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    Re: SSD seems to be underperforming....

    As long as you're not using the Marvel ports, they won't effect the AMD controller at all. But turning them off does no harm. Most likely you're just seeing normal variation in speed tests, and if...
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    Re: Taking Backups/Images and Restoring Advice

    FWIW, making an image of your current and somewhat funky OS drive will also copy whatever errors it has, so it's of no value for "restoring" onto a clean drive. What you want is a fresh install of...
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    Re: W.D. HDD in an external enclosure

    All HDDs fail, 100% of them. If your data is irreplaceable don't keep just one copy of it. That's true whether it's a "high reliability" drive or a cheap one.
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    Re: W.D. HDD in an external enclosure

    Technically it makes no difference what drive you use. If the enclosure is not well ventilated or cooled, I'd look for a 5900 RPM drive such as one of the "green" models that are intended to make...
  5. Re: Problem with Western Digital 1TB External Hard Drive

    In order to restore a drive image, you need an operating system and appropriate software. A boot disc is generally a CD or a USB thumb drive, (whatever the laptop is able to boot from). It can be a...
  6. Re: Problem with Western Digital 1TB External Hard Drive

    Problem with Windows backup is that it's useless if you don't have a functioning Windows environment to use it in. Even then it's a pretty crude tool and not always reliable. This is why most folks...
  7. Re: Problem with Western Digital 1TB External Hard Drive

    OK, well Windows is software too. That's probably where the issue lies. Are you certain the drive has enough free space to hold everything? Your screen shot indicates that you're duplicating personal...
  8. Re: Problem with Western Digital 1TB External Hard Drive

    Sounds more like a software issue, what are you using?
  9. Re: Official Feedback Thread - Forums upgrade and style

    Very unfriendly to wide screen viewing, basically it stinks.
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    Re: Do SATA III disks downgrade to SATA I/II

    That's not to say that ALL boards and controllers will correctly recognize and handle SATA3 drives. If your controller is older, you may have better success with a SATA2 drive than with SATA3. So I'd...
  11. Thread: NAS HDD speed

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    Re: NAS HDD speed

    A blu-ray movie with HD audio rarely tops 5MB/sec data rate (40Mb), so virtually any HDD is adequate.
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    Re: Multiple failures. Need insight

    I have WD (mostly) and also Seagate and Samsung HDDs, they all seem to have the same degree of reliability.

    Maybe you're failure-proof now for a few years?
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    Re: Multiple failures. Need insight

    FWIW, you're never really "backed up" unless you have 2 copies plus the original.

    Sounds like a case of very bad luck to me. Have you considered drawing chalk pentagrams on the back of each hard...
  14. Re: something wrong went with the HDD of my laptop

    1st, any HDD showing bad sectors should be tossed out.

    If you move the HDD to another PC (not as a boot drive) you should be able to wipe it clean with a number of available tools.
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    Re: a doozy of a USB story

    USB pulls power from the 5v rail of the PSU. So a board may react to a short differently depending on the protection offered in the PSU (or lack of it). One PSU may protect the board, another may...
  16. Re: SATA III Upgrade: PCI-E Card or New Motherboard

    I would avoid any card with a Marvel SATA-3 controller, period. That includes the bulk of SATA-3 cards. Too many cases where AHCI and related SSD functions are not functional, frequent bugs, etc....
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    Re: What's the deal with VelociRaptor drives?

    Actually, a 2TB Caviar Black SATA-3 will usually beat a Velociraptor on sustained transfers.
    Velociraptors have 5 year warranty and enterprise durability plus faster access times.

    But comparing...
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    Re: SATA III SSD on a SATA II MB?

    Does your board support AHCI correctly?

    It'll work in theory, but older boards can sometimes have issues with SSD that aren't really related to the SATA II/III support. You may find an even...
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    Re: To SSD or to not SSD? That is the question.

    Hybrid drives offer almost none of the benefits that an SSD does, they are essentially just HDDs with huge cache.

    Sleep and hibernation states have been causing serious issues on PCs ever since...
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    Re: New ssd question/s

    TRIM takes care of itself in Win-7 as long as you allow the PC to idle for a couple hours a day. Some folks use the log-in screen to let a machine idle.

    Benchmarks are whatever you like to use. AS...
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    Re: OCZ Vertex 3 or Intel 320 ?

    Also good to note that the Vertex-2 drives are a great value right now and will give comparable performance on a SATA-2 system.
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    Re: Caviar Black Trouble

    There are multiple 12v, 5v and 3v rails, any of which could be bad. The fans run on 12v. Is the internal fan running in the power supply?
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    Re: Caviar Black Trouble

    Not very many possibilities here. Either the MB or the power supply, either of which tend to fail in similar numbers. If you have a voltmeter you can check the power supply. Its also true that if you...
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    Re: Caviar Black Trouble

    I'd also suggest using some other CD or USB based boot tool to see if you can get a boot.

    A dead drive can prevent you from getting past POST, but you should still be able to get into BIOS and...
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    Re: Acronis True Image & Windows 7 Bootloader?

    The size of the cache has a big impact on speeds in some scenarios. Otherwise it's the relative density of data on the platter vs RPM.

    The hybrid drives offer almost nothing in terms of speed for...
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