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NEED serious advice about Hard Drive Cooling (Pair of SCSI 15k)

Q: NEED serious advice about Hard Drive Cooling (Pair of SCSI 15k)

I have been trying to determine which device would be best suited for cooling a pair of SCSi 15k HDDs. I have been looking around at some of the following (in order) of interest. Sound dampening is not a huge concern, mainly concerned about cooling.

Smart Drive 2002 Copper Hard Drive Enclosure- SCSI compatible? Little documentation to indicate if rear is already equipped with wiring or is this will work with SCSI cables?
AEROCOOL HB-101 Hard Drive Cooler Aluminum- Wondering if this is a gimmick or a real option... or a SilverStone SST-FP53-B 5.25" Hard Drive Cooler or a Cooler Master CoolDrive 3... ??? Any other reccommendations based on experience or reviews? Thanks in advance for any help.

A: NEED serious advice about Hard Drive Cooling (Pair of SCSI 15k)

if you haven't already bought a case, buy a case with a hard drive cage fan and put it to use. for internal enclousures, all same size drives and cages are compatible. just make sure you have cool air blowing on those drives and they should be just fine.

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windows98 is already on my 13gb ide drive, but i have a new 9gb scsi drive which is really fast 80mb/sec,
I would like to install only windows for now so machine boots faster, can i do this and still have other files on existing slower 13gb hdd i.e. games, txt files and pics?
I have managed to make ide drive as slave but i dont know how to go abouts installing win98 on scsi, as machine keeps booting to windows, from the slave drive. And when i attempt to install win98 it tries to put it on the ide drive which alwready has it on.
Do i need to disconnect the power supply to the ide hdd?
Does scsi drives have master/slave jumper setting like the ide?

My new hdd is MAG3091LC on this page

A:if i have 1 ide and 1 scsi hard drive how do i install windows on the new scsi hd?

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I was able to salvage an old system from the trash at work. It has a Western Digital 4.3GB SCSI hard drive and I want to know if i can use it in a non-scsi system. To use it will I have to use a SCSI adapter or have to have all HD's as scsi?

A:Using SCSI Hard Drive

You can use it if you have a SCSI adapter and you can mix IDE and SCSI in the same PC.

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Built a WinNT 4.0 server using SCSI raid array. Works fine. Enabled atapi in services and it sees the IDE CD-ROM (master, secondary channel) just fine.

But it won't see the IDE HD (master, primary channel)!

Jumpers, cables, HD all okay.

I'm sure I'm missing something obvious. Anyone have a clue?



A:scsi NT -- how to add IDE hard drive?


Can your BIOS see the HD? If not, then your OS has no chance of ever seeing it.

Have you tried it as a Slave on the secondary controller? Or better yet, keep it as a master, and make your CD-ROM the slave on the secondary controller.

You could have a dead primary controller (I know my secondary controller is not functioning... damn, I need a new PC - who wants to help me raise funds for a new PC - any compnay that helps will get free advertising from me ), or a dead HD.

There could be something else wrong, but I am not that great with hardware issues. If you want, I can move this to the Hardware forum.


Reuel Miller
Windows NT Moderator (yes, that does make me biased )

[email protected]


Every morning is the dawn of a new error...

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Whenever I boot up my old computer, I get a message during bootup that tells me that the SCSI boot device is not installed. I have a SCSI hard drive connected to an Adaptec SCSI pci card. I had just taken the hard drive and card out of that computer and tried to install them on this computer, and it didnt work, so I put it back. I tried running a SCSI utility on the bootup screen, and it didnt even recognise the existance of the hard drive. It wont let me format or anything. If there is something I can do to get it working, then please post. I do not care if the solution requires reformatting, because I do not have any really crucial data on the drive.

A:SCSI Hard Drive

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I have a Dell Poweredge SP5166-2 that uses Seagate Barracuda (4.3gb) hard drives put into trays that are slid into the computer and connected to the motherboard. I want to put another hard drive in but it is an HP C2490A (2.1gb). When trying to install it the first times, bios recognizes it and says it is working properly, but it is not displayed under Win2k's logical devices or my computer. It is however displayed under device manager. So, it does exist but I just can't make it work within my computer. I also tried to make connect the SCSI bus cable that goes into the cd rom into the hard drive, but no luck. Is there any master slave config for scsi devices? My understanding is that there aren't any; only scsi ids. Any help is greatly appreciated. Thanks in advance.


A:HP SCSI Hard Drive


You can check couple of things.

You may want to check SCSI ID(which usually a jumper or switch on the drive.).

If you want the drive to be C:, check host adaptor which ID is bootable.

Make sure you have a terminator at the end of the chain.

Go device manager and check if your SCSI card has conflict with other devices.

Good Luck,


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Hi everyone,
I wonder if anyone have a good site where it can guide me on how to installed a second SCSi hard drive. I have a HP tc2120 server with one 36.4 Gb drive. I have anotherone just like that. But I never have installed and SCSI drive. I have only done the regular IDE drives. I need some help.



A:SCSI HArd drive

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ok i posted eariler and its final the scsi seagate is mine and it looks like im keeping it.ok so i bid on the scsi control card thats ldv and now im looking for a cable . my question does the cable need only one terminator? im new to this so if anyone can help me out on installing a scsi hd it would be greatly appreciated

A:scsi hard drive?

You want a 68pin internal LVD cable, it should either have a terminator built in + two connectors (one for the SCSI card, one for the hard disk), or three connectors + you'll need to plug a terminator into it. The devices should be arranged with the SCSI card at one end, the hard disk in the middle and the terminator at the other end. The SCSI card provides termination for its own end (unless you want to put the SCSI card on the middle of the cable, in which case you need a terminator for each end). The terminator must be LVD or LVD/SE compliant.

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I've got an old computer that we've just been using at the office for payroll and a few other things. The problem is its runningout of hard drive space, so I was just going to install another hard drive, but I forgot that it has a scsi hard drive. I was wondering if i could hook a regular hard drive up to the scsi cable? Any help will be greatly appreciated.


A:SCSI Hard Drive


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My computer is not recognizing my SCSI 70 ghz drive. It keeps saying PXE-E61 failure check cable. It worked fine last night, I reformatted my secondary IDE 40 ghz drive and I could not get my computer to start. I had to disconnect my SCSI drive and setup windows xp on my IDE 40 ghz drive to get my computer to start. It still doesn't recognize my SCSI drive. I need help.

A:SCSI 70 ghz hard drive

This generally pertains to a bad hard drive or bad hdd cable same as a "non system disk error" with same solutions.

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I've just bought some hard drives.
They weren't expensive, i got them in a clearance sale, they are SCSI types.

One of my PCs uses an SCSI hard drive as its local drive 'C',
However this PC has a power supply feed to the SCSI hard drive, and also the
SCSI connector ribbon cable.
Thats two separate cables.
One for signal, and one for supply.

The SCSI hard drives i bought have no feed point for a power supply.

So i don't know how to try them.
They must use some supply to operate, so could it come via the SCSI cable ?
I suppose it must come from there ... ?

Ive never seen ones like this before.

I dont want to try them without checking first.
Any comments or suggestions would be welcome.

Model: WDE18300-6029A8
Made: 26th May 1999

I got eight in all, some like this one, and some others.
Now i'm a bit worried about trying them, as they might try to draw more current
from the SCSI signal wires than they were meant to give.
These ones come in a sort of Slot-in carrier, what difference that might make
i don't know.

Cheers, John

A:Some help please in trying to use an SCSI hard drive.

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I have a Win2k3 Small Business Server being ran with RAID on 4 hard drives.
1 hard drive just got failed and i replaced it with the "same looking" hard drive.
When i plug in the new hard drive i noticed that it does not match up to the others in size and its not meeting the requirements in size to rebuild.

When i looked closer at the hard drive i noticed the following difference from the other 3 working hard drive and the 1 damaged one:

Part: 9v8006-001
Firmware: e302

The model and brand are the same exact settings but non the 2 noted pieces of information. Do you think this could cause a problem if this 1 hard drive was different from the others?

Just wondering because i never had this happen to a SCSI drive on RAID settings, and yes its set to be auto hot swappable and ready to rebuild RAID - its just not working because of the it says.

A:SCSI Hard Drive Question

You should be able to use it. If that hard drive is slower then the other, it will slow them all down to match it, and your hard drives will only use as much space as is in the smallest drive. That is the way it works with conventional hard drives anyway. I would back up your data if possible first before you try it (if you haven't already), just in case.

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I have a SCSI Hard disk, that i some how messed up by transfering it to a different controller, cuz i didn't know that you can't do that, i do now. i tried to get it to come back alive, by puting it back on the controller, but my master partion table thing got messed up, when i had tried to use it on the other controller, the first controller was a LSI Logic, and the second was an Adaptec 2490-UW. so i tried to use diskprobe to read the sectors and set it up like that, which failed. i thought it might have something to do with the board so i had taken that off, but now when i go into the Adaptec "SCSI-Select" program it doesn't show a size. could i have connected my board back up the wrong way?? it does still spin up, but i don't understand why it lost the size of the disk. it had the size before btw. it is a 18.2 GB 10K RPM SCSI-2 drive, and i have 2 other identicals if they may be of any help. but i really want to know if this drive is toast.
EDIT:: COMPAQ Model #: bd018734a4

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I am helping my brother in law out trying to do a non destructive repair using the installation disc. When we went through all the steps and got to the section that shows the hard drives it does not recognize the hard drive and won't let us do a repair. If we wanted to do a clean install it still would not recognize the hdd.
I decided to check bios and see what was recognized and in the hdd section it showed that the hdd was a SCSI. It is not a SCSI drive. We checked PC Wizard 2008 and it showed SCSI. All the places show that it is a SCSI. What is causing this? It is not a SCSI drive but a SATA drive. Can anyone tell me what has happened?

A:Hard drive recognized as SCSI

it is SCSI emulation. Some USB drives show up this way too.

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Does anyone know of a website that I would be able to find the drivers for a scsi hard drive? I have been searching for what seems like weeks now and can't seem to find anything.

A:SCSI Hard Drive Driver?

The driver you probably need is not for the SCSI "drive" itself. It's for the SCSI "host adapter" to which the drive is attached.

Please give brand/model specifics of your machine... laptop or desktop (probably) and type/model/details, SCSI drive (internal or external), SCSI host adapter to which the drive is cable-connected.


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im going to setup a IBM Xseries 235 server in my home soon. I bought several drives. I noticed that one of the drives i bought is a scsi drive that runs at 7200k and the other drives run at 10000k. i bought two 7200k hard drives and 4 10000k hard drives. the server only supports raid 1. Would it be okay to create 3 raids. My computer supports up to six scsi hard drives. Can i create a raid with two 10000k hard drives to host my operating system and a little data, a second raid for my web server data and the third raid for my 7200k hard drives for ...idk, music.?

does that sound like it would work. would the 7200k hard drives slow down my computer?
is it possible to create 3 raids on a single server?

A:7200rpm scsi hard drive


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OK you SCSI experts, I've got a question for you. First, the particulars of my computer:

Dell OptiPlex GX110, 733mhz Pentium III, 256 Mb RAM, Adaptec AHA-2940U/AHA-2940UW PCI SCSI Controller with a maximum data transfer rate of 40 mb/sec., Boot drive is a SCSI IBM DCHS04W (4.50 GB) 7200 rpm with maximum data transfer rate of 40 mb/sec. and average read seek time of 7.5 ms.

Now, I just purchased a Fujitsu 18.2 GB, 10,000 rpm, SCSI hard drive, with a maximum data transfer rate of 80 mb/sec. and average read seek time of 4.7 ms.

My question: Will I benefit from the speed and efficiency of the Fujitsu drive by making it the boot drive?

I know that my SCSI controller card will limit the maximum data transfer rate to 40 mb/sec., despite the 80 mb/sec. rating of the Fujitsu, however, will the 10,000 rpm and the low average read seek time of the Fujitsu overcome the limitations of my SCSI controller card to the point that I should make the Fujitsu my boot drive? Thanks in advance for any assistance.

A:SCSI hard drive question

I will tell you this... going from 5400rpm to 7200rpm spindle speed makes a major difference. So going from 7200 to 10000 will make a difference.

For me, the decision would be easy. I would put the fujitsu as my boot drive.

It's a bigger drive and it's has better access times.

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i am thinking of getting AMD FX -4130 3.8Ghz Processor FD4130FRGUBOX: Computers & Accessories does any one know a good mobo to pair with it that will play nice with whats in my spec sheet aside from the graphics card as i am upgrading to evga 760 4gb

A:alt advice for a cpu/ mobo pair

Quote: Originally Posted by emmett82

i am thinking of getting AMD FX -4130 3.8Ghz Processor FD4130FRGUBOX: Computers & Accessories does any one know a good mobo to pair with it that will play nice with whats in my spec sheet aside from the graphics card as i am upgrading to evga 760 4gb

Just check your RAM is on the QVL for your new board, rest will be fine.

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Gigabyte GA-6LX7 Mb, 400 MHz celeron, 64 meg ram, 13.6 gig Maxtor ide hard drive, 9 gig Seagate scsi hard drive, win 98 se, DTC 3502A scsi adapter, Toshiba scsi cd-rom.
My scsi cdrom works fine, but. I can look at the scsi hard drive in windows and it says that it is only 19.2 meg, I can't access it in windows or dos. The on-board bios for the adapter doesn't find the hard drive or the cd-rom, but, I can still access and use the cd-rom drive.
Also, with ASPI3520.SYS enabled, the adapter and the primary and secondary ide controllers are disabled in device manager, it also makes A: drive use ms-dos mode compatibility.
I used the setup mode of the adapters BIOS to format the hard drive, After it formatted and I continued it says that it can't find a scsi hard drive.

A:SCSI Adapter/hard drive problem

Did you run FDISK and see if the drive is visible there?

Are you sure you have your SCSI termination correct?

If there are 98 drivers for your card you shouldn't need to load a driver file in the CONFIG.SYS - as you have seen it will put you in compatibility mode if you do.

Just checked the DTC site - it says:
<BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Windows 98 Drivers

Included - Use built-in Adaptec 151x/2x drivers <HR></BLOCKQUOTE>

Is that what you are using?

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*RESOLVED* Can't install second U160 SCSI hard drive

I have DL145 G2 from HP

On the black thing that is attached to the cable which seems to be a controller, it says U320. It originally came with U320 SCSI hard drive but I purchased two U160 hard drives because I was a *****. I connected one U160 SCSI hard drive to the server and installed windows os without any problem. But when I tried to connect the second SCSI U320 hard drive, it didn't work. In the BIOS, it correctly recognized two hard drives but when windows 2003 server loaded, I couldn't see or install the second hard drive. I read some FAQ in the link I copied above and I thought that I have to purchase optional SCSI cable or my U320 SCSI cable only supports one U160 SCSI hard drive or something... But I don't see any place to plug any more cables on the motherboard so I'm really puzzled...

I use two SEAGATE ST3146854LW 15K 68 PIN U160 DELL M6616
and my server is DL145 G2 AMD Dual-Core Opteron 275 2.2GHz 390845-001

A:Can't install second U160 SCSI hard drive

So the BIOS sees both the drives?

What do you mean by Windows not seeing the hard drive? You did check in the Disk Manager, right?

SCSI is pretty much backward compatible, so your U160 drives should work no problem. And you can hook up 15 of them to a single SCSI cable no problem.

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Hello all,

I have an HP Workstation XW8200 running Windows XP SP3 that I tried hooking a projector to. I used a VGA splitter with one out going to the monitor and the other going to the projector. When connected while the computer is already running, the projector works. But once the computer is off, with the projector connected and running, and then the computer is turned on, it no longer recognizes my hard drive.

This problem is NOT fixed when the projector/splitter is disconnected.

In the BIOS, the hard drive is recognized but it will not boot. I tried booting into a Windows XP disk and running recovery mode, but it doesn't see the drive. Same goes for booting off of my thumb drive into Linux (Lucid Puppy 5.2.0), it does not see that I have any hard drive installed.

This has happened to two computers already, both are the same model and setup.
The hard drive in question is connected to onboard SCSI, and is a SeaGate Cheetah, I'm not quite sure what size.

I did take another hard drive from a third HP XW8200 and put it in to the non-working computer and it booted fine.

I do not see the projector causing the computer to not recognize the HD, but it definitely seems to be the catalyst for both of these computers (with each individual problem happening months in between, and over a dozen other similar computers still working fine).

Any help would be greatly appreciated, I'm at my wit's end.

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How do I get Windows XP Pro to duel boot from a second scsi hard drive. First scsi hard drive has Windows ME and works fine.
Second scsi hard drive has Windows XP pro but only works when I change the scsi ID from 1 to 0. But then the other scsi hard drive is not reconized in windows explore. However, it is reconconized in the XP disk manager and everthing else appears normal excapt that the drive is not read in explorer. Any help PLEASE

A:Duel Boot XP on second scsi hard drive

Was XP installed with both HDs in the machine, and with Me installed first? If you installed XP with only its HD in the system (so it was 0 when you installed it), the XP boot files are on the wrong hard drive. They need to be on the system's primary partition, which should be C: (where Me should be now if this is going to work right and properly dual-boot) and the ARC path in your boot.ini file is referencing the wrong disk for the XP startup to look on to boot XP when you have both disks set up.

Please post the contents of your boot.ini file here, and we will take a look.

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I am about to build my own PC. It will have a Maxtor Sata hard drive. When you are installing Windows XP Pro, do you have to press F6 and install a third-party driver? I was reading this book, and the guy said to do that. I have never heard about that before. Can you just hit install XP and let it do everything? Thanks.

A:Installing Windows Hard Drive SCSI

Yes you need to hit F6 to install a RAID driver. You will be able to get that driver from the motherboard manufacturers website in most cases. The resulting RAID driver that you get will need to be on a floppy, so if you were planning on not putting a floppy in the computer you were building (like many do), you will have to at least have a floppy during the setup process of Windows. Sorry, theres no magic "hit install XP and let it do everything"

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can some help me,i am trying to install 2 4.5 gig SCSI hard drives in windows 2000 .i an useing pci scsi card controller.
i load win 2000 boot disc,s my system finds scsi,s no problem
i format them and partion them .when it reboots to start loading windows it say cd rom error ! INSERT BOTT DISC AND RUN AGAIN
any body got any pointers...

thanks ....rog

A:two scsi hard drive install in win 2000

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Just tried to install a SCSI hard drive on a win98 system.

Drive is in Device Manager but has no Letter assigned. Does not allow me to.

BIOS recognizes drive and assigns D:

A:SCSI Hard Drive - No Letter Assignment

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As per the norm, I got a Monday call from a customer freaking out about their server. I paid them a visit and sure enough the Western Digital SCSI hard drive I replace about 6 months ago is dead. SCSI utility is seeing it as a 1MB quantum. I told them to boat anchor that machine and get a new one. It's a pentium (i don't remember) 600MHz machine so it's a bit of a dinosaur anyway. their book keeper is the hero of this story. I taught her how to backup the server which she did before she left on Friday. I loaded backup files on an unused workstation, mapped some network drives and had them back up and running PDQ.

What would make a machine eat hard drives? Thin it might just be a fluke, virus, inferior Dell product??????

A:2nd SCSI hard drive failure within 1 year

Is there a UPS or surge-protector installed between wall-socket and PC?
If not, unstable electricity might cause that, such as spikes, brown-outs or black-outs.
Or the PSU might be on the edge of its capacity. If the HD is a 10'000 RPM disk, they need a pretty good and stable PSU.
The disk should still be under warranty.

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Long story short.. An office I help out had a RAID Array crash without a backup. The data has been recovered and is sitting on a Fujitsu Hard Drive (Model: MAX3036NC).

My computer, and the remaining working computers in the office are all IDE or SATA architecture.

I'm guessing there is a PCI SCSCI Card that I could buy, install this hard drive and access it that way. If that is the case, could someone recommend a card/manufacturer that would work for this case?

Any help is appreciated.

Edit: We also have a laptop available if there is a PC-Card solution.


A:Solved: Need to access a SCSI Hard Drive

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hi my new sata hard drive is showing as a scsi in win7
and it seems to be running slow and making alot of accessing data noises
how can i fix this back to sata

A:new sata hard drive showing as scsi in win 7 help

With some hard disk controllers it is normal for it to show up as a SCSI disk - particularly if the disk controller is running in AHCI mode, which is preferrable since it allows features such as NCQ. One thing you may want to check is: locate the drive itself under "Disk Drives" in device manager and go into the properties. Select the "Policies" tab and view what is set. For better performance you will want it set to "Better Performance" with both of the boxes checked. Though if you lose power you may run into minor file corruption issues - I personally have not had issues with this. If you disable those check-boxes performance can decrease significantly.
-David Betournay

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I just completed building my new system which entails the following:

Gigabyte GA-8IDX mobo
P4 1.8a GHz Northwood
1536MB PC133 SDRAM
ATI All-In-Wonder Radeon 8500 128MB
Matrox G450 DualHead DVI PCI 32MB
Creative SB Audigy MP3+
Adaptec 19160 SCSI Controller Card
Belkin F5U220 USB 2.0 Controller Card
D-Link DGE-500T Gigabit Ethernet
US Robotics 56k Performance Pro Modem

Seagate 18.4GB X15-36LP SCSI HDD
Toshiba 12xDVD-ROM
Plextor 12x10x32a CD-WR
IBM 40GB 60GXP (In one of two removable IDE HDD racks)

OS is WinMe

My computer case is a Cheiftec DX-01BLD ??? (just like the Antec 1030 case) with a HighPower 300w P4 capable power supply.

The two rear 80's and front bottom 80mm fans are intakes as well as one 80 at the top of the side door.

I have the front top 80 and a 120mm on the side door as well as the PSU as exhaust fans.

The X15 is in the HDD case with the front top fan to suck out the hot air from the HDD.

The 64pin LVD SCSI cable is nicely "ribbon-gami"ed from the starting point (PCI slot #3) to the HDD since i have a window.

(by the way the 120, over the PCI slots, and 80, top center, on the side door are on the window)

Now to my problem. . .

yesterday I was running the computer all day and had to restart a few times with no problem. Later that night I was Jedi Knight 2 Demo and the system froze so I rebooted and came up to the BSOD stating that C: could not be written too and to restart. (By the way the SCSI is the boot drive)

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Hello, this is my first post here. I have an HP Workstation x4000 I use at work for Designing CAD Models. This is an old computer. My problem is that I am out of room on the Hard Drive. It is a 58 GB SCSI,68pin HP Hard Drive. My IT support guy purchased me a 1GB SATA Drive,Raid Card,enough Memory to fill the MEC Card, and Norton Ghost to flash over the new Drive. My problem is, the Card he bought will not fit into the Mobo. The ribbon in the Computer has an empty plug and a power plug,but they are for a 68 pin SCSI Hard Drive. Is there a cable made that I can use to simply plug the SATA Hard drive into the 68 pin ribbon,or do I need a card? Do they make such a thing? My boss is extremely frugal and doesn't want to hear that the best thing would be to replace the 12 year old computer! Thanks for any help you guys can give me

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What are the differences between all of these?

I'll probably not use SCSI, but I was looking at the WD raptor 10K rpm hard drive (SATA). Do you need a special motherboard or certain controller to run this hard drive? And do you need a special CABLE for it? I have tons of 80pin IDE cables, but those wouldn't work?


A:HARD DRIVE question - SCSI vs SATA vs EIDE

Nope won't work. Different drives, cables, controllers. Some motherboards now come with the SATA interface built in. For more information check this site out. Its an OLD report on SATAs. Hard drives are now available for SATA use.

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I have a Dell Tower Computer (Circa 2000-2002) that runs RIP software (Raster Image Processor) used to send graphics/image data to a machine that makes by way of laser imaging our plates or masters for our offset printing presses. Monday the hard drive failed. The Dell has Windows XP license decals on it but when booting up it display Windows 2000 NT. The computer has only 1 hard drive, a 68 pin SCSI drive and the cable to it connects to separate dual channel SCSI card which is in a slot on the motherboard. There is another SCSI card (single channel) in the slot next to it which has a cable that goes to the machine that this computer drives. The software that runs on this computer is proprietary software and I have a re-install disk for it being send via UPS Next Day Air as I type. I have an XP disk & license that I can install on what ever hard drive I can get to work here and the RIP software manufacturer said their software would work on XP. But I don't have a copy of Windows 2000 NT.

My question is that if I can't find this same hard drive locally, can I use an IDE or a SATA hard drive instead and still run the RIP software correctly? There is 2 IDE (primary & secondary) connectors directly on the motherboard. One is used for the CD rom drive, the other is unused. I am not certain but I don't believe the motherboard has a SATA connection. I have 2 good spare IDE hard drives.

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A:SCSI hard drive died - can i switch to ide or sata?

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Ok I have a external enclosure that is IDE / Sata , I have 2 hard drives I'm not using , there both SCSI 10,000 rpm Hard Drives, my question is how can I connect one of them to my external enclosure so I can connect em to my USB

A:Connecting SCSI Hard Drive to my external enclsoure?

You cannot do that. Your drive which is SCSI will not connect to an IDE/SATA controller in the external hard drive enclosure.

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Hello All,

I just got my hands on a Compaq 36.4 gb hard drive (10k RPM). It has an scsi port connector but I don't know how to connect it to my ECS board which is fairly new (one of those SLI-status boards). I might need a converter of some sort. The hard drive model is: BD0366459B , my board model is ECS 945-p ( ) .

Thanks ahead of time.

A:Hard Drive Compatibility?:confused: SCSI to IDE or SATA?

According to this site
Product Name BD0366459B
CD-ROM Drive Compaq CRD-8402B
Hard Disk Drive Compaq BD0366459B; 9.09 GB; Firmware 3B12; Wide Ultra3SCSI
BD0366459B; 145. GB; 291. GB; Firmware B005; Wide Ultra3SCSI
Host Bus Adapter Compaq Integrated Dual-Channel Wide-Ultra SCSI-3 ControllerClick to expand...

You need

(1) a SCSI-3 controller to be installed into the mobo
(2) a Wide Ultra3SCSI cable

You may get the hard disk cheap but could get rip off by the hardware needed to go with SCSI equipment.

The Sata can be viewed as a poor man's SCSI but at least your mobo support 4 units out of the box. I doubt if a SCSI can be cheaper than Sata nowadays which is being retailed at GBP 0.128 per Gb. Thus the 36.4Gb unit would cost no more than GBP 4.65 in UK which, if being a Sata disk, is equivalent to approximately one imperial gallon of petrol. That amount of money will not be able to buy either one the above two attachments required to run the unit.

Technically if you run a Sata Raid 0 to half the access time it should beat the SCSI disk performance hand down, I would have thought.

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My first build: Via Kle-133 mb with Athlon 700 and 64 sdram
on board video and sound and 9gig Seagate Hard drive needing a scsi-2 thingy

My problem...
I power up and all things begin running and on the monitor it whizzes past the first screen that reports the "Award Modular BIOS v6.00pg, An Enery Star Ally etc...
Main Procecessor: AMD Athlon (TM) 700MHZ
Memory Testing:57344 ok + 8192k Shared Memory

Primary Master: None
Primary Slave: None
Secondary Master: Toshiba CD_ROM XM-5602B 1796
Secondary Slave: None

Floppy disk(s) fail (40)

Then immediately a black screen which says
BusLogic Inc BIOS Version 4.94G
Intelligent Bus Master SCSI Host Adapter
(c) 1995 BusLogic Inc. All Rights Reserved

BusLogic PCI SCSI Host Adapter Firware Version 4.28D
Press <Ctrl-B> to Enter AUTO-SCSI

Which I do the <Ctrl-B> thing and it takes me to a configuration Utilities and Diagnostics program. I try to push the right buttons
Under Utilities and under SCSI Device Information it says
SCSI ID 7: BusLogic BT-946C
(which makes no sense since the hd is a Seagate st410800N)
Under Verify Disk I get the same result

OK then I try the Format Disk option
and the same exact result box comes up with SEAGATE SX910800N highlighted... when I press enter, it asks: CONFIRM? yes or no, I highlight yes and enter and then.... a freeze.

Now if I reboot it will do the same thing every time.
If I ignor the Press <Ctrl-B> to Enter AUTO-SCSI thing, the puter will g... Read more

A:New computer built hard drive with scsi problem

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I've just installed 2 more hard drives bringing my total up to 4. They are all installed in the 3 1/2 drive bays. I noticed today that it's geting kinda hot in there (duh!) and I was wondering what would be the best way to cool them down? I would prefer to leave them where they are but I do have two 5 1/4 drive bays free.

I have found fans that attach to the bottom of the drives but I'm not sure if these blow or draw warm air away from the drives. I'm concerned that if they draw the warm air away, it'll just make the drive below even hotter.

I would really appreciate any help with this as it has got me a bit worried.



Windows XP Pro
Pentium 4 2.53MHz 533FSB
Gigabyte 8INXP Motherboard
1 GB PC2700 Ram (Dual Channel)
MSI GeForce 4 Ti4800 x8 AGP 128MB DDR
40GB WD Hard Drive 7200rpm (C Drive)
120GB WD Hard Drive 7200rpm (D Drive)
120GB WD Hard Drive 7200rpm (H Drive)
120GB WD Hard Drive 7200rpm (I Drive)
LiteOn 52x24x52 CD-ReWriter
Asus 56x CD-Rom
SB Audigy 2
400W Zalman Quiet PC PSU
GlobalWin Aluminium Case

A:Hard Drive Cooling

With running so many HD's, ambient air temperatures within the case are going to soar. Whilst shopping today for a new fan/heatsink, i came across exhausts which remove masses of hot air from hotspots such as running many HD's. This might be a cure.


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What unusual weather!

I need some suggestions/advice for my new case rebuild. For those that don't know, I have plans to hold 15 hard drives in my new tower, through the use of hard drive cages, specifically these ones... - ICY DOCK MB453SPF-B 3 in 2 SATA I, II &#38; III Hot-Swap Internal Backplane Raid Cage Module

I'm also planning on using some Western Digital Red series hard drives as well, since they're designed for 24/7/RAID/NAS usage which fits my needs better as I use my compilator pretty much 24/7 with some exceptions being at night when I go to bed or sleep it throughout the day when I'm not in the room or not at home when no tasks are being executed.

And this is the dilemma: cooling. My current case design has the cages so that the front and back of it will be facing or touching the sides of the case. There will be some acrylic sheets used on the outside of the case, and I've channeled out half an inch on the sides of said case. So if one were to look at the case from the top, there will be an air intake (0.5" x 5-3/4" for the intake dimensions) from the left and exhaust port on the right, as the air will flow from left to right as the cages allow. I'm thinking I might use a 120mm and a 90mm fan for that.

The question I'm having is do hard drives, in this scenario of mine, need such cooling? I'll be watercooling the CPU, and stock air cooling of the graphics card, that is at least if I decided on an uber purchase of an ASUS ROG Radeon ... Read more

A:Hard drive cooling

My experience with putting many hard drives in a case is that they are the primary source of heat, not the CPU or GPU or chipset, etc... I put fans in front, fans in the rear, fans at the bottom (case goes on a wire rack) and exhaust fans at the top. I also keep my server (5 x 2TB WD 7200rpm Caviar Black drives for a total of 10TB) in the basement, in the pantry, on a shelf where the temp stays cool all year. I also recommend a quality power supply (which is obvious) as they can really generate heat, especially the cheap ones. I tried the hard drive coolers that attach to the drives and they were all garbage and were not effective at all... I use 120mm ThermalTake fans and I put a Scotch pad in front of the front fan, behind the case's bezel to trap the dust and I clean them far, no heat-related issues. Good luck with yours. I hope I helped...

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After going out and getting the recommended fans and doing what the people here

Recommended did I noticed its much cooler the only thing left with heat in it is my

Hard drive its running at 45c – 55c and it’s a 250gig hard drive do you guys think it’s a good idea

To get a cooling system for it too everything else runs cool but for some reason my

Hard drive still gives out quite a bit of heat and today I saw this ad that talked about hard

Drive cooling so I figured id look into it what do you guys think.

A:Hard Drive Cooling?


Unless your hard drive gets over 60C on a regular basis, I would not bother with cooling them. Those temps you reported are petty normal for the inside of a computer case. That is my opinion, don't fix it unless it is broken.

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This is my first attempt at building my own pc so forgive me if this is a silly question.

This pc has an SCSI as the primary drive (17gig) and I'm trying to add two 320g drives that are edi drives.

I added a new dvd drive, video card, and usb 2.0 card and those all work fine.

I tried the drives set to slave as well as well as cable select. I even removed one of the drives so that the only connector is the edi slave connector.

Am I having a problem because I'm trying to use an SCSI drive and the two edi drives? Do I need to use one or the other in order for this to work?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Let me give a little more information if it helps. The computer is a Dell Precision 530 Workstation. Company upgraded all their pc's and sold off the old ones for $50 each. I want to ue this as a media server for my home network.

It has a 17GB SCSI drive on it now that has my Windows XP Home Edition and a few other programs on it. I was going to keep it for exactly what it does now. Basic everyday pc duties.

I wanted to add two bigger drives for storage. The mother board has an SCSI connector and two EDI connectors. The secondary EDI connector is connected to the DVD drive and the CD drive. Obviously I don't need both but just left the cd drive in there since it wasn't hurting anything. Those both read and work fine.

I have the two 320 GB storage drives connected to the primary EDI connector.

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A:PC won't recognize extra hard drives (edi) primary is SCSI drive

Hold on a minute... edi you mean IDE or eIDE don't you?

SCSI hard drives need to have terminated cables. IDE cables do not use termination. I would ditch the SCSI, but you will have to get into the bios settings and change the primary boot drive settings

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How do you get the power to your hard drive. The power supply has no extra wires or anything. Where does it come from?

A:{SOLVED} im a begginner, installing a new hard drive (scsi) so this may seem silly,

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Hi I have an old proprietary graphics system that needs a SCSI hard drive, I found a Compaq C2247 1gb hard drive that should work (cylinders,heads,etc match one of its table drives) but it doesn't turn itself on when the PC is powered on.

The drive works perfectly in my new system as long as I have the "send power on signal" checked in the bios.

Is there any way of jumpering this drive so it turns on the instant power is applied as opposed to sending a signal to tell it to turn on?


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Ok i don't know if this is the right type of forum, but i'll put it up here anyway

i have some warm (hotter than 110 degrees F) drives and i would like to find a way to cool them with out dishing out allot of cash, cuz i have a limited income of 20 a week allowance. I also have some thermal compound lying around, and i was curious if i could put small amounts on the sides of the drives to communicate the heat to the case, and use that as the heat sink. i have limited room in this case, so water cooling is out of the question, also because i don't have the money. and what i mean by i have limited room, is i have no room, i have no free 3 1/2 inch or 5.25 inch bays free, 2 drives are in 2 of the 5.25 and 2 are in the 3.5 bays. i am planning on putting 4 more fans in, within the next couple of days, 2 80mm's 1 90mm and 1 120mm, so the inside of the case will have a total of 5 fans (one is already installed on the front panel).

any help will be greatly appreciated

A:Solved: Hard Drive Cooling

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Hello all. This is my first post here. I Bought a scsi hard drive.

Maxtor 18GB SCSI Hard Drive
Formatted capacity: 18.4GB
Interface: Ultra160 Wide LVD SCSI-3, 80-pin (80 to 68-pin SCA adapter included)
Rotational speed: 10,000 RPM
Average seek time: 4.7 ms
Cache: 8MB

I have the ASUS a7n8x deluxe mother board. What pci scsi adaptor card do I get to run the hard drive? What cable do I need?

This is my first time using a scsi drive. I did a search on newegg and saw a range from $22 - $400+. Please educate me in the ways!

A:Installing a scsi hard drive on an asus a7n8x deluxe board

Anything from Adaptec is perfect, but not always the cheapest.
It's what I use on no less than 3 of my PCs.
Brandnew Adaptec ASC-39160 Dual Channel Ultra160 SCSI Controller, $139.-
Brandnew bulk LSI Logic LSIU160 single channel Ultra160 all purpose controller $35.-

They have a whole collection of others, as well as loads of information there.
You could try and pick up a used card on Ebay as well.

You will also need a 68-pin internal flatcable with a terminator.
Look around on that website.

Also go to
for a bit of background.

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I have a BIG problem here with a SCSI drive on our web server in our school.

All of a sudden i keep getting Start Unit Request Failed at start up.

and then when I try to verify the HD on the SCSI menu I receive an
Like it says, it's not ready.

now this is the secondary hard scsi disk, my primary bootup disk is fine, when i boot up windows, it boots up fine, but doesnt see the e: drive. in device manager though it is there and it says it is working properly.

Do you think it could be the hard disk has failed. only last week on this same server the power supply went. and we changed the power supply. could thsi be related?


A:SCSI hard drive problem. Start Unit request failed.

Try reseating the connectors to the drive. You might swap the power connector between the two drives. Maybe something was bumped when the power supply was removed. If that doesn't work then probably the drive has failed. I take it that the secondary drive is on the same cable as the primary one and it was working ok before the supply went?

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I scold myself for buying cooling from CompUSA but, well, I did.

I bought a hard drive cooling fan for my hard drive. Painful installation but I got it in there.

Now here's the strange part. The fans move normally, and my HD temps are indeed lower, but sometimes the fans make this grinding noise.

I say sometimes because it depends. Sometimes it's normal, sometimes it isn't.

The only way to make the noise stop, is to manually stop all three fans in the cooler. When they all spin back up again, the noise stops.

I know this isn't good for the cooler. Probably shortens the life of the bearings, but that's the only way that it can be stopped. Any ideas?

If you need to know exactly how I installed it or whatever, just ask.

A:Strange Hard drive cooling issue

You should be able to find out which fan is making the noise by stopping them one at a time. Are you sure that the noise isn't something on the case vibrating due to the extra fans? Maybe a different brand cooler will work better for you.

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I need an external hard drive for taking regular backups of all of my data.
When i searched the internet I got two options:
1. Porable HDD [high cost, slower speed but don't need external power]
2. Desktop HDD [low cost, higher speed but need external power]

I want to know that...
1. Which hard disk's live longer? Porable or Desktop.
2. I heared that pulling off USB cable of Portable HDD may cause data lose because it also supplies power to hdd.
What will happpen if Power goes off from Desktop HDD? Will my data/Hard disk remain protected?
3. Level of safety of data on moving or shaking on both Desktop and Portable HDD.
4. Can we install os and boot from portable and desktop external hdd?

A:Need Advice : External Desktop Hard drive vs Portable Hard drive?

Unless you really need to go portable with a Laptop .. I'd not use a USB powered External.
You cannot boot from a USB External .. But there's another option if you're capable of physically changing HDDs ..

Get a good external Enclosure (with a fan for cooling) .. Install a good HDD ... with a 5 year warranty
and make the HDD in the enclosure a bootable backup .. where you could swap HDDs if/when needed ..

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I have a Asus A8N-SLI premium motherboard. Having just bought 2 Cheetah 15K.4 Ultra320 SCSI 146-GB Hard Drives I want to do a RAID 0 on these. Please can you advise on a SCSI RAID card for this setup....My motherboard has 1 PCI express X1, and 1 PCI express X4 and 2 PCI Express X16 slots ! I am really confused as to which card would be compatible and suitable ! Please advise !! Thanks

A:Scsi Raid Advice !!!

Nice and cheap -

Seems to average around 500$

Unfortunately PCIe has not taken off like I would love it to (outside video). I wonder why since the bus is totally different and IMHO ALOT better.

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i would like to install a ssd drive and load vista 64 bit on it for faster boots and then run a 1.5tb hard drive as a second drive for storage but i have no idea how to do it can anyone help? do i just open the comp and conect both and viola or is there more

A:hard drive advice

Hello ls6camaro and welcome to the forums

Rather than me trying to explain it for you, I've found you a tutorial

How to: Setup SSD boot drive with secondary Hard disc optimization - -

Let us know how it goes!


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I have an HP Pavilion 4-4141us entertainment model laptop with windows 7 64 bit. (Well, it used to have that, before the drive failed) The original equipment was a 640 gb drive. I didn't want a "new" warranty replacement from HP because they said it would be refurbished. Already experiencing a hd failure, I don't want someone else's "fixed" drive in it. I don't need 640 gigs anyway, that's just what was in it.

My question now is whether it's wise to buy 640 gb or larger. I've been told by a geeky type that it's better to go with bigger, instead of smaller. The old hard drive never gave a single hint it was going to fail, but considering how tiny the laptop is (I wanted it specifically for that purpose) I am wondering if 640 gb ran too hot in the compartment (if they have to invent a rubber gasket to surround it, probably WAS too hot). So I would never go with more capacity.

Can anyone give any idea what the best (least likely to fail) brand is, and a recommended gb size?

Will it require adjustments in the BIOS, if it's not identical to the original?

A:Need advice about which new hard drive to buy

The size of the hd has nothing to do with how "hot" it runs or how long it lasts. As a rule, most people should buy the largest hard drive that fits within their budgets simply because you can never have too much space.

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Hi All,

Need some advice and wondered if someone could help.

Looking to buy a NAS box, for an extra couple of pounds I can get a 2TB HDD with it. All the spec says is that its a Samsung Eco drive. If I want to RAID them (which I do) do the devices need to be exactly the same model numbers etc?

The came company sell Samsung Eco drives which are the same size as the one included in the NAS. Will this work or will i need the exact same?

Failing that, does anyone know any good affordable NAS boxes that are shipped with two drives?


A:NAS Hard Drive Advice

Raid does work with dissimilar drives however there can be issues. If you have drives of different size, you end up loosing some drive space; raid1 will result in an array the size of the smaller drive. Raid0 will be 2x the size of the smaller drive.

Using drives of different speed, mfg, and or cache size can result in stability and or speed issues. Since you are getting a NAS, I assume the data you intend to store on the NAS is important to you. I would not be going with a samsung drive; the very least would be a WD black series drive OR if you are really serious, the WD RE type drives. Both are of better quality than the samsung.

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hi all looking for 1tb or more external hard drive under £60 really can anyone reccomend cheapest places my usb is 2.0 any other info please let me know . thanks

A:Hard drive advice

Wait a month to six weeks... They are actually off line at the Hard Drive factories, so the prices are very high. As soon as they catch up with existing orders, they will go back to full scale manufacturing of the 1, 1.5, and 2 TB drives... at a cost you can afford.

Prices have already come down 12 percent, but it will take a while for availability and somewhat normal pricing to get in gear.

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I have 2 hard drives, one slave and a master ofcourse. The master is 80, and the slave is 30. I am about to install linux, should i partition the 80 and put linux and windows on it? Or shoudl i partition the 30 and use it as master for linux and windows?

A:Advice for hard drive

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BRAND NEW HERE, I stink at computer technology and want to attempt to learn more And thought this may be a good place to start.
I am purchasing a Lenovo G550 (WIndows 7) and need to transfer some data from my Dell Inspiron 6000. I would like to do this on an external hard drive, not a flash drive. Any suggestions on what brand to get that is compatible w/ WIndows 7? I don't need a ton of space, maybe 250GB max.
Thanks for your patience.


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I was wondering if i could ask some advice on a few people on my future Hard Drive choices.

My PC is currently using 1TB WD Caviar Black @ 7200rpm

Works PC is running a Seagate Barracuda 500GB @ 7200rpm

And my bro's PC i built is same as mine but 500GB
Cant help but notice that mine is alot louder than the others put together.
Kind of annoying when i go to work and its just as fast but almost silent!

Ive looked at a HDD bench mark website and my WDC Black is pretty much on par with the Seagate.

So wondered if anybody could give me any kind of advice on choosing the next HDD in the future maybe in a few years or so.

Pretty vivid question im sorry but, if i could change my WDC Black for a Seagate atm i wouldnt hesitate.

A:Hard Drive Advice

Get a SSD

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I have a sata primary hard drive and I'd like to add a ata 80gig drive for music. I've been told that I should get another sata drive but I'd rather not buy something when I have ata drives by the bucket loads. Theres open ata ports on the mother board.

A:second hard drive advice

No problem just hook up the drive making sure the drive is on the end of the ribbon and the jumper is set to MS master or CS cable select.
On reboot go into bios to check it has been recognised and that's it

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Hi everyone longtime no see. I have a hard drive question for you all. I picked up a Dell XPS 420 and have 2 HD set up in Raid 1 as I need the mirror. It came with one HD and I installed a 2nd for the mirror and the 2nd failed within a week. I got a bad one but it was identical to the 1st. My question is other than size and rpm just how close do they need to be in spec to each other or does it matter? By spec I mean the original HD was from 2011 (see the pic) vs. one being made years later so my concern is firmware being different causing a problem etc. Also what do you think of the "White Label" HD's. Thanks everyone.

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I just added a small but new hard drive to my already existing system. My question however is if I should make my new hd (160 gig) the master drive, or leave well enough alone and leave my existing 40 gig hd as master.

And if I did change it over, would that not mean also that I'd need to not only copy my existing xp onto the new drive, and also partition it. I'm an aged user yet still very much a newbie when it comes to upgrades n fixes etc. My computer came with Winxp already installed, and no seperate xp software disks.

Everything works just fine, and the old adage "if it works, dont fix it" comes to mind.

Any advice?

A:New Hard Drive Advice Please

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Hi Folks.

With prices being so low at the moment I was thinking of getting another hard drive and would like some advice.
At the moment I have 2xSamsung HD501LJ drives.
One is half full of my Vistax64/Windows7 7127 dual boot plus a growing collection of games.
The other has all my music, photos and movies on it and is over half full and growing rapidly.

So I'll need more space eventually. Also I notice that my HDDs let me down in WEI.
So would a faster and/or larger drive see any speed improvements?
I have been looking at a Samsung 1TB Ecogreen F1 HD103UI which is a great price.
I could use that for my OSs and as my primary drive and use the other two for storage and backup.
What do people think or recommend?
Would a faster drive for the OSs show any speed improvements in reality?

Thanks, John

PS I have an AsusP5Q pro

A:Hard Drive Advice

Running your OS on one drive and programs and storage on another is noce from what I hear. I am going to try that when I build my machine this winter.

I have always gone with Western Digital or Seagate higher end drives. They are good choices but I'm sure Samsung has fine drives. Think about an SSD (solid state drive) for one of the system drives. You will wish you had. Do some homework first though. I will be getting an SSD for one of mine on my next system for sure.

I'm not a HD expert but like talking about them. haha

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Hi there,

I've had my current computer for about 5 years now and i think my Hard Drive needs upgrading. I'd like a completley new one about 160GB in size.

Does anyone have any advice on which one to get?, where from?, what type? and is there a thread on here on how to complete this transfer??

I'd probably wanna ditch my old Hard Drive and just use my new one.

Thanks in advance.

A:New Hard Drive Advice

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I just got a bunch of new storage today 1 ea Fantom Greendrive Esata External 2tb
and a 1.5 tb WD15EARS w/ 64mb Cache. I usually manage my system and os's through partitioning and storing nothing on my C:// drive aside from the OS and installed software this way I can change reformat ugrade/downgrade at will and not lose anything. My question is this; should I go about getting my boot/OS partition on my new HDD(1.5 WD15EARS) or leave it where it is now, i.e. 150GB partition of one of the 640's. I guess I'm wondering if the extra 32 MB of Cache will better serve my system with the primary partition/os using the 64, or is it better suited as a secondary storage drive aiding in data transfer of larger files?
Am I making any sense at all?
Thanks in advance for your help.

A:Hard Drive Advice please

Quote: Originally Posted by Vektor67

I just got a bunch of new storage today 1 ea Fantom Greendrive Esata External 2tb
and a 1.5 tb WD15EARS w/ 64mb Cache. I usually manage my system and os's through partitioning and storing nothing on my C:// drive aside from the OS and installed software this way I can change reformat ugrade/downgrade at will and not lose anything. My question is this; should I go about getting my boot/OS partition on my new HDD(1.5 WD15EARS) or leave it where it is now, i.e. 150GB partition of one of the 640's. I guess I'm wondering if the extra 32 MB of Cache will better serve my system with the primary partition/os using the 64, or is it better suited as a secondary storage drive aiding in data transfer of larger files?
Am I making any sense at all?
Thanks in advance for your help.

If nothing is going to be RAIDed together, I'd download CrystalDiskMark or something similar and figure which drive is going to be the fastest, and use that for OS. Keep in mind that partitioning a drive is going to cause some lags in performance, esp when transferring from one partition to another the same physical drive.

Download CrystalDiskMark 3.0.1b / 2.2.0p Free - A small HDD benchmark utility for your hard drive - Softpedia

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Hey guys,

First post here on the Win7 Forums. I've been lurking around for quite some time, got a little help with quite a bit of issues, but here's a first for me that I don't quite know how to describe.

So a bit of background:
I work for a church. Our video producer has a Mac Pro. He connects a 4TB drive by Firewire 800. I have a windows 7 Laptop with a Sata drive Docking Bay. Currently, to share his files, I grab the 4TB drive from his desk, and plug it into my computer.

Now for the problem:
As far as reading files on the drive, that's not a problem. I'm able to view the files in the drive without an issue. What I need to know is, Is there a way that, instead of having to physically unplug his 4tb external drive, Can I get any sort of device, desktop storage bay, etc, that I can pop in Two 2tb drives, and and he stores the files on that, and I can just grab one of the hard drives out of that device and read it when I need to?

I don't want a NAS per se... I still want to physically walk over and grab the drive. Relying on pulling videos over network is a pain.

I don't want RAID, I want it to simply make two copies of the files, and I can grab one hard drive and read it from that one drive without a RAID setup.

If I'm not making any sense, please let me know. I'll try and make it a bit easier to understand.

A:Hard Drive Bay Advice - 2TB Mirroring Drive

Have you looked at USB 3.0 docking devises? If your lap top has a good usb 3 chip you can get very fast transfer speeds. A eSATA dock if you have a eSATA port.

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I am having a problem finding the printers on our network. All of the equipment is on a pair to pair via the network lines. Some of my offices are set to obtain an IP automatically and one has a specific IP which I setup each time. I can get online through this network line and the t1 or dsl or cable modem, but I am unable to locate, ping, etc any of the other computers or printers. Any suggestions, I have had 2 outside techs and my inhouse tech look and they can't find any problem.

A:Pair To Pair Network Probel

How many computers are we talking about on a "peer to peer" network? If the printers are locally connected and shared printers you will never be able to ping them because they have no IP address. If you want to share them add the NetBEUI protocol to your network and it should take care of it. Needs to be installed on every workstation.

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I am responsible for maintenance of 3 Dell computers (mine and my two teenagers) in my home. All have windows XP Home and USB2.0 I need a better way (than manually dragging files onto a CD) to do the periodic backups of documents on each computer. I downloaded the Windows Backup program from the instatllation disks, and did a backup from my computer, but it doesn't fit on a CD-R, and I was reading somewhere that there are better software programs anyway..

I was thinking of buying an external USB hard drive, like Maxtor. But I want to make sure I end up with hardware and software that will easily allow me to use one device for all 3 computers. Store the backup data from all 3 computers on one external device. I'm not sure what software would be the best for this. I'm looking for something (hardware and software) that isn't particulary complicated to use and don't want to spend more than I have to. What do y'all suggest?

A:external hard drive advice

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I've bought myself a portable USB hard drive.
Now, using some cute programs I think I can
1) set it up to select a partition to bootup on bootup
2) use the ultimate boot cd to access it and copy/clone a windowsxp hard drive to a partition on the usb drive (bit iffy with this, what do people think?) and be able to copy the clone to a new pc.
3) Install windows xp on a partition with anti virus and spyware killers to run it across badly infected pc's that can't be booted up without windows crashing.
4) install ghost.exe on it and save a hard drive image.
5) Keep the software in yet another partition that the drive came with as it really is pretty damn smart stuff (its a western digital 80gb)
6) install a usb version of netboot disk.

Am I dreaming?
Have I run out of partitions I can set as active?
If I can do all of these things I'll have a pretty useful little device for doing IT support so I'm keen to try.
I'm after ideas on what are the obvious issues.
I know that the HP usb boot software will solve the initial issue of making the drive bootable.(I think)
Input please!

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General Information :
Disk Type : Hard Disk
Free Space : 68%

Drive Information :
Volume Name : GATEWAY
Serial Number : 2A6F-7F0
Files Name : 255 caractères
File Management : FAT32
Volume is Compressed : No
Case Sensitive Search : No
Preserves Filename Case : Yes
Unicode Filenames : Yes
Access Control List : No
Named Streams : No
Object Identifiers : No
Reparse Points : No
Sparse Files : No
User Disk Quotas : No
Individual File Compression : No
Encryption : No
Share : No

Logical Features :
Sectors per Cluster : 64
Bytes per Sector : 512
Cluster size : 32 KB
Free Clusters : 65526
Total Clusters : 65526

Physical Features :
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Heads : 255
Sectors per Track : 63
Bytes per Sector : 512
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Sector per FAT : 12957
Sectors per Clusters : 8
Reserved Sectors : 0
Sectors per Track : 63
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I'd back my stuff up and get a new one ASAP. Clicks from a HDD are NEVER good.

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OS Name Microsoft Windows XP Professional
Version 5.1.2600 Service Pack 2 Build 2600
OS Manufacturer Microsoft Corporation
System Name DD7DHK91
System Manufacturer Dell Inc.
System Model Dell DXP051
System Type X86-based PC
Processor x86 Family 15 Model 4 Stepping 4 GenuineIntel ~2793 Mhz
Processor x86 Family 15 Model 4 Stepping 4 GenuineIntel ~2793 Mhz
BIOS Version/Date Dell Inc. A03, 1/3/2006
SMBIOS Version 2.3
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A an exact copy/duplicate.

You cannot clone a hard drive...which has an O/S installed on it...minus the O/S. It's all or nothing.


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Version : F6
Date : 02 August 2004
Address : 0xE000 on 256 KB
Copyright : Copyright (C) 1984-2004, Award Software, Inc.
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DMI Version : 2.3

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Socketed : Yes

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ACPI : Yes
PnP : Yes
PCI : Yes
ISA : No
AGP : Yes
USB : Yes
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SATA is backwards compatible.

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I am adding a new hard drive to my computer and badly need advice. I presently have a Maxtor 40 gig and would like to add a Western Digital 80 gig. I would like the WD to be the primary drive and I would like to use my Maxtor simply for backup.

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Is there another way of accomplishing what I want to do? I was thinking perhaps of having them set it up as master and I put an OS on it and Norton ghost on it and then ghost my old drive to the new. Would that work?

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With the variety of issues you're having, sounds like it could be the motherboard and an uneconomic repair.
It may be worth getting a proper technician to look at it (if you can find one).
Depends how rich you are.....

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