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  1. Katy

    Decreasing Transfer Rates

    Just a wild guess, as I don't have any new ideea: do you have any drive monitoring software installed?
  2. Katy

    Decreasing Transfer Rates

    Ok, then let's go deeper. Did you notice by any chance if the mouse pointer is moving different form usual (like jumpy) during the low transfer rate?
  3. Katy

    Decreasing Transfer Rates

    That sounds pretty much like a drive fragmentation problem. The fragmentation degree of a drive increases over time, you can't escape that as you can't escape gravity. Try defragmenting your drives at least once a month. I do it every two weeks. Don't bother using Windows' defrag utility, is garbage. I'm using Perfect Disk, but there are lots of other well performing defrag utilitites. Don't defrag any USB Pen drive or SSD drive. They don't need to be defragmented. Only HDD drives need to.
  4. Why do you want to do that? Is it because of disk space shortage on C: ? Then I would advise you to resize the drives. Shrink D: and enlarge C:. There are utilities which can do that for you, like Acronis Disk Director or Paragon Parition Manager (both of them not freeware), or Ranish Partition Manager/NTFS Resize (these being freeware, but I never used them,). If you Google for NTFS partition resizing software, you'll get a lot of hits. On tip here: when shrinking the D: drive, make sure you reduce it from its beginning, not from its end, so you make room for a bigger drive C:. Switching the system drive from C: to D: involves extensive registry hacking and since you yourself said you have limited computer knowledge, messing with the registry to such an extent would be disastrous.
  5. Katy

    Can I partition my RAID0 setup?

    Of course you can. The RAID0 drive will be seen by the OS as a regular drive. The OS has no knowledge whatsoever of what lies underneath, so you can partition it any way you see fit.
  6. Katy

    Need a new 1TB drive for main drive

    Well, Seagate are realy bad, from my experience. They have a high rate of failure. And this is a conclusion I reached over a few years of working in an IT store. Seagate HDDs are, by far, at top of the list with the drives returned for warranty while WDs are way down that list. The cherry on top of this cacke is that just yesterday a friend of mine bought a 1TB Barracuda ST31000528AS (yes, exactly your model) which, when installed at home in his machine, just didn't start. Brand new piece. So, my strong advice is to go for a Caviar Black.
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    Hitachi 7K2000 IDLE NOISE?!?!

    The way I figure it, that noise is caused by some kind of diagnostic, but since you say at the beginning the noise was not present, the diagnostic clearly does not belogon to the drives themselves. My guess is that the diagnostic is performed by the BIOS or the OS. I would do the following two tests: 1. If the drives are in RAID, take one out from RAID and see if the noise is still there. 2. If no RAID or the noise is still present after removal from RAID, also try the drive on another machine with a different OS.
  8. Katy

    Laptop HDD Ugrade Question

    Yes, it will work.
  9. The performance depends heavily on the content hosted by the drives. If they will host a large number of small files, you are interested in a better RA and a larger cache. If you will be hosting a small number of large files, you definitelly want a better AR. If these drives will be hosting the OS you are in the former situation.
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    Stange HDD Problems !

    Ok, so I'll say again, apparently it lacks logic. But the HDDs, mobo, controllers etc. are all interconected. So, when one faulty component starts introducing weird spikes in the system, any other component can go boom. Usually is the PSU, but when that is strong enough, the weirdness begins. The electronics in a PC is way to complicated to tackle it so simple. I had a case when a faulty graphics card has fried 5 network adapters until we (me and two other coleagues) figured it out. When elemetary logic does not apply it doesn't mean that there is no logic at all. It could be a more complicated logic, not understandable by me (and you, maybe) because we don't have the knowledge to fully comprehend the phenomenon. So, long story short, when I encounter a case with no obvious resolution, I start testing even the craziest ideas. It payed off many times.
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    WD Compatibility With Abit MoBo

    I'll second Brian. If you are willing to spend money for a 2TB drive, then half of that money wil buy you a decent modern motherboard. Put that aside, all the SATA II drives can be switched (by means of a jumper or a vendor utility, depending on the HDD model) to SATA I mode. That should do the compatibility trick.
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    Stange HDD Problems !

    I said "apparently". Can you read "apparently"? Say, A-P-P-A-R-E-N-T-L-Y. Apparently, that was the triggering event, so what's the harm in testing without that 1TB drive? I have also emphasized the situation with the last sentence of my first post. Why do you come to this forum? Are you trying to help or are you actually trying to start unfruitful debates? If the latter, I'm done conversating with you.
  13. Katy

    Stange HDD Problems !

    Since, apparently, the 1TB drive is the cause, have you tried removing it from the system? See if things are improving in any way after a few reboots (that is, give the OS a chance to repair corrupted files, if any). I know it sounds crazy, but it's worth a try.
  14. Well, I used to work in an IT shop until last year and Seagate drives were by far the most noisy. Now that you're telling me otherwise, all I can think of is that the HDD manufacturers do what car manufacturers do: the quality of the product depends of the market it is targeted at. So, here, in Romania, Eastern Europe, WD drives are way quieter than Seagate drives. And this is based not on a few samples, but on lots of them. Also, when it comes to drives returned for warranty, Seagate is at the top of the list. As far as I can tell, Segate should be avoided.
  15. Hi there, Well, you should't have bought a Seagate in the first place, they are well known as being very noisy. Now that you've "oops, I did it again", I can tell you what I did when I was in the same boat. You know that some electronics, especially the large ones, come with a sponge like polystyrene pieces to protect them from shocks during handling & transportation. I cut some thin (1-2 mm) bands and inserted them between the case and the drive, so that the drive won't have direct contact with the case. Obviously, I removed the screws, so the drive was only held by the pressure from those bands. Make sure that the polystyrene is the soft type, like a sponge. There are two types of polystyrene: soft and hard. You want the soft one.
  16. Yeah, nice, but how many of us have all the materials, tools and knowledge for doing that? I mean, come on, this guy works in some research lab or in some prototyping facility. What he did is way too exotic for most of us.
  17. Katy

    Still need external HDD's?

    Well now, unless you have to nurture it, I don't see any reason to throw it away. It's pretty bad not to have 300 GB of storage when you need it. But, if you still consider it's not worth keeping it, at least dispose it at a reciclying facility.
  18. Katy

    Samsung Internal HDD fried

    Well ... break a leg
  19. I have two friends working in different IT shops. In terms of warranty returns, WD outperforms BY FAR Seagate. That is, they get a lot more Seagates returned than WDs. Also, in benchmarks, WD is better. I say go with WD.
  20. Katy

    Spin up loop

    The startup of the drive until ready condition doesn't need connection to the PC. So, you only need to power it as a first test. Hook it up with another PC to rule out possible faulty PSU. If it still does the same thing, then the drive is dying. If it doesn't you might be lucky: hook the data cable as well and see what you get.
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    Raid 0 Question

    Come to think of it, the 2.5" drive might perform a little better, since it has smaller platters thus having shorter average seek times and higher data density (that is, it reads more data at the same rotational speed than the 3.5" drive). But the difference in performance shouldn't be noticeable.
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    Raid 0 Question

    What do you mean by "compare"? Since they have the same specs, they behave the same. The 2.5" drive resists more when you kick its butt
  23. Katy

    Not recognising WD 1TB MyBook

    Most probably the drive is gone. What you can try to get your data back is to take out the mobo of the good drive and mount it on the bad drive, see if you get anything. That is, if the drives are identical, they might not be. A BIG WARNING here: there are chances you may damage the good mobo, so know what you're risking. If you decide to do this, first you should backup the data from the good drive.