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  1. Hi Everyone, Tom's just had a RAID card comparison including the Highpoint 2720SGL... http://www.storagereview.com/pogoplug_and_drobo_offer_10_gb_free_cloudstorage Considering that it's dirt cheap, it's still not bad for a home storage server. I did end up buying one and am really happy with it. It recognized my 3TB drives right away. Something my old Adaptec 2820SA couldn't. BP
  2. I'm thinking about picking one of these up. Does anyone here have one of these cards? Even with two SFF-8087 to quad SATA break out cables, it still comes in under $180. That's hard to pass up for a home storage server upgrade. Thanks, BP
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    Automated recovery software?

    Thanks Mitch! Symantec's website is lame. You have to go to the business section to see the Desktop version of System Recovery 8.5. That makes perfect sense! I actually use Backup Exec and BESR on my server. I should have known that they made standalone version. Duh. Thanks, Ben
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    Automated recovery software?

    Hi, I'm looking for a piece of software that can do an automated re-image of a hard drive with very little user input. We used to buy Gateways. The had a recovery partition. The wipe a drive clean and get it back to stock, it was just a matter of hitting F11 and then clicking restore once the software started. I'd really like to find a piece of software that will let me do that on the Dells that we're now buying. I've used Ghost and Acronis in the past but they both require a boot disk. I'd like to have the application stored on the recovery partition along with the image file. I've also heard of Ghost Enterprise that lets you do a network restore. I'd really prefer to have the image stored locally and not to have it slowly restore over the network. Thanks, Ben
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    Slow mapped network drive

    I figured it out. There was a feature in Explorer on these particular computers. The "music task bar." I just went into Folder Options -> View and hit "Reset all Folders" and "Restore Defaults" Problem solved. What a pain. I still don't know why it was only affecting one drive letter and why it only surfaced now. Must have been a WMP update recently. I've really got to get WSUS up and running. Thanks again for all of your help. Later, Ben
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    Slow mapped network drive

    Hi Frank, When I try to connect directly, it's fine. Either 10.0.0.100\data or server\data. The problem pops up when mapping the network share to one specific drive letter. Changing the drive letter gets rid of the problem. We are running Trend OfficeScan on all computers have the exact same version and configuration. I could try to unload the scanner but I really doubt that is it. I guess it's worth a shot, I've tried everything else that I can think of. We only have the one file server. Just one server running Windows Server 2000 SP4 set up as the primary domain controller. It's been the same computer/hardware for the last 3+ years. Thanks, Ben
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    Slow mapped network drive

    I should also mention that there is constant network activity while My Computer/Explorer are frozen.
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    Slow mapped network drive

    Has anyone run into a problem where you have a mapped drive and it takes a couple of minutes to show the folder list after clicking on it? My Computer/Explorer completely freezes until the folder list is shown. If I disconnect the share and change the drive letter, everything is back to normal. If I change the drive letter back, then the problem returns. This is driving me nuts. I have a small network with 40 computers on it. Just a few days ago 6 of them started doing this. They are all XP SP3 and our server is running Win2k Server SP4. Here's what I've tried so far: MSConfig to disable all startup programs and services. Disabled the Webclient service. Disabled the Windows Image Acquisition service. Run net use * /del /yes to delete all shares If I access the server directly, it's fine. \server\data So it's not a DNS issue. It's just as soon as I map it with that one drive letter. If I change it to another letter, the problem is gone. All 6 computers are running different versions of Office and Autocad. I am having an impossible time trying to find a common thread. The only thing that I can think of is that a recent Windows Update is causing it. I can't change the drive letter on the map because autocad references the files by the drive letter, not the UNC name. Let me know if you have any ideas. Thanks, Ben
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    >2TB volume on 2000 Server

    Thanks everyone. That what I was afraid of. I just didn't know if there was an undocumented workaround. Thanks, Ben
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    >2TB volume on 2000 Server

    Hi, We are still running Windows 2000 Server on our file server at work (only for a few more months). Is there any way to use a GUID/GPT volume? I just picked up a 3ware Sidecar for our Nearline backup with four 1TB drives. I'd like to make them into one large RAID volume. BTW, this thing was a steal at $200. A AMCC/3ware 9650SE controller is $350 just by itself. Thanks, Ben
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    Slow file copy time using WinXP raid5

    I've been experimenting some more and something else is not right. It seems that the "Tom's Hardware raid5 hack" doesn't work properly with XP Pro 64 bit. Everytime that I reboot the computer, I have to resynchronize the array. This leads me to believe that the throughput problems are somehow related. I'm suprized that nobody makes Raid software for WinXP. I'd spend $50 for some software that did raid better than Micro$oft can. Oh well, off to Newegg to find a decent PCI-X IDE raid controller.
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    Slow file copy time using WinXP raid5

    I'd like to add that the same thing happens when copying over the network. I hit around 290Mbps for a few seconds then it drops to 1Mbps or less.
  13. This is driving me nuts... I have a raid5 software array setup under WinXP. When I try to copy a large file to the array it starts off blazingly fast with about 18% CPU usage. For the 8.5GB file, it initially says 2 minutes to copy. It copies for about 8 seconds and then it slows down drastically. The copy time shoots up between 70-95 minutes and the CPU usage drops to 1-3%. If I let it sit there and copy, everyonce in a while, the CPU usage will jump back up to 18-20% and the time will drop back down to under 2 minutes. What is limiting the file copy speed?!? Why is something in Windows telling it to give it a lower priority? BTW, the is from a two 400GB Raid 0 config using a Netcell raid card copying to 5 250GB IDE drives on two Promise Ultra133TX2 PCI cards. Everything is on my shiny new Supermicro PDSME+ mobo running a Core2 E6400 with 2GB of ram. I was thinking that this was somekind of cache issue, but the fact that it jumps back up in speed randomly has to point to some kind of thread priority problem. Thanks in advance for any help. Ben
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    Long Format/resync time for win2003 raid 5 ?

    That's pretty much par for the course with software raid5. I just transferred an older raid5 array from a dual p2-400 rig to my new Core2 E6400 running WinXP Pro 64-bit. I'm currently resynching a raid5 array with 5 250GB IDE drives on two Promise Ultra133 TX2's, it's at 36% after running for 2 hours. So probably 5.5hours on my shiny new 2.13Ghz Core2. I remember originally formatting the array on my old dual P2-400 rig and it took a good 18-20 hours. BTW, you can't normally run raid5 on WinXP Pro, but I used the "Tom's Hardware" hack to enable it on both systems. HTH, Ben
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    CPU maxed out when copying files.

    Cool. Thanks for the input Cezar. Right now I get 100% utilization on my old Athlon 1400 when transferring files over gigabit. If I can cut that in half, I will be very happy. Any more than that will be gravy on the icing. The cards are due from Newegg on Thursday. I'll let everyone know my findings. Thanks, Ben