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  1. hi everyone, it's been a while since my last visit and again i could use the helpful assistance of some of the veteran members here. i just purchased another WD elements 3.5' external hard drive (model no: WDE1U10000). not sure if it's got 16MB or 32MB cache, however my problem is that this drive (as all external drives) are factory formatted in FAT32. this normally isn't a problem however i have a large collection of HD files and 8.5GB DVD rips on my system. FAT32 doesn't allow you to transfer files larger than 4GB to the drive. Question: can i format this drive to NTFS without any negative side effects? if so then why do the manufacturers still format them in FAT32 when NTFS has been around for years? thanks for your assistance.
  2. Hi, I recently bought a MEDIASONIC DUAL 3.5" SATA HARD DRIVE ENCLOSURE RAID 0/1 (model number: HUR1-SU2S2). I'm currently using the enclosure with two WD green 2TB SATA-3G WD20EARS 3.5" (total capacity 4GB using win7x64). I have the drives set up in a RAID-0 Stripe array as I'm looking for performance. Unfortunately my Dell M1730 laptop does not have esata, but since it has expresscard, I was hoping someone might be able to guide me as to which card would be best to use in conjunction with the above. At present I'm using USB2 however it's painfully slow, in fact no faster than my single USB enclosures. I've seen cards on ebay from .99c all the way up to over $100. I have no idea which ones are reputable etc. I'd appreciate any input/guidance in this respect, thanks. edit: i should add that the more expensive cards have more slots and RAID functionality, which I assume I don't need since my enclosure already consists of two drives right? i mean the only way i would imagine that to benefit me was if i had two identical enclosures that support esata, am i understanding this correctly?
  3. Thanks for the reply eshap, I'm not sure how to go about splitting the thread, though I certainly have no objections in doing so Should I just create a new thread? I'm using Win7x64 and I created the four partitions by going under control panel\admin tools\computer management\disk management. I then formatted each of the four as primary partitions in NTFS with default cluster size. Did that answer your question? This is how I partitioned my laptop's internal drives as well, and have dual boot working fine. My research thus far suggests the problem with installing windows 7 is that the eSATA card doesn't allow me to boot from it. I was hoping there may have been a workaround, or a suggestion as to which eSATA card would boot. Thanks again.
  4. ***BUMP*** was hoping someone might now how to boot a laptop from an esata expresscard connected to a raid-0 external enclosure. cheers
  5. instead of creating a new thread i thought i would post this problem here since it refers to the above mentioned enclosure and hard drives. i've formatted my 4TB RAID-0 array with the following four partitions: Partition 1: 200GB Partition 2: 200GB Partition 3: 200GB Partition 4: 3.05TB i'm using an eSATA expresscard to connect my laptop to the enclosure, which is considerably faster than my laptop's built in 2x200GB 7200rpm RAID-0. since i now have loads of space and faster drives, i would like to install windows on the 4TB RAID-0. when i start windows setup and try selecting Partition 1 to install windows on, i get the following prompt and am unable to install windows on that partition: "Windows cannot be installed to this disk. The selected disk is of the GPT partition style. Windows cannot be installed to this disk. This computer's hardware may not support booting to this disk. Ensure that the disk's controller is enabled in the computer's BIOS menu." any ideas as to whether there is any way to get around this? thank you.
  6. thanks for the info Brian, much appreciated
  7. thanks brian, i'll try to order this one as you suggested. if they can't deliver, can you suggest other alternatives? the only one i am aware of that is available in australia is from a company called ritmo and i have no idea how they are in terms of reliability or performance: thanks again edit: also this one, at this stage i'm not as concerned about price as i am about quality, performance and features:
  8. thanks for that brian, yeah i will try to find something similar to that on ebay because i'm based in australia and have had issues with newegg delivering here. i was thinking of going with this one off ebay, would you think it would give me very similar performance? @mockingbird: yes my enclosure only supports USB2 and esata, seems to be a great enclosure, if only i can reach those speeds with 2x2TB in RAID-0 stripe.
  9. thanks for the feedback guys, so can i just format within windows or is there a benefit of formatting using Data Lifeguard Tools?
  10. UPDATE: the SG500 doesn't appear under disk management at all where it used to display as a single, unpartitioned 465GB drive. if i messed something up i'd at least see 465GB of unallocated space in DM but it's not showing anything other than my 2x320gb RAID partitions on the ICH5R and my DVD-RWs. further i thought about using system restore but unfortunately i deleted the RAID driver at approx 1pm yesterday and the only two restore points available are of 7:30pm and 8:30pm yesterday which coincide with when i attempted to install the promise ATA driver (non RAID) and then the promise RAID driver, so i can't roll back either. i have everest ultimate installed and it picks up the SG500 drive only under the category storage\ata along with the data below. however, it does NOT show the SG500 under other categories such as windows storage, logical drives or physical drives. please correct me if i'm wrong but i understand that everest rescans the system everytime it loads, so if it's picking up the drive it's not from some old cache but in fact it's rescanned and found the said drive correct? Field Value ATA Device Properties Model ID ST3500630AS Serial Number 5QG13FQM Revision 3.AAK ATA Device Physical Info Manufacturer Seagate Hard Disk Name Barracuda 7200.10 500630 Form Factor 3.5" Formatted Capacity 500 GB Disks 3 Recording Surfaces 6 Physical Dimensions 146.99 x 101.6 x 26.1 mm Max. Weight 720 g Average Rotational Latency 4.16 ms Rotational Speed 7200 RPM Interface SATA-II Buffer-to-Host Data Rate 300 MB/s Buffer Size 16 MB ATA Device Manufacturer Company Name Seagate Technology LLC Product Information to sum it up, there's the promise controller manager that comes up at boot by pressing Ctrl-F (after the BIOS screen and after the ICH5R screen passes but before windows boots) the promise bios recognizes the SG500. the port is the same one i was initially using and even if it weren't it shouldn't make any difference since i was using RAID on a single disk and i'm still doing the same thing. now as far as the software side is concerned, i still haven't managed to install the RAID promise driver without problems. it says sucessfully installed yet the SG500 is not registering under disk management but everest picks it up. not sure what to do next as i have a lot of data on this drive, which i'm 95% sure is intact, but i'm afraid of doing something that'll make my data FUBAR
  11. hello everyone, i have an Asus P4C800-E Deluxe rev. 2 running 2x320GB Seagate SATA2 HDD's off the Intel ICH5R controller and 1x500GB Seagate SATA2 off the Promise controller. i added the 500GB Seagate over a year ago to promise port 1 and i remember that in order to get the promise controller to recognize the drive in windows vista, i had to switch its function from "IDE" to "RAID" in the bios. under the promise array management, the seagate 500GB was listed under Array 1, 64kb stripe size and as one disk only. yesterday i added a Western Digital 500GB SATA2 to the promise controller and it wouldn't recognize it. i tried switching the sata ports (only the promise ones, haven't touched the ICH5R which is working just fine) and no luck. i went into the promise array management and added the WD500 to array 2 but left the SG500 on array 1 as is. (not sure if this is correct but SG500 may have been listed as array 2 and WD500 as array 1 after i switched the ports around, but that shouldn't make any difference to my data right?) i went into windows and i can't say for certain but i think my SG500 was still being recognized by windows. i finally realized in order to get it to work i needed to get the drivers for promise IDE function and not promise RAID...HUGE MISTAKE!!! i had forgotten that over a year ago i had problems getting the IDE to work and now i've got a SG500 full of data which was created on the promise controller using RAID (albeit the data is all on one disk). after deleting the RAID driver i installed the IDE driver but it still didn't recognize the WD500...and now it no longer recognizes the SG500. i've got an external enclosure for the WD500 so i'm gonna continue using it in that, all i want now is to get my trusty SG500 working again. i tried reinstalling the RAID promise drivers for my p4c800-e deluxe but had issues getting them to install...even though it says install sucessful i get a tiny exclamation mark next to it in device manager. i've got a lot of data which i'm fairly certain is secure and is inaccessible due to a driver problem which i cant resolve. so please someone tell me my data is secure as the only thing i did to screw with my SD500 was switch from port 1 to port 2 but now it's back. appreciate any help in this regard. cheers.
  12. munz

    Seagate 7200.10 Review
  13. update: i decided to boot the system using my Windows XP CD and the F6 RAID disk. when prompted to install win xp on a given partition, i selected the 70GB unallocated space and selected create partition (RAW). i then exited the win xp installer, booted into vista and the OS recognized the 70GB RAW partition and prompted me to format it. problem solved. thank you all for your input.
  14. hello all, i have a strange partition related problem under vista ultimate, please bear with me while i explain. it started when i tried to install vista ultimate retail over my existing WinXP Pro (via upgrade) however i was prompted that it is not possible unless i make more room on C:\. at the time my partitions on 2x320GB SATA RAID-0 using the on board Intel ICH5R were as follows (P4E 3.2GHz @ 3.84GHz, P4C800-E Deluxe, 2GB OCZ): C:\ (Operating System) 16GB D:\ (Windows SWAP) 4GB E:\ (Applications) 6GB F:\ (Games) 70GB G:\ (Storage) 500GB In order to make room for Vista, I used partition magic 8 and repartitioned the drives (I reduced drive G:\ by 14GB and extended drive C:\ by the same): C:\ (Operating System) 30GB D:\ (Windows SWAP) 4GB E:\ (Applications) 6GB F:\ (Games) 70GB G:\ (Storage) 486GB The above process took about 3 hours and was sucessful, after which I booted once in XP. this was when i decided it's probably better to do a fresh install of vista instead of upgrading xp. i inserted the vista disc and started the install process. right from the very start of the vista install, I was having problems deleting and partitioning F:\ the 70GB Games partition. i kept getting an error, i can not remember the exact error but i vaguely remember vista installer stating something to the effect that "there was an error with the partition on drive F:\". i was however able to delete and recreate the partitions on drives C-E without any problems. it's the F:\ partition which gave me the error. after completing the installation of vista, i tried to format F:\ using disk management. i get the following error message everytime: "There is not enough space available on the disk(s) to complete this operation." The only thing I have not tried is deleting the storage partition G:\...which i do not want to do as it contains all my important data and I currently do not have a drive large enough to back it all up. could this be an MBT issue or something simple that's corrupted but easy to fix? i have no boot issues or any drive problems accessing any of my data on any of the drives including G:\, the contents of which were initially created when i was using WinXP Pro. it's just F:\ that's not there and i can not access the free space. is there some diagnostic which can run that could shed some light on this issue without putting my data at risk? i've installed vista despite being unable to access the games partition F:\. i'd prefer a solution which doesn't involve deleting any of my existing partitions (namingly C, D, E and G). i'm attaching a jpeg of my current drive map, any suggestions how i can reclaim the 70GB free space? many thanks
  15. i haven't been able to get a hold of a 500GB drive yet, i'll try again on monday. in the meantime if anyone knows of a software that can fix this partition problem in a RAID-0 without affecting the nearby partitions and their data please let me know as it'll save me a lot of hassle. thanks
  16. thanks bazza, i'm going to get a 500GB drive to back up my storage. the partition sizes/location i had set were deliberate and for the same reasons you pointed out; they've helped a lot. i just hope that i am able to put all the others in the extended without losing the data. i'll get a hold of the 500GB drive and give it a try. thanks again
  17. thanks for your input. i don't know about vista but under XP my computer would slow down with everything on the same partition. obviously vista is an entirely different OS and i don't know what's best but i guess i can get rid of that swap file partition. still, wouldn't it be a better idea to keep at least 4 partitions? when i install photoshop CS2 it prompts to install it on a partition different to that of your OS as it would adversely affect performance. anyways, if a complete wipe is the only option then for me it means deleting the array is my only option. i'll look for a drive big enough for backup. if anyone comes up with a way to fix this partition problem without affecting my data please let me know. thanks a mil.
  18. munz

    Seagate 7200.10 Review

    thanks spod, i think i'm good for now cause i've got my partitions in place on this RAID-0: OS, SWAP, Apps, Games & Storage and because these new disks are almost 2x faster than my 2x120GB 7200.7's, i'm good for now. maciste: sorry but i think the details you wanted aren't available because my drives are in an array (i clicked the health tab but it's empty). i'm attaching some benches of the 2x320GB 7200.10's in RAID-0 on ICH5R also for those wondering about drive noise/drive seek problems with my pair. in fact 2x320GB 7200.10's in RAID-0 are no louder than ONE 120GB 7200.7! IMHO i think they're the quietest drives i've used to date.
  19. munz

    Seagate 7200.10 Review

    many thanks for your input, i wish i had read it sooner cause i've already created a 2x320GB Raid-0 on the ICH5R (i had assumed that the single promise drive wouldn't work on the intel controller) but thank you very much for the detailed answer. now i know what to do the next time i upgrade. for now i've managed to borrow a friend's lacie 500GB to transfer the data via usb so i'm good to go. also by independently did you mean in non-raid mode? my preferences lean more towards performance, as opposed to parity/backup which is why i went with raid-0 on the intel as opposed to RAID-1, (those are my only choices with SATA) but i've been on the fence about going RAID-0 on the promise as i read somewhere in some cases there's performance degredation. if that's what you were referring to kindly elaborate. if that's the case i'd rather have a 2x320GB raid on intel and two independent 120GB's on the promise. lastly, should i leave the SATA 150/SATA 300 jumper on the drives? they're currently functioning in SATA 150 mode, removing the jumper makes them work under SATA 300. although my board doesn't support SATA 300, would i see any improvements by removing the jumpers under RAID-0? i'm guessing i should leave them on SATA 150 but i figured i'd cross check just to be sure. maciste: i got your PM, and i'll get you those details ASAP...the owner of the lacie drive i'm using for data transfer forgot to supply me with the login details so i'm waiting for him to get back to me on that. i'm using my 2x120GB discs ATM on the ICH5R and i'll switch over to the 2x320GB discs once i've logged in and transferred my data safely.
  20. munz

    Seagate 7200.10 Review

    hi everyone, i've also purchased a pair of 7200.10 ST3320620AS drives and i'll be happy to post results once i've figured out how i can safely set them up with my existing system: What I have set up: 2x120GB SATA on Intel ICH5R RAID-0 Promise controller disabled (2 unused SATA ports) What I want to set up: 2x320GB SATA on Intel ICH5R RAID-0 2x120GB SATA on Promise controller in RAID-0 i'm using a P4C800-E Deluxe motherboard (i875 chipset) which has two SATA ports controlled by the Intel ICH5R (currently being used by 2x120GB seagate 7200.7 drives in RAID-0) and two SATA ports controlled by the Promise RAID controller (both controllers are on board). i understand the Intel ICH5R controller is the way to go with the new 2x320GB drives in RAID-0. my goal is to have two independent RAID-0 arrays. so what's the best way to backup my 2x120GB RAID-0 data which is currently on the Intel ICH5R and move the 2x120GB drives to the Promise controller? i know i can't use the 2x120GB's with the Promise without creating a new array which will overwrite my old array and all my data...which is ok provided the data is saved somewhere. i don't think my board supports "seamless migration", (not sure) so dumping everything on one 320GB drive won't help cause i'll lose the data when i have to recreate the 2x320GB RAID-0 array on the Intel ICH5R. is my only option to hook up a fifth drive via USB to pull this off? i'm fresh out of ideas so any help would be very much appreciated.