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by alock
Wed Dec 13, 2006 1:59 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Best media to backup data?
Replies: 8
Views: 3994

Re: Best media to backup data?

I need about 1-2 gigs now... Surely DVD must be the best option for this amount. Take alternate DVD's to different locations. Take the first to work and leave it in your desk drawer. Take the second to your parents the next time you seem them etc... When you've exhausted all locations start from th...
by alock
Mon Jul 24, 2006 8:33 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: network attached storage
Replies: 2
Views: 1515

I've got one of these... http://www.synology.com/enu/products/DS101serise/index.php bought from here... http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=288370 It is fanless and has good power control over the harddisk so it is normally not spinning. For extra quietness, I've installed a ...
by alock
Thu Jul 06, 2006 1:38 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Rants about Hardware review sites...
Replies: 31
Views: 27361

Ironically, The Inquirer is one of the few sites I've emailed about factual inaccuracies in their product previews/reviews. Each time, I get a stock reply along the lines of "this is the information I have from the technical guy and he is never wrong"
by alock
Mon Jun 12, 2006 1:11 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: New System Advice: Nearly-Quiet - File Server
Replies: 6
Views: 1684

What about this: http://www.mashie.org/casemods/udat1.html If you would like an easy solution that is similar to this (and you could make do with only 3 hard disks) I would suggest one of these... http://www.itx-warehouse.co.uk/Product.aspx?ProductID=291 and one of these... http://www.scan.co.uk/Pr...
by alock
Wed May 31, 2006 12:38 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: 2.5" drive enclosure [Poll]
Replies: 8
Views: 2686

Not an enclosure, but an attempt at making them quieter:
http://www.siliconacoustics.com/noisema ... lator.html
by alock
Mon May 08, 2006 3:56 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Newisys NA-1400 NAS Appliance
Replies: 38
Views: 24800

For those wanting a quiet NAS, I would recommend one of these:
http://www.synology.com/enu/products/DS ... /index.php

I have one containing a 2.5" drive mounted in foam. Very quiet (no internal fan) and faster than my 54Mb wireless network.
by alock
Mon Mar 06, 2006 2:39 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: 2.5" HDD enclosure in 3.5" HDD
Replies: 4
Views: 1215

A floppy drive is much easier to strip than a HDD.
by alock
Mon Feb 06, 2006 4:09 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: No-Vibes 2.5 in the UK
Replies: 0
Views: 788

No-Vibes 2.5 in the UK

Does anyone know of a UK supplier for the No-Vibes 2.5" model as seen below? http://www.siliconacoustics.com/noisemagic-novibes-2-5-notebook-laptop-harddrive-isolator.html or http://www.noisemagic.de/pdf/novibes/de_2_5.pdf I'm considering either a "Western Digital Scorpio 100GB WD1000VE 2.5" 8MB Cac...
by alock
Fri Jun 03, 2005 7:25 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Home NAS with RAID 5
Replies: 20
Views: 6565

If you want RAID in a small box, I don't think you could beat this...
http://www.theinquirer.net/?article=23619
6 x 2.5" drives in a single 5.25" bay. I've just got to convince the better-half that I need 6 x 100GB disks :D
by alock
Fri Jun 03, 2005 7:19 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Home NAS with RAID 5
Replies: 20
Views: 6565

I would agree with steef. Mini-itx is hard to beat for a home NAS. Low power consumption, fanless, good variety of small cases, integrated network/video. The main advantage it has over an off-the-shelf NAS is the ability to run other applications. Mine gets used a lot as a download manager. I've wri...
by alock
Fri Jan 28, 2005 7:42 am
Forum: Notebook Systems
Topic: Ginseng tablets
Replies: 3
Views: 4732

I recently went through a similar process but with slightly different requirements. I have ended up with a Centrino based laptop with the Fujitsu MHT2060AT hard drive. I don't know if this has more platters than the 40GB version but it is very rare that I hear it. I do feel the heat from it though a...
by alock
Tue Sep 14, 2004 3:22 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: RAID of the Paranoid
Replies: 37
Views: 13296

For those running Windows, you are more than welcome to try my FTP synchronisation program. I wrote this when I couldn't find another program I liked. It can be downloaded from http://www.alock.net . It works by modifying the archive attribute of the local files to indicate it has been backed up so ...
by alock
Fri Aug 27, 2004 7:41 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: How much noise would 4 Samsung Spinpoint 160gb drives make..
Replies: 19
Views: 4921

Well meglamaniac, I've lost so many hard disks over the years I am very paranoid and probably go on and on and on and on about backup far too much. I'm sure I drive everyone I know mad :roll: When I shut down my PC, I run a script which performs a backup of my live data over my home LAN to a mini it...
by alock
Thu Aug 26, 2004 8:25 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: How much noise would 4 Samsung Spinpoint 160gb drives make..
Replies: 19
Views: 4921

Just a quick question... I'm not trying to start an argument, I'm genuinely interested in how you guys with several hundred GB's of storage actually backup your data. I know this thread is talking about providing redundancy from hardware failure, but RAID is not a backup. What happens if your PC is ...
by alock
Tue Aug 10, 2004 11:54 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: reccomended 3.5 external enclosure?
Replies: 5
Views: 1450

Try these, they look good, are fairly cheap, and do not have little 40mm fans inside: With USB2 http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=112589 With USB2&Firewire http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/ProductInfo.asp?WebProductID=127643 With USB2&Firewire SATA http://www.scan.co.uk/Produ...
by alock
Sun Jul 25, 2004 2:59 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Reading SATA 'cuda V temps??
Replies: 22
Views: 5273

If you are interested I can provide the source code to a program I wrote in Visual Basic to read the SMART information. It works fine for reading the temps for a PATA Seagate 7200.7. I wrote this to log the temps to a csv file so I could monitor how my server was performing whilst I wasn't there. An...
by alock
Mon Jul 12, 2004 12:06 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Solid State HDD from Bit Micro
Replies: 23
Views: 11675

Or you could try this:

4 x 1Gb CF Card (£100 each) = £400
4 x CF->IDE adapters (£25 each) = £100
4 channel RAID card = £50

Total = £550 for a 4 disk 4GB RAID 0

(All prices in GBP, should be about $1000 or even cheaper with US prices)
by alock
Fri Jul 09, 2004 12:14 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: RAID of the Paranoid
Replies: 37
Views: 13296

The point I'm trying to make is only perform a backup that has value. The point Bomba made about not destroying your data is valid, not because it is too drastic, but because it is not drastic enough. For those of you at work/college/school when reading this. When you arrive home tonight, pretend on...
by alock
Thu Jul 08, 2004 3:33 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: RAID of the Paranoid
Replies: 37
Views: 13296

There will most likely be people who will disagree with this but... The most important aspect of a backup is that it is correctly backing up your data. You should therefore periodically test your backup. If you Ghost your C partition, try formatting it and restoring your image. If you have a RAID, s...
by alock
Wed Mar 17, 2004 1:24 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Hard disk drive temperature errors
Replies: 5
Views: 1587

Sorry, if I didn't make it clear, the program is available at:

http://www.alock.net/download/HDDTemp.zip

I have only tried it with 80Gb and 120Gb Seagate PATA hard disks. I would be interested to know if it works with anyone else's drives.
by alock
Wed Mar 17, 2004 11:23 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Hard disk drive temperature errors
Replies: 5
Views: 1587

Hard disk drive temperature errors

I have recently consrtucted a quiet FTP server which has no fans in the case. My hard disk is mounted in a Zalman heat pipe cooler so I can only hear the hard disk with my head about 1 foot from the case. After playing around with DTemp, I became concerned about the maximum temperature of the drive ...