DetlevCM

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  1. Ok, this is Storage Review, so why not make a storage guide/review - for free online storage. Please add information and experiences you had and I'll amend this post accordingly. Many companies offer free online storage - advertisement supported and completely advertisement free. With Photography I had to look into free storage twice for fellow maths students. Please note that this should not encourage sharing of copyrighted material where you do not own the copyright. ________________________________________ Here are a couple of Free Online Storage offers: Filesharing: http://www.speedshare.org/ Advertisement supported - apparently to some people the download link isn't obvious - it also gives you a delay before the download is allowed. One has the choice between registering for an account that allows file management (e.g. deletion) or "just uploading". File sizes limited to 200MB http://www.filefactory.com/ A free Advertisement supported service - again, a delay before downloading begins. If I remember correctly during testing I found that some of the advertisements may be - hmm, heading towards inappropriateness. File sizes limited to 300MB if I remember correctly http://www.fileden.com/ Registration requires quite a lot of information but for this you get direct hotlinking to the files - or a page that displays advertisements - files are subject to a download bandwidth limit of 5GB per 30days - then this is reset. File sizes limited to 1GB http://skydrive.live.com/ - Recommended The Windows Live Skydrive - to upload files a Windows Live or hotmail account is required. Live accounts get 25GB of storage - I used this to deliver photographs to students on my maths course - apparently downloading can be a bit dodgy at times. Filesizes limited to 50MB http://www.rapidshare.com/ One of the most commonly known filesharing/file storage sites - the one time I tried to use it I didn't manage to upload any files... Synchronizing and Backup: https://www.mesh.com/ Allows to share, backup and synchronize files - not sure how it works - the site isn't all that clear to me. Edit: This will be replaced by Live Synch - currently available as a Beta in the new Live Essentials. http://explore.live.com/windows-live-essentials-beta http://www.box.com - Recommended Box.com is similar to the older established Dropbox - only backup and sharing of files. Paid for plans also allow for collaboration (not sure about free accounts.) Free accounts have 5GB of space (offers via BlackBerry included 10GB and Dell 50GB) - more is available on paid for plans. Files are limited to at most 250MB of a free account. http://www.dropbox.com/ (Wide user base - established service) A client based system that let's you backup and synchronize files and also allows sharing, however accounts that use excessive bandwidth sharing files, may have the sharing of that file suspended. Free accounts offer 2GB of space. http://www.copy.com - untested Mentioned in this thread in a new post - cannot comment on quality. Offers free and paid for accounts. http://docs.google.com/ Google documents which offers 1GB of storage for any filetype. 250MB maximum file size. Photosharing: http://www.flickr.com - Recommended A popular photo sharing service from Yahoo - a Yahoo Account is required. Free accounts can display 200 images - if you upload more the oldest are hidden - they are not deleted. Free accounts are limited to a maximum displayed image size of 1024 Pixels on the longest side, and 3MB per image (think so), as well as a monthly upload of 100MB. http://picasa.google.com/ Google's image sharing site/system requiring Picasa software and a google account it allows users to share images. I do not have information about any limitations handy at the moment http://www.imageshack.us/ - Recommended A free image sharing site - image sizes are limited, and the site offers the choice between accountless image sharing and signing up for an account. Speeds can be a bit slow at times. http://photobucket.com/ A similar service to Imageshack - photo sharing for free, limited image sizes, with or without an account. Please add any other services you know off as well as some personal experience and information. Unconventional Sharing: https://wordpress.com/ Small files that need constant sharing and permanent availability can be shared effectively via Wordpress - especially if they have a story to go with them.
  2. OK, a query after a long time... Given that I am spending time in academia, I end up collecting a lot of papers - added to that are some papers from my mother's time. (Plus a lot of private documents...) So, I wonder, is there some sort of document management system that can mange files using the file system. When I search for document management systems on for example sourceforge, I will find many great solutions with one huge BUT: They tend to use databases... and on WHS this is a bad idea... The OS drive can fail and offers little space, the storage pool will have issues with a constantly accessed file... I am looking for a piece of software that will ideally write a file that contains database information - say "info.xml" or similar in my document folder and then contain information on the documents organized into subfolders on that share so that anybody can access the files without the software or use the software to check if a copy of the document already exists. For my academic use I use Mendeley, but that would not port well onto my Home Server. Oh, and it needs to be free.... Would anybody havea ny ideas?
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    Free Online Storage

    Ok, I added Dropbox - they aren't secure according to the German authorities, but well known. (I think the whole post needs some updating...) The other names only have new members mentioning them - any established users who can voice their input on them?
  4. And again you are making assumptions Now yes, everybody will to some extent subsidize warranties - on the other hand, normal profits should suffice to cover warranty expenses. But where you are making an assumption is, that someone improperly handled their drive - why? A drive can fail without improper handling - in fact, being a piece of electronics, it can fail any day. On one occasion, after a year, a Samsung laptop drive just died on me... about 4 years ago...
  5. Now why would point 2 make that any better? The fact that something can be replaced at a low cost doesn't automatically make it a disposable item. Plus, most drives have a minimum cost of around 40-50€ going up right now, for the smallest model. Not something I want to be forced to spend on a replacement.
  6. Windows Vista with a Sony recovery disc on a laptop - but also adding things like Visual Studio and a full Adobe Suite plus a significant amount of updates. When I checked after having set up everything I was up into the 100s of GBs of writes - around 600 if I remember correctly... In terms of writing: Actually, no If you write less than 4K, then a 4K block of flash is written to - no matter how tiny the data. Compressing it doesn't help. That's the issue with small files.
  7. Well, at least with respect to Photoshop, an artist can be an enthusiast user Installing an OS also causes loads of writes - setting up my Intel SSD originally created close to 600GB of writes... the second install (I broke the OS with Revo) created fewer GB of writes, but still many. -> Also, installing & uninstalling can create loads of writes, depending on how well/bad the software is written. (I noticed open source software typically consists of thousands of tiny files... tiny files (especially is < 4KB) the greater the wear)
  8. Interesting thread And actually, with the 22nm SSDs, I would worry. Smaller random writes are more wear than large sequential writes. If anybody makes professional use of Photoshop, CAD, programming or other simulations (e.g. Fluent), it shouldn't be difficult to write TBs of data to a drive in a short amount of time. SLC SSDs are just too expensive. Also, do you really want to regularly replace your SSD when your older HDDs would last "forever" (or until it was thrown about too much or the motor fails).
  9. I can only speculate, but I believe that higher platter density drives tend to overall fail more often compared to their lower density siblings. Similar to the notion that 22nm MLC SSDs have a reduced lifespan over 34nm MLC SSDs. I think it is about 3-4000 write cycles vs. 10000 for SSDs. (Just on this note, a bit off-topic, but my G2 Intel has nearly reached 10TB of writes and is still working as well as ever (9,98TB))
  10. Hmm, the last drives I bought (about a year ago) and recommended to (2 months ago) were Seagate... Looks like I should turn away from Western Digital in the future... a lower warranty is pretty much acknowledgement that their products aren't built to last - or at least that the company doesn't care about their customers...
  11. If you DBAN a harddrive then the data should be unrecoverable - especially if you use the paranoid mode with 35 overwrites. On that note, CCleaner can also clear empty space - or delete data by overwriting several times, just in case you need to retain the OS for the IT deparment. (I wouldn't be surprised if they claimed you broke the laptop if you DBAN it...)
  12. A post after a long time... So, what happened: My mother has managed to fry two internal USB -> IDE boards in external HDDs. The first time I swapped out the HDD, the second time I got a HDD dock that does SATA & IDE (good to have). But this also means that I now have 2x 250GB of IDE HDDs lying around that are perfectly fine to use but cannot be used... I've been searching for a USB to IDE board - looks like they do exist... but you either can't buy them or they are expensive... -> I've got a case for the drives, I have a power brick... I just haven't got an interface. Cases are expensive - someone suggested Ebay, not something I ever used... but even if, these things are expensive in the UK. At least more costly than I am willing to spend if I am honest. -> It looks like it is around 7,5 Pounds a piece times two... - when all I need is really just a small board... So has anybody got any idea what to do with 2 3,5" IDE drives at a low cost? (And I mean low)
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    2x 3,5" IDE drives - what to do?

    Where else do you get cheap tech? And not only cheap stuff - even so called high end products come from China nowadays.
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    Things that will damage SSD

    Considering this thread has been revived, some data from my 160GB G2 Intel SSD: Writes 9,22TB Reallocated Sector Count 5 -> Otherwise still working well (Just like new)
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    2x 3,5" IDE drives - what to do?

    Just thought I'd post an update - so that was my first ever eBay purchase an enclosure. My mother gets her drive back, which means I can get my 2,5" HDD back (that I copied the stuff onto via a dock) and one IDE drive stays stashed away... Prices on the web do seem nice... on the other hand... if my mother wants to maybe keep it, I could get her another enclosure for it... -> At least one can be used again.
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    2x 3,5" IDE drives - what to do?

    Well, one of the drives is her -> so at least that one has to stay with her if she wants I've ordered an enclosure of ebay.uk at 7,5 Pounds (cheaper than Amazon, etc.) and will see how that pans out. I must agree with the sentiment that there isn't a lot of use for such a small drive - simply because it mainly wastes valuable space given that the same space can be filled at a reasonably price with 8 times as much capacity. (2TB, 3TB is still expensive) However, considering that my mother uses external drives via USB, that's more her problem than mine (I did too before I moved to the HomeServer)
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    2x 3,5" IDE drives - what to do?

    Doesn't exist in the UK - besides, unless I am mistaken that place has an even worse reputation than ebay. -> I'm currently trying to get a case at 7,5 Pounds - one for the time being. (-> Shipping expensive, case cheap guess they want to avoid ebay fees... )
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    2x 3,5" IDE drives - what to do?

    That could be another idea... but DBAN first with the external dock... hmm... Edit: My mother doesn't want to try and sell it (one of the two was hers) -> so they will have to get a case then... (Considering I'd have power issues as it seems with the cheaper IDE to USB cable)
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    2x 3,5" IDE drives - what to do?

    At 11-12$ I might as well get a case for 7,5 Pounds -> If the bridge can be taken apart that might be the best option then... at least it would be the cheapest... Edit: Or not... I'm just looking at the board I have -> I'm not sure if just slicing off the electricity supply will work... (Enclosures in the UK are pretty much 7,5 Pounds a piece... http://www.ebay.co.uk/sch/i.html?_nkw=3%2C5%22+IDE+enclosure&_trkparms=65%253A12%257C66%253A2%257C39%253A1%257C72%253A5251&rt=nc&_dmpt=UK_Collectables_HardDriveEnclosures_RL&_trksid=p3286.c0.m14&_sop=15&_sc=1 )
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    2x 3,5" IDE drives - what to do?

    Hmm, the only thing I can find is this kind of stuff... http://www.ebay.co.uk/itm/USB-2-0-IDE-2-5-3-5-5-25-hard-disk-drive-HDD-Cable-/260834028031?pt=UK_Collectables_HardDriveEnclosures_RL&hash=item3cbaeb69ff -> I could possibly hack that together, but I would rather have a small board, or should I get one of these, try to make it fit into the old case and add the power supply from the old board?
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    2x 3,5" IDE drives - what to do?

    Hmm, so that might be worth an investigation then. On this note - has anybody any idea what could have broken on that little board? The power supply works - but the interface doesn't.
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    2x 3,5" IDE drives - what to do?

    But I would assume that shipping the things across half the world would be rather expensive, or am I mistaken in that assumption? (By the way - my Location: UK - everything is expensive here...)
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    2x 3,5" IDE drives - what to do?

    I don't have a computer with an external SATA port... -> well, not 100% true, my Home Server has 1 eSATA port, but that's for a Box with 4 large drives when I need it/have money I can spend on it. (Other computers at home are all laptops - not a single desktop in sight, the Home Server comes closest to that -> HP x510) But otherwise a good idea.
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    hard drive horror

    Just something you should consider - SATA II will support about 300MB/s maximum, so your drive isn't anywhere near to saturating the interface, hence SATA 3 gains you absolutely nothing. You'd actually need a faster harddrive or a solid state drive if you need something quicker. (Or RAID - with it's own potential issues and pitfalls)
  25. I'll look forward to seeing your documents on the web Oh and cars - you know that these idiotic wireless keys that automatically unlock your car doors are a godsend for car thieves? A simple relay and the car is open - that's done in Europe. The wireless keys where you physically have to press a button are already insecure - just record the signal and you can open the car without any issues, however it does actually require you to wait for the owner and doesn't allow you to try and "fish" for an empty vehicle. SSD - actually I do have an SSD -> as 34nm Intel SSD - bought after it has been around for several months and proven itself in the market. I.e. proven technology and not the newest junk (makes me think of OCZ). 30 feet for wireless networks also sounds a bit too pessimistic on your side - the garden is about 10 or 15m long - (not sure which, one is the length of the cable of out lawnmover and its just a tad shorter than the garden) - I'm pretty sure I am picking up the signals from the houses opposite (how else can I get 14 networks) which also have a garden of their own. It is definitely much more than 30 feet (10 metres) in less than ideal conditions. And actually, yes, people also buy routers to use laptops in their garden - but mainly to use it anywhere in the house, which also means it needs to be powerful enough to go through a few walls. Solar panels - you haven't read my post again. Can you actually read? Ah, I forgot, you're from the US - they possibly don't teach you to read. You pick out a few words and comment on them. Edit: Just to add a few points: Mobile in your shirt pocket - who does that? I don't, my grandfather who actually has a pacemaker doesn't either. In fact, nobody in Europe I know does that - but maybe Americans do potentially stupid things more easily (yes, it isn't yet proven phones are harmful, but no need to make sure they will be if they are) On this note: I don't drive - what's the point? A developed country has a functioning public transport system. -> Food: Uses of pesticides and medcine etc. is more closely regulated in the EU than the US -> so blame yourself. Also, if you look at environmental damage, the US is pretty much at the forefront (with the exceptions of industrial sites in Africa/China/South America, some of them operated also by European companies). Edit 2: Just adding a nice link - http://www.zeit.de/zeit-wissen/2011/04/Forum-Analyse-Autos-hacken So much for technology...