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by bomba
Tue Oct 05, 2004 7:23 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Seagate answers about 7200.8
Replies: 42
Views: 28446

Here's a 7200.8 data sheet right from Seagate's website. Lists capacities of 250, 300 & 400 Gbyte on a 3-platter platform: http://www.seagate.com/content/docs/pdf ... 7200-8.pdf
by bomba
Wed Sep 22, 2004 10:45 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: looking for a simple but decent case
Replies: 7
Views: 2161

I just bought this case in black from coolcases. Essentially it's the same as the Accousticase, without damping. Hard drive cage is removable without tools (to make room for the Aphonos HDD suspension mod), mounts drives conventionally w/ cable in back and is fitted with grommets for noise/vibration...
by bomba
Wed Sep 22, 2004 7:25 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: ASUS mothboard "unlocks" P4 multiplier
Replies: 1
Views: 857

Interesting, unfortunately article says it works for Prescott processors, only.
by bomba
Wed Sep 15, 2004 8:09 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: SATA issue - hot swap question
Replies: 35
Views: 19343

FYI, I installed the latest Silicon Image driver on my system at work, which has the Adaptec SATA Connect card. Install went fine, everything works as before, but ... no improvement in the consistency of the 'disable' action in windows XP. I still find that, 50% of the time, when I 'disable' the dr...
by bomba
Wed Sep 15, 2004 7:15 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Recent Maxtor (e.g. DiamondMax9) are quiter than ST 7200.7
Replies: 19
Views: 4319

I've posted on several occasions my success with fdb Maxtor DM+9 drives. My experience is with (2) 120G and (1) 80G DM+9 all PATA drives. Seeks on all drives are set to quiet mode via the Maxtor amset utility. I also had a PATA 160G 7200.7 in my possession, briefly. Acoustic management was not adjus...
by bomba
Mon Sep 13, 2004 11:40 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: Sonata hard disk cage mods.
Replies: 3
Views: 1537

On my Sonata, I tried all sorts of different things to reduce HD temps, including duct taping all openings except the 3 oval openings above and below my (2) HDDs. I also tried different HDD locations as well as blocking the ANTEC holes. IIRC none of the measures had a significant impact on drive tem...
by bomba
Fri Sep 10, 2004 11:48 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: I blew up my Zalman 300w power supply!
Replies: 23
Views: 6294

Sorry to hear of your PSU's departure! Just one question as I'm running a similar 300W 80mm fanned Fortron w/ L1A swap. Did you run the Panaflo from the stock fan contoller or fixed voltage. Any mods to fan controller ckt such as thermistor relocation?
by bomba
Fri Sep 10, 2004 11:27 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Hitachi Deskstar 7k250 Hard Disk - Notes
Replies: 9
Views: 3005

by bomba
Fri Sep 10, 2004 5:13 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: SATA issue - hot swap question
Replies: 35
Views: 19343

Not sure what kind of SATA controller you're using, but I can tell you for sure that it doesn't work on the ASUS 865PE/ICH5 implementation of my p4p800 dlx motherboard. I had to buy an add-on pci Silicon Image 3112 SATA controller. My understanding is that SATA hot swap is not implemented on ANY ICH...
by bomba
Thu Sep 09, 2004 10:20 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: SATA issue - hot swap question
Replies: 35
Views: 19343

Thanks for the tips on 'uninstalling' in device manager. I will try that. Alternately, you can use device manager to "disable" the drive prior to power down/removal, and "enable" after insertion and power-up. The link in my prior post gives info as to how to create a desktop shortcut directly to De...
by bomba
Thu Sep 09, 2004 10:10 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Seek noise - which is louder? WD800JB, SG 7200.7?
Replies: 10
Views: 2802

I think the lack of responses indicate that you should consider using the search tool. That said, here's my take. Your WD drive has a ball bearing motor. Ball bearing motors whine! The 7200.7 as well as most all new drives have fluid bearing motors that idle much quieter. Most new drives, with Seaga...
by bomba
Wed Sep 08, 2004 6:32 am
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Antec 3700BQE Sonata front fan mod??
Replies: 12
Views: 3753

I'm not sure if putting a fan there is gonna do much good.. Its just gonna circulate the hot air thats already nside. I agree. It doesn't do diddly in the Sonata, I can't see how it would help on a BQE. Actually, a 120mm low-speed/undervolted front fan in a Sonata does significantly lower drive tem...
by bomba
Tue Sep 07, 2004 11:58 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: SATA issue - hot swap question
Replies: 35
Views: 19343

Disable SATA Drive in Device Manager

I posted on this some time ago here Kinda supports what Starsky is saying. I'd also like to know if these hot-swap bays allow for safe drive removal without disabling in device manager. But, with a desktop shortcut directly to device manager, I find it pretty painless to disable the drive prior to s...
by bomba
Thu Aug 19, 2004 9:04 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: IDE v SATA
Replies: 13
Views: 3712

My only fleeting Seagate experience was with a single PATA 160G 7200.7. Idle was very quiet, comparable or perhaps a bit quieter than my 120G (gasp) Maxtor DiamondMax +9 drives. Seeks were another matter. The PATA 160G 7200.7 seemed to be locked in performance mode and was substantialy louder than t...
by bomba
Thu Aug 05, 2004 12:45 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Shut off noisy hard drives in Win XP?
Replies: 33
Views: 14315

I have an IDE drive in a SATA external enclosure, and have been quite impressed by it. First there's no performance loss as opposed to USB2, secondly the BIOS picks up the drive as just an IDE drive so DOS programs like Norton Ghost and Hitachi Drive test work fine. As far as hotswapping goes, it's...
by bomba
Thu Jul 22, 2004 6:20 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: FSP400-60PN
Replies: 15
Views: 3929

The FSP400-60PN is a 120mm fanned PSU. I think you want the FSP400-60PFN, a 400w 80mm active PFC PSU. If you can get this at a good price, I think it will be a good base for a very quiet 80mm fanned PSU. I modded the 300w version with a panaflo L1A. Stock fan in mine was a loud, high speed ball bear...
by bomba
Wed Jul 21, 2004 5:27 am
Forum: CPU Cooling
Topic: CoolerMaster Hyper 6 mod: 4-way fan mounting (photo)
Replies: 13
Views: 5495

hello! have you tried just ducting--as air-tight as possible--the 120mm to the heatsink and forego the 80mm? that is, use the 120mm to suck all of it's incoming air through the heatsink to cool it passively? dell does this ALOT even with really hot cpus. one way i was thinking would be using flexib...
by bomba
Tue Jul 13, 2004 9:33 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: new fan standard -> i'm giddy!
Replies: 7
Views: 3203

At this risk of sounding like a complete moron, what advantage does PWM provide over current linear methods of fan control? The best I can think of right now is finer control. But just how much fine control does one need? I did a very quick skim of the document. Some key points that I picked up: Th...
by bomba
Thu Jul 08, 2004 4:46 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: RAID of the Paranoid
Replies: 37
Views: 13442

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. I most definitely do...
by bomba
Thu Jul 08, 2004 1:31 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Help suspending HD's in a desktop configuration
Replies: 2
Views: 1249

Maxamus, at one time posted pics of his BQE w/ (3) HDD's suspended w/ stretch magic. With a little ingenuity, you should be able to adapt this to your Sonata in the prone position. Linkage But, if your WD drives are ball bearing models, don't expect suspension to be a panacea! My old ball bearing WD...
by bomba
Thu Jul 08, 2004 12:57 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: The Sonata TP380S can be made silent (virtually)!
Replies: 12
Views: 3311

As burcakb points out, silence is relative and silence modding can be a vicious cycle. In my Sonota quieting quest, I tackled the TP380S right off, by swapping to a Panaflo M1BX. Once warmed up, the modded PSU's fan spun ~1200 RPM under light load and 1300+ under load. I was quite happy as I couldn'...
by bomba
Wed Jul 07, 2004 11:58 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: RAID of the Paranoid
Replies: 37
Views: 13442

Yeah, I did read about DVD rot too, but hey multiple backups in two geographic locations, that's pretty paranoid eh? Hopefully at lease one of three copies will be ok at all times! Remember that the HDD is not infalible either, one accidental drop and it may become a paperweight...
by bomba
Wed Jul 07, 2004 6:55 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: RAID of the Paranoid
Replies: 37
Views: 13442

Paranoia is a good thing when it comes to hard drives. At work, our server RAID drives died at nearly the same time. All of them. There was no time for any recovery. We trust our data to tape backup - but need an alternative soon because our 40GB (after compression) tapes are small. At home, I've s...
by bomba
Wed Jul 07, 2004 6:26 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: DC Wall Supply?
Replies: 22
Views: 6038

Then what about 48V DC? The addition of a DC supply is the more-significant part of my idea, since it seems to me that a "simple" 48V-12V step-down would be much more efficient heat-, noise-, and space-wise than the typical AC-DC converters. Would voltage drop/current leakage still be a problem at ...
by bomba
Wed Jul 07, 2004 6:18 am
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: saving speedfan settings on windows
Replies: 6
Views: 6288

hi bomba, well this is silent pc computing right? originally i had it fanless and it seemed to work ok though heatsink was blisteringly hot to touch and the powersupply had a plastic smell to it. SO i added one fan, but i set it to the point it is (almost) INAUDIBLE by using speed fan. doesn't matt...
by bomba
Wed Jul 07, 2004 5:57 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: What PSUs 'mod' well? Or better yet: What are indications?
Replies: 6
Views: 2059

As mentioned by calm63, you can order a pre-modded Seasonic from Mike C.; look for his stick post in the deals forum. For a DIY, budget solution, I had success modding the FSP300-60PFN, an 80mm fanned active PFC Fortron-Sparkle PSU. Looks like the 300w version is still available for $17 from D&B ent...
by bomba
Tue Jul 06, 2004 4:28 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Can the Sonata TP380S be made silent? (I've searched)
Replies: 16
Views: 3547

I've done it (TP380S M1BX mod, wired to stock PSU fan controller) and it's not inaudible @ 1m; if fan is spinning 1200RPM or more. No cold air duct on my setup, tho. Perhaps the combination of a lower powered system, cool air duct and M1A or M1BX will get you there. Others have swapped in L1A's, but...
by bomba
Tue Jul 06, 2004 12:30 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: DC Wall Supply?
Replies: 22
Views: 6038

No safety issues that I can think of, up to 50Vdc is safe to touch. Regarding line losses, Fancontrol is right on. I've worked with monorail type lighting w/ remote 12v transformers and was amazed at the huge wire guage required to limit voltage drop, check out the guidance given in this document, s...
by bomba
Tue Jul 06, 2004 12:10 pm
Forum: Fans and Control
Topic: saving speedfan settings on windows
Replies: 6
Views: 6288

thanks Rusty, you are 100% correct. when i exit the program, it resets to 100% on exit. i saw the box you mentioned exactly where you said it would be, and it was checked "100% at exit" i unchecked it and it did not work, BUT in addition to what you said, i checked "automatic fan speed" and set min...
by bomba
Fri Jul 02, 2004 7:47 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Which is the Quietest?
Replies: 9
Views: 2532

like i said, i have the 200 GB version fo the 7200.7, which uses higher density disks, and thus the seek noise is considerably less. I posted somewhere in here a comparison, just search for posts by me... :P Ok, point taken, actually your comparison was posted earlier in this thread. Ignore my prev...