JoeSchmoe008

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    RAID 5 on Dimension 8400?

    I didn't use RAID 1. I would imagine the performance would be the same as single drive. I can't recommend backup strategy. I don't backup my OS - only my own data like IE bookmarks, Outlook .PST file and documents/source code.
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    RAID 5 on Dimension 8400?

    I think RAID 5 is overkill for desktop. I never used it myself. For RAID 0 I use onboard controller, it also does RAID 1. If you are concerned about data security - use RAID 1. But nothing replaces regular backups.
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    RAID 5 on Dimension 8400?

    I don't know about RAID 5 controller but I am running 3 SATA 160GB drives (and 2 optical drives) in 8400 right now (2 in RAID 0 and 1 separate). 3-rd is installed under the floppy drive, fits just fine. PSU is strong enough. There is only 2 SATA power connectors, but you can get a converter for ATA power connector. If you want to put 4-th drive you'd have to put it in 1 of 2 5.25 bays. I don't know if proper rails are available for this. I don't think it would fit instead of floppy. I have not experienced heat issues. Keep in mind I've been running it like that only for 2 weeks and it's not on 24x7, but it does run for a day just fine. I really think 4 drives would be pushing it considering that there is no dedicated case fans. For this you need larger case/more fans.
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    Gigabit Switches

    I would like report that I just received D-Link DGS 1008D Gigabit switch and it is dead quiet. Just as fast on copying 4.5 GB file as SMC I tried.
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    Gigabit Switches

    I got 8-port SMC switch mentioned above. Using TTCP it seems I hit the limit of PCI bus for network transfer. Doing the file copy I move 4.5 GB DVD image from one PC to another in 2.5 min vs 7.5 min in 100Mbit mode. Jumbo frames are off. I am under impression that not all onboard Gigabit NICs support Jumbo frames. At work I have Dell PowerEdge 400SC and it has this option in Advanced setup for the network adapter, at home I have Dell Dimension 8400 - and it doesn't seem to have this option available via UI. However, I returned this SMC switch b/c it was making high-pitched sound that was driving me nuts. I also didn't like that cables connect in the front - turned out to be inconvenient on the desk for me. If your switch is on the wall I guess you don't care. I ordered D-Link gigabit switch instead (haven't gotten it yet).
  6. Anyone tried it and had any problems in the long term ? I just installed it successfully in the bay under the floppy drive in Dell Dimension 8400, but am a little bit concerned with heat dissipation. It seems that officially this system doesn't support 3 hard drives. Maybe I should remove floppy drive to let this hard drive "breathe" easier ? I realize that floppy drive doesn't generate any heat by itself considering it's always off, this is just to increase an airflow. If I do remove it - should I leave the plastic cover with a slot for floppy or replace it with the cover without the opening ? I know I can get USB floppy in case if I ever need one. Anyone knows if USB floppy is equivalent to the "regular" floppy for boot/OS setup purposes in this particular computer ?
  7. The system is Dell Dim 8400 with 2 SATA drive in RAID 0 configuration. It is set to "RAID ON" in BIOS. If I add the third SATA drive to this system (not to be a part of an array)- will it be recognized ?
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    Gigabit Switches

    I am considering the same. I found out there is such thing on Gigabit network as "Jumbo frames", and most of the cheapest Gigabit switches don't support it. I don't know how important this is.
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    Problem booting from the second SATA drive

    OOPS sorry just realized I didn't specify computer model correctly - it is Dell Dimension 8400
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    Problem booting from the second SATA drive

    I know I can switch cables (not a viable solution), I know how to edit boot INI (it doesn't change HARDWARE boot order). This is not what I am asking. Let's stay on topic. I am trying to find out if it is possible to change HARDWARE boot order between several SATA drives in BIOS. It's that simple. If anyone's motherboard supports this - pleas post the model TIA
  11. Computer is Dell Dimension XPS. Came with one SATA drive (on channel 0). I installed second SATA drive on channel 2. I booted from the drive on channel 0, formatted the drive on channel 2 - everything is great. Then I disabled drive on channel 0 in BIOS, booted from CD and installed XP Pro on the drive on Channel 2. This worked fine as well, I can boot to the drive on channel 2 BUT ONLY WHEN DRIVE ON CHANNEL 0 IS DISABLED. In my old Dell computer with 2 IDE drives in the BIOS I could set the boot order of IDE drives, so I could have both drives enabled and boot from any of them and see the other one. It doesn't work this way with 2 SATA drives - if both drives are enabled, it will always boot from the drive on channel 0. There is no option to make drive on channel 2 bootable. If I go to the Boot Menu (F12), the only relevant option there is "Onboard SATA hard drive", and there is no way to specify which hard drive. Is this SATA limitation ? Dell motherboard limitation ? Am I doing something wrong ? I find it hard to believe it is not possible.
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    Second SATA drive is not detected as SATA and UDMA

    Sorry I messed up the part number for the second drive. It is ST3160827AS
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    Second SATA drive is not detected as SATA and UDMA

    PS for what it's worth I am running Windows XP
  14. I just got Dell Dimension 8400 a week ago. It came with 160 GB Seagate SATA hard drive ST3160023AS on SATA channel 0. This one supports NCQ - per Intel Application Accelerator Info. I later decided to add second hard drive to run in RAID 0, but for now installed it as a regular second drive. The drive is Seagate 160 GB SATA ST3120827AS (note diiferent part #) on SATA channel 1. It was detected by BIOS and formatted successfully. However, Nero Infotool sees 1) ST3160023AS as Master on Primary IDE Channel 0, DMA ON 2) ST3120827AS as Slave on Primary IDE Channel 1, DMA OFF Can anyone explain this ? Why the difference ? I thouht the concept of Master/Slave doesn't apply for SATA. And why DMA is off on the second drive ? Lavalys Everest results may shed some light on the issue (but I still don't know what to do): 1) ST3160023AS shows as 160 GB 7200 RPM, Serial ATA-150 2) ST3120827AS shows as 149 GB, IDE As you can see these are also different and the second drive seems to be in IDE mode. What gives ?