slideshow-bob

...power consumption of HD's....

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Hi all you storage-gurus! (is that |-| |> 1337 ?? )

here's my rig:

abit nf7-s 2.0

barton 2500+

2x256 pc3200

gf4400

enermax 360Wpsu

sony cdrw-drive

tiny ata66 3-gig drive (wd, i think) with linux on it

40gig maxtor 7200 ata133 drive (me' old boot drive, don't ya know!)

ADDED YESTERDAY:

2X seagate 7200,7 8meg, 120gig SATA drives, striped (yeah, baby! )

NOW, when i just added the striped set to my old XP-installation,everything was fine, ( ye gods, that's fast!!! :D ) -didn't run it for very long, but copied some files and souch, -worked fine.

So, i decide to install XP on the striped set, (and yes, i istalled the correct drivers for the sata-controller in setup) but now, i occationally get bluescreens (different kinds -it's like a BSOD lottery! <_< ) when i have alot of disk-activity.

SO HERE'S my question:

-is this a known issue with the si3112-controller on my MB?

-could this be a power-issue? -maybe they conume alot of power?

if this seems reasonable, wich drive conumes the most power? (except my striped SATA-set -DON'T YOU TOUCH MY BABIES!!! :angry::D )

-what's your opinion on this? -any ideas?

thanks in advance,

\bob

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Removing the 2 older drives will tell you if it's a power problem.

Installing the latest motherboard BIOS should fix any problem with the SATA shipset (if Abit have got around to it anyway)

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ok, thanks

i'll install sp1 and see if that helps, if not i guess i'll see how many drives i have to remove (*whimper*) -gee, i sure hope i don't have to repartition and move the whole linux-thingy to my sweet raid-set.... :blink:

(...i'm sure happy i didn't get one of those: "c'mon, idiot -360watts is nowhere NEAR enough!" :D )

cheers!

\bob

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Power supplys are pretty robust. I have a cheap 300watt supply in my case. It supplys 11.5Amps on 12v side. It getts problematic when I run 10 drives on it so I backed it down to 7 drives and I have another cheap 250wat laying around. So I connected grounds from both supplys together and the 250 runs 5 more hard drives for 12 total. It runs like this 24/7 DLing "large files" from my cable connection. Im about out of drive space so next week I will add a 13th drive. They are all 200gigers by the way. As I do backups, I have 15 drives hooked up at once like this with no problems. I expect to have a 14th drive in by middle november at the rate things continue to come in, and I may have to consider hooking up a 3rd cheap supply to this that I have laying around. You may have figured it doesnt look pretty and nothing is closed up so heat never builds up. But I have enough pci slots to run 24 drives so I think Im OK. I have been DLing for over 7 months now and I am finnally comming to the end of the alphabet on all the mule link sites I use. I am so proud of my cludge. :lol:

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Enermax PSU's built within the last year and a half or so really pump out a lot of current on the +12 v rails, so the number of drives should not be a problem. It is either a driver problem, or you must have been careless and zapped some chips while working on it ungrounded :)

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