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  1. From the article: "Planning to deploy a server running a 2.5" notebook drive?" Keep in mind many high density blade servers use 2.5" notebook drives due to space constraints and to cut down on heat generation.
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    Nested Linux software RAID arrays

    I guess I'm less nervous when the nesting is being done by a hardware RAID controller. As far as the guide goes, I have no experience with Ubuntu and only minimal experience with Debian, though the guide doesn't look like it'll have you doing anything reckless. Just don't forget to compile in the RAID support .
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    Nested Linux software RAID arrays

    I suppose that method would work to preserve the data but if it were me, I'd put a copy of everything somewhere else Just In Caseâ„¢. And I guess the idea of nested RAID arrays makes me kind of... nervous .
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    Nested Linux software RAID arrays

    Since it looks like you have to back up and restore the data anyway, it might be better to just set up 2 RAID 5 arrays by splitting the 320GB drives into 2 partitions like so: Array 1: 2* 160GB drives + 1st half of 320GB drives Array 2: 2* 160GB drives + 2nd half of 320GB drives And if you want the 2 RAID arrays to appear as one volume, you can use LVM to do it. But even if you decide to go the nested RAID route, you'll still need to find a place to keep your stuff while you do the conversion.
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    rocketraid 1820a linux driver woes

    Have you tried "modprobe hptmv"? modprobe will usually load any dependant modules for the one you're trying to load.
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    Most Quiet Drive?

    D'oh! Missed the comment about CF cards, sorry.
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    Most Quiet Drive?

    arga - That's good to know, I'll certainly keep the Samsungs in mind for any future silent PC's I want to build. Per Hansson - If you're not planning on using the caching web proxy (Squid), you might want to think about a compact flash to IDE adapter and a 256MB CF card (should be all IPCop needs if the computer has 32MB or less RAM). Of course I can't verify the reliability of such a setup, but it sure would be silent .
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    Most Quiet Drive?

    Just thought I'd mention the 20GB Samsung drive I bought a few years ago started out really quiet but got louder as time went on. It's probably the fate of all ball-bearing drives so unless Samsung has started using fluid-bearings, don't expect the drive to stay silent forever.
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    Hydrogen fuel on its way

    Every Sylvania CF bulb I've bought flickers badly when I turn it on and produces a harsh white light. Consumer Electric and TCP make much better CF bulbs.
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    Western Digital Caviar WD2500JD

    I know they're not considered in the final judgement of the drive, but do you have any thoughts on the huge difference between the JD and the JB on the Business Winmark? Is Winbench just not up to the task of benchmarking newer drives?
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    IBM Ultrastar 146Z10

    I have a suggestion on how you might kick start the drive so you can get a sound reading (unless it needs a spin up command from the controller): Try hooking up another SCSI device (like a CD-ROM) to the drive, I've had some older external drives (can't remember which ones offhand) that would start up without the computer if another device on the chain powered up with it. Another way may be to use an old motherboard with a CPU that doesn't need a fan (486/33 or earlier).
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    Cute joke

    Found this one while cleaning... _____________________ When Apollo Misson Astronaut Neil Armstrong first walked on the moon, he not only gave his famous "one small step for man, one giant leap for mankind" statement, but followed it by several remarks, usual com traffic between him, the other astronauts and Mission Control. Just before he re-entered the lander, however, he made the enigmatic remark "Good luck Mr. Gorsky". Many people at NASA thought it was a casual remark concerning some rival Soviet Cosmonaut. However, upon checking, there was no Gorsky in either the Russian or American space programs. Over the years many people questioned Armstrong as to what the "Good luck Mr. Gorsky" statement meant, but Armstrong always just smiled. Just last year, (On July 5, 1995, in Tampa Bay FL) while answering questions following a speech, a reporter brought up the 26 year old question to Armstrong. This time he finally responded. Mr. Gorsky had finally died and so Neil Armstrong felt he could answer the question. When he was a kid, he was playing baseball with a friend in the backyard. His friend hit a fly ball which landed in the front of the bedroom windows of his neighbours, Mr. & Mrs. Gorsky. As he leaned down to pick up the ball, young Armstrong heard Mrs. Gorsky shouting at Mr. Gorsky: "Oral sex! You want oral sex?! You'll get oral sex when the kid next door walks on the moon!" ______________ Supposedly true.
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    Where is the Giver?

    The thing is he joined the team when it was started last year but has never turned in a result. If he isn't going to do anything he should just retire from the team.
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    Strange problem with my Maxtor

    What I mean is no hard drive is perfect. When we're dealing with the capacities we have today (or even 5 years ago) it's almost impossible to produce a hard drive platter with absolutly zero defects. There's always going to be little microscopic areas on the platter that didn't get enough magnetic coating or some other defect that needs to be mapped around. As far as bad sectors developing later, any number of things can cause that. Maybe the crate the drive was shipped in was dropped a little too hard or it passed through a stray magnetic field that screwed up some of the low level formatting or the drive was bumped during operation causing the heads to nick the platter. Sometimes the drive can fix these problems itself but usually you have to run a utility to do it (like PowerMAX).Check out these pages from the reference section, they explain it pretty well. http://www.storagereview.com/guide2000/ref...geom/error.html http://www.storagereview.com/guide2000/ref...rorMapping.html
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    Strange problem with my Maxtor

    The thing about modern hard drives is they all have bad sectors, they're just remapped at the factory. I used to look at the information for my SCSI drives with one of Adaptec's tools and without exception every one had some defects. If this was my drive I'd probably check it once a month for a few months and then forget about it. My guess is that it was an errant defect caused during shipping and only showed itself when data was written over it. This is why I almost always run a surface scan on any new hard drives I get with the utility for that drive.