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  1. Good advice. Thanks, philo-sofa. I'm still running SATA II, but a new motherboard ("mainboard" for those concerned about gender) with SATA3 is most likely going to be purchased in Q4, along with a new CPU, et al. After reading what you and nesquick had to say, my gut feeling is to wait it out until the new generation of intels arrive.
  2. Nice try, nesquick :) If only I didn't have 4 of them already, plus 4 1.5Tb SpinPoints, plus 4 VelociRaptors, plus 2 1Tb Hitachi's, plus an assortment of smaller drives. There's no shortage of HDD's in this house, not including the 10Tb and 2Tb NAS boxes. All I "need" is a bloody fast SSD or two. I suppose I could RAID0 a couple of the VelociRaptors in the mean time... That may give my system a little more oomph. (gotta remember to backup often, though).
  3. Yes. That's what I heard too. The new intel SSD's are rumoured to be many times faster than existing drives. I guess it would be worth waiting until they surface and undergo tests. Have they specified a release date as yet?
  4. I've been trawling through the MANY threads on SSD's because I've decided to put in a SSD as my main OS drive. I'd prefer at least 160Gb, so the intel X25-M fits the bill, but I'm curious if the Crucial C300 or OCZ Vertex 2 will do a better job? Most reports on the C300 seems to give it high honours. My system runs Windows 7 Ultimate 64-bit and I plan to do a fresh installation onto the new drive. I'll relegate the existing WD VelociRaptors to storage drives. I'm mainly running multiple programs, including Office 2010, CorelDraw X5, PhotoShop CS5, Epson Scan, and Firefox. I also use Premiere CS5 and LightWave 3D often. The Crucial C300 256Gb seems to have been getting very good reviews and sells for around $700. The intel X25-M 160Gb is around $630. The latter seems to be the tried and true SSD that many new drives are compared to. I'd appreciate any helpful suggestions on this. Any links to recent reviews that compare the various SSD's would be appreciated, although I've probably read them all already during the course of my research, but you never know.
  5. When you mention using your system as a small business server, do you mean using the actual Microsoft Small Business Server software on the system? If so, it would be overkill for your requirements and a steep learning curve if you're unfamiliar with Server operating systems. From what I can see, your main concern is storage. perhaps the best solution would be a good NAS box with redundancy (eg. RAID5). Have a look at this thread to read about the NAS box I installed. It was a simple plug-in solution with plenty of storage, redundancy and security.
  6. Excellent review. On website price lists, there appears to be two types of Vertex 2 drives available. What's the difference between the OCZ Vertex 2 and the OCZ Vertex 2 (E) ?
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    Backing up a home file server

    I've been using Acronis True Image for years on both servers and workstations. It has never failed me. Simply schedule nightly backups and you're set. I've always scheduled full backup images into daily folders (eg. Monday, Tuesday, etc.) on an external USB hard drive. In the event of a complete system failure, you can very easily recover the most recent image onto a new hard drive and/or system. It's easy, fast, and very reliable. No need to reinstall the OS or any other software. Simply boot from the Acronis CD and tell it you want everything from the backup USB drive to go onto the replacement hard drive and/or system. When it's done, you have a completely rebuilt system just the way you left it prior to the last backup.
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    The SSD Watch thread

    Watched the review. Looks promising. Can anyone tell me what's the difference between the OCZ Vertex 2 and the OCZ Vertex 2 (E) ?
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    Creative Xfi Fatality and WIN7 64bit

    That's a lot of trouble to go to for something that should be so simple. You have my sympathy. I'm running Windows 7 Pro 64-bit with a Sound Blaster X-Fi Elite Pro and using the Creative drivers downloaded from their site. Everything works perfectly. Always did, even with the RC. But that's not what you wanted to hear. There might possibly be some other cause particular to your card. I'm surprised more people aren't experiencing the same problem, given the popularity of those fatality cards.
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    Replacing Server HDD's with SSD's

    Considering some of your helpful posts, I might have a rethink of how to approach this problem. The cheapest and easiest is to reinstall Acronis. There's a new version out now that's available as a fee upgrade, so it's a perfect time to fully remove the old one and try with the new version. Sometimes, that's all it takes. If it is still presenting problems, then I'll get some new drives sent in under advance replacement warranty (yes, chrisbrownie, it is a real server). Even those idiots who installed it knew the difference and bought a real server and not a PC. I couldn't count the number of times I've been called by new clients to fix their "server", only to find that it was a PC running Windows XP Pro sharing files on a workgroup. When I was originally called in by this client to have a look at this particular server, it was one of three servers in a room. It was supposed to be the PDC, whilst the other two were supposed to be a file server and a terminal server. Their previous IT people had been regularly 'working' on and maintaining all three systems for years. When I initially inspected the servers, something didn't seem right, so I had a look around the back and found that two of them weren't even hooked-up to the network.
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    Replacing Server HDD's with SSD's

    Acronis TrueImage Server does a decent enough job. It's simple enough to schedule a full system image to an external hard drive after hours. It doesn't take long to perform the backup and verify. The process works very well. I've recovered completely dead servers and workstations in the past using Acronis and I've had no problems with it.
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    Thecus N5500 NAS Server

    I'm sticking with XFS for the moment. Also, deletion of the same test batch of files mentioned previously too exactly 2 minutes.
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    Replacing Server HDD's with SSD's

    SSD's ARE MAGIC ! Every time you say they're not, a SSD Fairy dies. Seriously though, the main reason I was leaning toward SSD's was because of the fragmentation issue. I was hoping the SSD magic might help with that. The existing drives are quick enough at 15K RPM. Can you suggest a definitive way to test the drives without breaking the RAID? SeaTools doesn't work on them in the Windows Server environment and the documentation states that running SeaTools in DOS mode will test the drives while they're still in the RAID, but there's a good chance it will be destructive. I've tried using Microscope diagnostics, but the system freezes during the tests.
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    Replacing Server HDD's with SSD's

    The drives were purchased from an IT company that my client no longer deals with, so that makes things a little awkward. I could always send the drives off to Seagate, but that means the Server will be without drives for some time. I'll check to see if they do advance replacements. It's a difficult one, because my best guess is that the drives are the problem. There is the possibility it could be the controller. Not having components to swap-out makes it a little harder to identify the actual cause.
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    Replacing Server HDD's with SSD's

    Thanks Jeruselem. I already mentioned that in my original post. "I read that Intel SSD's (and probably others) do not require third party defragmenting..."