clunesy

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  1. clunesy

    Barracuda V - dogturd performance

    I went at it the other way - the Barracuda is in its box, ready to go back to the store - and I now have two spanking IBM 180GXPs in my machine, and they scream (in silence, hehehe) - very fast - and really not noticeably any louder than the Barracuda. nice. Now I can finally get back to business. thanks for all your help, all. Clunes
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    Barracuda V - dogturd performance

    ok - are you ready ?? If I connect CD drive and Barracuda as Primary / Secondary master on the promise - all is fine when ripping CDs - copying audio If I connect a CD drive to the 686 IDE and copy to the drive while it is connected still to the Promise - the problems start, although I don't understand why its a problem T The only solution I have is to have all my IDE devices on the promise, and leave the onboard IDE completely unused !!!!! If you can call that a 'solution' ...... ! I'll put up with for a little while. If you were me...... take back the Barracuda and get come quiet 180GXPs ? grab a new KT400 mobo with VT8235 southbridge (or KT266/333 with VT8233/A/C) ?
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    Barracuda V - dogturd performance

    Paragon - I'd like your advice and maybe some others too ? The problem : I need a basic machine for general use - most importantly ripping mp3s with EAC and coding with Lame 392. It has to be SILENT - to appease 'her indoors' - as its kept on serving / downloadin 24/7. My Abit KG7 (AMD760) was running fine with IBM Deskstar 120, and now runs badly with Barracuda V. Worst thing is, it keeps looking like its running ok (the read performance is ok, booting up, launching apps is now fine). But as various tests in this thread show, there is a MAJOR write performance issue with this motherboard, Paragon's A7M266, and it may or may not be that the 760 chipset is at fault. Its taking me nearly 3 times longer to rips CDs now What is the easiest, most cost effective way to fix this ? I don't think there are any other drives out there nearly as quiet, so should I change my mobo? I've had my eye on a the Asus ViaKT400 board, with LAN, Dig. Audio, Fire, USB2, etc, as this cuts down on all my cards. Is this going to work any better ? Is anyone out there getting great use with the Barracuda V and KT266/333/400 chipset boards ? Or.... I also have a Promise ATA66 card, which I just use for optical drives, maybe I should try booting the cuda off that instead ? That would require no money being thrown at the problem, should be easy to try - is it likely to work ? What do we think is the problem here ? hope SOMEONE can help regards clunes
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    Barracuda V - dogturd performance

    OK - what is the next quietest drive after a seagate barracuda that actually works with anything that isn't Intel ????? Do the IVs have this problem ? jeez....
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    Barracuda V - dogturd performance

    sorry - 'the balls' - is that bad or good? In London, UK I'd have to say that means good (closest expressions 'the nuts' or 'the dogs bollocks') - please clarify thanks PS When I have my 120 IBM as the boot drive, and the barracuda as a slave files drive - all seems fine. As I said with the barracuda as boot in primary slave I think I can put up with things in the short term
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    Barracuda V - dogturd performance

    where did you end up getting HDTach (send me a mail - niels75@btopenworld.com) - mine is now residing as Primary Slave, and seems to be performing better - I'd like to try the HDTach app on it though...
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    Barracuda V - dogturd performance

    The IDE filter driver is part of the 4in1 - but did you try the miniport ? I might give that a whirl.
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    Barracuda V - dogturd performance

    well I've fixed up my bent pin and funny cable probs I now have the drive set as primary master - my LiteOn 32x burner as primary slave, and my DVD-ROM as primary slave on a Promise ATA66 card. Things are running ok....ish. Really not a patch on how it was with the 120 Deskstar, but I can't think what else to try. This thing just consumes more resources; there's no other description for it. Start button lag, bad window refreshes, sometimes the keyboard takes a while to catch up. The worse thing... and this may be telling - is that the speed at which my CD/DVD drives rips audio is down by HALF ! It doesn't matter which drive, on which bus - and I don't even have to be ripping to the Barracuda V !!!!!!!!!!! - If I rip to external 73Gig Seagate U160 Cheetah on an Adaptec 29160 - STILL rips slow !@#$%^&*( WTF !!!! well I'll put up with it until my next mobo / drive change in maybe six months. Hopefully the 8meg cache serial ATA150 will work properly !!!!! and before you say it - YES EVERYTHING IS SET TO UDMA33/66/100 IN BIOS AND OS - YADDA YADDA !!! I've just had a thought...... I'm gonna try me the VIA IDE 4in1 drivers - never bother with them usually - never had the need. Who knows ? nothing to lose......
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    Barracuda V - dogturd performance

    This is starting to smell quite fishy...... I have an AMD760 mobo as well - Abit KG7, and I have the drive partitioned in3 - 2gig FAT16, 10gig NTFS, 99gig NTFS. I changed something, and now the drive performs much better, I think it was the fact that I used the drive as primary master (it was secondary master before). Also - I definitely have some other funny stuff going on - cos I have at least one damanged pin on my DVD-ROM drive (ouch!!) - but now I have a bunch of new round shielded IDE cables, and some tweezers ,I'm gonna rule all this lot out and see what happens..... I'll keep you posted.
  10. clunesy

    Barracuda V - dogturd performance

    many thanks. will try
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    Barracuda V - dogturd performance

    no ideas anyone ? I might just go back to the deskstar, and then wait for the 8 meg barracuda, if I can't crack this one !! thanks clunesy
  12. ok - I replaced my spanking GXP120 deskstar 120gig with this thing, and YES it is beautifully quiet. The performance though is REALLY terrible. We're talking click on the start button while the system tray is loading, and wait 20 seconds terrible. Copying files is at least twice as slow as the IBM - cpu usage is up, even ripping a CD goes at about 60% the speed it used to - even when its NOT the seagate I'm ripping to !!! Surely something has to be wrong here - faulty drive ? How do I tell whether the acoustic management is on or not ? Will this make a big difference ? really hope someone can help before I take this drive back to the shop. Can't face ANOTHER windows reinstall only to discover that a replacement behaves the same !! kind regards Niels
  13. clunesy

    Seagate Barracuda ATA V

    its the Barracuda V you are after ? They sell the 120gigs in Maplin for £125 inc VAT. I'm not having much fun with mine though - its very slow. Clunesy