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  1. HyperSlug

    The Fall of StorageReview

    I point some folks over here now and then, but it's a ghost of its former self. Is there an alternative or up-and-coming site for hard drive benchmarks? Tom's Hardware?
  2. The cold side of a peltier (thermoelectric) element that contacts the device to be cooled is almost always colder than room temperature, and therefore can (and does most of the time) cause condensation. Of course it does. This is why I did not say "no risk".
  3. A peltier could do this with lower risk of condensation on the PCB.
  4. I boot from a master drive. I have a corrupted slave drive attached. GetDataBack allows me to retrieve files off it. Is it possible to retrieve the Windows Product Key from the slave drive? (The owner has lost the COA.) I know there's perhaps one file I can extract from a Windows dir that was rumored to bypass activation if installed on same hardware (though found to be not true). But if I repair the drive and reinstall the OS (with maybe a dummy OEM Product Key), will reapplying that file allow me to restore the true legitimate Product Key?
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    Hard drive recovery

    I'm trying to recover data off a dying 80GB WD Caviar. S.M.A.R.T. reports a drive failure warning at boot. I've tried GetDataBack and EasyRecovery but both seem to freeze up when accessing the drive, take long, and make little or no progress over hours. (The Caviar is hooked up as slave to an 80GB Maxtor.) What now? Rubber mallet? The Freezer Trick?
  6. As many of you know, VMware Server (previously GSX) is now free. So I've been thinking of experimenting with it a bit. (Actually I'm demoing ESX which is a little difft.) I'm running it for a dev team so 2 of my VM's will be Win 2k3 servers: IIS6 on one, SQL 2k5 on the other. The others will be various test workstations: 98, ME, 2K, XP, maybe Vista? Question: Does this setup constitute a server access pattern that benefits from SCSI? Or would IDE drives work just fine?
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    NTFS: data loss - going nuts :-(((

    I've used GetDataBack for FAT for 2 drives: Drive accidentally repartitioned, full recovery; even correctly recovered unicode filenames and data (Korean alphabet) Drive indirectly struck by lightning, ~95% data recovered Their NTFS version is probably identical to the FAT version. Highly recommended, especiallly since you can just run the demo to see if it'll work at all. Runtime Software, http://runtime.org
  8. Correction on the previous post: the 15 digital product key is stored in reverse, so it should be: 00 C1 43 87 6B 41 C4 22 5D 38 2A D0 51 23 A2 which yields a different Product Key, but the procedure is the same. Not sure if they collect your Product Key from you, or if this product was registered at all.
  9. The product key can be reverse engineered from the DigitalProductId found in the registry key: HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\Microsoft\Windows NT\CurrentVersion This registry key should be stored in the file C:\WINDOWS\system32\config\software" (no extension). I'm not sure if the registry is plaintext or hex. Looking at a .REG backup of the registry suggests a mix of the two. Bytes 52-66 (0x34 - 0x42) of this key hold a 15 byte number. In Hex, it's a 30 digit number: A2 23 51 D0 2A 38 5D 22 C4 41 6B 87 43 C1 00 In Binary, a 120 digit number: 10100010 00100011 ... 11000001 00000000 Converted to base 24: 751AA001EHCCLAB3JH8KDIGAG Mapped to Microsoft's custom base24 alphabet "BCDFGHJKMPQRTVWXY2346789" and a hyphen every 5 chars: KHCQQ-BBCW2-TT7QR-F42M6-V3YQY The above Product Key is fake (amusing if it works, though). Listed below is vbscript that performs this conversion, save as anything.vbs to test it: 'Author: gecko_au2003 'Published: http://www.experts-exchange.com/Operating_Systems/WinXP/Q_20832633.html Public Function sGetXPCDKey() Dim bDigitalProductID Dim bProductKey() Dim bKeyChars(24) Dim ilByte Dim nCur Dim sCDKey Dim ilKeyByte Dim ilBit ReDim Preserve bProductKey(14) Set objShell = CreateObject("WScript.Shell") bDigitalProductID = objShell.RegRead("HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE\SOFTWARE\MICROSOFT\Windows NT\CurrentVersion\DigitalProductId") Set objShell = Nothing For ilByte = 52 To 66 bProductKey(ilByte - 52) = bDigitalProductID(ilByte) Next 'Possible characters in the CD Key: bKeyChars(0) = Asc("B") bKeyChars(1) = Asc("C") bKeyChars(2) = Asc("D") bKeyChars(3) = Asc("F") bKeyChars(4) = Asc("G") bKeyChars(5) = Asc("H") bKeyChars(6) = Asc("J") bKeyChars(7) = Asc("K") bKeyChars(8) = Asc("M") bKeyChars(9) = Asc("P") bKeyChars(10) = Asc("Q") bKeyChars(11) = Asc("R") bKeyChars(12) = Asc("T") bKeyChars(13) = Asc("V") bKeyChars(14) = Asc("W") bKeyChars(15) = Asc("X") bKeyChars(16) = Asc("Y") bKeyChars(17) = Asc("2") bKeyChars(18) = Asc("3") bKeyChars(19) = Asc("4") bKeyChars(20) = Asc("6") bKeyChars(21) = Asc("7") bKeyChars(22) = Asc("8") bKeyChars(23) = Asc("9") For ilByte = 24 To 0 Step -1 nCur = 0 For ilKeyByte = 14 To 0 Step -1 'Step through each byte in the Product Key nCur = nCur * 256 Xor bProductKey(ilKeyByte) bProductKey(ilKeyByte) = Int(nCur / 24) nCur = nCur Mod 24 Next sCDKey = Chr(bKeyChars(nCur)) & sCDKey If ilByte Mod 5 = 0 And ilByte <> 0 Then sCDKey = "-" & sCDKey Next sGetXPCDKey = sCDKey End Function Public Function Question() Set objFSO = CreateObject("Scripting.FileSystemObject") Dim Ans Ans = MsgBox("Yes = Write Windows XP Serial key to the C Drive and No = Prompt with Serial key",4) If Ans = vbYes then Set oOutFile = objFSO.CreateTextFile("c:\XP_Serial_Key.txt") oOutFile.WriteLine sGetXPCDKey else wscript.echo sGetXPCDKey End If End Function call Question So it can be done. All I need is to write a script that can run through that 25MB file and extract the DigitalProductId, then use the rest of this script for the conversion.
  10. Not yet, but I did find the name of the file I was talking about: %systemroot%\system32\wpa.dbl
  11. HyperSlug

    Which notebook HD ?

    Tom's testing suggest the above statement is a misconception: I also noticed no difference in battery life going from 4200 to 7200.
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    Hard drive syncronisation

    SyncBack Freeware works pretty well. http://www.2brightsparks.com/downloads-int.html
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    You have a new pope....

    Also Natural Family Planning to be used under extreme circumstances, the definition of "extreme" being left to the participants.
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    Fast laptop drive?

    Anyone have any certainty percentages/rumors/info on the first 7200RPM 1.8" drive? Tsk, 4200RPM is the Thinkpad x40's only weakness...
  15. Yes vlans. http://forums.storagereview.net/index.php?...50entry146563
  16. IE doesn't let me select a security level lower than medium. It gives me an error "The recommended security level for this zone is "Medium"." How do I set the level lower? I am logged on as administrator.
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    Why Am I Using Up So Much Ram?

    Good call, I forgot about him checking commit charge, etc. Gilbo, thanks for the info, didn't know that about XP's behavior. Also, I haven't witnessed it myself the way I use my computer. Actually, it's pretty linear for me: RAM usage goes up, my computer gets slow; RAM gets free, my computer runs normal, Peak commit charge hits Total Phys Memory, computer c-r-a-w-l-s. But it's a laptop and I reboot a lot so maybe that's why.
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    Why Am I Using Up So Much Ram?

    Even 200 sounds like a lot to me. I'm at 80 or so after boot up. The fact that it's growing is alarming unless you haven't rebooted in the past 2 months. Do CTRL-SHIFT-ESC, Click Processes Tab. Then View->Select Columns. Check Memory Usage and Peak Memory Usage, OK. At bottom, make sure you "Show processes from all users". Click column names to sort, eg click Mem Usage twice to see which programs are taking up the most space. Or you can go to the command shell and type "tasklist" and cut and paste that here and we'll dissect it. Or you could just go to Crucial and drop $95 or whatever and take care of this problem later. Is it for the P4P800-SE?
  19. Interesting that you guys have had problems with mixed speed Athlons. IIRC Intel says you can use mixed speed (Intel) processors without stability problems at all. I guess I just assumed AMD's should be able to do the same. Seeing as I've heard of people successfully underclocking Athlons (for cooling/silence reasons) I'm puzzled that you guys have had problems.
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    Raptor Defective?

    They seem to work. I saw a review awhile back with a 15k Cheetah but all I have is this one: http://www.ocprices.com/index.php?rev_id=1...&action=reviews This review is for the predecessor(2hc1) of the current model(2hc2). Differences: larger aluminum plates, 1 extra heatpipe.
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    Hitachi Deskstar 7K250

    They did mention this. If you did a search on SR, 7k250, you'll see it's mentioned several times just on the first page of results. Besides, that's what this whole discussion thread is for.
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    Silence Your Hd For 5cents

    Suspending them is nothing new, but suspending them with rubber bands is certainly a bad idea. The rubber used in Novibes is a lot more durable.
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    Gigabit Network Cards

    Here's some links that honold may have been referring to with his rather terse answers: Broadcom benchmarks http://forums.storagereview.net/index.php?showtopic=2462 http://forums.storagereview.net/index.php?...5230#entry54908 The links are a tad dated though, so you'll have to ask an expert if the info is still valid as I have no clue.
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    Cdr Media

    I'm curious as well. Is this a worthy replacement for the Kodak Golds? Wish it came in smaller lots. Some links: Mitsui website literature Froogle pricing On a side note, why'd the Mitsui Marketing Team stop at 300 years? Why not say 500 or 1000? It's not like my great great great grandkids are gonna call 'em out in 300 years...
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    Microsoft Windows Source Code Leaked

    There is some cause for concern here. Were I in the software business I certainly wouldn't want it in the building, and I would make sure no employee has possession of it, even privately. Possession isn't proof of copying, but it is historically considered by judges to be a strong indicator, even if possession is by an employee, in private, prior to employment. It's not enough for them to win, but it may be enough to go to trial, and Microsoft can outspend anyone (they don't need to win but just put you out of business). I think his point was it's a bit of a stretch to go from peeking at the code to being prosecuted. It's also illegal/risky for a company to employ ppl who have or regularly pirate software but hopefully I'm not surprising you by saying many software pirates are quite safe in their jobs.