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    multiple consecutive failures

    I'm pretty sure he meant thousands. <snicker> In any case, I would not use a 'desktop' ATA or SATA drive in a server or workstation that will be running continuously. The Seagate NL 3.5 series SATA drives, for example, are designed to run continuously, but not shut down and turned on daily like a desktop drive. WD seems to rush drives out without a lot of testing. The result is the consumer becomes WD's guinea pig. Maxtor seemed to also do this crap a few years ago with the Diamondmax models.
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    Just like today's P4, you can't run but just one "Conroe" in a system. For a *pair* of Core 2 Duo processors you must go with "Woodcrest" or 5100 series processors. Woodcrest = Conroe, except Woodcrest has higher FSB speeds, up to 1333 MHZ. A pair of Woodcrests means 4 "Core 2" processor cores. However, you must use FB DIMM memory with Woodcrest Core 2 Duo, not garden variety DDR2 memory. You can now get Woodcrest processors but not quite the Conroe, at least not quite yet.
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    Will WD survive?

    It's nice to know that WD has finally gotten out of their funk period. Starting around 1999, for me at least, I started getting stung by too many failing WD drives and by 2002 it simply became too much to deal with. Their warranty replacements were no better. Enough was enough. Maxtor was not too far behind. End of story.
  4. * Try turning OFF HyperThreading (in the BIOS) . * Is your motherboard listed on 3ware's list of compatible motherboards? If it is not, there may a reason 3ware did not include it. * Have you talked to 3ware technical support department about this?
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    Will WD survive?

    This is about the only thing you've said that I would agree with. Yes, the Raptor is unique. The WD drives are often fast, but they are rather poor at reliability. I build a lot of custom computer systems for clients. I've found out the hard way over the years that WD and Maxtor ATA / SATA drives are clearly less reliable than Hitachi, Seagate, and Samsung ATA / SATA drives. WD has great customer service though as they seem to have a LOT of experience at replacing failed drives.
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    SAS or SATA2 ?

    Sure, a Seagate 15K.5 SAS will do better, but you won't notice as a human. A high STR 7200 RpM SATA2 hard drive like the 7200.10 will do just as good and give you up to 750 GB or 500 GB of storage space (space probably a LOT more useful than RpM). None, since you will probably be reading completely different files each time. RAID 1 would be alright for protection if you are reading files, but any other RAID is simply a bad idea if you are talking about real-time or low latency not to mention all the extra money building a RAID setup. SAS is very good at real-time and response since it operates full duplex (simultaneous read/write with commands and data), but the price you pay for a SAS controller and SAS hard drive is not going to be as cost effective as a good clean SATA2 setup.
  7. Your array is actually a RAID 10. EMC still does not support SAS at this time, but that will have to change if they have any notion of staying competitive. EMC are stuck in the expensive world of fibre channel hard drives because their SAN management sofware relies on hard drives speaking F-C protocol back to the fabric, not SAS. As far as hard drive capabilities and performance goes, SAS can do everything F-C can do and it can do it for a less money.
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    Impossible to install Raid0 on WinXP?!

    BTW, depending on you RAID card and maybe even your motherboard, sometimes you have to strip out all other hard drives and other storage devices except your RAID, CD/DVD, and floppy just to get WinXP to install properly and completely onto the RAID. Once it starts booting up on XP RAID and XP is fully installed on the RAID, you can add back what ever other storage you want to use.
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    Impossible to install Raid0 on WinXP?!

    I setup RAID 0 boot on WinXP for a long time with various hardware controllers. Also RAID 5 boot on WinXP.
  10. Oh ya. Forgot to add that your data hard drive(s) for mass storage could be attached to file server using USB2 or eSATA. The hard drives would be external chassis units with their own power supply. This would allow you to swap in/out a variety of hard drives that are externally attached to the server. Otherwise you could simply put 1 high capacity hard drive in the small form factor CPU and be done with it.
  11. There is the inexpensive Buffalo NAS Station box which can do RAID-0, RAID-1 or RAID-5. It attaches to Ethernet and does standard NAS using CIFS/SMB type sharing (not NFS). It does not do higher end iSCSI (or AoE) SAN. If you bought the model with the least capacity, you could presumably replace its drives with large drives of your choice, like the 750 GB Seagate 7200.10. You might run into the 2 TB brick wall that some RAID controllers seem to have if you loaded it up with 4 Seagate 750 GB hard drives. And like Akisasaki says above, you could just setup a typical file server based on a simple cheap barebones but good CPU. If I had to do this, I might consider building a small form factor PC chassis based on a inexpensive AMD Sempron 2200 or an inexpensive low power Intel Core Solo desktop processor when they become available, which ever is cheaper. The small form factor chassis won't need a monitor, keyboard or mouse attached to it at all times, just 1 power and 1 network cable.
  12. Did not United States of America sign off on the Metric Treaty well over 100 years ago in Paris, along with a few Euro countries? Yes, that is correct. Damn little progression to cheer about since.
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    A Warning About SiSoft Sandra 2007

    More like SiSoft programmers need to be slapped upside the head with a large stinky dead fish. SiSoft Sandra has always been a buggy product. Crap like "a new way of calculating the results" is a clear indication if there ever was one to simply avoid this waste of time.
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    Which Dell for our File/App Serving

    Yes, HMTK. He should definitely get a REAL server operating system (I forgot to mention that earlier). All he needs is either the 5-user version of Windows 2003 Standard Server. He can add 5 more CALs if there are 6 ~ 10 users. I personally would have no problem using a Linux distro, but I have yet to meet any newbies that could effectively handle a Linux install and setup SAMBA for the Windows / Mac users to access the server. Same goes for X86 Solaris.
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    Press <Cntl-M> to bring up the PERC configuration menu. Then do as I suggested (drop the bus speed to 80 MB/s or 40 MB/s). You'll suddenly find that everything runs noticeably faster. If you don't want to do it, fine. You can always change settings back. There are no jumpers to deal with.