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by reddyuday
Tue Nov 03, 2009 1:06 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: How to clone Harddrive please.
Replies: 26
Views: 5011

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. Are you sure...
by reddyuday
Sun Nov 01, 2009 4:33 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Putting Drives on Standby
Replies: 23
Views: 5021

Thanks for the info, Miguel. I didn't know that SMART requires that the drives be spinning. I disabled the monitoring of the HD in Speedfan because I am not particularly concerned about its temperature. I have the CPU temperature displayed in the systray. That is the temperature that matters to me. ...
by reddyuday
Sun Nov 01, 2009 4:07 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: GIGABYTE GA-P55M-UD2 LGA 1156 Intel P55 Micro ATX Intel MB
Replies: 1
Views: 868

It seems to me that the CPU is needlessly close to the DIMM slots. There could be a clearance issue for the CPU cooler.
by reddyuday
Sat Oct 31, 2009 2:52 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Putting Drives on Standby
Replies: 23
Views: 5021

Actually, it seems to be ok. After closer inspection, I found that the Explorer is also probing the partitions in the secondary drive, but probing them in an unobtrusive way so that they don't spin up. The drive manufacturers and Microsoft seem to understand each other. (On the other hand, the drive...
by reddyuday
Sat Oct 31, 2009 9:10 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Putting Drives on Standby
Replies: 23
Views: 5021

Sorry to resurrect an old thread. I recently ran into drive standby issues and found this thread. procmon (the new filemon) says that Explorer.exe is doing QueryFullSizeInformationVolume operation on my disk partitions. At the moment, it is doing it on every partition of my primary drive once every ...
by reddyuday
Sat Oct 31, 2009 8:48 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Seagate Momentus doesn't spin down
Replies: 7
Views: 2459

I was helped partly by this old thread on Putting drives on standby.
by reddyuday
Sat Oct 31, 2009 8:41 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Seagate Momentus doesn't spin down
Replies: 7
Views: 2459

It turned out that speedfan was the culprit. It is probing the disk drive at one minute intervals, presumably asking for the temperature, and this is blocking the hard drive from going to standby. The way speedfan is probing the hard drive is also causing the head to be unparked and re-parked, which...
by reddyuday
Sat Oct 31, 2009 8:33 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: ZEROtherm Nirvana CPU Cooler
Replies: 64
Views: 20311

Thank you, that's exactly my point based on testing in same conditions not on extrapolating. I think the extrapolation issue is a red herring . If you understand what was extrapolated and how, you will see that it is a perfectly reasonable thing to do. The main difference is that your friends repla...
by reddyuday
Sat Oct 31, 2009 4:03 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: ZEROtherm Nirvana CPU Cooler
Replies: 64
Views: 20311

Me neither. The only thing that might explain it is that our results conflict with those other results, which somehow threatens them? I dunno. No, I won't try to explain their ranting. But in the midst of all that ranting, there is perhaps one useful point that has been missed, viz., that the figur...
by reddyuday
Fri Oct 30, 2009 5:05 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Mating Dell DA-2 and Pico power supplies
Replies: 11
Views: 16651

Hi Ryboto, Under Prime95 torture test, the voltage drops to 11.669-11.722V according to the motherboard software. It is back to 11.827V after the test is stopped.

I didn't measure the voltage at the power brick PCB.
by reddyuday
Fri Oct 30, 2009 12:52 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Seagate Momentus doesn't spin down
Replies: 7
Views: 2459

It is not doing it today (yet). I had the drive disabled in the device manager the whole of yesterday. When I re-enabled it, the device manager hung and I had to reboot the system. Afterwards, it has been happy to spin down. But I don't think I am out of the woods yet. I have several theories for wh...
by reddyuday
Thu Oct 29, 2009 9:02 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Seagate Momentus doesn't spin down
Replies: 7
Views: 2459

reddyuday I think, the Windows is pulling your leg ;) He he... good one. I have Windows power management set to turn off the drives after 10 minutes of idle time. I guess Windows has sent the signal to the disk to turn off, but Momentus is not able to. Something is blocking it from turning off. Str...
by reddyuday
Thu Oct 29, 2009 12:34 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Seagate Momentus doesn't spin down
Replies: 7
Views: 2459

Seagate Momentus doesn't spin down

I have a new Seagate Momentus 7200.4 hard drive (2.5", 320GB), which refuses to go to standby. From what I can hear, it slows down every few minutes, wiggles its arm a couple of times, and spins up to full speed again. It keeps doing this for ever! Does anybody know why it does this? I mainly work w...
by reddyuday
Thu Oct 29, 2009 12:19 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Replace or Repair Socket 478 DDR2 AGP mobo?
Replies: 4
Views: 1335

It is probably not possible to replace your motherboard by the exact same model if it is that old. Your best bet is to find some other board that fits the system. You might try searching in Goolge Shopping with your requirements, e.g., "motherboard 478 ddr2".
by reddyuday
Tue Oct 27, 2009 4:20 pm
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Mating Dell DA-2 and Pico power supplies
Replies: 11
Views: 16651

What is your 12v reading in the BIOS or software monitoring? The motherboard software is reporting 11.827V, which agrees with Speedfan. The BIOS says 11.774V during boot. It could be a reading from a different part of the motherboard. The exact voltage readings at the end of the cables are as follo...
by reddyuday
Tue Oct 27, 2009 9:08 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Mating Dell DA-2 and Pico power supplies
Replies: 11
Views: 16651

I got a new Dell brick. Also, independent tests revealed that PW-200 might not work for my motherboard. So I swapped it for a PicoPSU-150-XT. Then I did the mating with standard extension cables as follows. Inventory: 1 x 20 or 24-pin ATX male socket (can be extracted from 20 or 24-pin ATX extension...
by reddyuday
Tue Oct 27, 2009 12:00 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Winmate DD-24AX DC-DC Module for Silent, Efficient Power
Replies: 35
Views: 32670

That's a good clarification and I've borrowed it to use in that discussion about efficiency, hope you don't mind! ;) I am honored! (By the way, I did some time travel myself and unapologized for the offence that wasn't taken :D) BTW, someone from Winmate just contacted me about the article. Impress...
by reddyuday
Mon Oct 26, 2009 3:39 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Quietest 320GB and 500GB
Replies: 9
Views: 1975

I also went and heard the noise recording from the SPCR review of the Momentus 5400.3. As far as I can make out, the seek noise is louder and drummier than that of my drive. So, it appears that the Momentus drives have improved since then (as they should). Well, I just heard the recordings of the o...
by reddyuday
Mon Oct 26, 2009 3:21 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Winmate DD-24AX DC-DC Module for Silent, Efficient Power
Replies: 35
Views: 32670

I was truly confused about what was measured in the efficiency test. I should have perhaps mentioned this specifically in my last post. Since you are accepting that the Winmate is 88% efficient or better, it appeared as if you were just testing the efficiency of the power adapters. But for what purp...
by reddyuday
Mon Oct 26, 2009 1:13 pm
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Winmate DD-24AX DC-DC Module for Silent, Efficient Power
Replies: 35
Views: 32670

Thanks Mike. It is good to see this review.

However, I am unable to understand the value of the test you report. Isn't it really measuring the efficiency of the power adapters instead of the efficiency of the Winmate board? But it is the board that we have to cool inside the PC case.

Uday
by reddyuday
Mon Oct 26, 2009 7:29 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Quietest 320GB and 500GB
Replies: 9
Views: 1975

3 gigabit is the interface not the transfer rate. Read speed would probably be somewhere around the 100mb/s max. The Momentus manual mentions 1.23Gbit/s as the maximum "internal transfer rate". http://www.seagate.com/staticfiles/support/disc/manuals/notebook/momentus/7200.4%20(Holliday)/100534376a....
by reddyuday
Sun Oct 25, 2009 5:48 pm
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Quietest 320GB and 500GB
Replies: 9
Views: 1975

Re: Quietest 320GB and 500GB

At 3GB SATA II transfer rate, it happens so fast that it is finished even before I realize that something has happened. Damn, I wish I had one of those 3GB SATA II HDDs. Are they expensive? :roll: :wink: You are pulling my leg, aren't you? Ok, I should have written 3Gb or 3Gbit, rather than 3GB. So...
by reddyuday
Sun Oct 25, 2009 6:16 am
Forum: CPUs and Motherboards
Topic: Biostar or ASRock motherboard?
Replies: 4
Views: 1548

I don't know either of these motherboards, but I have an ASRock motherboard, model G43Twins-FullHD. It is one of the few motherboards that is of micro-ATX form factor with support for DDR3 memory. It is a somewhat basic, fairly decent motherboard, but qite exceeded my expectations of a 'generic' mot...
by reddyuday
Sun Oct 25, 2009 3:20 am
Forum: Silent Storage
Topic: Quietest 320GB and 500GB
Replies: 9
Views: 1975

I have a Seagate Momentus 7200.4 2.5inch drive in an Antec 1380. I can hear the disk spin, at about the same level as the CPU fan running at 1000 rpm, which is to say barely. If I ever hear the seek noise, it is comparable to that of a few grains of sand dropped on a granite floor. At 3GB SATA II tr...
by reddyuday
Sun Oct 25, 2009 2:57 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: Dell DA-2 Power Brick Help
Replies: 52
Views: 40820

I am glad to report that using PicoPSU-150-XT instead of PW-200-V worked. I have the PicoPSU mated to Dell DA-2 powerbrick, passing two circuits of 12V power to the Pico, and a third circuit directly to the CPU. The wall socket power meter reports a power draw of 54-57W for the Pico under normal loa...
by reddyuday
Sun Oct 25, 2009 1:49 am
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Dead-silent pc wanted!!!
Replies: 8
Views: 1724

I was going to say you should be able to run the CPU and GPU passively for normal operation, and with good ventilation could probably turn off the case fans too, so your only moving parts would be in the PSU. But that case doesn't have any ventilation for the main compartment at the top, which woul...
by reddyuday
Sat Oct 24, 2009 2:41 pm
Forum: System Advice / Troubleshooting
Topic: Dead-silent pc wanted!!!
Replies: 8
Views: 1724

Instead of running Ninja2 fanless and adding an exhaust fan, you might consider mounting a fan on Ninja2 and letting it also act as the exhaust. You might discover that you don't need the intake fans after all. eitheta ran a system with a single CPU fan, which I found hard to believe initially, but ...
by reddyuday
Sat Oct 24, 2009 8:47 am
Forum: Power Supplies
Topic: New products - PicoPSU-150-XT, PicoUPS-100
Replies: 31
Views: 29523

Re: PicoPSU-150

I am at a loss. The Gigabyte MB causes the Pico-150 to buzz loud. The system will not power up. The AMD just will not power up. Using a 24 to 20 pin adapter in either system fixes the problem. Anyone else use the PicoPSU-150 with any success? Here is some possible insight into the buzzing problem. ...
by reddyuday
Thu Oct 22, 2009 1:34 pm
Forum: Deals, Vendors and Classifieds
Topic: Wanted - Scythe Quiet Drive 2.5"
Replies: 2
Views: 1086

How about going to google.com, clicking "shopping" and entering "Scythe Quiet Drive"?

Edit, 2009-11-05: Sorry for the flippant answer. I didn't realize that Scythe was having distribution problems in the US.
by reddyuday
Thu Oct 22, 2009 7:01 am
Forum: SPCR Article Discussion
Topic: Antec NSK-3480: 80-Plus Case
Replies: 65
Views: 38841

If Antec is updating NSK3480, I would like to see them add quality features without increasing the size. I ended up building my system in NSK1380, but 3480 was a close runner-up. It is of the right size for me and has 3 external drive bays. The main thing that put me off 3480 was the difficulty of c...