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by SleepyBum
Tue Nov 29, 2011 9:17 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Desperate quest for a silent 2.5" HDD
Replies: 11
Views: 5253

Re: Desperate quest for a silent 2.5" HDD

Or is the problem that they are all to avoid and there isn't any good recent ones? I think the main problem is the lack of competition. Seagate has bought Samsung and WD has bought Hitachi. So the two companies who have been bought out are probably not doing any more research and development. And t...
by SleepyBum
Wed Sep 14, 2011 10:50 pm
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: c3 stepping athlon ii x3 undervolts like a champ!
Replies: 4
Views: 1935

Re: c3 stepping athlon ii x3 undervolts like a champ!

i've seen another forum member get their x2 250 to 0.67v idle but i think that's the limit, i could probably go lower but i don't want to bother with k10stat, i just use the bios and cnq. That was me. :D 0.675V @ 800Mhz in K10stat, but CPU-Z shows 0.688V. I also have a Sempron 140 and the lowest I ...
by SleepyBum
Thu Dec 09, 2010 11:11 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: 3TB secondary drives with 32bit OS?
Replies: 2
Views: 1423

Re: 3TB secondary drives with 32bit OS?

Am I right in thinking that a 3TB drive, when used as a secondary, non-boot drive will still work in a 32bit OS, such as XP Pro? Or would I need to use that little doohickey WD included with the 3TB drive? http://www.hitachigst.com/images/stories/high_capacity_tablev2.jpg From what I've read, 32-bi...
by SleepyBum
Sun Dec 05, 2010 11:25 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: SpinPoint EcoGreen F4EG 2TB HD204UI/Z4
Replies: 121
Views: 126304

Re: SpinPoint EcoGreen F4EG 2TB HD204UI/Z4

Samsung has finally posted an Advanced Format Alignment Tool for their hard drives for those people using XP/2003 without access to Vista/Win7 machines to do the partitioning or don't want to use command line to create partitions with the proper offset.

Samsung Alignment Tool
by SleepyBum
Wed Nov 17, 2010 6:20 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD 3200AAKS which are single-platter?
Replies: 5
Views: 1188

Re: WD 3200AAKS which are single-platter?

SleepyBum, the WD 3200aaks is a 3.5" drive. Oopppss... You are right... For some reason I thought he was talking about 2.5" laptop HDs, because they have just recently made the transition to 320GB platters. Yes, a 320GB desktop HD is probably based on 320GB or 500GB platters. 6667GB platters have r...
by SleepyBum
Tue Nov 16, 2010 6:15 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Hitachi Deskstar 7K3000 (3TB)
Replies: 4
Views: 2569

Re: Hitachi Deskstar 7K3000 (3TB)

According to Storage Review, it is a 5 platter drive. 600GB platters would make for weird configuration for the 2TB and 1.5TB models. 3.5 * 600GB = 2100GB 2.5 * 600GB = 1500GB Would be a waste to be using like 3-platters and 5-heads, unless they have a lot of bad platters. Or they could be using 50...
by SleepyBum
Tue Nov 16, 2010 6:00 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD 3200AAKS which are single-platter?
Replies: 5
Views: 1188

Re: WD 3200AAKS which are single-platter?

Any other suggestions on how I can find out? yertech has a blog in which he lists all the hard drive models by family with the number of platters. He's moved to a new site, but don't know if it's been updated with the latest models. HDD Platter Database - Western Digital - 2.5" Another thing you ca...
by SleepyBum
Sat Nov 13, 2010 5:01 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Hitachi Deskstar 7K3000 (3TB)
Replies: 4
Views: 2569

Re: Hitachi Deskstar 7K3000 (3TB)

Nice spot... but I'd be more interested in the Hitachi Deskstar 5K3000 series Glad to see finally Hitachi introducing some green class drives. I don't buy 7200 rpm HDs these days, since I only use for media/storage. Haven't bought a desktop Hitachi/IBM drive since the 60GXP/75GXP fiasco. But will be...
by SleepyBum
Wed Sep 08, 2010 12:00 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: SpinPoint EcoGreen F4EG 2TB HD204UI/Z4
Replies: 121
Views: 126304

I take it that write performance is almost double when 4k is aligned. I used linux to align my only partition to start at sector 64 (not sure why some sites recommend 2048??). I am not sure how to does this with parted. I would like to use a GPT partition table really - but parted can't align autom...
by SleepyBum
Tue Sep 07, 2010 9:33 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Two WD 1.5 TB Greens with Different Covers...
Replies: 7
Views: 1426

But it's still confusing me as to what cases they use, because in an older 3DGameman video, it was using the newer case, yet in an NCIX video it's been the older one... hmm... The older dated HD is actually the newer design. 667GB per platter: Western Digital Caviar Green 2TB WD20EARS-00MVWB0 The o...
by SleepyBum
Tue Sep 07, 2010 9:08 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: SpinPoint EcoGreen F4EG 2TB HD204UI/Z4
Replies: 121
Views: 126304

Wow... Thanks for the heads-up on the 4k sector. Didn't think Samsung would move to it so soon. Here's the manual for the HD . Arrggghhh~~!`1`!~!!!! That manual is useless and doesn't mention anything about the jumper or the 4k sector. Definitely waiting for reviews/reports on how it plays with XP/2...
by SleepyBum
Fri Sep 03, 2010 11:22 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Suggestion for a quiet speedy small OS drive (not SSD)
Replies: 16
Views: 4312

I don't know why everyone is recommending him 3.5" HDs, when he even thought about 2.5" 7200rpm HDs, which I think fits all his needs rather well. - the smallest 2.5" HD these days would be around 160GB. - 7200rpm 2.5" would probably be fairly speedy and probably faster than a desktop 3.5" 5400rpm d...
by SleepyBum
Fri Sep 03, 2010 11:02 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: SpinPoint EcoGreen F4EG 2TB HD204UI/Z4
Replies: 121
Views: 126304

Re: SpinPoint EcoGreen F4EG 2TB HD204UI/Z4

Look forward to your review on them. Newegg also seems to have just got them in stock this week. SAMSUNG Spinpoint F4 HD204UI 2TB 5400 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive Gonna wait a bit for reports to come back on these 667GB/platter drives. Hope both WD and Samung have made relia...
by SleepyBum
Wed Mar 31, 2010 1:28 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: <$100 2core Athlon II AMD? X2 240e? or undervolt X2 250?
Replies: 6
Views: 6927

the "e" processors are hard to find, in my experience. Maybe are slightly better, but "regular" athlons if undervolted can perform also very well in power consumption. Yes... the "e" processors are just cherry picked. The regular ones can undervolt to about the same level. Also, like greenfrank sai...
by SleepyBum
Wed Mar 10, 2010 11:22 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Single platter 2.5" drives?
Replies: 4
Views: 2574

Re: Single platter 2.5" drives?

Other than the scorpio, what other makes are recommended? I like samsungs for 3.5" drives, but their 2.5" ones seem to have a poor reputation... I don't like Hitachi desktop drives, but their 5400rpm laptop drives are very quiet and usually leads in power savings. They almost always publish data sh...
by SleepyBum
Wed Jan 20, 2010 1:05 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Undervolting: how low can you go?
Replies: 234
Views: 206536

Athlon II X2 250 in a Shuttle SA76G2 barebone AMD 760G + SB710 There is no FSB or voltage control in BIOS so all undervolting was done in K10stat Stock: 3000Mhz 1.440V Speed __ K10stat CPU-Z 3000Mhz 1.1500V 1.168V 2800Mhz 1.0875V 1.104V 2200Mhz 0.9500V 0.976V 1500Mhz 0.8125V 0.832V 0800Mhz 0.6750V 0...
by SleepyBum
Mon Jan 11, 2010 12:50 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Need a quiet PATA drive
Replies: 14
Views: 2999

What about the WD Scorpio Blue series (WDxxxxBEVE) drives? Or Samsung Spinpoint M HM080CG or HM160HC? Like you suggested, those are the only two 2.5" PATA on the market today and probably your best bet for a quiet PATA drive. I have the Samsung HM160HC in an old ThinkPad and I think it works pretty...
by SleepyBum
Mon Dec 21, 2009 3:00 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Biostar A760G-M2+ - 30W barrier broken
Replies: 119
Views: 104672

I just picked up this board for a NAS build. If you have a Fry's near you, they have a combo with this board + a Athlon II X2 250 for $50AR. The $10 rebate might be a bit flaky, so actual cost might be $60. http://slickdeals.net/forums/showthread.php?t=1756164 The Athlon II 250 is overkill for a fil...
by SleepyBum
Mon Dec 21, 2009 12:46 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: AMD Athlon II X2 240e Review @PCStats
Replies: 14
Views: 9062

I just noticed that Tiger Direct here in the US has all the new "e" line of AMD's up for sale. The 240e from the review in the OP is $85 for the retail version. I can't wait to see more reviews and benchmarks on these cpu's. I am considering opting for the 240e for my upcoming whs build. Ouch! I wa...
by SleepyBum
Mon Dec 21, 2009 12:29 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: AMD Athlon 64 X2 5200+ Brisbane Vs Intel Celeron E3200
Replies: 5
Views: 4376

If it's a choice between the Athlon II 240 and E3200, there's no clear cut answer, as the Athlon II 240 is a much newer chip. There's a nice write up on cheap, low-end CPUs at xbitlabs: Value CPUs Roundup: Is There Life in Low-End? Seems like the Athlon II 240 leads the E5200 in most benchmarks. Th...
by SleepyBum
Tue Dec 15, 2009 10:26 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung Spinpoint F3EG HD203WI 2TB
Replies: 50
Views: 75852

Samsung Spinpoint F3EG HD203WI 2TB

Saw this drive while browsing newegg. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822152202 Can't find much info via Google and haven't seen any news released via tech news sites. Looks like it's an EcoGreen, but it's under F3 family. From newegg's product picture, it's shows it's a 5400rp...
by SleepyBum
Mon Dec 07, 2009 3:55 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung EcoGreen F2 1.5 TB - Have anyone tried it?
Replies: 47
Views: 29730

HD features utility What is this and where does one get it? Thank you. I've been using the Hitachi Feature Tool to set the AAM status in drive. Works for Samsung, Western Digital, etc... Does not work for Seagate because they have removed the AAM feature from all their drives. You need to find vers...
by SleepyBum
Wed Dec 02, 2009 9:10 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung EcoGreen F2 1.5 TB - Have anyone tried it?
Replies: 47
Views: 29730

Alright... I bought these drives back in August and was too lazy to write up on it, so I'm finally I'm getting to it. I purchased one from newegg and then another from Fry's when they had them on sale in October. The newegg one is Made in Korean 2009.07, the Fry's one is Made in China 2009.08. Both ...
by SleepyBum
Wed Dec 02, 2009 8:45 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD WD10EADS-00P8B0 1TB 2-platters?
Replies: 12
Views: 9464

Seems like this (WD10EADS-00P8B0) is 5000rpm (not 5400rpm) model. Is there any improvement about noise level? :) Also does it make load/unload all the time? I've been testing this HD externally. Some of quirks which freaks me out a bit. At startup, it makes that click-of-death sound two times. That...
by SleepyBum
Tue Dec 01, 2009 1:12 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: 5400 rpm vs 7200 rpm hard drive. Which one and why?
Replies: 3
Views: 2369

Re: 5400 rpm vs 7200 rpm hard drive. Which one and why?

Are you going to use this drive for the OS/boot or just a data drive to store media? I think 5400rpm is fine for as a HTPC boot drive, if all you intend to do is to just boot, load up the media player, and play back videos. But if you want to use it beyond that, like playing games, running programs,...
by SleepyBum
Sun Nov 01, 2009 3:54 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: 1.5 TB Samsung EcoGreen F2 HD154UI Slow Access Times
Replies: 15
Views: 12185

The HD Tune graph of my drive shows a 13.6 ms access time, which seems normal. http://img407.imageshack.us/img407/9804/hdtunebenchmarksamsungh.png I have 2 of these drives, one from Newegg and one from Fry's, and they have pretty much identical stats. I haven't had time to post a review on these, be...
by SleepyBum
Sat Oct 31, 2009 10:34 pm
Forum: Quiet Prebuilt, SFF and Barebones Systems
Topic: How quiet are shuttles? Need breadbox, desktop solution.
Replies: 13
Views: 5902

Re: PC60

Amazingly (though not cheap), my one and only local computer shop had a Shuttle PC60 power supply, which has solved the problem. Modding the fans wasn't in the cards. There is one bad power supply in the G case that makes really horrible noise. It's the ENG power supply, that seems to come on the S...
by SleepyBum
Sat Oct 31, 2009 1:21 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD WD10EADS-00P8B0 1TB 2-platters?
Replies: 12
Views: 9464

WD WD10EADS-00P8B0 1TB 2-platters?

Fry's is having a sale on WD10EADS drives this week for $60. So I went down today to pick one up. As usual with WD products, there's are a lot of different sub-models on available. From the deal forums, people have been getting WD10EADS-00L5B1 (3-platter), WD10EADS-00M2B0 (2-platter), and WD10EADS-0...
by SleepyBum
Wed Aug 05, 2009 2:39 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung HM020Gi Xbox HDD in PC
Replies: 4
Views: 4531

Okay 47 views and nothing What I'm wondering is the platter density very low therefore the drive is slow? I'm finding it difficult to get any specs on this drive as its from an Xbox 360 Looks like that drive is from the Samsung M40S Series: http://files.hddguru.com/download/Datasheets/Samsung%20Ser...
by SleepyBum
Thu Jul 23, 2009 2:19 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Need opinion on the next 1.5TB "green" drive
Replies: 20
Views: 14150

Like kal001 stated, if you know how to decode Seagate model numbers, you can tell the number of patters each drive has very easily. For WD, you need to look at other specs to determine platters. The other specs that can show the number platters are weight and power usage. More platters = more weight...