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  1. Glacialis

    RAID card for mirroring, gaming

    Looking at this one for the time being. I shouldn't need to get one controller per drive, should I?
  2. I'm not a hardcore gamer, but gaming's the most stress my drives will see. No FPS, mostly RTS, non-WoW MMO, and strategy. I will be purchasing two SATA 3.0gb 320gb 7200.10's from Seagate, with intent to mirror. Performance? Well, an increase in read performance would be nice, but it's mostly for redundancy. I do not have PCI-Express, only PCI. Trying to find RAID cards on Newegg is highly confusing. I could buy a $15 or a $100 one, though I'd prefer $50 or so tops. So, some questions. • Is SATA 3.0gb worth it on a straight PCI bus? What's the maximum PCI transfer rate? • I have SATA on my motherboard, but I'm not sure the onboard RAID capability will do better than a separate controller. What say you? With the PCI limitation, I wonder if the onboard controllers can do a better job. Since it's mirroring, I'm not worried about keeping the drives with the card when I transfer them to a true server chassis in the future. • All that said, if I should be getting a separate controller card, which one? The driver issues for this card scare me a little, but the card otherwise seems to be dandy.
  3. Glacialis

    Help choosing a 500 gig HD

    RAID0 is mirroring, so you should be able to replace the drive and repopulate. Get into the interface for your RAID card, be it motherboard or a separate card. All shall be revealed there.
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    Seagate Barracuda 7200.9

    Planning on grabbing those 7200.9 300gb 16mb drives when I have the cash. Should I wait for the 7200.10s?
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    Seagate Barracuda 7200.9

    Bump to ditto what the above user said. Looking at purchasing the 300gb version and would like some clarifications.
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    RAID cards and SATA drives

    So in other words, unless I'm streaming digital video I won't get much out of SATA-II . As it is the 300gb 16mb 7200.9 that I'm looking at does, according to your chart, support it. Now, is it worth it for me, as a consumer, to purchase a RAID card that handles SATA-II? I will eventually toss these drives and associated RAID card into a server for 2 PC + media center use, though it's mainly going to be used as a data repository and not used nearly as much once it's not my PC's primary data volume.
  7. Any news? Playing with Robocopy it's my current favorite of the two. I don't think Beyond Compare was meant as a mass file copy tool, though it does an admirable job of actual comparing.
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    Recommended procedures for a new drive

    Many thanks for this information. Especially the MD5 utility! Does exactly what I was hoping it would do. Good MHDD documentation: It's been a while since I've tried to LLF a drive. Back when such was a good idea. Zeroing a drive sounds just fine. AIDA for that, then? Also, how does one control the temperature of a hard drive? Cover(!) it?
  9. I want to beat the crap out of my new drives and find every infinitesimal flaw, no matter how relevant. I want to do this to any new hard drive I purchase. I was surprised to not find any suggestions in the site's FAQ, so here I am. Low-level formatting. Good idea every time? If so, what are some good ways? If not, why not? If sometimes, when? Burn-in. Particular procedures or programs? SMART monitoring. Software for Windows/Linux? Utilities? What to do regularly and what to do to check a new drive? Thanks in advance!
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    RAID cards and SATA drives

    More specifically, these are the drives I'm looking at. I don't mind paying +$30 or so for an extra 50gb, but I don't see the need to go to 400gb for another 100gb and +$100.
  11. After some horrifying data losses, my current OS install has lingered on for 3(!) years. It was to be an emergency platform from which I could recover my data. Sadly, that never happened. I'm now paranoid about my data. Couldn't tell by the three hard drives I have in my poorly ventillated computer...remedying that airflow issue before I get any new drives. I'm looking at two ~300gb SATA drives, mirrored. Probably a pair of Seagate Barracuda 7200.9's. I like the five year miss...err, warranty...and the review here said that there's not too much of a difference unless you get into details. These drives will eventually be moved to a server and my desktop will get a Raptor or somesuch for its primary. For now, 2x300gb will be my primary and data storage drives. I don't trust motherboard RAID controllers, so with that info in mind: What RAID-capable cards do you, The People, recommend? And what ones to avoid despite otherwise prestigious credentials? Where can I find reviews on them? Very difficult to find HD interface reviews using Google! Finally, is there a realistic difference between SATA I/II? I'm guessing yes, but is SATA II a mature enough technology to be nifty? What drives have SATA II support?