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by Longwalker
Wed Jul 11, 2007 7:23 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: A word of warning about booting Windows from 2.5" drive
Replies: 43
Views: 13008

If a particular configuration does have a regular disk access problem, though, then you are at risk of wearing out a 2.5" disk in short order. It's no skin off my nose if anyone is ignorant or arrogant enough (like Aris here...) to wear down their drive--you're just costing yourself money and riskin...
by Longwalker
Tue Jul 10, 2007 9:55 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: A word of warning about booting Windows from 2.5" drive
Replies: 43
Views: 13008

details that a travelstar drive managed in excess of one million load/unload ops. Assume Windows and the drive firmware conspire to force a load cycle every minute. If the drive is on 24/7, it'll use up all those million load cycles after a million minutes, or just under two years. Now consider dri...
by Longwalker
Mon Jul 09, 2007 10:24 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: A word of warning about booting Windows from 2.5" drive
Replies: 43
Views: 13008

[Moderator edit: removed long post (in Latin?), presumably put there by the original poster. If the original poster wants to remove their posts and/or the the whole thread, then please PM one of the moderators.]
by Longwalker
Mon Jul 09, 2007 1:32 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: A word of warning about booting Windows from 2.5" drive
Replies: 43
Views: 13008

A word of warning about booting Windows from 2.5" drive

[Moderator edit: removed long post (in Latin?), presumably put there by the original poster. If the original poster wants to remove their posts and/or the the whole thread, then please PM one of the moderators. Please see "Mr Evil's" post below, for what I think is a quote of the original post on t...
by Longwalker
Mon Jul 02, 2007 11:03 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Space Heater
Replies: 9
Views: 2421

Re: Space Heater

branko623 wrote:So, I was wondering, about how dangerous would it be to replace the fan and rewire the heater with a nexus or sycthe 120mm?
This has got to be a troll.

Try that and there's a fairly good chance you'll set the building on fire.

Just open a window.
by Longwalker
Mon Jul 02, 2007 10:57 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Potentially interesting: Inwin BK623
Replies: 3
Views: 3080

Potentially interesting: Inwin BK623

Inwin's new BK623 looks to be potentially interesting for some quiet(ish) small form factor applications. http://www.in-win.us/products/pc_case/BK%20(MtJade)-Series/bk623_small%20copy.jpg http://www.in-win.us/products/pc_case/BK-Series/bk623_003.jpg This thing is tiny by mATX standards yet supports ...
by Longwalker
Mon Feb 19, 2007 12:33 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: independant power switch for drives?
Replies: 2
Views: 1479

Re: independant power switch for drives?

how safe is this? can i damage my drives if i power them up with the system running? or will they just obvously not be recognised? This is completely unsafe unless you're using SATA drives with hot swap support. Kill the power to a running PATA disk when the motherboard is still running and you wil...
by Longwalker
Mon Feb 19, 2007 12:23 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Google study: effect of temperature on server hdds
Replies: 37
Views: 20901

Statistically speaking, it's not strictly necessary to control for brand and model when performing reliability studies. If the population is sufficiently large and sufficiently diverse (i.e. no brand or model is highly overrepresented), differences between brand and model will average out. Controlli...
by Longwalker
Wed Jan 31, 2007 2:09 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Very small mATX case for portable server
Replies: 1
Views: 2862

Very small mATX case for portable server

I'm looking to put together a portable no-monitor (headless) server for hauling files and software between sites. To this end, I'm looking for a very small case that supports an mATX MB, 3.5" hard drive and full size optical drive. The whole thing has to fit into a large briefcase (preferable) or in...
by Longwalker
Wed Dec 13, 2006 10:18 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: Sempron 3000 AM2 passive cooling
Replies: 4
Views: 2493

Sempron 3000 AM2 passive cooling

Just wondering, what heatsinks would be good enough to passively cool a AM2 Sempron 3000?

I'm looking at building a quiet network server--don't need much CPU horsepower for what I need.
by Longwalker
Wed Dec 13, 2006 10:15 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Best media to backup data?
Replies: 8
Views: 3978

Touch wood, but so far I've never had a good DVD burn fail at a later date. If the DVD passes a byte-by-byte comparison with the data burned to it, then the DVD has remained good. Trusting DVDs without a post-burn compare is asking for it, though. Another trick for DVD reliability is to make PAR2 pa...
by Longwalker
Tue Dec 12, 2006 11:34 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Best media to backup data?
Replies: 8
Views: 3978

High reliability backup is more a matter of redundancy than anything else. The chances of losing all your data are greatly reduced if you keep multiple backups in different locations. In terms of media, external hard drives are the best bet at the moment. Most other methods are too slow or too awkwa...
by Longwalker
Tue Dec 12, 2006 7:25 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: No reason to buy 3.5"
Replies: 7
Views: 2996

HTPCs are a niche use. A large niche, but still a niche. For general computing, performance differences between 2.5" and 3.5" drives are far from irrelevant. Seagate's 7200.10 drives have an average seek of 8.5ms and will do a 78MB/s sustained transfer rate. None of the mobile drive makers even publ...
by Longwalker
Mon Dec 11, 2006 1:51 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Is this too hot? -- new system
Replies: 9
Views: 3410

Re: Is this too hot? -- new system

fmriguy wrote:should have just gone with the new WD's...
Reliability is a problem with WD unless you buy a Raptor or one of their 'RAID edition' drives.

There's not much out there at the moment that's both quiet and reliable.
by Longwalker
Mon Dec 11, 2006 1:40 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Canadian sources for off lease/refurb/surplus hardware
Replies: 0
Views: 1628

Canadian sources for off lease/refurb/surplus hardware

Can anyone suggest a good Canadian source for low-cost off lease/refurb/surplus (etc) hardware?

Most of this stuff seems to be getting deflected to charities these days...
by Longwalker
Sun Dec 10, 2006 1:27 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: [Survey] Most Silent (Recent/New) 3.5" Drive 300-400GB
Replies: 13
Views: 5252

When it comes to reliability, I think the warranty periods speak for themselves. Samsung and Hitachi only offer three year warranties. Seagate drives all have five year warranties--if they made unreliable drives, it would cost them a lot of money in warantee replacements. My inclination is to buy Se...
by Longwalker
Sat Dec 09, 2006 5:47 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Best Antec Solo Competitor?
Replies: 6
Views: 2797

Re: Best Antec Solo Competitor?

Relleum wrote:Perhaps the PC-B20 http://www.lian-li.com/Product/Chassis/ ... PC-B20.htm
can compete with the Solo?
When you posted this thread, the second thread down on this forum was discussing the PC-B20.
by Longwalker
Fri Dec 08, 2006 12:40 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: What do YOU want for the holidays?
Replies: 42
Views: 30490

God-like power.

Failing that, for the world's religious fanatics--Christian, Muslim and Jewish--to realize that blasphemy is a victimless crime and that they've been fighting over a shared delusion.

Failing that, I'll settle for a 20" LP2065 LCD.
by Longwalker
Fri Dec 08, 2006 10:12 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Lian Li PC-B20
Replies: 17
Views: 7354

Really useful review. Thanks.

Now I just have to decide if it's worth spending an extra $100 on this vs. a Silverstone TJ-04.
by Longwalker
Thu Dec 07, 2006 6:38 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Lian Li PC-B20
Replies: 17
Views: 7354

You seem to be saying two things about noise levels. Can you hear this case from e.g. across the room or do you have to get your ears within a foot of the fans?
by Longwalker
Tue Dec 05, 2006 10:50 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Antec NeoHE 430 @ $58 vs. Seasonic S12-430 @ $98
Replies: 7
Views: 2879

Given the price discount, there's fair odds that buy.com is dumping old stock. Given that the earlier NeoHEs have major problems, it's not worth the savings.
by Longwalker
Tue Dec 05, 2006 10:47 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Silent Industrial PC. What would YOU use this for?
Replies: 15
Views: 6473

I'm more inclined to think that LVDS is a digital LCD interface rather than an SCSI port.
by Longwalker
Mon Dec 04, 2006 8:18 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Silencing PSU of LCD monitor?
Replies: 4
Views: 1769

Don't think thEre's much that can be Done other than replacing the unit. Maybe you could fInd some subtle way to renDer the monitor inoperative so Dell will do an RMA. If Dell won't play fair with you, there's no reason for you to play fair with them. Problems like these are why Dell monitors are so...
by Longwalker
Mon Dec 04, 2006 8:01 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Silent Industrial PC. What would YOU use this for?
Replies: 15
Views: 6473

You can see the IO ports on the back of the case in the first image. Looks like 2x DB-9 (serial?), VGA, ethernet, modem, PS2 keyboard or mouse, 3x USB, audio, and four other ports I can't make out. I can't say I'd call this much of an industrial PC given that all these ports are exposed on the back ...
by Longwalker
Fri Dec 01, 2006 4:46 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Lian Li PC-B20
Replies: 17
Views: 7354

In the stock design, warm air from the CPU is used to cook the PSU. A number of people who have commented on this case have just reversed the 80mm fan and used it as an exhaust instead.
by Longwalker
Fri Dec 01, 2006 12:30 pm
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Lian Li PC-B20
Replies: 17
Views: 7354

http://www.bjorn3d.com/read.php?cID=1011&pageID=2838

The door is a little restricting but the main case is pretty open.

Isn't really wide open--like this--a bad idea for noise, though? Any grill that lets a lot of air in is also going to let noise out.
by Longwalker
Fri Dec 01, 2006 1:40 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Lian Li PC-B20
Replies: 17
Views: 7354

*Bump.*

Anyone?

I'm looking at this case, too, as I've been put off by the flimsy construction of the Solo.
by Longwalker
Thu Sep 07, 2006 3:34 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: K9NGM2-FID or M2NPV-VM
Replies: 12
Views: 8194

There are...issues...with both of these boards. Poorly thought out component placement renders one of the PCI slots on the MSI board unusable. As for the M2N, it's really picky about memory. This board cannot supply more than 1.8 volts to the DIMM slots. This rules out using much of the cheaper DDR2...
by Longwalker
Thu Sep 07, 2006 7:13 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Silencing the 71 lb (32 kilo) beast
Replies: 4
Views: 2086

You won't have much luck quieting that many HDs. If you can, replace your eight current drives with three 750GB units. You could also look at remoting most of your storage over a gigE NAS or SAN. Leave a quiet boot drive in the system but put the rest of your drives in a ventilated closet somewhere....
by Longwalker
Mon Sep 04, 2006 3:17 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: File server, AKA numerous HDs
Replies: 6
Views: 2663

What about replacing those 5 HDDs with two or three of Seagate's huge (500-750gb) drives? Fewer sources of noise = easier to damp.