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  2. I know this thread's old, but is this still available?
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    Stable & Quiet 400/500GB

    I am surprised, what is the source of this? I ask because I own dozens of 160GB Samsung drives, and I am willing to say they are the most reliable drives I have ever owned... But I will avoid them if larger drives mean problems...
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    Is anyone excited about Vista?

    Not sure about #2, but I do know #3 and #4 are something that could be implemented already in XP. Still skeptical if #1 is just a way to force gamers to buy Vista...
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    Is anyone excited about Vista?

    Why do people have these apparent issues finding files on their computers anyway??? Also, I haven't read the entire thread yet, but last I heard DX10 is indeed Vista only. So gamers have to upgrade at some point, and perhaps sooner than later...
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    I had no idea that 747s have zero maintenance performed on them during 10 yrs of regular use. If, as with 747s, a HD manuf considered a refurbed HD a "non-failed HD" (they could, or at least be in the same figure as your 747 comparison, as they were able to do maintenance on the HD and get it back into service again), they could get their failure rate down to zero as well. Only then would a crash of either be considered a failure. (but, then again, not necessarily... It takes considerable damage to either before either is a total write-off) Then again, some manufs are just considered failures. Maxtor can easily not count my dozen or so failed HDs when they fail to honor their warranty... Also, it's my understanding that WD would only warranty a drive for a single failure. No warranty on the replacement drive. If true, that quickly is favorable for a manufs' failure rate...
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    How to setup RAID as a newbie?

    If you are that impatient (<24 hrs) for a reply, may I suggest (as others already have) that you search the vast internet for this info as well? Besides, have you read the motherboard manual? Do you know how to navigate BIOS settings? Do you know how to put device drivers onto a floppy disk? Have you ever installed an MS OS and used a disk for drivers necessary to install the OS? If you answered yes to all of the above, then there's nothing to answer, as you won't run across any questions in set-up. But from the sound of it, you don't sound as if you understand drivers, or where to look for them? Which also seems to suggest you haven't read the motherboard (or add-in RAID card) manual. Trust me, you're thinking this is harder to understand than it is. Read the manuals, then return with your questions.
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    Seagate drive raw read errors

    3Ware RAID controllers like to kick these drives off of the array though... Seagate's diags won't find anything wrong, so Seagate won't RMA 'em... But if you intended to use them in a RAID, they're useless... YMMV...
  9. Buy eight of these, and you can throw 40 drives into the 26-bay case, and still have two slots available for a dvd drive and a floppy... All for under $800 (before shipping)
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    RAID 0+1 vs 1+0: 4 Drives ONLY

    The only difference between 10 and 0+1 is that 3Ware thought they could convince people to still buy their cards by arguing 3Ware had a performance advantage by supporting the one over the other... Getting you to possibly ignore that 3Ware had yet to support 5... (and I'll still never forget those times in '01(?) when 3Ware was pulling support for their new drivers that would allow you to implement raid 5, after they discovered they had completely FUBARed something in their new firmware...) yeah, somehow 3Ware successfully turned raid controllers into a sophisticated and utterly complicated rocket-science device... Yeah, I know 3Ware was crippled (by themselves) by having a small buffer on their controllers... But, damn, if you grab a hacksaw and cut off your legs, don't act surprised when you don't win the marathon...
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    Seagate Charge for Warranty Replacement

    Last time I read Seagate's five-year "warranty" details (which, who knows, may have changed), I never considered it to be five years anyway... For years four and five, the warranty was only good towards credit towards purchasing another Seagate drive directly from Seagate. This credit amounted to about $5-10, if memory serves... I always thought this was BS... So, in four years, I can buy the drive from Seagate for say $200, or from Newegg for $160. Okay, add in the warranty credit. Actually, let's double it to $20, for arguments sake... That's still $20 more (12+% more) than not going through the warranty process... Tacking on any fees for this privilege to pay more for the same drive, and it's f-ing BS... Given that I now have two Seagate drives that are worthless to me (my 3Ware controllers kick a 300GB drive and a 400GB drive off any array I build them on during any verify pass, but they test fine by Seagate's diag tools, although SpinRite tells me the drives are potential crappy timebombs... leading me to believe 3Ware's controller sees the SMART values climbing and decided to raise the flag...), and given that due to the lack of error codes from their diag tools Seagate won't RMA 'em, well, damn... Luckily I only have one array that is made exclusively of Seagate drives... This array about one a week fails a verify pass and must go through a long initialization pass... Sometimes this seems to happen on a daily basis... One drive makes noises though, but I can't be certain which... Frankly, given the problems I've heard about across the board for various parts (drives, video cards, motherboards) from various manufs, I'm starting to just go with the "holy stinker, someone actually serviced my defective product" mentality in regards to RMAs... I do want to say though that Maxtor has the easiest RMA process by far... But getting Maxtor to agree that a drive is under warranty is another issue... I still have scars from the burns though when I bought dozens of their 80GB models drive, and they basically all turned out to be junk... Anyway, this is getting to be a ramble... The only manuf who has never shafted me though is Samsung. They have provided ARMA service on EVERY component of theirs that I have ever owned... True, I haven't tried to RMA a large number of product back to them, but that also suggests they don't build crap-quality products... They only reasons I bought some Seagates was Samsung didn't have 300/400Gb drives, and Seagate was offering big MIBs... (Although it took some phone calls to get them to honor the one MIB...) Can't say I understand a fee for an ARMA though... (or, at least I cannot understand a ridiculous $25) Maxtor and Samsung both want CC #s from you, but that's so they can charge you for the replacement drive in case you fail to send back the failed drive... For $25, that advance replacement drive better be full of A2M porno for my enjoyment... Dunno, i am certain they have a reason for it... But I fear it setting a bad trend in the industry... (hmph, on second thought, assuming $8-12 for shipping, ~$10 for packing materials, tack on a few bucks "we care" bucks, and maybe $25 isn't ridiculous... Although no on else charges shipping... But, yeah, if they consider the package materials to be non-reusable after two uses, then $25 sounds right... still setting a bad trend, where if they design a crap-quality product, they're not willing to share enough expense for it... Then again, if they build that bad of a crapbomb, I suppose they figure a lawsuit's gonna take that money from 'em anyway?) Dunno, the thing I ALWAYS have liked about ARMA though is that you know you are sending the drive BACK to them in packaging you are 100% guaranteed they approve of... So you aren't caught off guard when they fail to replace the component for insufficient packing... (although I must say I find it amusing the Samsung's packaging is not something my local UPS shipper approves of, and has made me re-pack (twice) a Samsung drive that was in the Samsung-approved shipping container that UPS delivered to my door just 24 hrs earlier... But, yeah, whenever I hear the word "warranty", I cannot help but remember that scene in Tommy Boy...
  12. When did Samsung's policy change? (assuming it has?) I've Advanced-RMAed all of my failed Samsung drives... have to check my records, but I believe I have done four ARMAs... I'd e-mail They've never said "no" to me when requesting an ARMA...
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    American History X

    I saw the workprint before I saw the theatrical release. The workprint is darker and more graphic. Sad the workprint edition isn't available legally, and I doubt they'll be doing a DVD edition of it. (the tagline of "now with more blood and prison sex" I doubt is a money-maker.) But if you like the film, you'll find the workprint even more disturbing. (which, IMO, was the point of the film...) Search Usenet, I bet you can find it, or someone willing to post it... (FWIW - the workprint is kind of like a cut ala Bladerunner - I believe a lot of the narative is gone. And many scenes are edited differently, for example, the basketball game. While the rape scene is indeed more graphic, the workprint isn't just an "unrated" unedited version of the theatrical release. IF that was the case, I would not be bothering to suggest it just so you could see a longer prison sex scene. But, FWIW, I doubt this version ever hitting DVD...) It's been too long since I have seen it to be more descriptive and accurate on details...
  14. Damn, don't your parents have a basement? Sorry, I can't make sense out of "four computers on a tight budget."
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    Katrina: Time to call out National Guard...

    I can't help but wonder if had this happened just a year ago, with the election just nine weeks away, how much quicker the response would have been...? Bush: Caught between Iraq and a Mardi Gras place.