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by JVM
Sun Sep 20, 2009 1:31 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung F3 series - 500GB per platter - 7200RPM - 500GB/1TB
Replies: 169
Views: 127881

There seems to be quite a difference if you use RAID 0

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by JVM
Sun Sep 20, 2009 11:22 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung F3 series - 500GB per platter - 7200RPM - 500GB/1TB
Replies: 169
Views: 127881

Nothing wrong with compression. Just don't count on it unless you know what you're doing or you might end up unable to backup for lack of space. Don't trust this Acronis thing blindly if you care about your data. It's good practice to try to restore ALL your data in order make sure your backup proc...
by JVM
Sun Sep 20, 2009 6:36 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung F3 series - 500GB per platter - 7200RPM - 500GB/1TB
Replies: 169
Views: 127881

You can use SMART with software RAID. Avoid RAID0 if you care about your data and do rely on compression when planning backup media purchases. What is so bad about compression? When doing backups with Acronis, it compresses even without RAID. There is an option, I believe, to do backups without com...
by JVM
Sun Sep 20, 2009 4:03 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung F3 series - 500GB per platter - 7200RPM - 500GB/1TB
Replies: 169
Views: 127881

Acronis does compress. I used Acronis to compress my 320GB drive into my 160GB drive--no problem. Acronis even tells you it compresses the back-up. I will do periodic disk back-ups as full image of my RAID 0 as well as specific data backed up to a DVD. Of course, if one drive in the array fails and ...
by JVM
Sat Sep 19, 2009 6:51 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung F3 series - 500GB per platter - 7200RPM - 500GB/1TB
Replies: 169
Views: 127881

There is no way I would be using even 450GB of space on the RAID 0. My first plan was to use just the 500GB F3 as that is plenty for me, but then I got interested in RAID 0 mainly for performance and that's really the only reason I would do it. So, I don't think there would be any problem for Acroni...
by JVM
Sat Sep 19, 2009 4:41 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung F3 series - 500GB per platter - 7200RPM - 500GB/1TB
Replies: 169
Views: 127881

No, you don't need 1TB to back-up two 500GB in RAID 0. You can use Acronis True Image and it will compress the RAID 0 1TB to the 500GB drive, and then you can restore to your new RAID 0 array, at least that was what I've been told.
by JVM
Sat Sep 19, 2009 4:13 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung F3 series - 500GB per platter - 7200RPM - 500GB/1TB
Replies: 169
Views: 127881

Thanks again, Tzeb, for adding more information. I am surprised you can't read the temperature in RAID 0, didn't know that. Still, it is good to know the drive runs cool. I have one suspended in my Antec P150 and it reads around 30C. I have two front fans, Nexus 92mm at around 700 rpm blowing on the...
by JVM
Sat Sep 19, 2009 3:29 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung F3 series - 500GB per platter - 7200RPM - 500GB/1TB
Replies: 169
Views: 127881

Well, Neil, that post above just about closes the deal for me. :)

Thanks, Tzeb, for a very interesting and informative post.
by JVM
Sat Sep 19, 2009 12:46 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung F3 series - 500GB per platter - 7200RPM - 500GB/1TB
Replies: 169
Views: 127881

Hi, I would not use RAID 0 -- it is almost bound to fail, and the speed gain is practically nil. If using RAID 0, I would backup regularly onto a third F3 with Acronis, so failure of a disk is not disastrous. As for speed gain, that seems to be very subjective. I have read where it speeds up boot t...
by JVM
Fri Sep 18, 2009 8:45 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung F3 series - 500GB per platter - 7200RPM - 500GB/1TB
Replies: 169
Views: 127881

Would you say the F3 is faster than the WD 320GB unit? Is that WD drive a single platter? And which model is that WD you compare to the F3? If it is the same one that is in my iMac it is a 320GB single platter with 8MB of cache WD3200JS. My 500GB F3 is faster than my WD6400AAKS, not to mention the ...
by JVM
Wed Sep 16, 2009 5:33 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Windows 7: upgrade or clean install?
Replies: 35
Views: 9343

You probably can install the upgrade and do a clean install by it verifying you have Vista and you select custom and it wipes the drive clean and then formats and installs Windows 7. However, if anything goes wrong with your Windows 7 and you need to reinstall it, you would have to reinstall Vista a...
by JVM
Wed Sep 16, 2009 8:30 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Windows 7: upgrade or clean install?
Replies: 35
Views: 9343

On a system with XP or Vista currently installed, there will be NO difference in doing a clean install with upgrade media or with full-version media. Installing windows onto a blank hard disk with upgrade media will be a pain, because you'll have to install the old OS, then do a clean install. This...
by JVM
Wed Sep 16, 2009 8:23 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Windows 7: upgrade or clean install?
Replies: 35
Views: 9343

<scratches head> um. Try reading it again. The primary message is how long it will take you to do an *upgrade* based on your sys specs and how much stuff is on your HDD. Scratch a little more and maybe it will help. The question in my mind is how is the upgrade done--the link you provided tells me ...
by JVM
Tue Sep 15, 2009 2:51 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Windows 7: upgrade or clean install?
Replies: 35
Views: 9343

time budget for doing an install How did he do the upgrade? Clean or upgrading? You can only do an upgrade from the same type in Vista to Windows 7; for example, Home to Home and Ultimate to Ultimate. Of course, that is not the case doing a clean install. Did he do a clean install? If yes, how was ...
by JVM
Tue Sep 15, 2009 2:43 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Windows 7: upgrade or clean install?
Replies: 35
Views: 9343

I can do the clean install, always have in the past, but I was wondering why I should keep on doing it that way and not taking the easy route of simply upgrading with all my programs, files, etc. in place. The only reason I can think of for avoiding an upgrade-install is that it won't clean up the ...
by JVM
Tue Sep 15, 2009 2:35 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD 500GB single platter (Updated)
Replies: 19
Views: 24329

NeilBlanchard wrote:Hi,

The image of the Samsung 500GB F3 performance is not showing up for me.
Where are you looking? The only 500GB drive in this thread is WD.
by JVM
Tue Sep 15, 2009 1:17 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung F3 series - 500GB per platter - 7200RPM - 500GB/1TB
Replies: 169
Views: 127881

Neil.

Would you say the F3 is faster than the WD 320GB unit? Is that WD drive a single platter? And which model is that WD you compare to the F3?
by JVM
Tue Sep 15, 2009 1:04 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Windows 7: upgrade or clean install?
Replies: 35
Views: 9343

I know there is an email program available to download--I did mention WLM--Windows Live Mail, but that is not a POP account, just a web-based email thing like Hotmail. I also stated how people are upset about not having an email program included in Windows 7 like what is in Vista. I am not recommend...
by JVM
Tue Sep 15, 2009 11:31 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Windows 7: upgrade or clean install?
Replies: 35
Views: 9343

I read somewhere on the Windows 7 forum, I believe it was moderator there, saying that by using the upgrade version and you had to reinstall Windows 7 for some reason you would have to first install Vista again. That is what I meant by "saving" $100 dollars, aside from the very real possibility you ...
by JVM
Tue Sep 15, 2009 10:29 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD 500GB single platter (Updated)
Replies: 19
Views: 24329

While I can appreciate the discussion of WD model numbers and their business model, it really doesn't belong in my thread. Does anyone at SPCR have first-hand experience with this drive that they can share? Good question but I don't think anyone here has that drive. Furthermore, considering WD is n...
by JVM
Tue Sep 15, 2009 10:05 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung F3 series - 500GB per platter - 7200RPM - 500GB/1TB
Replies: 169
Views: 127881

Any further news on how quiet is the Samsung SATA F3 500GB drive?
by JVM
Tue Sep 15, 2009 5:21 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Windows 7: upgrade or clean install?
Replies: 35
Views: 9343

Well, there is the possibility you need Vista installed before it will proceed with new installation. If you buy the less expensive Upgrade version and somehow need to reinstall your precious Windows 7, what are you going to do? You would most likely have to reinstall Vista to upgrade--a very real p...
by JVM
Mon Sep 14, 2009 4:01 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Windows 7: upgrade or clean install?
Replies: 35
Views: 9343

Re: Windows 7: upgrade or clean install?

aristide1 wrote:
JVM wrote:I have Vista Ultimate 64-bit...
You have my sympathy. I speak from experience.
:lol:

Well, next month it will be Windows 7 Home Premium 64-bit. :)
by JVM
Mon Sep 14, 2009 3:20 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Windows 7: upgrade or clean install?
Replies: 35
Views: 9343

I forgot to add, if you are talking about using the upgrade version on an unused drive, then that would be another scenario, which may be as you say.
by JVM
Mon Sep 14, 2009 3:16 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Windows 7: upgrade or clean install?
Replies: 35
Views: 9343

Microsoft has confirmed on someone's blog (can't find it now) that the upgrade disk will perform a clean install of Win7 in the same way Vista did. You will only need to insert your previous valid Windows disk as some point during the installation of Windows 7 and it will perform a clean install. N...
by JVM
Mon Sep 14, 2009 12:44 pm
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Windows 7: upgrade or clean install?
Replies: 35
Views: 9343

Seems like everyone suggests a clean install versus doing an easy upgrade solution. I can do the clean install, always have in the past, but I was wondering why I should keep on doing it that way and not taking the easy route of simply upgrading with all my programs, files, etc. in place. As for doi...
by JVM
Mon Sep 14, 2009 11:54 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Windows 7: upgrade or clean install?
Replies: 35
Views: 9343

I know that the upgrade disk contains a full copy of windows 7. If upgrading from xp then you have to fromat and do a clean install of windows 7. I am not sure if the disk will give you the option to format and clean install when upgrading from vista or not. My understanding is you can do a clean i...
by JVM
Mon Sep 14, 2009 8:43 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Windows 7: upgrade or clean install?
Replies: 35
Views: 9343

Buy the upgrade. You can use it to do a clean install if you have the original disk for Vista. Upgrade installs of OS's are never recommended. The upgrade disk requires some kind of double-install for a clean install. If going the clean install route, I would get the retail version. I have always d...
by JVM
Mon Sep 14, 2009 6:25 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Windows 7: upgrade or clean install?
Replies: 35
Views: 9343

Windows 7: upgrade or clean install?

I have Vista Ultimate 64-bit installed and looking towards Windows 7. If I want to do it easy and less expensive, choosing Windows 7 Ultimate upgrade would be the way to go. I could, at a saving of $20 dollars, buy the Retail version of Windows 7 Home Premium and do a clean install. Here is where I ...
by JVM
Wed Jun 24, 2009 10:57 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: WD5000AADS: where in the world is Caviar Sandiego?
Replies: 47
Views: 45826

Short stroking means only using part of the drive. A hard drive's first partition is always at its outer edge, which is the fastest part of the disk. By short stroking, you avoid using the slower inner parts of the disk, which have the lowest throughput. Only using the outer part of the disk also m...