Buzz

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    Intel X25-M Impressions

    I've heared that before about the raptors. But i can tell the difference. It's better when you do lots of i/o. For web surfing and booting your puter, sure... not much of a diff, but you would not expect that either. What i wan't to use the SSD for is VM's. If i have 4-5 VM's in VMware workstation running on a Intel Gen2 SSD, the snappyness and speed when working with these VM's should be in a different world than what i am experiencing now. Theoretically anyway. With VM's on a normal 7200 harddrive, the speed and feel of these systems goes to a crawl when all are working against the disk at once. Also: There are several in here that states: "if you know how to configure you drive for ncq, swap etc.." It would be nice if these persons could explain a little more around this. What exactly do you do to optimize disk performance?
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    Intel X25-M Impressions

    Still... I'm itching to get my hands on one and test for myself Anyone tried SSD on nForce4/Win7? I'm afraid an SSD upgrade will get me into a mobo/cpu/ram upgrade aswell... wich i really don't need. Maybe i should just get a couple of Vraptors in Raid0 for my "speedstorage" needs instead. I even have a proper adaptec sas controller for that
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    Intel X25-M Impressions

    According to what i've read from reviews, like the ones at Anand's, that is exactly why you should get an SSD (a newer one with TRIM that is). Superior multitasking performance?? I was contemplating getting an Intel 160GB SSD Gen2 for VM testing, but such threads as this make me think twice. Anyone tried an SSD with older chipsets like nForce 4 as i have myself?
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    RAID edition? Worth it?

    Just a little comment. I've had two Seagate 7200.11 250GB in Raid-1 on a Adaptec 3405 for well over a year now in daily use. Never had a problem with it.
  5. I need a simple, goog and light prog for mounting CD/DVD ISO's. Any recommendations?
  6. Seen any reviews? Anyone have these drives? How are noise levels?
  7. Thanx Seems cind of sluggish though. I would prefer a 4x slot like my old 939 boards from Asus has.
  8. I see todays motherboards from rarely have a PCIe X4 slot. Everyone has PCIe X16 slots offcourse, and usually a regular PCI and PCIe X1 slots, but no X4. So what do you do when you have a X4 card?? Like a SAS controller in my scenario. This is especially true for the AMD platforms out there, but also a lot of Intel chipset boards are lacking a X4 slot. If you can't use a PCIe X16 slot instead, it suck big time. Both my Asus 939 boards have X4 slots in addition to the X16 and X1 slots.
  9. If i understand you correct, you do not have a domain controller for this terminal server? It's a standalone server? How about backup? Without knowing this, i would still advice you to have 2x Raid1 arrays for system/swap to optimizze disk performance for the subsystem. Then you could use a SATA Raid for storage if money is a issue. It depends offcourse what type of data this storage is intended for. SATA will be good enough as long as users only use it for small documents and such. Backup is still adviceable
  10. Ok so i founbd out that in theory it should work, but youre not guaranteed anything.
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    Adaptec 3405 boot problem

    Figured it out! The tape drive does not support U160 All ok now it seems
  12. Hey all! I have a Asus A8N-SLI Premium board running as my server (Win 2003 Std). The onboard SiliconImage controller is disabled. For disk drives i have 2 Seagate 250GB in Raid 1 on an Adaptec 3405 SATA/SAS controller. OS boots with no problem, except for when i install my Tekram controller also wich i use for my LVD tape drive (and only that). With the Tekram installed i get a disk error and the board refusing to boot. I can boot on DVD-ROM or floppy though. I have checked the motherboards BIOS and it is the Adaptec controller that is listed as boot disk. The Tekram is not listed at all. Also, if i put the OS onto a third disk connected to the onboard ATA controller i can boot with both Adaptec and Tekram controller installed. Anyone know how to solve this? I really need the tape drive for backup
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    Adaptec 3405 boot problem

    29160LP has arrived and my server now boots with both controllers installed But only if my tape drive (Tandberg SLR7) is not connected. The 29160LP BIOS post will show up first aswell as opposed to the Tekram showing up second to the 3405 Raid's BIOS. If the tape drive is connected the 29160LP won't show it's post screen (only 3405 Raid's BIOS will show at post/boot)and windows device manager shows the 29160LP as a device wich has trouble starting.
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    Adaptec 3405 boot problem

    Hm, well then i might have a solution after all. I have bought a used Adaptec 29160LP 1CH U160. Should be on its way in the mail by now. Hope this will work instead of the Tekram then
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    Adaptec 3405 boot problem

    Doesn't seem as it can be disabled. It's a Tekram 390U2W btw...
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    Adaptec 3405 boot problem

    You can disable the BIOS? Didn't know that. Will trie that if i can figure out how
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    Adaptec 3405 boot problem

    Oh, and another thing. When both controllers are installed, Symantec Ghost can't find the Adaptec Raid volume and such i can't ghost images to/from that Raid volume. However, if i remove the Tekram controller, Ghost both see the Raid volume and can ghost images to/from it without problems.
  18. Random access time (and seek time) is always given as an average for the full drive capacity. But the Raptor is 150GB only... Now if you will create a 150GB partition at the beginning of 1TB 7200rpm drive then it covers so narrow area that the average access time inside this partition is in fact the same or even better than the average access time for 150GB 10000rpm Raptor! There's the main reason... Plus add also better firmwares for contemporary top-capacity drives and their higher platter/head count too... I think you need to do some math on that. Nomatter where you place that partition, it's still only 7200RPM wich means it takes exactly the same amount of time for the platter to go one round. So when it comes to access time, the raptor is still faster. Transfer rate is another story though.
  19. What OS do you use? Windows XX? Check device manager and see if your drives are set up as UDMA devices and not PIO mode.
  20. Cinda confused about the Adaptec software for RAID controllers. First off, it's difficult to find the latest version. You cant just go under downloads for the appropriate controller Second, what version shoud i use? The regular or the browser edition??
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    Adaptec Storage Manager?

    Alrigh Do you have a limk for download? I can only find a version from 2003 or older... while the regular edition can be found with a version released this year. Thanks for all your replies Chewy
  22. I already have the ServeRaid controller for free and are going to put a couple of Cheeta 146GB disks on it. However i heard some while ago that these controllers are poor performers so i were thinking of upgrading the controller to an Adaptec 2120S. There will only be the two disks on it (maybe a hotspare too). Is the upgrade worth it? If not performance wise, i will at least get newer software?
  23. Hi all! I have an older IBM server i want to upgrade a bit and use as a private system. I want to use Raid 1 for some level of system uptime. The server is a IBM xSeries 205 32X (Pentium 4) The RAID controller of choice is an Adaptec 2120S-R coupled with two Seagate 146GB Cheeta drives. However, i am now confused to as if this controller is supported by my IBM motherboard. The Adaptec spec sheet states a 5V or 3.3V PCI 2.2 compliant PCI slot. Whilst in the IBM documentation i find that the slots support 5V or universal PCI cards. No mention of PCI 2.1 or 2.2 or whatever standard. Is the adaptec card supported or what?
  24. I know but since there is only two drives, will there be a performance difference at all?
  25. Great! Thank you Its a 845E chipset and according to this: Intel chipsets That chipset has PCI 2.2 How would you rate the Adaptec 2021S against tje IBM 4Lx ServerRaid controller? Big difference? Seems that the IBM Raid manager is the same as Adaptec's.