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  1. I've had to clean up a few on customers PCs. From what I've found they are mostly hosted as ads within popular websites. Since I browse with FF w/NoScript and NoAd add-ins I don't see them... (plus the fact I don't run Windows, it'll be a bit hard to my personal PC to get infected).
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    Seagate ST336754LC Firmware needed! PLEASE HELP!

    I guess you're out of luck then.
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    Seagate ST336754LC Firmware needed! PLEASE HELP!

    You need to contact either Dell or HP to get the respective firmware. IIRC Seagate only hand out firmware to it's larger enterprise customers, but you may want to give Seagate shot as well...
  4. Umm, current top model drives that have to do 1000's of random 4K reads generally top out at 20-30MB/s ???
  5. If STR is your only concern, then yes, it's over kill. BUT, what about IOPS. Drives with higher STRs, will also typically have higher IOPs (be it single-user or multi-user orientated), so while you may max out the STR on say reading a single 200MB file, you will still have plenty of room for random IO stuff (when the disk is the bottleneck and not the interface), where you may have 1000's of 4K reads and writes spread across the disk. What I'm trying to get at, is that STR is not the only measure of performance (and many would argue that it serves as a poor benchmark metric), and that IOPs for your given task should be the consideration as well. PS. I live in a world where STR means nothing, but random IO is king.
  6. Have you read the FAQ here on SCSI drives? 1. What is the BIOS reporting as the transfer speed during startup? 2. What applications have you used to report the STR? (What does HDTach report)? 3. Have you double checked your cabling? (I assume you are using SAS and not a SCSI drive with a convertor). 4. What slot is the controller connected to on the mainboard? (What mainboard are you using).
  7. I've found most LaCie external drives can have the internal drive swapped with another one, with no issues... PS. You're just unlucky.
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    150GB - WD Raptop vs Velociraptor

    This should answer your question. PS the 150GB VR has the same performance (within a reasonable error margin) as the 300GB as tested above.
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    Hiding a drive partition in Vista

    AFAIK, hiding volumes is a global setting only... but it may be possible to script the action you're after using logon/logoff script for said user.
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    80GB still made?

    The short answer, yes you can still get 80GB drives from OEMs. Just be aware they may actually be short-stroked drives (eg larger drives, with reprogrammed firmware to say they are smaller than what they are)...
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    Oldest drive still in use

    On time (at band camp) a HDD died completely (as in stopped dead cold, no warnings, no nothing) mid way through a tape backup! While not that bad, the other 2x tapes in the backup pool had random CRC errors, hence a call to a data recovery company, using the 3 tapes to reconstruct the contents of the HDD. And another time (at band camp), I had a IC blow on the HDD controller board shooting plastic/metal shards throughout the PC. And another time at band camp, I shove a flute up ....
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    Oldest drive still in use

    I ditched all my old drives a long time ago. The oldest I have running is a Seagate 36GB 10K.6 SCSI, (actually 4x of them). Otherwise my wife's PC has a Seagate 80GB PATA drive, from back when 120GB drives were the largest you could get... As a side note, my parent's ditched a Amstrad PC3286 (286 @16MHz) with a 40MB Miniscribe drive last Christmas. The drive and PC were still working fine when they ditched it, as I run a drive wipe utility on it so they could ditch it. It was replaced with a Intel Core2Duo @ 2.4Ghz, 2GB RAM, etc running Vista.
  13. If you just want the Sun box to host the boot images, then you shouldn't have a problem setting up a DHCP server, DNS server and TFTP server following the guidelines. But IIRC you still need a Win box somewhere to help the installer along, but if you can get CIFS service settings just right (on the Sun Box), I guess you could use the Sun box for the installer files as well. PS. It's been a long time since I've done deployment via PXE, so my knowledge is rusty, and even then we used Win boxes for the boot image and installer file hosting.
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    help me please xp ID 9

    It'll be one of the DVD drives then. The ATAPI event log should have the drive letter in the log.
  15. Out of the 100's of drives I see a year, there hasn't been any difference in reliability across the board from the various manufacturers. (That includes Samsung, Seagate, WDC, Hitachi, etc in sizes ranging from 80GB to 500GB). Lately, it seems that the shipping method and packaging has more bearing on a drive failure than any brand/model/size from my experience. AKA, get the one with the best warranty and return procedure, best price (for capacity) and from a company that will ship drives in respectable packaging.
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    help me please xp ID 9

    I would guess, secondary channel, master device? \device\ide\ideport0 = primary channel, master device. \device\ide\ideport1 = primary channel, slave device. \device\ide\ideport2 = secondary channel, master device. \device\ide\ideport3 = secondary channel, slave device. \device\ide\ideport4 = tertiary channel, master device. and so on for a pure IDE system with both master and slave devices on each channel. How Windows maps SATA to IDE terminology, should be based on if the SATA controller is running in IDE compatible mode or AHCI, and if the driver for the SATA controller emulates a SCSI controller or IDE controller. Are there any 'disk' errors in the event log? (The typically occur at the same time if it's a failing device, and from that you can tell which device is failing for easily).
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    help me please xp ID 9

    Have a read, and see if any of the following apply? The trick is to identify exactly what device is on \Device\Ide\IdePort2. And then you should be able to narrow down the problem. (Typically I've seen this with bad CD/DVDs or a dying CD/DVD drive).
  18. How are you testing the write through put? I assume file copy? Or using ATTO or another similar tool? If you're testing by copying files from 1 drive to another, remember that the data goes from the 1st drive to main memory, and then from memory to the 2nd disk. So you'll lost some write performance due to the reads taking place at the same time. (Since you mention Windows, due to using HDTach, Windows driver IIRC don't use the SCSI technique of being able to send data to 1 drive from another drive totally independent of the rest of the system - one of the huge benefits of SCSI is that it allows direct device to device communication, which IIRC Windows doesn't take advantage of). My only suggestion to try to use a benchmark that writes to drive direct from memory, eg ATTO, dd (if using Linux/BSD/Solaris), etc.
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    Battlestar Galactica

    I've enjoyed BSG so far, I've only seen up to Season 3. (Being down-under we are a bit behind the times). I totally agree about timing, especially with what they did to Stargate SG-1. Should've ended at Season 8, the finale even had a nice "this is it, good-bye" moment. S9 and S10 were, well, so-so in my opinion. PS. B5 has a special place on the DVD shelf as well...
  20. I've always liked VXA (running a VXA-1 personally), but media can be expensive. I haven't used any of the current drives, but the VXA-1, VXA-2's and VXA-172's were all good drives.
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    Vista/Server 2K8 backup

    Holy cow! Welcome to the party! The next steps are: 1: Evangelize non-ms tech when appropriate. 2: Consciously stop supporting MS products, especially on the web. I've tried to responding to MS User support requests altogether. Frank Well considering I've been using Linux in some flavour since RedHat 5.x days, FreeBSD since 3.x days and my first real server OS was OpenVMS (on MIPS) followed by Sol8, before using NT4.0, it's not all surprising I have no need for Windows at home. Work is a different matter (especially since I work for a MS Gold Partner, reselling/installing MS Dynamics). As for promoting one over the other, well, I don't care about the platform as long as it's the best in the field.
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    Vista/Server 2K8 backup

    No native support for tape backup is one of the reasons I've avoided Vista, and have since left the MS world. (They don't care about their customers). I guess they are expecting you to go out and purchase additional software to support tape or any commonplace features found in decent backup software... Despite WinNT, Win2K and WinXP all supporting tape backups and the normal feature set found in common backup software, eg full, diff, incremental backup sets, rotating media, and multi-media backups. Maybe it's a MS ploy to add "Tape Support" as a special feature in Win7 Ultimate super-mega do everything but cook you breakfast edition? I don't know... I've personally always used and recommended NTBackup or Veritas Backup Exec (both server and workstation editions), but since Symantec have taken over the BackupExec software, I don't know what the current status of their Desktop/Workstation edn is?
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    1TB WD Elements FAT32 or NTFS?

    Does MacOS X support NTFS? Does Linux support NTFS? (reliably) Does FreeBSD support NTFS? Does QNX support NTFS? Does Solaris/OpenSolaris support NTFS? (What I mean is, that support works 100% of the time out of the box, not needing 3rd party software). All the above support FAT32 natively... And plus, you don't have to worry about file security issues with FAT32 formatted drives.
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    RAID edition? Worth it?

    There is a small difference in the firmware of the drives that make the RAID Editions play nicely with RAID controllers vs the non-RAID Editions. Depending on the $$$ difference, and the risk you want to take with drives being dumped from the array (and considering you'll be using RAID0), it's up to you. If it was me, I would just spend the extra on the REs.
  25. What else is running on the system? eg Antivirus, torrent applications, etc???