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    Storage of hard discs

    Amazingly, sounds like I'm on about the right track already. The backups are of my media centre, so they're really just convenience backups - the original DVDs / Blu-Rays are in boxes in the garage or under the floor. But I already had to recover 800GB of stuff from DVDs once, and sitting there swapping close to 200 DVDs in and out really wasn't much fun! After I removed my original 5x400GB discs from active service, I decided I would keep them for backups. I think those shipping cases are probably the right sort of thing. 'Hard Drive Shipping Case' comes up with much better results!
  2. This seems a tricky one to google, maybe someone here has an answer. I've got a load of backup hard-discs - currently 7, increasing to 13 when I replace my array of 500GB discs - currently sat in anti-static bags in a cardboard box. Given the purpose, I'd obviously like to keep these stored as safely as possible. What I'm after is some sort of protective storage at sensible prices. Other than buying USB caddies for them, I've not really seen any good options for this. Any ideas?
  3. Manufacturer: Samsung Family: Spinpoint T133 Released: Notes: Model Name (product family): Spinpoint T133 Model Number: HD400LJ Capacity: 400 gigabytes URL: Interface: SATA Spindle Speed: 7200 rpm Seek: 8.9 milliseconds Buffer: 8MB Density: 133 gigabytes per platter I've got 5 of these plus a HD401LJ (same but with 16MB buffer) that I'd like to add to the database.
  4. What I'd like to see is an easier way to search for the drives. I've got two main ideas: 1) search by entering model number. Especially if you've not bought the drive yourself (e.g. disc is in a pre-built PC) it's easier to get to a model number such as WD20EADS. I'd rather just type in that number than try and work out which category of green power drives it belongs to. 2) (maybe a bit ambitious) have a mini-application that can be downloaded and automatically read and report back the drive models in the user's computer. On Linux it's as easy as running hdparm - for one of the dev servers where I work, it outputs information like this: costello:/dev # hdparm -I /dev/sda /dev/sda: ATA device, with non-removable media Model Number: OCZ-VERTEX Serial Number: 99TVKC8FP0N7ID510HJ1 Firmware Revision: 1.31 costello:/dev # hdparm -I /dev/sdb1 /dev/sdb1: ATA device, with non-removable media Model Number: WDC WD3000HLFS-01G6U0 Serial Number: WD-WXLY08152721 Firmware Revision: 04.04V01 I'm not a Windows programmer but I presume something very similar has to be available somewhere.
  5. FWIW, I have seen dual drive failures of Hitachi's 15K300 drives in fairly close succession. At home with more normal discs, I've seen enough failures that I wish I'd bought a RAID6 capable card. One contributing factor is you say you've got 6 2TB Samsung drives. That presumably means you bought them at the same time from the same shop, and so they are very likely all the same manufacturing batch - that increases the change of them failing together. I've had 4 drive failures, of which 3 were a set of discs I bought at the same time and they have almost sequential serial numbers, and failed weeks apart from each other. I'd definitely pick the RAID6 solution. However be aware that it only protects you from drive failures. A friend of mine went to a lot of effort with RAID, only to see a power spike wipe out the whole PC.
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    My fileserver needs an upgrade

    I'd consider looking at the XFX Revo 64. It matches my needs perfectly and sounds like it may be good for you also. It's a 5-port SATA hardware RAID 3 card (much like RAID 5). The big advantage for me is that it's dirt cheap (relatively speaking) - mine was £30 (~$55) compared to around £50 for most 4-port cards, or £75 for an 8-port. It's also nicely upgradable - add an extra disk and it just sorts it out automatically. I'm currently using 3x400GB discs in RAID3, which gives 800 GB array. Just plug in a fourth drive, and it appears as a 1.2TB array, and a fifth to get 1.6TB. I'm currently ripping DVDs onto a server for my media center PC so this simple expandibility is perfect and means I get to save money now without causing hassle down the line. It also has a useful feature of just appearing as an IDE disk to the rest of the system. I haven't tried using it as a boot disk as I have a WD Raptor for that, but I believe it should just work.
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    Website That Reviews Crt Monitors?

    The NEC/Mitsubishi monitors do look very nice. However, I've seen plenty of Sony / Mitsubishi / IBM monitors at work and my Iiyama VM Pro 454 tops them all. I'm currently considering whether to get the 514 (22" version) since there have been some price cuts recently. However, reviews of this seem to indicate it may not be as good in comparison to other similar displays as the 454 is in it's category. For a 19" non-shadowmask for gaming, you really can't go wrong with the 454. Only thing is the superbright technology is useless - far too bright!!
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    Wd2500pb Or Hitachi Deskstar 7k250

    Hehe I heard that cat noise also. First time there actually was a cat at the window and I wasn't sure if it was making the noise! Is this a normal sound? I've just got two 7K250s and as far as I can tell, the noise always comes from the same drive - is this OK or a problem for the future?
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    Need New Drive

    There's not too much doubt about it for performance - the 7K250 is faster, particularly in server situations. The other advantage in my opinion is the lower capacity drives. I've just bought a pair of 160GB 7K250s with 8MB cache. I've got these in a RAID-0 array, and the speed is brilliant. These were £80 each and have the same performance as the 250GB drive which costs about £180 over here. Therefore you could get 4 of them for RAID 10 at less than the price of a pair of 250GB drives. Seems the best option to me - you'd probably have money spare to buy a controller card to put them all on
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    Doom3 minimum Requirements

    Back on topic, my graphics card died so I'm using my old Radeon 64MB VIVO (original - renamed 7200 now). With a 1.5 GHz Celeron (OCed) that gives me about the minimum spec. On mid detail, 640x480, I was getting around 3 fps. With my Radeon 9000 Pro I was getting about 12 fps at the same settings. The final game must be tweaked a long way compared to the Alpha if it's going to be playable with 1GHz/Radeon 7200. Then again having finished menus will probably make it easier to turn off the details.
  11. All of this should be completely academic for MP3 files anyway. Given that you're talking about 160 kbps bitrates, while a modern hard disc will be managing 30 MBps even on the outside tracks, it would take a LOT of fragmentation to cause playback to skip. Seriously we're talking 0.03% of the maximum transfer speed is required to read an MP3. You'd be as well going with a big slow cheap drive. SATA and 8MB cache will both add their own premiums, and for a drive full of MP3s there will be absolutely no benefit.
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    Compact Flash Price/Capacity

    Excuse me but what exactly are you talking about - 45 images on a 512MB card??? Any decent digital camera will be able to store a low compression JPEG image with quality similar to the uncompressed version, most likely in a couple of megabytes, even for fairly high resolution cameras. My DSC-P50 stores 2 megapixel images in ~900K at lowest compression (except for uncompressed) allowing storage of 66 images on my 64MB memory stick. Typically when I think I'll need more space I go back through the images and delete the stuff I don't think came out well. Given the price of cameras able to take high enough quality photos that you want uncompressed versions, i.e. Canon EOS D60 and similar, is high enough that an old laptop with a few GB hard disc would be well within your budget for a secondary storage device.