Pir8evan

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  1. I am installing a audio/video home network for a friend of mine. There will be 5 Xbox's connected over 802.11g to this server (which will be on the wired ethernet). This server needs to hold a minimum of 600 GBs of movies, MP3s, and music videos. The files will be shared on here. I want this server to implement RAID 5 for failure control. Here is the question. I can build a PC that has 3 IDE/Serial 250 GB drives. This would cost me under $1,000. I was hoping that there was already some sort of device that already does that that is in the the same price range. If I have to build this device myself, what is the cheapest but good IDE/Serial RAID 5 card out there? Also, is there any speed difference if I run Win 2003 Server or XP? How much memory should I run on it? Thanx for any help, Evan
  2. So..now I'm confused. Hopefully somone can explain something to me. Luckily, cost is not a problem for me. I like to build the best and the fastest. I have currently a 7200 RPM IDE drive acting as my boot drive and a a RAID 0 Ultra 320 2 x Cheetah drives. I was always under the impression that adding more drives will speed up the RAID. Yet I always see reviews using only 2 drives under RAID 0. I realize that using RAID 5 would be more reliable, but know this would slow me down. But would RAID 5 using 5 drives kill any slowdown of speed? Now if I convert over to Serial and get 5 WD740 drives and RAID them to 0 or 5, will that be faster than my SCSI array. One thing I have noticed in SCSI is that unlike IDE, you can read off more than 1 drive at a time on a chain. Now, I read what u naysayers said about using RAID as a bootup device..but apart from having a RAID 0 failure, won't this be the fastest bootime ever? I would love to get some sort of Ram Drive boot, but the only company i saw making something like that went out of business and they were never able to make it bootable. I would love to get something like this: http://www.go-l.com/desktops/machl38/features/index.htm "PuRam™ Technology featured personal computer configurable WITHOUT a System Hard Drive with all operating system and program files permanently sitting a on a Flash RamDisk. It operates at the speed of the maximum available memory bandwidth up to 8.0GB/s and is capable of over 150,000 I/O requests per second, with an average of 0.0% CPU utilization. No Hard Disk design, not even 15.000RPM SCSI devices in multiple RAID cofigurations can come close to providing a fraction of the real-world performance of PuRam™ Technology. But I heard this company is bogus. Any thoughts? If u had $15,000 to build the ultimate PC, what kind of setup would you have. Many thanks for any info or thoughts.
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    UDMA problems

    OK. I am finished tweaking at a score of 10856 for 3DMark2001SE. That's decent enough for me. Can somone give me a answer about my high end rate? The storagereview.com review of my HD said my end rate should be 29.2: http://www.storagereview.com/welcome.pl/ht...WD1200JB_2.html Evan
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    UDMA problems

    WOW!! I redid some settings, and am now getting 10677 scores! You guys rock. Thanx a lot for the help! Evan
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    UDMA problems

    Nevermind, I was getting scores of 9689 in 3Dmark2001SE before.
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    UDMA problems

    Yes. 4 partitions. Each one about 30 gigs. I ran 3d Mark2001SE and I am getting a score of about 9299. It seems a little better than before. Evan
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    UDMA problems

    Rebooted...got these scores now: Disk Transfer: Beginng: 49100 End: 48400 Disk Access: 10ms CPU Utilization: 3.11 Are these the best scores I can get? Or can I get better? Does this look like UDMA 4 scores, cause I still don't see UDMA 4 being reported anywhere. Evan
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    UDMA problems

    Winbench99 2.0 results: OLD: Disk Transfer Rate 1.2 Beginning 15500 End 15600 Disk Access Time 9.8 (1.2) Disk CPU Utilization 12.9 (1.2.3) NEW: Beginning 48200 End 48200 Disk Access Time 9.82 Disk CPU Utilization FAILED Much better scores!! YAY!!! I dunno why the CPU failed though...gonna reboot. What scores should I be getting for this setup? Evan
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    UDMA problems

    Alright, I removed the 80 cable from my DVD rom drive and reconnected it to my HD. The DVD room dropped down from UDMA 4 to UDMA 2 when I swapped to the cable previously on the HD. I didn't see any difference in the BIOS screen for the HighPoint. I'm gonna run a benchmark right now. Evan
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    UDMA problems

    is this it? http://www.pcguide.com/ref/hdd/if/ide/conf...fCable80-c.html I'm gonna reboot and check if the other drives have it? Evan
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    UDMA problems

    explain exactly what the blue host connector looks like. Maybe I'm using it on one of my cd roms drives. Evan
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    UDMA problems

    I am usin g the cable that came with the motherboard. I have no blue connector. Is there any way to fix this buffer problem. This is supposed to be 1 of the fastest hard drives on the market. I expect is to act like it. Evan
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    UDMA problems

    They aren't in compatability mode. All ther latest drivers and BIOS updates are installed.
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    UDMA problems

    I'm only going to format the C partition. I have like 80 gigs of other stuff (um....porn) that I can't back up. Evan
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    UDMA problems

    No. I am leaving that to the last option. I need to format and reinstall XP sometime this week, and will try that then. Evan