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  1. paragon

    Barracuda V - dogturd performance

    You said you wanted quiet for 24/7 HD work, so I suggest you get a new motherboard. I can't hear the Barracuda from 1 foot seeking in my case, but with any other drive I can at least *hear* it (although it's not that bothersome at more than a few feet and disappears soon afterwards). Me, I'm gonna find someone with an Intel or a non-686B system and test it on that. If all is good, I'll go out and buy an A7N8X or something.
  2. Yeah, okay... :roll: Another victim of Creative's marketing machine. nForce2's audio takes less CPU utilization and does real-time Dolby Digital encoding. What's the Audigy got on it again? The DACS are 16/44, so having the whole 24/96 internal is worthless except for recording. A nifty front plate? Whee... It's nice and all, but it certainly doesn't make up for DD encoding. EAX Advanced HD? I haven't seen a single game which had 3D audio ONLY for Audigy/Audigy2 users, most of the time they offer a combination of A3D, EAX1, DS3D, and software 3D sound. And the best part? Oh wait, I know what the Audigy has that the nForce2 doesn't have, the infinite loop BSODs!
  3. paragon

    Barracuda V - dogturd performance

    I tried it on a KT133a, same problem. So it's not AMD760. It could be a bad batch of drives, but I suspect it's actually the 686B IDE controller. After all, the vast majority of motherboard manufacturers outright refused to use the AMD766 Southbridge, which was designed for use with the AMD760 Northbridge for the last line of Thunderbirds, and they all went for the VIA 686B Southbridge, along with VIA's piss poor IDE controller (many stories of data corruption on that bus). Try the Promise card and tell me how it goes, if it runs well on that then my suspicions will be confirmed... If that works, then I will probably have to run out and buy an nForce2 motherboard.
  4. paragon

    Barracuda V - dogturd performance

    1) Not really. Unless you mean "Windows" 2) I did a chkdsk right after I got the drive.. 3) What do you mean? I've never touched my PCI settings since I got my motherboard. 4) My other computer is using a promise U100, this computer is not. Just plain old garbage VIA IDE controller. 5) Maybe, but the disk still sucks :cry: And yes, I hate my motherboard. I had this whole deal with the nv4_disp/IRQL_NOT_LESS_OR_EQUAL BSODs for the longest time. Worst purchase ever.
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    Barracuda V - dogturd performance

    Okay, don't judge me Also, I have tried PCMark2002, and although it's not really a very good benchmark, it showed up that the write tests (cached file write, uncached file write, file copy) were about 10x slower than the read tests (cached file read, uncached file read). So despite this HDTach being pretty damn bad with all the spikes, had I tried to test writes I bet it would have been a lot worse. And this goes with the fact that when I am trying to extract large zips or rars, it takes about 10x as long as it did with my old 75GXP.
  6. paragon

    Barracuda V - dogturd performance

    Sorry, but I have to register HDTach in order to use it on an NT-based OS, and I'm not about to pay $50 for a benchmarking tool.
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    Barracuda V - dogturd performance

    I installed it all except for the AGP. So basically a 3-in-1. Didn't help at all. I asked about the VIA 686b southbridge again, they claimed they know nothing but said they'd pass the information up, and I gave them linkage to this thread.
  8. paragon

    Barracuda V - dogturd performance

    Tried those too... They actually benchmarked worse, but I couldn't tell any performance difference. Both piss poor slow. Just make sure not to install the AGP driver sice you've got the same northbridge as me, and it's not VIA.
  9. paragon

    Barracuda V - dogturd performance

    http://forums.storagereview.net/viewtopic.php?t=6674 Interesting... I did ask one of the techs earlier if they knew of any incompatibilities with that chipset combo, but of course hell would freeze over before any companies that make electronic devices would ever admit to faults with their own engineering :x I have had the drive on primary master, primary slave on a promise RAID controller, and cable select (primary master). I have to say this performance issue is bull crap. I would say I'm never going to buy another Seagate product again, but I know that's not true because they make the best SCSI drive out there, and they make the quietest IDE drives...
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    Barracuda V - dogturd performance

    I checked for that too. Believe me, I've checked every "generic" solution I know of. I am almost positive the fault is with Seagate (either faulty drive, faulty firmware, or lack of hardware compatibility). Or maybe VIA, because I like to blame stuff on them Or maybe as a very remote possibility, is anyone who is having this problem partitioning their HD? I have it split into 12Gb, 24Gb, and 77Gb partitions... I seriously doubt this is the problem, but you never know, since it is a non-standard config. Maybe they just expect you do just use one 113Gb partition. I'd like to add that I've tested this under W2k Pro SP2, SP3, and WinXP Pro SP1, and the drive is short-bus slow on every single one of them. All partitions are formatted with NTFS, but this drive was supposed to have GOOD NTFS performance, sheez.
  11. paragon

    Barracuda V - dogturd performance

    clunesy, Glad to know I am not alone here. I am having the exact same problem, and I have been exchanging emails with Seagate's (very useless :roll: ) tech support to no avail. They just keep giving me generic answers like: check for UDMA Mode 5 use Seatools (automated diagnostic) defrag and scandisk stop running in RAID (I'm not, btw) check jumpers check ATA cable What's your motherboard? I am on an ASUS A7M266 (AMD760 Northbridge, VIA 686B Southbridge) and I recall someone else having a Gigabyte motherboard with the same North/south combo, and he said that the drive worked fine when connected to the onboard RAID controller but slowed down to a crawl otherwise. Alas, I have two computers in this house and they are both running ASUS motherboards with VIA 686B southbridges (the other one is running a KT133a Duron 900) and yes, the drive performs like crap on both :x
  12. paragon

    Barracuda 5 Bad Performance

    I seem to be in a similar boat. I just bought a Barracuda V, and it seems to perform extremely poorly, and is slowing down Windows with it. Everything I do is accompanied by 10 seconds of hard drive activity. I've got an ASUS A7M266 (AMD761 + VIA Southbridge, don't know the #) and it seems to perform exceptionally slowly.