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  1. All depends what your noise tolerance is for head parking and whatnot. As Brian said, don't worry about it unless it's actually a problem. A decade ago, hard disk reviews were common, so you could usually tell in advance of a purchase from a review little nuances like acoustics and stuff... but those days are long past.
  2. Any idea how much of that is actually realistic, tho? Drives in years and decades past-- at least in my memory-- never had drive writes listed in specifications. I can't tell if it's FUD or if it's an actual concern.
  3. At least within Windows you're SOL. Can't speak as to 3rd party software options, and even with messing with that, you'd probably still want to have a backup...
  4. Don't worry about it. Hard drives do not suffer from wear leveling issues like SSD's do.
  5. continuum

    New Silicon Motion SM2262EN controller?

    Intel's already using the Silicon Motion SM2263 in the 660p and the SM2262 in the 760p... that doesn't mean they would use the SM2262EN, but at least they're already a SMI customer?
  6. continuum

    H700 vs 9265-8i

    There's some reviews, but most I know already are doing all-SSD testing even as far back as the LSI MegaRAID 9260-8i, I don't know how much luck you're going to have finding hard disk testing... time to exercise those Google skills? (warning: PDF link) Is LSI Logic's benchmarking guide from a few years ago... covers the LSI SAS 1078, SAS 2108, and SAS 2208... in no case does it say the RAID core is the limit but then they wouldn't keep making the RoC more powerful if it didn't help........ although again as I said above the fact that we have rapidly escalated from HDD to SSD and done a massive uplift in potential IOPS might be partially or entirely why, as opposed to modest performance increases seen from generation to generation in harddisks.
  7. continuum

    help on new NAS

    I'm not an expert on the product lines from Synology, QNap, or Asustor, but Synology's current units review well too... DS1817+ might also be worth a look?
  8. continuum

    H700 vs 9265-8i

    Performance should be able the same then, the MegaRAID is the same LSI 2208 RoC at the same 800mhz core clock (per Storagereview ), so's the latter 9270-8i (9270-8i goes to DDR3 cache memory with more bandwidth and a PCI-e 3.0 x8 interface, but I don't think either of those would affect performance much in your use case). It's not til the MegaRAID 9361-8i that goes to the LSI 2308 RoC if memory serves, which has a 1.2ghz clock.
  9. continuum

    H700 vs 9265-8i

    Any idea what the clock speed is? IIRC for those era of cards, early ones were 800mhz and LSI was able to push it up to 1.2ghz in the successors...
  10. It's 40-pin ATA? Ugh, you're probably out of luck. There are some PATA SSDs but they're all ancient, back when SSD controllers were terrible. Unfortunately the days of PATA are long dead, anything you're likely to find is going to be old stock, but find the most modern PATA drive you can and hope it helps? Or maybe risk CompactFlash-to-PATA with a suitable adapter?
  11. continuum

    New Silicon Motion SM2262EN controller?

    Seen the same reviews you have. I'm not blown away, but it looks like SMI will have a very competitive controller on its hands, and more competition is always a good thing!
  12. continuum

    H700 vs 9265-8i

    IIRC the LSI MegaRAID 9265-8i is a generation newer (I could be wrong-- in my 2 minutes of reading the Dell spec sheet, I didn't see which RAID-on-a-chip (RoC) it uses) than the H700... but as said I doubt you'd see a huge difference.
  13. Hmmm it's at least eSATA, which means the internal disk is likely SATA, and I don't think you will run into any limits (some controllers may get confused with drives above 2TB and hence you could be SOL, but that's not likely). That said I don't think many people take apart old LaCie enclosures to swap the drive, so I'd say you're probably gonna have to chance it on this one.
  14. continuum

    HyperX Gaming MicroSD Card Review

    That is something a review site can provide that the average consumer can't easily do/afford/justify him/herself, right? To provide useful comparison testing? (especially if you have the other cards on hand. If you don't then I can understand why you didn't do such a comparison!)
  15. continuum

    HyperX Gaming MicroSD Card Review

    Were the competing cards also tested in the Switch?