Sector Count 200 200 140 0 Ok (07) Seek Error Rate 200 200 51 0 Ok (09) Power On Hours Count 93 93 0 5833 Ok (0A) Spin Retry Count 100 100 51 0 Ok (0B) Calibration Retry Count 100 100 51 0 Ok (0C) Power Cycle Count 100 100 0 227 Ok (C2) Temperature 119 98 0 28 Ok (C4) Reallocated Event Count 200 200 0 0 Ok (C5) Current Pending Sector 200 200 0 0 Ok (C6) Offline Uncorrectable 200 200 0 0 Ok (C7) Ultra DMA CRC Error Count 200 253 0 3 Ok (C8) Write Error Rate 200 179 51 0 Ok Power On Time : 5833 Health Status : Ok
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    Seagate 7200.8 squeak if low space?

    only one drive does it, and the other one I bought from the same shipment was doa, I think they got damaged in shipping, since one of the plastic shells looked damaged. I'm going to talk to the store again and hopefully they can lend me some drives for the meantime
  10. I have 3x400 seagate 400's 1x 300 7200.8 drives and a raptor. I'm pretty sure one of the 400's is making a random squeak kinda seek sound every 30min-1hour, might be downloading to the drive though. I wonder if anyone else has this and if it's due to low space or something wrong with the drive? I can't afford to lose 400gigs of data, and it's really quite painful to burn
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    NCQ Support - Is it worth it?

    ncq is definatily worth it if your board or controller supports it. I have 2 of the seagate 400's and the ncq makes a big difference, and currently that drive has the fastest max transfer with 133gbit platters I tihnk.
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    Seagate 7200.8 Uh Oh

    I have 2x seagate 400 sata's and 1x 300 and so far haven't had any problem with them. They do seem alittle hot but I have 2x120mm fans over my drives. My 74 gig raptor is actually my coolest drive. I think cooling and psu is a major problem with hard drives dying, bad shipping is a possiblity but ususaly those would be doa.
  13. I recently built nf4 pcie system with the dfi ultra d mother board, and was really glad it has sata2 support and ncq. So I now have one 74 gig raptor, 1 300 seagate 7200.8, 2x 400 seagate 7200.8 all running off the nvida ports, and then a 200seagate 7200.7 running off a promise controller. My main problem is the nvidia drivers are nice and enable ncq by default which helps alot, but then I random crash during heavy i/o acticly and I'm almost certain it's the ide driver. I tried the 6.39 which were not too bad for ide, but the other driver was garbage, and the 6.53's seem to have a severe ide problem since I only crash during heavy i/o activitly. Like the moment I try and defragg all my drives at once I will just crash, usually only the forth or fifth drive sometimes the third. I put microsofts drive but they don't support ncq which really defeats the purpose of 4 of my drives.
  14. pretty sure the 300 is 3 platters I bought one today, I quick formated and did a quick hdtach which was pretty weak. burst 131.9, read average 52.5 seek 15ms on ich5r. It's a new drive since it says the warrenty is till jan 31 2010. My friend bought a 250 not sure what he tested it on but it got 120.1 burst , 56.9 read, but a high 16.9 seek. Let you know later proper long benches. I might try and exchange this anb buy 2x250's
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    Windows 2003 Server vs Windows XP Pro

    I've been using win2k3 as a desktop for over a year now, and find it quite abit faster then windows xp, and doesn't have as many explorer related bugs. But things are chaning now since win xp sp2 came out which could make win xp faster then the orignal win2k3. But I have been running the service pack 1 builds for 8 months or so and they provide a nice performence increase to 2k3, rc1 is out now and the final should be out within a month or so.