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About freeborn

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  1. freeborn

    most reliable hard drive?

    I wonder if Newegg packs different manufacturers drives differently. Last time (granted this was years and years ago) I ordered a hard drive from them it came wrapped in bubble wrap inside a much too large box with a deficient amount of peanuts. The drive had shifted to the edge of the box and the box itself was banged up horribly. Since then that is one piece of hardware I do not order from them. Take a look at how drives are packaged from the manufacturers themselves: Drives are well packed in materials which prevent them from moving relative to the box and offer a lot of cushioning. They are sensitive pieces of equipment and generally to not include high non-op shock ratings. Has anyone taken pictures of their drives as they arrive from newegg? How are they packaged? Are they in ESD bags and bubble wrap, or something more elaborate? Free
  2. Been a while since I've been around but thought I'd chime in a little. It is interesting that this drive is identified as a 4K sector drive on one set of tools yet a 512 byte sector drive on another. Any chance you have a utility to display the identify device data in word order? Word 106 decimal if set to 0x4000 would indicate a drive which explicitly indicates 512 byte physical and logical sectors. I wonder if some tools out there are misinterpreting the data returned and calling a 512 byte sector drive a 4k byte sector one. Oh if word 106 is 0x0000 then the drive doesn't support sector size reporting which also means 512 byte sectors. Free
  3. freeborn

    SATA 2.5" and 3.5"

    The connectors are identical. 2.5" and 3.5" SATA have the same connectors. Free
  4. freeborn

    Poor Raid 5 preformance / Please Help

    On the topic of IDE cables, make sure the blue connector of your 80 conductor cable is attached to the host controller and the black connector attached to your hard drive. If you attach it backwards with the blue connector attached to the hard drive the host controller will not sense an 80 conductor cable and is supposed to (if it complies with the ATA specification) limit your transfer mode to UDMA mode 2. Also the cables cannot be longer than 18 inches if you wish to stay in compliance with the ATA specification. Free
  5. freeborn

    Seagate 7200.9 users look here

    Many drives no longer have that hole. Take a look at current shipping hard drives, many ( like the 7200.9 ) use media which was written prior to being installed in the final drive. Free
  6. freeborn

    Drive failure in an enclosure

    Anything is possible. Did you check the drive temperature in the enclosure? Older drives may well need more cooling than the enclosure could provide. Free
  7. freeborn

    How big is your array?

    I'm not sure, I will try to remember to count tonight. Free
  8. freeborn

    How big is your array?

    At present I have three 2 TB Arrays set up for a total of 6 base 10 terrabytes on my home server. All of my original software images are on it. I have about 1.33TB of DVD movie images on it. 500G of High Definition content streams. All of my digital photos and what home movies I've gathered are also on it. A small amount is taken up by downloaded patches and demo software. Last I checked I have about 3TB remaining to fill up. Free
  9. More to the point, may I use your American Express? Free
  10. freeborn

    Installing larger drives on RAID 1

    In the event the 7000 uses a proprietary drive format, I'd recommend borrowing an external drive, backing up to it from the 40G drives then building the 80GB RAID 1 set from scratch and restore the backup to the 80G set. Free
  11. freeborn

    When will Optical Drives go SATA?

    If I had to hazard a guess I would put it at about six months after the PATA header is removed from motherboards. Free
  12. I should expand a bit more. If what you are looking for is support for Native Command Queuing, you will need an ICH-6R or ICH-7R. The 6R supports queuing but only supports 1.5 Gbps SATA signaling. The ICH-7R supports queuing and 3.0 Gbps SATA signaling. If all you want is 3.0 Gbps SATA signaling, the ICH-7 will meet your needs but it does not support queuing. Free
  13. Following the link you provided, clicking components, then motherboard, then specifications link for the motherboard I see the motherboard has an ICH-6 SATA controller. In the Intel world you need and ICH-7 or later to support SATA 2. Free
  14. freeborn

    can a reset damage an hardisk ?

    That's simply paranoia. Hard or Soft resets can do nothing to damage a hard drive. Data corruption if it comes will be a result of interupting the operating system before it finishes sending data to the drive (anything in the operating system cache will likely be lost). Any data already sent to the drive will be safe. Free
  15. I'm a bit lazy and didn't check if the drive's you listed are all covered but you should check out the SR main page link to the 250G Hard Drive lineup. SR's 250G Lineup Free