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  1. wfn

    Best app for data recovery

    Ontrack's site says the software should only be used when hardware is functioning properly, not if it's failing. Correct me if I'm wrong, but if a drive is failing, why would you have any use for recovery software? especially if your drives are failing. if you don't have anything valuable on there then by all means (don't know why you'd need to recover it then), however 9 out 10 people would prefer some data restored over no data restored. you'll be surprised with what r-studio can do. it even works with broken arrays.
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    Best app for data recovery

    depends on your setup and extent of the damage - ontrack is good r-studio is better for serious stuff
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    Poor STR performance with ST318404LC

    check to make sure your read/write caching is enabled on the drive, make sure you're using the right cable (twisted to flat with an LVD terminator) and lastly inspect every connector on the cable for bent or touching pins. some oem drives have their firmware flashed with the drive's cache being intentionally bypassed. you'll know if this is the case after you check the cache settings.
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    Archival software

    I've been searching for some sort of utility like the one you wrote for a while. I remember around 15 years ago there was a DOS program that allowed to do this with floppies. What I'm thinking could work out even better is if you incorporate mkisofs.exe for .ISO image building as the last prep. step and then you can use ImgBurner's cue option to burn all the images sequentially. That would eliminate a few more steps since imgburn spits the disc out and starts burning the next image in cue as soon as new media in detected in the drive.
  5. Morning folks, Haven't posted in a long time, so bare with me. I'm looking for a file copy tool along the lines of xcopy that would handle files in a specific order. I'm trying to maximize performance and reduce fragmentation as the target drive will be filled up and won't have enough room to do any meaningful defragmentation on. I will be copying several hundred thousand files varying in length between 1MB and 200MB onto a 500GB drive. I'm thinking smaller files in the beginning of the drive. The reason I'm starting this in the first place is because I watched the actual file placement patterns with built in explorer copy on an empty drive using a defrag util and I don't like what I'm seeing. Please share your wisdom.
  6. Glad to report that robocopy worked out just fine, i have 0 excessive fragments per file according to diskeeper. One question I couldn't find an answer to was what is "transfer.log" and why robocopy tries to put it in the system volume information folder on the target drive?
  7. I didn't like BC because it's taking forever. I'm playing with Robocopy and will finalize my project tonight, I'll do the /CREATE to make 0 byte files with a full tree and then do the actual copying. I'm actually pondering if there's a way to feed a list of files to be copied into Robocopy. Then the only thing I'd need is to give it the output of DIR /S/O:S/L/B/A:-D
  8. Great! thanks for all the suggestions, I'll give both utilities a shot tonight.
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    Are 600GB Hard Drives out?

    she must be doing something wrong because she had 5 out 6 of her drives replaced within a year, that's like 83% failure rate.
  10. is there a reason to buy any plextor optical today? i used to be a big fan, but over the course of this year i just dumped all my various plextor scsi's and atapi's thru ebay because they are outdated and the premiums on the new models cannot be justified in my mind. just so you have an idea how big of a plextor fan i was here's what i sold: 2 x px-32tsi px-40tsi px-40tsuwi px-w8432ti px-r820ti 2 x px-w12432ti px-w12432tse px-w4012tsi
  11. BRAND NEW FUJITSU MAT3147NP ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ $320 Shipped Fedex 2Day Brand new $515.00 @ NewEgg 147GB -/- Ultra320 LVD SCSI -/- 68 pin -/- 10,000 RPM -/- 4.5ms access -/- 8MB cache S/N: AAG3P51003PC HEAT 4-0-0
  12. you could do that or you could also purchase 2 from me for $180 shipped fedex 2day (they're 100% working 13G0255 parts) warranty till Oct-16-2006
  13. mmmm... that would do it.
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    300GB Atlas 10K V

    if you're into gaming you're much better off selling these drives and getting yourself a raptor to boot and run your apps from and a hitachi 250GB sata II drive for storage. you'll probably have enough money left over to buy yourself a beefy video card a gig of ram and a faster cpu.
  15. I'm looking to get a USB sound card for a laptop and I'm torn between a Zalman ZM-RSSC and a Creative Sound Blaster Go! External. The card doesn't have to be professional quality or anything but good driver support is a must. Feel free to recommend something better in the same pricerange (up to $70) Thanks!
  16. thank you very much for your suggestions, xSTLx
  17. For sale Hitachi Deskstar 7K250 250GB Serial ATA I 7200 RPM, 8.5ms seek, 8MB cache hard drive. Sparingly used in a cooled workstation environment. $110 shipped fedex 2Day. Warranty till 10-15-2006. New $138.50 from NewEgg Heat 4-0-0
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    Wave Editor Program?

    cooledit pro 2.0. bought by adobe and renamed to audition 1.5.
  19. could you try to remember, because it's a command line utility and has no pictures of colored blocks being moved around so theres got to be a pretty good reason why you want to keep using it.
  20. you can shave off between 5 and 10 seconds on boot for win2k pro pc if you replace NTDETECT.COM and NTLDR with the same files from a Windows XP Pro installation. Make sure to make a backup before you do that and also double check that your win2k install has the same default language as the winxp install.
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    maxtor atlas 15k2,scsi newb

    also, if you're dissatisfied with the drive i can take it off your hands for a reasonable sum.
  22. yep, now i remember. it's a pity he doesnt post here anymore he's a cool cat. but i cant be too judgemental i kinda fell out of the loop there for a couple of years. as far as commenting on the personal use my data would be completely irrelevant because i havent had a singe hdd failure in probably 10-12 years. right now i use these between my 3 systems and an xbox: Fujitsu mas3184np Seagate st318453lw Seagate st373453lw Seagate st3300831as 5 x Samsung sp1614c 2 x Western Digital wd1600jb IBM IC35L180AVV207 Hitachi IC35L120AVV207 Hitachi HDS722525VLAT80