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  1. I was looking through the download section of LSI's website, and noticed that the 20320, 21320, 22320, and their RAID version, do not have Vista driver. Is there any LSI SCSI HBA that has Vista drivers? Why has LSI not released Vista drivers for their HBAs? Kinda surprised by that.
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    Hdd data recovery services

    Try testdisk. It's free, easy to use and works very well.
  3. Another surprising result is that excessive cooling actually leads to higher failure rate. Optimally, the HD runs best at slightly warm temp.
  4. Have you applied this firmware update?
  5. I was wondering if the drive comes with a boot loader, or allows you to set a partition in the drive as unencrypted (not likely given that FDE = *full* disk encryption), so you can store a boot loader to authenticate the user to boot into the encrypted part of the drive. The reason is that most laptops only have one drive. If the entire drive is encrypted, then the only way you can boot into the drive is for the BIOS to contain code for authentication, meaning you can only use the drive in laptops that come with BIOS's that support these drives, and I can imagine these laptops would be priced higher because of this. It'd be nice if the FDE drive does not require any support from the BIOS.
  6. Rather than having people give you their guesses, why not go ahead and post on the Dell forum and get a definitive answer from Dell? When I posted last time, I got a response from them in less than 24 hrs:
  7. Are they available yet? I searched but didn't see them sold anywhere. Does it need support from the laptop bios or can I just use the drive with any laptop (with or without TPM)? How do you set the password and other configuration? Is it possible to use TPM + this FDE drive + folder encryption with GNUPG to create a real secure laptop? Anyone has experience to share? Thanks.
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    WD5000YS firmware update

    After the firmware update, does the OS recognize the drive as WD5000KS or WD5000YS? (Device Manager > Disk drives)
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    raptor sata

    Did a quick googling of ASRock 939 and found that it uses an ULi chipset. It's possible that the chipset drivers are buggy or not optimized, esp the PCI bus driver. I remember I used to have a VIA chipset mobo which turns out to have a PCI bug that reduced the PCI bandwidth by a third. I decided to only use Intel chipsets from that time on.
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    WD5000YS firmware update I updated the firmware on my wd5000YS and it went well. I checked the TLER status after the firmware update with WDTLER and TLER is still disabled (both read and write) which is unchanged. New firmware version 09.02E09 I'm not running RAID but if you are, you definitely need to apply this firmware update. More details:
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    Raid 5 keep dropping disc

    Not necessarily. Seagate 7200.10's are known to run warm. And heat problem takes a while to cause a drive to malfunction. If your drive is failing, the error correction algorithm in the hard drive firmware will kick in and this will cause the drive to not respond to the RAID controller for a period of time long enough for the RAID controller to conclude that the drive failed and therefore to drop the drive from the array. I'm not saying this is definitely what's happening in your case, but this is certainly possible.
  12. Well, I guess if I really want to do it, I can make a boot disk on my USB key, and boot into the eSATA drive that way. It's not that much different than booting from the eSATA drive directly in terms of performance, just a little more hassle.
  13. Official word from Dell: you cannot boot from an eSATA drive on the Inspiron E1405. The only external devices you can boot from are floppy drive, USB CDROM, and USB flash key.
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    XP harddisk failure

    Not necessarily a problem with XP. I think it's equally or more likely device driver problem. What IDE driver are you using? Intel? Microsoft? VIA? What's the chipset of your motherboard and are you using the latest chipset drivers? Are you using the built-in IDE ports or are you using a peripheral IDE card? That's also why Microsoft now insists that all drivers have to be Windows Certified. There are so many device manufacturers out there. Some are big companies with very capable engineers. Some are really small companies with buggy drivers. When a driver crashes, it crashes the OS, making it look like Windows is crashing, and Microsoft usually takes the blame.
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    Raid 5 keep dropping disc

    what disk drives are you using in the RAID array?