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by james22
Thu Oct 06, 2005 7:28 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Recommended Hard Drives - a major revision
Replies: 73
Views: 82894

Maxtor DM10's?

I can't believe the Maxtor DM10's are not on the list - I have four of these drives - 2 x 300gb SATA, 1 x 250gb SATA and 1 x 250gb IDE, and all of them are very, very silent. This is in comparison to the 160gb Samsung (SATA, NIDEC), which I also own!
by james22
Fri Jul 15, 2005 8:35 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Quietest 250GB drive?
Replies: 10
Views: 2946

Without a question, the Maxtor DM10. I have two 300GB and one 250GB and (without resorting to anal measurement techniques) they all run just as silently as my Samsung 160GB NIDEC, one of the benchmarks for silent drives. They are very fast too.
by james22
Sun Apr 10, 2005 2:58 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Whats the best way to cool Seagate 7200.8?
Replies: 3
Views: 1793

A little bit of airflow does wonders for keeping drive temperaure down. Most cases have room for an 80mm intake fan over the HDD drive bays - use it. If you volt down any decent fan, it shouldn't add any more noise than your curent level.
by james22
Fri Apr 01, 2005 7:15 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung Spinpoint or Maxtor DiamondMax 10
Replies: 22
Views: 6413

I have both the 1614C NIDEC and the DM10 300gb. Get the Maxtor, no question about it. Just as quiet and VERY fast. Maxtor idles a bit quieter but has slightly more audible seeks.
by james22
Sun Jan 23, 2005 8:50 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Is my 300w power supply running out of juice?
Replies: 5
Views: 1694

The Maxtor is designated the boot drive, and I see both in BIOS. Both drives can run together with no problem if I disconnect the CD-RW. I'm going to check right now if I can set a delayed spin-up.... is there any point in changing to different wire harnesses if they're all powered from the same 5/1...
by james22
Sun Jan 23, 2005 7:31 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Is my 300w power supply running out of juice?
Replies: 5
Views: 1694

Is my 300w power supply running out of juice?

I just bought a new hard drive (Maxtor Diamondmax 10, 300gb) and my system refuses to power-up with the new drive installed. I have a Seasonic Super Tornado 300w, and my system is as follows: Asus P4P800-VM Intel P4-2.4B / Zalman 7000 1 x 512mb RAM Radeon 9550 (fanless, no power connector) Samsung 1...
by james22
Wed Dec 08, 2004 10:42 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Worst Nightmare: Need more disk performance
Replies: 23
Views: 7461

EDIT: Oh, I see the problem. If I have X as 15,000 observations X'X is going to be 15000x15000 matrix of doubles... wow, that's going to be huge... Hmmm, maybe 4 gigs of ram is going to be the way then. If you're referring to X your regression matrix it usually has #columns = number of predictors a...
by james22
Thu Dec 02, 2004 12:48 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Inhouse pharmacy Ventolin inhaler
Replies: 8
Views: 3131

External drives are messy. Power supplies, USB / Firewire cables everywhere. Plus they are not particularly fast (most 7200rpm drives have sustained write speeds exceeding Firewire 400's bandwidth). When you're backing up hundreds of gigs of data, speed matters.... Why not just buy a removable HDD t...
by james22
Tue Oct 19, 2004 10:08 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Any news on the higher capacity Spinpoints?
Replies: 9
Views: 2743

Or even the 7200.8's. I'm in dire need of more storage/backup space and my patience is wearing thin....
by james22
Fri Oct 08, 2004 9:36 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Best shielded, most stable (quiet) PSU with active PFC
Replies: 30
Views: 10111

EasyRaider, Don't be discouraged. You can indeed get VERY good sound from a PC. You need to start with a solid sound card. The top two in the market that are reasonably priced are the Lynx L22 and RME Digi96/8 PAD. These cards are made with the noisy PC environment in mind and so are pretty well shi...
by james22
Sun Apr 04, 2004 7:07 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: anyone else's Samsung too loud?
Replies: 46
Views: 18612

Yeah, my 160GB SATA (1614C) is driving me nuts too. Very loud (at least compared to what I was expecting) high-pitched whine at idle. On the bright side, there is almost no seek noise on top of this.... Doesn't seem to vibrate much, so I doubt suspension is going to help very much. I have it sitting...
by james22
Sun Apr 04, 2004 6:59 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Zalman ZM400A-APF, worth upgrading?
Replies: 5
Views: 2615

What fans do people generally use?

What fans are recommended for the Zalman? The consensus seems to be Paflow L1A or Papst? Correct me if I'm wrong, but it's NOT a good idea to put a thermistor-controlled fan like some of the Silenx or Acoustifan's... right? Since the Zalman PSU already reduces the voltage of the fan depending on tem...
by james22
Sat Apr 03, 2004 9:51 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Zalman 300B/400B fan mod
Replies: 3
Views: 1927

Yup

I have a 300B and the fan *is* soldered on to the circuit board.