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  1. Does anyone have any idea if this "HyperFast" tech will do the same thing as the Trim command, so as to allow drives that don't have aggressive Idle Time Garbage Collection, to work well on OSes that don't support the Trim command? It would be awesome if we could finally run drives based on the SandForce/Marvell controllers in systems running XP, without suffering the penalties of not having the Trim command.
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    My 60TB Build Log

    I wish I had something constructive to add to your thread. However, I don't. Hell, I've only got 4TB of storage for my "personal" server. But with that said, I'd like to wish you luck. I'll definitely be checking on this thread, from time to time. I guess you can add me to your "drool" pile.
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    Western Caviar SE WD1200JD

    So, what's the issue? I own the same drive.
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    Controllers compatible with 2TB hard drives?

    Alright, figured I'd update my own post with some of my own findings. I've purchased four Samsung HD203WI drives from Newegg. For once the packaging was pretty damn good (individual boxes for the drives, each one in it's own antistatic clam shell, and each wrapped in bubble wrap). All drives, tested with Samsung's own diagnostics, passed with flying colors. I took this opportunity to do some testing on multiple storage controllers. I've now successfully tested and formatted on Sil 3114 and Sil 3124 PCI controllers (used latest IDE/Base drivers and BIOSes). So, that answers part of my original question. I am now attempting to format on the Nvidia NForce Pro 2200 controller. I know that Nvidia storage controller drivers have caused many headaches since large SATA drives have come out, so my fingers are crossed. Oh, one other thing: All testing, formatting is/has being/been done on Windows 2000 Professional with SP4. I'll post an update on the Nvidia install. Update: I have now successfully formatted and tested on the Nvidia NForce Professional 2200/2050 chipset, under Windows 2000 Professional. The storage controller driver version is 5.10.2600.552. So, in short, it would appear, Windows 2000 drivers don't suffer from the same issues that the later drivers suffered from, and it is possible to use 2TB hard drives with this chipset. For any that are interested in basic quick HDTach 3.0 values generated: look at the attached .jpg
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    After format, 2 TB drive only has 0.99 TB free

    This sounds similar to what happened with almost all Nvidia chipsets and drives larger than 1TB (affected XP and Vista). It turned out to be a driver issue. I'd update the chipset drivers to their latest version, then try again. (I'm sure you've already checked to make sure that it is properly seen under your BIOS)
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    SATA PCI controller suggestions?

    My Rioworks (Intel 440BX) board has a BIOS option for allowing "SCSI" controllers to be part of the boot order. That is what I selected, and allows me to boot from one of the PCI controller cards. The only caveat is if you are planning to use more than one controller card. You may have to screw around with different PCI slots to get everything to play together. In my example, That system is juggling two ATA-133 controllers, a SATA-150 controller, and a PCI gigabit ethernet controller. When I initially set it up, I need to swap cards (in the slots) to get the appropriate boot order. You shouldn't have any issues with booting, as long as your Asus P2B BIOS supports booting from either PCI IDE controllers or SCSI controllers. Good Luck.
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    SATA PCI controller suggestions?

    If you check out my other post (about controllers and 2TB drives), you'll see that my motherboard is based on the 440BX chipset and has no issues with Sil3114 controllers. I've got 3 SATA-300 drives and 1 SATA-150 drive on the Sil3114 controller: WD3200JD WD5000KS WD5000AAKS WD1001FALS No issues what so ever.
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    What brand to trust for high capacity HDDs?

    I completely agree with your "too little data" comment. Also keep in mind that the customer reviews are biased. Not everyone that purchased a specific drive will post. Some reviews are biased toward the negative. Those individuals are the types that only post to warn others of their problems, and will almost never post a positive review because they "expect" things to just work. Then there are the positive biased reviews, where the individual is so tickled pink with the product that they want to shout it from the mountain tops. I'm sure you understand to take all consumer reviews with a grain of salt, as they are just a snap shot, and not necessarily complete. We don't know how every drive was packed or shipped. We don't know if the individual was trying to use drives against their supposed use patterns (using for RAID when not designed to). We don't know if there were driver or BIOS issues (Example: the well documented Nvidia driver issue with 1.5 & 2.0 TB drives). Maybe the drive was used in a poorly ventilated situation, causing it's untimely demise. Again, incomplete information. I'm sorry, that's the best I can come up with against your concerns for reliability against the major drive manufacturers.
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    SATA PCI controller suggestions?

    The PCI Bus has an aggregate bandwidth of only 133 MB/s, that's shared across all PCI devices. With that said, you will NEVER see even the theoretical SATA-150 burst speeds of 150 MB/s. However, today's mechanical hard drives are just barely beginning to saturate the PCI bus. I wouldn't be too concerned about SATA-150 versus SATA-300 performance issues. You should still be able to get between 60-80 MB/s with file transfers (drive to drive) over the PCI bus, which is fine even for today's mechanical drives. Also, could you define "old" computer? Are you talking 486, Pentium, PII, what?
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    Controllers compatible with 2TB hard drives?

    In case I misunderstood your request for "what motherboard", the system with all the PCI controllers (including the Sil3114) is running on a Rioworks PDB. It's an ancient dual slot 1 motherboard, with the Intel 440BX chipset.
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    Controllers compatible with 2TB hard drives?

    I understand the variables/logistics/economy of being able to test vast number of configurations. However, I was at least hoping to come across someone that may have already "bit the bullet" for me and setup a 2 TB drive on either a Sil3114 controller or any motherboard with the NForce Professional 2xxx chipset. Controllers based on the Sil3114 were quite common several years ago, so I figured that at least one other person out there may have attempted to put a 2TB drive on one of these controllers. I can (somewhat) understand the lack of information about NForce Professional based systems, as they are more niche. I'd certainly like to "try it out", but at even Hitachi's lower $140 for a 2 TB drive, that's still an expensive "test" for me. Well, thanks for the reply.
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    Controllers compatible with 2TB hard drives?

    From what I've gathered while reading from early adopters across the internet, never "assume" that it'll work. Unfortunately, I can't test the card's bootability, because I don't have a spare hard drive to throw an OS on, to test with. Right now, the system with the Sil3114 controller, contains both a Promise Ultra133 TX2 (this is the boot controller) and another Siig controller based on the Sil0680 chip. The system's got a hodgepodge of drives ranging in size from 120 GB to the 1 TB, that I mentioned earlier. The current BIOS that's running on the Sil3114 controller is I know that there has been (at least) a newer release since this one. The PCI Sil3114 controller is a Siig "Serial ATA 4-Channel PCI", part #:SC-SA4011-S2. It's supposed to be bootable, and coexist with your on-board and add-in controllers. The other system's motherboard, that's in question, is a Foxconn NFPIK8AA-8EKRS, running BIOS dated 3/7/2005 (there is only one newer release since this, and it only added support for dual core Opterons, so I never bothered to upgrade it - in fact, Foxconn recommends not upgrading the BIOS unless absolutely necessary).
  13. Greetings. I'm seeking a clarification on two specific controllers, and their compatibility with 2TB hard drives. A little background: I've got an old dual PII 400 MHz system that I use as a file storage system. It contains a PCI SATA controller with the Sil3114 chip (manufacturer is Siig). I know it can handle 1TB hard drives, because I currently have a WD1001FALS running on the controller. Also, I've got an Opteron 150 system running on the Foxconn NFPIK8AA-8EKRS, which is controlled by Nvidia's NForce Professional 2200 & 2050 chipset. My question for both is straight forward: Do these controllers/chipsets support 2TB hard drives. I've scoured the web trying to find a definitive answer, to no avail. I've contacted Siig, about their Sil3114 based controller, but never heard back from them (that was over a month ago). I've contacted Nvidia, and got a solid "maybe". I've posted on the Tech Report's forums, but only found someone that's successfully gotten a 1.5TB drive to function on a Sil3114 controller. So, with that said, is there anyone out there in Storage Review land that can help answer my questions? Thanks in advance.
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    What brand to trust for high capacity HDDs?

    In my experience, it is more important on how the drive is shipped, than the drive manufacturer itself. For instance, Newegg is well known for only wrapping their OEM drives in bubble wrap, and placing the whole thing in a loose bed of packing peanuts, which can shift during shipping. Because of this, I don't buy drives from Newegg. I typically purchase my drives from ZipZoomFly, which actually place the OEM drive in a closed cell foam container (which won't deflate if impacted, unlike bubble wrap), and then places that container in packing peanuts. Also, if the there is a failure, and you need to send a drive in for RMA, the closed cell foam is acceptable shipping protection by most drive manufacturers, where bubble wrap is not. This is just my personal experience on purchasing 24 hard drives (for personal use) in the past 15-12 years. If you insist on purchasing your drives through Newegg, many have stated lower infant mortality rate by having the drives shipped by Fedex instead of UPS. I have no personal experience with this switch, so I can't comment on it's validity. Good luck.
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    AHCI problems with 1TB Western Digital Caviar Black

    One forum that has recorded issues with AHCI and AMD/ATI chipsets is @ Anyway, problem is moot since you're using an Intel chipset. Why do you need NCQ in a single user environment? It really is only useful in multi-user environments (ie. servers). In a desktop / workstation environment, NCQ isn't really necessary, and can actually lower performance. Do some searches on sites like: specifically looking at NCQ and Western Digital hard drives, and you'll see what I'm talking about.