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by Shamgar
Tue Nov 10, 2009 1:16 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec P183: The P182 Gets More Air
Replies: 145
Views: 85593

My point about doing another model falls back on their doing the P183 when they already had a P180 and 182, so why not something different to accommodate those who want a closed top without a front door? The P183 was made to address the complaints about the P180/82's apparent lack of airflow gettin...
by Shamgar
Tue Nov 10, 2009 12:53 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Windows 7 (32bit or 64bit)?
Replies: 72
Views: 15696

The big issue with 64-bit is drivers for older hardware. If your system doesn't have anything older than about 3 years attached, you're good to go; x64 will not only address more memory, it also has some new instructions that speed up general code a few percent. If you have an old scanner, printer,...
by Shamgar
Tue Nov 10, 2009 12:06 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec P183: The P182 Gets More Air
Replies: 145
Views: 85593

JVM , I share many of your concerns with the Antec cases in question. I also own a Solo (not currently used) and an Antec server case that is several years old but still very solid. I've also handled and used several other products of theirs over the years, so I'm (hopefully) not making silly commm...
by Shamgar
Tue Nov 10, 2009 11:17 am
Forum: Cases and Damping
Topic: New Antec case: Lanboy Air
Replies: 40
Views: 8422

That thing is so freaking hideous I really have no clue why would anyone over 8 years want it. That's probably their new target market. It's a lucrative one too. Just look at all the mums and dads in department stores spending hundreds of $/€s on plastic fantastic toys and gadgets and video games...
by Shamgar
Tue Nov 10, 2009 10:47 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec P183: The P182 Gets More Air
Replies: 145
Views: 85593

Even if I had a "remote control" to power on the computer, I still don't like the open top. Neither do I. But I was speaking about cases more generally. Not just the P18x, which I was never completely "sold" on anyway due to a few design and quality issues, such as the top exhaust which many compla...
by Shamgar
Tue Nov 10, 2009 10:12 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec P183: The P182 Gets More Air
Replies: 145
Views: 85593

Front doors are not that bad, especially on larger cases. On smaller cases, I think they are mostly unnecessary, unless they need to be locked for security purposes in a public setting. The optical and external bays are usually more ghastly than the front doors which hide them out of sight when not ...
by Shamgar
Tue Nov 10, 2009 9:35 am
Forum: Consumer Advocacy
Topic: Antec Customer Support - Totally Useless
Replies: 32
Views: 36485

If at all possible, maybe it's a good idea to find a good local shopfront retailer in your city whom you can deal with directly in person. There should be at least one retailer with a good reputation for customer service and policy for warranty and returns. Indeed I have, unfortunately it doesn't h...
by Shamgar
Thu Nov 05, 2009 10:29 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Low temp 3.5 HDD 1 to 1.5 TB drive
Replies: 6
Views: 1655

I will look into that EcoGreen, however I haven't been having much luck with Samsung drives. It will be run on a Thermaltake BlacX dock.. so more than half the drive will be naked to open air. I might want to run from a few hours to a few days on this dock. Like you, based on what I've seen from th...
by Shamgar
Thu Nov 05, 2009 10:18 am
Forum: Consumer Advocacy
Topic: Antec Customer Support - Totally Useless
Replies: 32
Views: 36485

andyb , sorry to hear of your terrible experiences with Antec. I learnt a long time ago to avoid their PSUs. I'm almost kind of feeling the same about their cases now... it's a shame, really. They were once such a dependable product. Looks like times have changed. It's not just Antec. It's a lot of...
by Shamgar
Thu Nov 05, 2009 9:49 am
Forum: Consumer Advocacy
Topic: Antec customer support - all thumbs up!
Replies: 28
Views: 35736

I think we should start to differentiate between Antec Worldwide, USA and EU. I would imagine that the service for North American citizens would be mostly good, seeing it is an American company. You should expect that. That doesn't mean that service for customers elsewhere in the world should be an...
by Shamgar
Thu Nov 05, 2009 9:24 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: How to clone Harddrive please.
Replies: 26
Views: 5230

On the subject, I wonder whether people are making clones of their partitions/drives using file by file or sector by sector copy? When using EASEUS, I made two separate clones using both methods. Sector by sector takes much longer as it reads and checks every sector and copies the MBR. File by file...
by Shamgar
Wed Nov 04, 2009 9:53 am
Forum: Off Topic
Topic: Windows 7 - Not a question thread, an answer one instead.
Replies: 22
Views: 5551

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by Shamgar
Tue Nov 03, 2009 10:01 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: EcoGreen F2 500GB not as quiet as expected
Replies: 35
Views: 7085

Interesting information. I wonder though how well the components manage the relatively fast switches between cold and hot (AC and outdoors use) temps. I believe laptops are more prone to breaking than desktop PC's, so I try to avoid using them outside the office as much as possible. Moving componen...
by Shamgar
Tue Nov 03, 2009 7:13 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Low temp 3.5 HDD 1 to 1.5 TB drive
Replies: 6
Views: 1655

I'm using a Samsung F2 EcoGreen HD103SI 1TB in an aluminium enclosure -- no active cooling nor any air vents. I was worried at first because I used a WD6400AAKS in the same enclosure where the drive got dangerously hot: ~50°C during summer in a non AC'd room. The F2 EG stays remarkably cool, usuall...
by Shamgar
Tue Nov 03, 2009 6:44 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: How to clone Harddrive please.
Replies: 26
Views: 5230

File by file copy is quick but is it more reliable to use sector by sector when cloning and restoring the system partition? Just so. Because via file copy the program must be aware of different levels of file system security, attributes, e.t.c. The sector copy method is more safe in this sense -- y...
by Shamgar
Mon Nov 02, 2009 10:39 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: How to clone Harddrive please.
Replies: 26
Views: 5230

Thanks for everyone's suggestions also. I've been trying to decide which software to use. In the past, I have used Ghost and Drive Image, both via bootable floppies. But they are no longer compatible or stable to use with my new drives. I tried the Windows based EASEUS Todo Backup I linked to in my ...
by Shamgar
Mon Nov 02, 2009 10:12 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: EcoGreen F2 500GB not as quiet as expected
Replies: 35
Views: 7085

I also heard about that Google paper. It was discussed on the forums a couple years ago I think. A warmer drive of which temperature is around 30-35°C appears to be a "safe zone" : not too cool nor too hot. If choosing which side of the extreme is preferable, I would rather them be a little cooler...
by Shamgar
Sat Oct 31, 2009 6:31 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: EcoGreen F2 500GB not as quiet as expected
Replies: 35
Views: 7085

I'm not sure how much I should trust the famous paper Google released 2-3 years ago, but I like to think that HD's should be warm, not cold. But not too hot either. Mid 20s is what I'm getting now with Ecogreen F2 500gb. /dev/sda: SAMSUNG HD502HI: 25°C That's just 2-3 degrees over ambient. It's ba...
by Shamgar
Fri Oct 30, 2009 10:18 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Microsoft Virtualization/XP Mode system requirements
Replies: 8
Views: 1817

I'm not up to date on all the Win7 going ons but I've gathered a bit from what I've read in several print and web tech media. XP Mode in Win7 is not the same as compatibility mode that you run in File Properties. It is a fully working virtual OS housed within the main OS of Win7. It was a late inclu...
by Shamgar
Fri Oct 30, 2009 8:54 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: EcoGreen F2 500GB not as quiet as expected
Replies: 35
Views: 7085

I'm using two Samsung drives right now: HM160HI (SpinPoint M5) 2.5" 5400 for system and HD103SI (F2 EcoGreen) 3.5" 5400 for storage/backups. I can support the claim that Samsung drives report unusually low temperatures, especially on my F2 EcoGreen 1TB. Enclosed in an external casing with no active ...
by Shamgar
Fri Oct 30, 2009 8:37 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec P183: The P182 Gets More Air
Replies: 145
Views: 85593

After P183 is released for months, does any one heard some reponse regarding the top fan noise issue from Antec? And do they have a plan to fix it? The worst case may be they don't think it a flaw at all, I guess. I was wondering the same thing too. Had a look at the P183 a few weeks ago in person:...
by Shamgar
Fri Oct 16, 2009 11:26 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: 2.5" vs 3.5" HDD.
Replies: 22
Views: 5187

I'm concerned about noise and lifetime/stability. Deciding between a Saumsung F2 EcoGreen 500GB in a SQD 3.5" or a WD Scorpio Blue in a SQD 2.5". This is a tough decision. It is a tough decision. But you need a drive. Just go with your heart's decision or gut feeling. Sounds corny, but it's the onl...
by Shamgar
Thu Oct 15, 2009 12:31 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung EcoGreen F2 500GB, 1TB or 1.5TB?
Replies: 5
Views: 2090

The 1TB will be have slightly more noise because it uses two platters. Samsung's data sheets confirm this. You can think of the 1TB as 2 500GBs and the 1.5TB as 3 disks in one. The noise difference is minimal and will only matter depending on how picky you are about it. Of course, I wish it was quie...
by Shamgar
Tue Oct 13, 2009 9:58 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung EcoGreen F2 500GB, 1TB or 1.5TB?
Replies: 5
Views: 2090

The 500GB will be the quietest, the 1 and 1.5TB will be around the same; that is, slightly more noisier than the 500GB single platter which is already very quiet. Idle noise for all of them will be extremely quiet but seeks will be audible unless you suspend them or place them in a noise dampening e...
by Shamgar
Tue Oct 13, 2009 9:27 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: A Trip Down Hard Drive Memory Lane & Other Pathways
Replies: 4
Views: 1269

The first "personal computer" we had in our family was a Commodore 16. It had to be connected to the television via an adaptor as we didn't have a monitor (the C 16 was already a luxury for us). It was pretty much unused most of the time. It came with a keyboard, a platform game on a cartridge and a...
by Shamgar
Tue Oct 13, 2009 5:54 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung HD reliability vs. WD, Seagate
Replies: 22
Views: 6328

People who have had few problems with these (or other brands) are unlikely to change Sure, but I'm talking about companies with three and letter names, who buy hard-drives by the million and ship them in large RAID arrays to very irritable customers who don't like failures, much less down-time. The...
by Shamgar
Tue Oct 13, 2009 5:33 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: A Trip Down Hard Drive Memory Lane & Other Pathways
Replies: 4
Views: 1269

That website was a good find. Didn't realise it was Australian at first (web address should have been a giveaway...). Lots of other info there which I enjoyed as much as the hard drive articles. The motherboards page was just as insightful and worth the read. I can't remember exactly what size drive...
by Shamgar
Mon Oct 12, 2009 10:07 pm
Forum: The Silent Front
Topic: Does SPCR seem way too obsessive compulsive about noise?
Replies: 77
Views: 46329

Thankfully, I do not ever have migraines. Headaches are only a rare occurence. I can handle most machine noise in the home at nights including (quiet) room fans (at low speed) and ticking clocks. But dripping taps annoy me. Unfortunately, it's something I have to put up with for now. The slight buzz...
by Shamgar
Mon Oct 12, 2009 8:54 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Samsung HD reliability vs. WD, Seagate
Replies: 22
Views: 6328

For what it's worth at my workplace I buy quite a lot of storage from numerous tier 1/2 vendors. All ship with Hitachi drives by default, and WD as a second choice. Read into this what you will (these are companies who sell lots of drives and don't want to have to deal with returns of course). Hita...
by Shamgar
Mon Oct 12, 2009 11:04 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: 5900rpm Seagate Hard Drives: Barracuda LP, Pipeline HD .2
Replies: 17
Views: 7759

Samsung F2 EG is better value with better availability where I live. Best current prices locally were AU$66 for 500GB and $89 for 1TB. I ended up buying the 1TB. WD and Seagate 1TBs usually around $100. I've almost given up deciphering WD's models and submodel variants. I want to believe in Seagate ...