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Greetings from Ireland,

My first post here, conincidently found thsi site. This is going to be a little longish.

I run a DAW (digital audio workstation) under XPSP1 with Nuendo, Adobe Premiere and other tools. The system is a trunkey system that I bought in January 2003 and it came pre-configured and working fine so far, however, I need to upgrade and made some choices. Now I have a couple of questions on the whole shebang, I try to explain:

Ok here goes, currently:
Win XpSP1. 1Gig Ram, 2* Seagate barracudas 80Gig

The system was pre-configured with NTFS 3.1

C: Primary, System (1st HD), Cluster Size 4k, 15 Gig Partition
D: CD-RW
E: Extended Partition (1st HD) CS 64Kb, 65 Gig Partition
F: Primary (2nd HD) CS, 80- Gig Partition
G: DVD-RW

Windows is on C: and has a 3Gig Pagefile. So far so good.

Next week I receive:
1* Seagate 'cuda 8MB, 160Gig
1* Lacie FW800 250 Gig
1* Lacie FW800 PCI card

Status:
Currently the programs like Adobe, Nuendo, etc etc are installed in C:\Windown\Program Files\yadayada

The pagefile with 3 Gig resides on C: and hence C: has meager 1.4 Gig free. E: Has Sample Data to stream samples from and F: is exclusively recording drive.

Questions:
I absolutely hate the fact that these freaks installed HD1 partioned into a 15 and 65 Partition, but I would hate much to reinstall windows. Looked into Partition Magic, but I am not sure whether I can use that, it is a primary and extended partition, and I would not know hwo to make C: become one 80 gig partition only, which would be ideal, anyone around here did that?....

Now I wonder about the following strategy:

I throw out my D: CD-RW and install the barracuda 160Gig instead. Throw out the old FW400 card and Plugin the Laciefirewire800 card and have additional 250 Gig externally.

Then, leave windows on C as is, and uninstall all major audio and video apps and re-install onto the drive where I know record onto, that would be F: whoich is physically my second 80gig 'cuda now

Use the newly installed 160Gig internal to record onto as this is a fast drive with 8MB, use the external Lacie to samplestream from, and use the now empty extended E: Partition for DVD backups chessgame etc.

Does anyone know why the have only 4K clustersize on the system partition and 64kb on all other drives? Will I use 64kb on the new drives as well....I suppose but not sure.....

I was wondering about the external Lacie, that I could make one partition available for video recording....

This way my audio/video programs and plugins would run from a seperate harddrive and record onto seperate HD's as well....

Phewww.... did anyone follow so far? Does this stragetgy sound good? Any creative input?? Would it be beneficial to have 80gig partitions all over, mneaning splitting the 160gig 'cuda into two and the 250 gig Lacie into 3.?

My appologies for such a newbie question, but my DAW shall be the tool for my income at a lter stage and I want to do it right the first time.

Kind regards
~^..^~
laughing bear
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Hi laughing_bear,

>Windows is on C: and has a 3Gig Pagefile.
You will get a big performance boost from moving the pagefile to another physical disk. Just leave 2MB on the C: drive for critical paging and put the rest on another disk. (I suggest you to use the Seagate 160GB for this)

> Looked into Partition Magic, but I am not sure whether I can use that, it is
> a primary and extended partition, and I would not know hwo to make C: become
> one 80 gig partition only, which would be ideal, anyone around here did that?....
Partition Magic will be able to do this for you, it can just merge partitions without data loss. Still, my advice, please make backups of your valuable data before performing this, Partition magic is a great piece of software, but when it goes wrong, it goes wrong big time.

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> You will get a big performance boost from moving the pagefile to another physical disk. Just leave 2MB on the C: drive for critical paging and > put the rest on another disk. (I suggest you to use the Seagate 160GB for this)

I am not sure about this because I want to make the 160'cuda my recording drive, and this is critical as nothing else but this should happen on this drive. And how would I move a pagefile?

>Partition Magic will be able to do this for you, it can just merge partitions without data loss. Still, my advice, please make backups of your >valuable data before performing this, Partition magic is a great piece of software, but when it goes wrong, it goes wrong big time.

Would the end result be a primary C: only? I dont know what that extended partition means, any suggestions on the proceedure to make C: appear as 1 drive with 80gig only with PM8.0? I read about merging, but it warns about NTFS partitions with OS on it.

I also read about NTFS5....how could I optain that? upgrade to what? Would that make sense?

Thank you!! :o)
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>>I am not sure about this because I want to make the 160'cuda my recording drive,
You can always use any other disk, like the secondary 80GB you have at the moment.

>>And how would I move a pagefile?
Right-click "My computer" => "Properties" => "Advanced" => "Performance 0ptions" => "Change"
There set the new values for each disk (leave 2MB on the c: disk and move the rest)

>>Would the end result be a primary C: only?
Yep

>>I read about merging, but it warns about NTFS partitions with OS on it.
Yep, same as I did above, it can ruin your system, so make sure you have good backups of your data you want to keep.

>>I also read about NTFS5....how could I optain that? upgrade to what? Would that make sense?
I highly doubt you have a NTFS version lower than NTFS5. WindowsXP uses the NTFS5 filesystem.

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> I highly doubt you have a NTFS version lower than NTFS5. WindowsXP uses the NTFS5 filesystem.

;o) That what flippin partition magic version 8.0 tells me...

> Yep, same as I did above, it can ruin your system, so make sure you have good backups of your data you want to keep

I feel this is too much of a risk to take...., I better stay away from it, olthers told mne the same and they experienced severe crashes with PM that lead to complete re-installs, which would take me a long time to do.

>Right-click "My computer" => "Properties" => "Advanced" => "Performance 0ptions" => "Change"
>There set the new values for each disk (leave 2MB on the c: disk and move the rest)

Thank you! :o) When you say leave 2MB on C: you mean pagefile? So I would have more than one pagefile? What is the advanatge to have a pagefile somewhere else than on the system disk? Sorry for asking so blunt, I am no expert in these things at all, I just need that DAW to be up and running again asap. Youar answers are truly appreciated! Thank you for your time in deed!!!

Great forum, I might just consider to become a subscriber ion the premium service.

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>>;o) That what flippin partition magic version 8.0 tells me...
lol! I've never seen any winXP computer running on another version of NTFS. Was this a clean installation of winXP?
But, to be honest, I don't know how to change from one version of NTFS to another, I'll have a look around for that.

>> I better stay away from it, olthers told mne the same and they experienced...
Good choice IMO :)

>>When you say leave 2MB on C: you mean pagefile?
Yep.

>>So I would have more than one pagefile?
Yep, the first one will be used in case your computer crashes to write the dumpfile (Blue Screens) If there's no pagefile on the systemdisk, this dumpfile won't be written, so it'll be pretty much impossible to track the cause of the crash.

>>What is the advanatge to have a pagefile somewhere else than on the system disk?
You systemdisk will be busy all the time for reading systemfiles, with the pagefile, your computer has also got to do that. If you move the pagefile to another physical disk, your computer can access both the systemfiles and the pagefile at the same time, giving a big performance boost.

>>Youar answers are truly appreciated! Thank you for your time in deed!!!
You're very welcome, I'm glad you find it worthful.
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Hmm... I just found my stupid mistake...

NTFS v3.1 one version of NTFS5
http://www.ntfs.com/quest1.htm
http://www.ntfs.com/ntfs_vs_fat.htm
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LOL.... yep.... it is 3.1 btw. you are in netherlands? I used to live in kerkrade when i studed music long ago :o)

> You systemdisk will be busy all the time for reading systemfiles, with the pagefile, your computer has also got to do that. If you move the
> pagefile to another physical disk, your computer can access both the systemfiles and the pagefile at the same time, giving a big performance > boost.

aahhh this sheds a little light.... , my pagefile is not dynamic however, it is fixed at 3 Gig, something you find in DAW's all the time to avoid rezising the file, which causes pops and clics in audio recordings.... OK, I will move the 3 Gig's to another HD....

I started to de-install a load of proggys, sigh....what a job...in that context....Need to ask you one more thingy please, do you have a good advise on a tool to clean the XP registry? What would you recommend?

Best whishes
~^..^~
Bear
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>>btw. you are in netherlands? I used to live in kerkrade when i studed music long ago :o)
Yep, born and raised ;-) Living in the south near Breda.

>>my pagefile is not dynamic however
That's the first step in optimizing the pagefile, moving it to another disk is another step ;-)

>>Need to ask you one more thingy please, do you have a good advise on a tool to clean the XP registry?
Expert PeteLong pointed me to this one some time ago, and I just love it:

RegSeeker 1.35
http://www.hoverdesk.net/freeware.htm

LucF
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Very kewl

This whole process is a royal pain, but once I am getting through it, I can get back to making music. :o) Cant wait to install that 250 Gig FW800 drive, should be brilliant....

Thank you very much in deed for your time and help! It was very useful, I certainly will get back here and subscribe. brilliant service, highly recommendable!

All the best
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Glad to help ;-)

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Hi LucF

:o(  Since 48 hours with VERY little sleep I try to solve a problem re the above... Well, the good news first, the FW Lacie is flippin gorgeous and boy..... really fast! A snap to install the card and the drive.

Now the bad news. That *&!"%^* 160 'cuda kills my sleep.... I installed it as master on IDE and have my DVD burner as slave behind it.
On the other IDE are 2x80 gig 'cudas.

In the bios (SOLTEK SL-85DR2-C Mobo with AMI 2.01a) the hd is recognised correct as a ST3160023A with 160 Gig, however no sectors, cylinders orheads are listed. An attemot to enter the values manually fails. The HD is there but any attempts to format it under XP failed.

So I went to seagate and DL the seatools and discwizard. Ran the full diagnostics over 7 hours, bo errors on the drive, ran discwizard, and ops...whats that, it formats the drive? All right I thought.... booted back into XP and tried to format there, because I need the 64KB clustersieze on my audio recording drive. But.... NADA.... the format routine quits at the last 1 % after running for over an hour with the erroe windows can not format the drive.... DUH?! Tried it with partition magic, same ****, after an hour it quits with unknwon error....

Now, my uneductaed hardware brain thinks.... My Mobo is from January 2003, can it be that harddrives with160Gg are not properly recognized via the chipset and that this is the cuase of trouble, because the full diagnose did not return ANY errors? Then again, the external 250 FW drive was formatted in the XP storagemanager as well and without any problems.

Do you have any idea what to do from here LucF? I am pretty much at the end of my Latin, and tired as Hell.... LOL.... I thought I could re-install my software this weekend.... well, wishfull thinking that was.

Greetings from yaaaaawn....Ireland....yaaaaawn....

~^..^~
Bear
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Sorry..... forgot to say.... although that bleedin discwizard claims to have successfully formatted the drive as NTFS, when you go to XP, you see the drive allright, but you cant use it, when I go to properties it tells me dataformat is RAW....??

Sigh....
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Does your bios support 48bit addressing?
Take a look around for an updated bios. Also, winXP needs at least SP1 (but you allready have that)

What you might want to do is try formatting the disk in some friends computer. If that also fails, try using the seatools to low-level-format the disk (I'm not sure what it's called in seatools, could also be called something like zero-filling) Afterwards, create partitions and format it.

If it still fails afterwards, I suggest you to return the disk for warranty (even though seatools don't give any problems)
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Good morning LucF. (with grey rings under the eys) ;o)

Thanks so much for looking at it again. ----If there is one thing I learned here, than it is that trouble shooting ain't easy!----

Ok here some more info. I suppose that my XPSP1 has the needed capabilities as the 250 Gig Lacie was setup in a breeze and shows correct.

I am not sure whether my Bios correctly adresses 48Bit, but looking at my Bios and the harddrive in question it tells me:

Secondary IDE Matser: ST3160023A (that is correct!)
Type: AUTO
Cylinders: (this is blank, no entry)
Heads: (blank, no entry)
Write Precompensation: (blank,no entry)
Sectors:(blank, no entry)
Maximum Capacity: 160.0 Gb
LBA Mode: ON
Block mode: ON
Fast programmed I/O modes: 4
32BIT Transfer mode: ON

I suppose this indicates support of 48bit adressing.My other 2 'cudas show Cylinders, Heads, and Sectors and automatically filled the fields, however, they are only 89 Gigs.

I was pondering whether there could be something wrong on the second IDE Channel, but dismised that thought because my Salve (Pioneer DVr1007D) is working flawless.

I will follow your advise and install the latest BIOS for my Mobo, and see what that brings. I am somewhat secluded here and can not simply drag the HD around the corner to a friend unfortunately.

Can it be that my Windows installation needs to be re-intsalled? Or is the fact that the 250 Lacie FW shows correctly enough evidence that the system supports larger drives, although not being IDE but FW bus?

My guts tell me I probably have to return the sucker. LOL....

Thanks again LucF!!

Best wishes
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Bear


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Lol! it's 1:50PM here, so good afternoon ;-)

>>Can it be that my Windows installation needs to be re-intsalled? Or is the fact that the 250 Lacie FW shows correctly enough evidence that the system supports larger drives, although not being IDE but FW bus?<<
Your windows version is fine, I'm more worried about the bios :) As your other harddisk is controlled by the FW card and windows, not through the bios. This can still happen. I've never seen a bios being able to just give the right size of a disk, but not the amount of Cylinders, heads etc..

>>My guts tell me I probably have to return the sucker.<<
I'm also affraid this is the case...
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Hey LycF, LOL It is 1:50 here now too, I just stood up at 12:00 after the past two days of flippin bootin....LOL ;o)

I may just get myself a Hitachi 250 Gig internal now... and send back the cuda.... I am sicj of booting to be honest. But I will try to call Seagate support on Monday and tell them about it. I ran all their diagnoistic tools and no errors occured.

You know what is strange..... I used that segate dsicwizard to format the disc as default NTFS, and it does not quit on me at all, in opposite, after the formatting you see shakling hands and congratulation, "you know are ready to use your harddrive".

Then when I check the drive in wondows, it tells me that it is NOT formatted, and displays it as local disc, filesystem RAW.

Trying to format with NTFS does not succeed.....

I just I'd know where the error is, whether hardware or software......

The latest BIOS update for my Mob oavailable only deals with having HT processors displayed correctly, no mentioning of harddrives....

How can I determine what chiopset is installed and what version? All I see in the BIOS setup is AMIBios 2.01a, but this does not tell me enough about chipset and version, right?

What are ya doin on a sunday on the puter anyways.....? LOL ;o)

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Check your computer with a utility like AIDA32 => http://www.aida32.hu to find out all about your computer, including chipset versions.

>>What are ya doin on a sunday on the puter anyways.....? LOL ;o)
Yesterday was my free day ;-) Now just killing time behind my computer.
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Thanks... will do

I was wondering.... with your help and my trial and error... I am very close to be certain that it is an issue with the BIOS and the support....

Now, As we can see the external FW runs perfect.... and that made me wonder..... if I buy the ADAPTEC SATA Raid controller, which claims to overcome the 137 GB limitation of certain Mobos, would that not be a perfect solution? What do you think?

I am very tempted to order that SATA Raid controller, forget about a third harddrive on IDE Channel, and get myself two yummy western digital Raptor 74GB SATA with 10,000 rpm.

From what I read this drive is a serious sucke, and as I want it for to record and play my recordings in NUENDO from, it is my thought that this is more and ideal solution.

What da ya think? Will the SATA Crad do what the FW did for me now? **** the bios and controll HD's over the hostadapter card? Is that correct?
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Personally, I don't really think it's a bios problem, but it was a "last try" to get the disk working. I do think this harddisk is just faulty :(

>>What da ya think?
Now we're talking, I love these kind of configurations!!

>>Will the SATA Crad do what the FW did for me now?
Yep, it will, again as the Bios won't be controlling the disk anymore, but the card will.

>>Is that correct?
Yep

When doing this, you'll have to consider for yourself if you want speed without any fault tollerance (Raid-0) or safety, so when one disk dies, you'll still have all the data (Raid-1)
Take a look here for the advantages and disadvantages:
http://www.raid.com/04_01_00.html (and the following pages)
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As for the cuda, I tried it a last time and windows finishes the formatting with 100% and then quits with "can not complete format successful"
I just about had it now. the good thing is I am getting those new ideas here. LOL Yep :o) NOW we're talking LOL

I read about all diferent RAIDs. But hey, all this is coming out of my VISA and I have no Job or income right now, so I have to pay that back the hard way, I'll be broke until autum. LOL Hence, I can not afford a 4 channel SATA adaptec and 4x WD740, this is out of question.

I was thinking, can I not just use the ADAPTEC to hook up the twp WD's without using a RAID? Just as normal SATA so to speak? The 10,000 rpm and less than 5ms is fast enough and I do not need nessecarily to hook that up as RAID. Also, some tetst of SOund on SOund magazines on RAID found out that for this particular demand of Audio recording and playback Tracks with 96Khz at 32 Bit is not providing a huge advantage. The basic performance of the disc is of much higher value, and from what I read, the WD740 must be a heck of a disk.

So I could use WD1 for Audio, and WD2 for Video projects.

Would you think that I can use the ADAPTEC this way without utilizing a RAID config, or would you say i need a different controller for that?

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That would work fine, the WD740, is a great disk. Creating a RAID-0 will almost double the performance, but is not really reliable. As you're saying you're going to do audio and video stuff with it, in that case, the throughput of the disks isn't really important, it's just the time it takes to open a file, so your setup will be great.

I don't know what Adaptec card you're talking about... :( But it is one of the best companies creating controller cards, so you will probably be fine.
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OK, I will get 2 WD Rapotors.

As for thge controller, hold on....

.....Here is the adaptec I was talking about:

http://www.dabs.com/uk/channels/components/controllersandiocards/productView.htm?quicklinx=1295

I was looking for anotyher brand originally, but I dont know here I could buy them, the above retailer doesnt have them. Here is what I was wondering about:

http://www.3ware.com/products/serial_ata.asp

Do you know of reliable and established online retailers that do 3ware SATA Raid controllers? What is your take on them?

Boy this is getting exiting, I am getting a seriously nice system together now. :o)... Thanks to YOUR help I might add!

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I hope you realized that that adaptec card is made for normal ATA, not serial ATA (SATA) so you'll have to look for another card. It is a nice ATA Raid controller, I had one some time ago, worked perfectly. Too bad I had to return it to the owner (I just borrowed it to test some stuff)
http://www.adaptec.com/worldwide/product/proddetail.html?sess=no&language=English+US&prodkey=AAR-1200A&cat=%2fTechnology%2fRAID%2fATA+RAID

If you are looking for a SATA Raid controller, this is a great piece of hardware:
http://www.adaptec.com/worldwide/product/proddetail.html?sess=no&language=English+US&prodkey=AAR-1210SA&cat=%2fTechnology%2fRAID%2fSerial+ATA+RAID It's the same card, but made for SATA.

If you are looking for a SATA controller (without Raid) take a look at this one, I'm pretty sure it suits your needs:
http://www.adaptec.com/worldwide/product/proddetail.html?sess=no&language=English+US&prodkey=ASH-1205SA&cat=%2fTechnology%2fSerial+ATA%2fSerial+ATA+Host+Controller this one also has a much more user friendly price :)

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Just to add, I never used any hardware from 3ware, so I really can't tell you how good/bad they are. But, my pick on it:
There is almost no bad hardware anymore, so you might want to try it.
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Sorry LucF ...I gave you the wrong link... of course I was talking about the 1210SA... I suppose that happens when you have more than 10 windows open.. LOL

When you say RAID0 is not reliable, am I correct that you mean by that, if one of the drives fails, the whole shebang in the array is lost.....

Because I was thinking, I have a incremental backup strategy for my Data that I will generate, and burn them daily on DVD. And I think, the WD Raptors have a flippin 5 years warranty, so in case one drive or even both crash, I couldnt care less if they are substituted. I mean the probablity that on or both drives crash, me thinks is relatively low. Right? So reliability in that context would probably be of much more importance for a company where account data for example is used in a RAID, they of course need 0+1 or 5.

Or did you mean something else with reliable?

I can not have enough performance for A/V in that context, so I put 2 Raptors and the RAID ADAPTEC SATA in my basket, ready to shoot LOL ;o)  and I am very tempted to configure them as RAID 0.
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>>When you say RAID0 is not reliable, am I correct that you mean by that, if one of the drives fails, the whole shebang in the array is lost.....<<
That's exactly what I'm talking about ;-)

>>I mean the probablity that on or both drives crash, me thinks is relatively low. Right?<<
Sorry to say this, but this is wrong. A lot of drives fail before the warranty due date, that's why the harddisk prices are so high.
Unlike SCSI disks which are normally used in server systems, there are not many tests done on a ATA/SATA disk, those are mass production things. Of course, there is a big chance that they'll live the warranty period, and even longer. But please don't count on that.
As you stated yourself, you do make backups (unlike a lot of other people) so IMO you can safely use RAID-0 for the performance of it.

btw, as you noted RAID-5
This is the raid version I use at home on my little server (an old IBM Netfinity 3000) and has proved me to be great. The downpart on Raid-5 is the write performance, it's sometimes even slower than just a single disk as the Raidcontroller has to calculate parity information. So in case you are considering it, be sure not to be cheap on the controller card.
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I think for now I stick with the "cheaper" solution.... Later down the year I may be in the position to buy a second machine, and this will certainly have Raid support to start with.

So I am going to get the Adaptec 2 channel SATA RAID controller, and 2 Raptors with 74 Gig, stripe them and have a 150Gig Raid array for my recording of A/V..... And the 5 years warranty is somehwat a good feeling on the Raptors.

I saw a nice 4 channel from adaptec with enclosure kit, but 600 dollars without the HD's is too much for me....

A netfinity at home? LOL, I am talking to the right person in deed.

...Oh, ****, I just figure I do not have enough 3,5" slots for that.... But I think there are caddys or something that I can slot into the 5,25" to install another 3,5" drive. Argh... another thing to buy. I also ordered round IDE Cables from thermaltake to substitute my flat cables completly, I am so sick of those suckers. LOL....

I am off for now... I let you know how it goes and will strain the Visa now.... LOL

Probably takes a week for the stuff to arrive here....  I will come back to this thread then and let you know how all worked out. Thanks for all your valuable input LucF!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! MUCH appreciated!!!
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>>So I am going to get the Adaptec 2 channel SATA RAID controller, and 2 Raptors with 74 Gig<<
Certainly a nice choice ;-) It'll blow away your old disks in performance big time.

>>I saw a nice 4 channel from adaptec with enclosure kit, but 600 dollars without the HD's is too much for me....<<
don't worry, not only for you... those things are damn expensive...

>>A netfinity at home?<<
Yep, a left-over when I replaced the servers in my company, this was the old one, and I could buy it for a small price. I figured it would come in handy some time, and, it did :)

>>But I think there are caddys or something that I can slot into the 5,25" to install another 3,5" drive.<<
yep, you'll find a lot of these things, they'll cost you around $5 a piece.

Good luck with your new stuff,

LucF
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Hey LucF...SCAREY!!!!!! I really ordered all that stuff last night. LOLAnd I even went a little step further. Remember that I lacked one1 3,5" slot?

I got myself a Kingston removable tray, this way I can use 80 ATA gig drives for backups, and I exchange that 160 gig 'cuda for 2 smaller drives, and because ordering online is so deceptively easy, I also ordered all new IDE and floopy cables, the round ones from thermaltake to substitute every flippin flatcable in there with round ones.

LOL now I am REALLY broke. In the german magazine Ct this month must be a report on the raptor, a freind has it and he said it was rated VERY high as one of the best you can get. :o)

Now back to installing my software again.... ;o)
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Wow, you're almost overdoing it ;-)

I'll check the C't. I'm subscribed to the dutch one and it arrived in the mail yesterday, but didn't have time yet to check it.
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LOL ;o)

Just tested my Pioneer together with the Lacie, DTS encoded 2 hour 15 minutes DVD burns in less than 8 minutes, not bad at all.... ahem, I guess thats fast. LOL.

I treated myself to a ~75 gig partition on tha Lacie for some fun like ripping and installing my favourite games x2 The thread, Fritz7 (Chess) etc. Nice!

Are you working in IT btw? I spend 15 years of my life in IT business, worked mostly in software all over europe. After the whole thingy collapsed I stepped back, sure miss the money, then again, I never had time for nothing.

So long
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Yep, I'm a system Administrator in a small company here in the Netherlands that builds power plants, industrial steam boilers etc. Managing a network with 30 internal users and over 50 external. (Don't tell my boss I'm spending too much time at EE lol!)
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Hehehehehehe, sounds like a cosey job! Friend of mine did BASF factory in  wesseling, 12,000 users, plenty domains etc, flippin nightmare job, he had 2 assis, that was all, and they didnt know nuttin so he had to train them for month. He never had time for nuttin, and was megastressed always that alarm handy with him, and the money wasn't nessecarily reflecting the responsibility in my view. I think sysadmins are often underpayed, therefor handy not too have too much stress with servers.

I was everything from european sales manager to managing director, the good thing was the money and the trips around the globe, but the bad thing was the stress and pressure, and literally no time for nuttin. Pretty much a burn out job.

Ever been in Ireland? I got "stranded" here 5 years ago, spend 3 years in the states, and ended up here. Very nice, the people form the netherlands usually like it, meet a few who stayed as well, working for phillips, of course, what else, LOL ;o)
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Hi LucF :o)

I am reasonably certain you will like what you can read here:

http://www.irishacts.com/forum/phpBB2/viewtopic.php?p=59667#59667

Let me know if the link works, or even better, just post a note there, would be much appreciated....

I can't believe I wrote this ;o)

Best wishes
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That's the biggest compliment I've ever gotten to my knowledge, thanks, I really appreciate it.

I've now read all of it (took me almost 20 minutes, and some extra time to decide how to respond to you here :) ) and all I can say is, I'm stumped... I know that setup would be fast, but this is just beond my wildest expectations. Bit high on the CPU usage when reading at full speed, but that's the only downpart I can find in your setup. And I kind of expected that allready.

You might be interested in this bad news: AIDA32 where I pointed you to above, doesn't exist anymore :(
The software was bought by Lavalys and the free version they offer isn't even close to what AIDA32 enterprise edition could do for free.
http://www.lavalys.com/index.php?page=products_index

LucF


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Forgot to say...
Please let me know when you post PART2, I'd love to see that :)
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Would you consider to  post a comment oever at irish acts in that thread Luc?.... I am reasonably certain that this thread will attract a bunch of people over the next few weeks to EE..... and a few words from you will certainly be interesting....

As for CPU load, yep, but my plan is to aquire a dual xenon this year.... and well a bigger adaptec with external raidcage.... so this maschine here now will be networked to the powerhouse and only stream VSTInstrumetns and samples to the new maschine.....I am encouraged to build it myself now....knowing I have a friend in the Netherlands who I can ask the odd question! ;o)

As for AIDI, yeah I read that and consider to be lucky to have got that Info from you, so I quickly DL that enterprise edition. Pheeww! ;o)

I'd love to give you my email, but I suggest you PM (private message) me on irish acts, then I can safely return my email to you... allright?

Hope you are well....

Best wishes
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>>Would you consider to  post a comment oever at irish acts in that thread Luc?
I'm considering it right now, at this time I just don't know what to say.

>>I'd love to give you my email
You can directly e-mail me (my e-mail is in my profile: http:M_1291841.html)

You did all the research and you're thanking me for just putting the dots on the "I" :)

LucF

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