Telstar The Sorcerer

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    scsi disk failed without errors

    Ok to make things short, i replaced mainboard and cpu and powered on my system. One molex was loose on a scsi disk, the controller signaled a cable issue. We powered the system off and checked all connections. Then the cable error was gone but the drive is marked as failed. It is part of a 2-drives stripe so it cannot be rebuilt, checked, etc. Nada. The only option is to force it ONLINE. Inspecting the disk it says that it has no errors, neither physical nor "other". Now I have the power cable unplugged to "reset" the controller memory. I wonder what could have happened. After fixing the cables, the drive should have been marked online? The manual is absolutely worthless for troubleshooting. The controller model is a PERC 4/i (equal to lsi 320-2E). And it works perfectly with my mainboard (i was falsely worried). What to do?
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    New 256GB Samsung SSD

    They are becoming interesting sooner than i thought. Prices have been stable for too long,. its time they plummet! 3x mobi 64gb + areca controller (8 channels) its still close to 2000 euros. And the performance is LOWER than a 160gb fusionIO.
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    MemoRight GT SSD

    Good review. That "login almost instantly" makes me sold on SSD. Likewise I need at least 100gb (i could stretch in 80) to make sense. I want to ask u the partition trick. What about a larger size? Like 150 or 200gb? How much should be left in the void to have a decent (lets say 20%+) performance boost?
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    fusionio available?

    I'm on a similar boat. I suggested them to make a 120gb version, but i dont think they received the input. Thanks to the low dollar I can afford about $3000 for the storage subsystem, which means that I have to wait for the price reductions.
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    fusionio available?

    The pricelist is $2400 for 80gb model $4800 for 160gb model and $8995 for 320gb model with discounts for 500+ units.
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    New 256GB Samsung SSD

    Interesting. Anyway FusionIO will be my next system "drive".
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    Finally I got MTRON MOBI 32GB

    Still a bit too much I need a price half to move to SSD (I need 4x 64gb drives for under 2k euros).
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    Samsung F series?!

    Also the cheetah 15k6 should be tested and added... And the new seagate with 320gb/platter
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    Western Digital's VelociRaptor VR150 hard drive review

    Yes, but how much performance difference is there between 16MB and 32MB on drives of the same model?Again... not much. Moreover cache goes also along with capacity. With just 300gb capacity I think 32mb of cache would not give even a 1% performance premium. If as I hope they'll make 450 and 600gb VRs, then for the latter a 32mb cache would make sense.
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    Western Digital's VelociRaptor VR150 hard drive review

    I think it's a bit odd that you're saying the drive is too small, then you say you'd rather buy a different kind that's even smaller. No its not odd and i'll explain to you. Under a certain capacity, it would be only OS/programs/games disk for which only about 100gb are needed. I have data of around 600gb and growing, which i keep always separated from the installed OS and programs. Which would be the use of a 300gb drive for me? OS only, or multidisk raid with different volumes. In the current technical evolution of SSD I would rather not invest in several sata platter drives. I believe for the OS a SSD is THE way to go *. And big cheap drives for storage. [*BTW, two 64gb ssd in raid0 would be an even better choice for that.] Back on general considerations, I just read SR own review of the Velociraptor and I'm even more impressed. The only critique i could move is the pricetag. But raptors have always been pricey. Anyway WD got back the desktop crown for faster platter disk. It was about time.
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    Western Digital's VelociRaptor VR150 hard drive review

    And Tom's article too. http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/HDD-SA...or,1914-14.html Pity the capacity is still small. I'd rather pickup a 128gb SSD for OS and games only.
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    Samsung F series?!

    Cheap like hell yeah I bought it for half of what i would have paid for another WD gp or a hitachi.
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    Samsung F series?!

    Well my F1 surely is fine I ran seatools from the boot to confirm that.
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    Advice to build high end SAS Workstation

    For close to 3k$ this is the fastest scsi/sas setup that you may build (more drives are a risk): 8x Seagate cheetah 15k6 74gb (they are only SAS) $180x8 Areca ARC-1680 8-port SAS w/ 2GB cache memory upgrade $1000+$100-200 raid 0+1 BUT... (and that's what I would do) if you dont need much capacity, for around 2,5k I would go for the FusionIO 80GB. BTW why ide dvdrom? get the sata 203B.
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    When will release the SATA 3.0 and SAS 2.0?

    In 2010 I will be using only SSD
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    Software Raid VS Hardware Raid

    How does NexentaStor work? What's the use of the VM
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    Software Raid VS Hardware Raid

    Strange choice. VMWARE does not give direct access to all hardware. I havent' tried the option of using a real hd with a linux distro (i have a couple of VM running ubuntu and i'm going to test WHS in vmware too). I mean, how do you setup the software raid within the VM? I didnt check their website yet but I'm confused to say the least.
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    750GB HD for multimedia box

    It is definitely slower than 7200rpm models but for storage of lots of data is perfect (I have 2 TB units).
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    When will release the SATA 3.0 and SAS 2.0?

    sata-3 is not needed unless it provides more features.
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    Which Brand of HD?

    Well, when you O/C a system, all components get stressed Depends on the parts that get overclocked. In current intel setups only the motherboard gets stressed (i.e. pci bus and pci-e bus remain the same, pci-e can go to 105mhz eventually). Yes, and that is a consequence of bad power source as i said, not of the overclock by itself. Well, all overclockers that i know have a 550W+ PSU. I even have an Etasis 650 on my secondary xeon machine
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    Which Brand of HD?

    Lucky you. And no, a drive cant fail because of overclock. They can fail due to bad power source or heat. Most of the time drives fail because they are not reliable, period. I have had 4 drive failures (2 were scsi) in a dozen years and none of these was due to bad operating conditions.
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    Refurbished Hard Drives

    Failure due to shipment etc (no QC) generally shows within a few days of operation. Failure due to drive usage will show much later if any, and there is no warranty for that.
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    WD GreenPower 1TB/750GB/500GB/320GB

    Lucky you, anyway I was happy with the 235€ I paid for each of mines. Uh typo i meant HD and was rephrasing. It is a different system. Yours is good for seek/write noise, but not much for vibrations. I paid only 15€ (sharkroon clone) so I recommend to try it if u think u need to get rid of vibrations in your case. Good news. Temp is important because i'll put foam between the two novibes and below to further absorb vibrations. And my case (the zalman hd135) is very small. 4 hours of formatting? Mine took 7 hours (ntfs 64k blocks, vista x64). Hmm. I havent installed the second drive. The GP 750 was at 160 the first day i saw it. I needed the biggest 3'5 drive that money could buy. And two of them Getting 2x750 I would ran out of space soon. And i dont want to get a nas too soon, because i have to move house next year and i want to cable a gigabit network all over it. Will you let me know if you find one that makes sense for a private person? I haven't found anything that is even remotely attractive in price and performance. Not to mention features (drives going to standby is a must-have, installing drivers is a no no (especially if they are Windows-only), proprietary file systems are "unwanted")... Thecus 5200 pro. Plus 5 TB drives. I'm waiting for 1.5TB HDD OR 8+ drives in a DYI solution. Supermicro and Ci Design make good nas cases.
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    2 x 147GB Maxtor Atlas II's in RAID 0 or seperate?

    Do not partition a raid, or you loose more than what you get.
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    Software Raid VS Hardware Raid

    Very interesting but if you don't know enough from linux (like me) your data is as good as gone when something happens to your RAID array. Troubleshooting hardware RAID is a lot easier than software RAID in my opinion. True. That's why I was looking at FreeNAS, it seemed friendly enough. But it lacks support to many things.