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  1. Yes, and dissabled the ide and sata controllers on the motherboard. I've been working on this for 5 days now and we all know how long a backup/restore/clone/win-install can take. It's got to be a driver missing/overwrite issue as a basic new win-install works fine. But after a fresh win-install and a tape restore it won't boot if I chose to overwrite all, if I choose to only overwtire older files it will boot but i'm missing most of my setup/programs etc. Same with don't overwrite anything. Is this still an issue ? I assume you use XP which has native drivers for the scsi card. You are missing a good clone app. Use Casper I clone a sata to a scsi drive and vice versa all the time--no issue, no drivers for one , not the other.
  2. When the SCSI bios description appears on the boot up screen press ctrl + A and enter the configuration utility where you should then enter the scsi settings area and set the transfer rate to 320 with wide negotiation.
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    Nvidia 7800 GTX.

    By all accounts there will not be an ATI x1800x agp card. altho it is difficult to prove a negative. The last species of agp from ati is the x850xt which I have and they are now about as common as hens teeth. There is great demand for them so resale prices are high but they do ocassionally become available.
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    Seek Times

    Hmm--this could be misleading if it suggests the 7k500 will play Farcry faster ( frames per second) because it does more IO/s than another modern drive. I play FEAR on a 10kIV and a 7K250 (backup drive) in the same system. The Head to Head shows the SCSI with the better IO but fps are indeed equal. FPS are influenced by CPU , FSB and video card performance. If you tested game fps as part of the drive reviews you would soon not bother. On the "feel good" matter, access times sure count more than you credit for single user average use performance , eg, web surfing, loading windows, mail , etc. I know I am beating the deceased mare here but I will take the 10k over ANY IDE for those purposes. I have recently installed the 10kV and now, honestly, I understand the phrase "a god in the machine."
  5. Hi, I have a very handy 19160 board which runs two drives and a cd-r . I uograded the drives to ultra wide 360 ( Maxtor 10k v) and cannot find a pci card to run all three items. Not even one just for the drives. Adaptec has pci-x and raid pci cards but nothing for this configuration. I would use a raid card if it would run the drives singly but do not know if that is possible-eg, Adaptec SCSI RAID 2120S--nothing for a 50 pin drive and 64 bit--will it run the drives ? Is 64 bit an issue ?
  6. I will upgrade in several months to a board with this expansion set 1 x PCI Express x16 slot for discrete graphics card 1 x PCI-E graphics slot (max. x4 mode) 1 x PCI Express x1 3 x PCI The adaptec card most suitable runs on a 64 bit PCI-x slot. I see no mention of X in the mb description. Please advise.
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    Any 9700 Pro Owners Out There?

    I have used the 97 and 9800 level GPUs . They work fine. See for a review of Far Cry performance. Performance results will depend as well on the power of the cpu driving the video.
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    Hitachi Deskstar 7K250

    Win98 Device Manager/item/settings
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    Hitachi Deskstar 7K250

    My 120GB PATA with no such sound yet is v 330-purchased three months ago
  10. When I look at the settings for APM on the 7K250 they range from Disable --> Performance. The settings from left to right are BattreyLife ( disable) , Low rpm standby and performance. What effect on performance does each have ? Going from low rpm to performance means the disk spinns faster and uses more power. Performance will increase but there is a delay in accessing the drive after some period of non use-like it had spun down some. The disk tests at it's rated speed at this setting. When set to disable there is no delay after non use but the disk tests much lower . What ?
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    Performance And Apm

    The allowable variation in APM shows " Battery Life " on the far left side of the slider and "Performance" on the right. When set to "disable" the slider is on far left. When the slider is moved to far right, under Performance, the app says elsewhere "Drive in low standby mode". I retested and, contrary to the first test, the scores are similar whether APM is at disable or standby. But when on standby there is a delay in accessing the drive . That part is ok--what I couldn't figure was the difference ( now disappeared) in test scores ( Norton System Information/drives/benchmark ; Adaptec SCSI Bench). Since the modes now appear equally stellar I can withdraw the question . User error. Stone cold--that is meant as short for wth.
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    Hitachi Deskstar 7K250

    Hey , be cool the drive rocks
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    Hitachi 7k250 Noise

    I have the 7k250 @120GB PATA and never hear the noise and never hear the drive. I have it set to normal performance and use it extesively. I find the noise I have does not come from the Atlas 10k IV either but from the cpu fan and two case fans. Does the 7k250 make noise ? I wouldn't know.
  14. Pull all drives but the Cheetah--if still problem, ditch Cheetah. stinker happens even to endangered species--especially to them ! I had many and put them all down.
  15. What scsi IDs are used and what termination ( where ) ?
  16. TP - Termination Power Pins 27-28 - Termination power ensures that there is a sufficient power level along the entire SCSI bus. It is recommended that the final device on the SCSI bus have the Termination Power jumper installed. All devices in between the host and final device typically have no jumper on Termination Power. Note that Termination Power is not the same as on-board termination, which this drive does not support.
  17. Remember, only use two terminators, one at each end of the SCSI bus. A lot of SCSI problems can be traced to having internal (built-in) terminators enabled when using external terminators at the same time.
  18. The drive is strangely hardly using the HDD led.By comparison with the Maxtor 10k drive, it seems not to be working. Yet it is and the board connectors are properly attached. For example, running a Norton Speed Disk defrag the Maxtor lights up like a christmas tree about now but the Hitachi barely shines for a millisecond and then nothing. Weird . Same comparison when booting to the drives--the 7k250 hardly appears active in comparison to the 10k drive yet both work perfectly. Like smoking a cigarette but not seeing it glow. WEIRD.
  19. I did not install the case . The board is an ASUS PP4Pe and the diagram for the location of the ide led pins is vague. Are the ide pins the last in the first set of pins or the next two ?The ide pins appear to me to be the last ones on the first set of pins including those for power , etc. There appears to be a single bar of connectors from the case to this set of pins . As I said there is light at times from the hdd led when the Hitachi is used. The scsi controller has its own led connection.
  20. Only item on the controller is the Hitachi drive.
  21. For the Plextor CDR 12/10/32, the utility I have shows "Linked commands supported ". For the newer CDR 40/12/40, it says " linked commands not supported ". Can anyone say if there is a reason for this or that its likely a fault in the drive and what the command does ie whether it makes a difference ? Thank you.
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    7k250 Atto Score

    I would add a pic of my test scores but the server has not enabled file attachment--how do I show the graph ?
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    Hitachi Deskstar 7K250

    Have been using a 120GB Pata for a week and have no problems with the noise or performance. The drive is faster than the 180GXP as the SR article showed and very quiet. If you want to hear calibration noise , listen to the Atlas 10kIV on boot--that's calibration.
  24. Well what about the performance of longer cables, eg, at Hyper MicroSystems I find this cable. Is it garbage ? "Three-position socket 40 (F) 80 conductor copper mesh shielded round cable for Ultra ATA/100/133 (TPE - ThermoPlastic Elastomer insulated, clear jacket), 36.0 in." This is the usual cabe everyone buys "Three-position socket 40 (F) 80 conductor flat ribbon cable for Ultra ATA/100/133 (TPE - ThermoPlastic Elastomer insulated), 24.0 in."