Garry

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  1. Garry

    Good SMART monitoring tool

    Then they should not complain when the cheese turns sour Indeed I can; I just choose not to For I have seen all the works that are done under this thread [sic]; and, behold, all is vanity and vexation of spirit.
  2. Garry

    Good SMART monitoring tool

    I'm not sure why that type of posts, that have nothing to do with the topic and no constructive purpose at all are left online. However, since the thread has reached its purpose, I'll feed him some. You may then delete the offtopic posts and leave the thread for all who might be interested in the subject. Then I'm sure you hate rude people making offtopic posts without offering any help, and you must loathe all those mentally deficient trolls who go around forums kissing some ass while biting on others. Although, that would lead to great problems of self-acceptance so I imagine you don't give it much thought. So we'll leave it at liar and you can consider you got off easy. Alas, high school returns to haunt your intellect: Not to mention: So you are both illiterate (see above) and you are attacking the very person you have tried so absurdly and ridiculously to "defend". You don't need to infirm that, you can take the fifth. Now go jack on other threads. @mods: like I said, you may delete the last posts which you consider offopic so that others may read and also further post in this thread. However you might also consider limiting the posting abilities of individuals who can have such disturbing influences, so that developments like this are not allowed from the start.
  3. Garry

    Good SMART monitoring tool

    I see, so no third party tool can provide an accurate assessment of the drive's health (not even for older drives ?), even though it can read all SMART parameters and provide an approximative interpretation for them. Thanks for this clarification, I believe this is a fact not clear enough to many people who use such apps. I'll get on with installing manufacturer's tools and hopefully they provide a clear and in-depth enough health evaluation. The problem with Seagate Tools was it trying to install Visual C 2005, I'll install the latest and hopefully it works with that too.
  4. Garry

    Good SMART monitoring tool

    No you're not. You're trying to start a flame and take the thread offtopic in the hope that it'll end up looking so bad that the the original blunder gets forgotten. Instead of letting it consume you, ask your patron what it means. I'm sure he can draw you a picture. Unfortunately I have tried using Seagate's tools and they require some old library which I didn't want to install hence they didn't work. I'd rather use a 'self-contained' universal tool if possible, otherwise I'll try to bypass that and use those individual tools. About the individual parameters, that's just what I was trying to avoid - spending time to learn how to interpret them and their evolution, as long as I can have a simple and accurate review outlining the overall health of each drive. Since Speedfan already offers such a feature I would imagine other apps do as well. Therefore I am looking for those tools known to be accurate and reliable on my drives (SG and WD), so that I can compare their evaluations and reach a quick conclusion with a high degree of certainty. They don't have to be exact down to the last digit, only to accurately reflect the health state of the drive so it's clear whether the drive has to be replaced or not.
  5. Garry

    Good SMART monitoring tool

    Do you ever trouble yourself with posting on-topic ?
  6. Garry

    Good SMART monitoring tool

    Speedfan is pretty good indeed. What I was looking for was actually a tool with a better assessment / prediction capability. So that I do not have to study SMART in detail and do the job myself It is true, Speedfan does have that "in-depth analysis" feature, only I'm not sure it's the most comprehensive on the market. I guess it is also a matter of interpreting the results and that not all evaluations will look the same (I got some alarmist results from other apps that I also don't trust). Still I was looking for other applications to reliably confirm or infirm the results I have so far.
  7. I would like your recommendations on what is the best, most reliable SMART monitoring tool available today. One that would also present accurate, in-depth health evaluations of the drives, not just list parameters. I have old drives as well as new ones just bought (SG and WD), all of which need a thorough and reliable check / evaluation by such a tool to ensure good health. I am currently using Speedfan with which I am moderately pleased.
  8. I think that post is missed in another thread Any thoughts on the Freecom and the other portables ?
  9. Does anyone have experience with "ToughDrive" drives from Freecom ? Unlike similar models from WD or Seagate it offers shock protection (2m !) and is much cheaper than the similar model from Lacie. But what drive does it actually use ? Is it reliable over a long time ?
  10. Where I buy from there is no Costco and prices are usually double those in the US I am interested in a comparison between various models of 160 GB portable HDDs in terms of reliability, robustness and general performance so that I may choose the best option on my local market. Also no 'special' models like the LaCie Mobile Rugged, these are way too expensive here.
  11. I too am looking for a portable drive, something as robust and 'mobile' as possible while keeping below 150 $. The size is 160 GB (200 GB + is probably out of reach). I am looking at WD Passport, Seagate FreeAgent, models from LaCie, Fujitsu, Prestigio (?), Transcend (??) etc. So which is the best 160 GB portable drive, in terms of reliability and general quality but also performance, compatibility (?) and other small details which could have a large impact ?
  12. I'm considering buying new SATA drives and was wondering about the reliability of the new series from WD (AAKS) and Seagate (7200.10). I am considering 500 GB and also 320 GB drives. Which have proven so far to be more reliable ? Yes, I know they are too new for definitive answers, yet I have to buy now so any opinions will help. The drive(s) would be running from 1 day to up to 1-2 weeks, with heavy acces, reading and writing (ongoing network transfers, multimedia, multiple applications). Basically your ordinary 'wear and tear' drive. They would be placed in a regular case, the environment would be moderately hot (with up to 25-28 degrees ambiental in summer), not humid. Some shocks are to be expected, but not at power on/off. Besides reliability which is paramount, any other arguments for one over the other are also welcome. I favour silence more than speed. Also I'm more interested in multiple acces performance over sigle task pure speed; perhaps certain design or firmware features may help there. I will not be running Raid. Thanks for your comments.
  13. Garry

    Seagate, what to buy ?

    Thanks for the elaborated answer. Garry, do you really believe there's a way to reliably evaluate the reliability of the currently available drives? It was I who was asking you In my opinoin, the only reliable way to evaluate the ... reliability of drives, especially new ones, is by insider information, either from (large) distributors or from the producer itself. By analysing the failure rate and correlating it with different factors, be they of design, production or handling, one can make a sound judgement on the reliability and build quality of a model. In the absence of such information (even if indirectly obtained ), it's mostly guesswork, more or less educated. Even a sample size of several hundred entries cannot offer a conclusive picture, although it can point you in the right direction (as you also said). So I was curious what were your sources Btw, what I am interested in is a drive with good reliability over long operatig cycles (18-24 hours / day, 5-7 power-ups / week) and nearly continuous access - multimedia access, file 'transfers' etc., with decent ventilation (placed outside the case). A fairly demanding setup for a desktop (non-enterprise) drive.
  14. Garry

    Seagate, what to buy ?

    Is your suggestion based chiefly on reliability issues or on a general assessment of the drive(s) ?
  15. Has Seagate dropped the production of 7200.9 drives with 8 MB cache and is only producing the 16 MB version ? Also are there any (other) known differences between the two versions, even if subtle ?