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Posted: 23 July 2012 12:12 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 16 ]
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JohnDelaquiox - 23 July 2012 07:33 AM

IT sucks you had to get a new harddrive

I had to swap out three of them this year, I believe they came from a bad batch because they were all different brands but purchased around the same time

If you have trouble recovering any info try this program

http://www.piriform.com/recuva

its worked like a charm for me many a time

While we are on the matter of Harddrives I am planning to switch to a pair of hybrid drives

two Seagate Momentus XT hybrid drives

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148837

Bought three Momentus XT 500 Go for testing purpose at work and I thought it was very good but after one year of use two of them did show some weakness signs although only used in notebooks. I hope you are luckyer with these models.


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Posted: 23 July 2012 12:17 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 17 ]
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The good thing about the XT’s is that with each generation they get significantly better. From the company increasing the solid state capacity to physical improvements on the drives themselves. the latest ones run very cool and smooth compared to just one or two generations ago.

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Posted: 23 July 2012 12:52 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 18 ]
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I always judge disk upon their reliability. Bought two WD Caviar green and I guess I had no luck. One of them didn’t last six month. Here are the actual failure rate for most HDD companies :

- Samsung 1,23%
- Western 1,63%
- Seagate 1,89%
- Hitachi 3,95%

Here are the failure rate for the disks :

- 9,70% Seagate Barracuda XT 3 To
- 8,94% Hitachi Deskstar 7K3000 1.5 To
- 7,53% Seagate Barracuda XT 2 To
- 7,30% Hitachi Deskstar 7K2000 2 To
- 5,78% Western Digital RE4-GP 2 To
- 5,33% Western Digital Caviar Green 3 To
- 7,53% Seagate Barracuda XT 2 To SATA 6Gb/s
- 5,78% Western Digital RE4-GP 2 To
- 4,53% Hitachi Deskstar 7K3000 2 To
- 3,18% Western Digital Caviar Black 2 To
- 3,07% Western Digital AV-GP 2 To
- 2,55% Seagate Barracuda LP 2 To
- 2,31% Western Digital Caviar Green 2 To WD20EARX
- 2,15% Western Digital Caviar Green 2 To WD20EARS
- 1,80% Samsung SpinPoint F4 EcoGreen 2 To

As you can see seagate has some of the highest rate so I’m not so confident as the Momentus are half mechanical too. Couldn’t find the 750Go failure rate though

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Posted: 23 July 2012 02:24 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 19 ]
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I usually go from my experience and the amount of HDD’s I have had to replace at my shop. The ones I get in the most are WD’s believe it or not. second are Hitachi and one other brand

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Posted: 24 July 2012 12:25 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 20 ]
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Most of the dead drives I see are WD.  A few seagates here and there.  Seagate *used* to be horrible, now they seem to be better.  I go by the warranty provided, and avoid SATA when a SaS version is available.

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Posted: 24 July 2012 03:03 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 21 ]
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This has been covered, but just to mention:

Also, to clear out bookmarks in a hurry but not toss them all, and/or to sort or store the old ones, you can always “export” the bookmarks to an HTML file where you’d like to keep it.


It’ll give you working links in HTML format and it’s a fast way to easily view and check them out and still have the list for working with later.  Just make two/three copies & store the files somewhere safe in case of a mishap.  lol


Later you can open the file in your Firefox and go down it, right click and open links in a new tab and bookmark what you want.


It’s an easy way to view and clean out “junk” at a later time and/or keep a working links backup list.
An easy way to share bookmarks, too.  Just send the file.


Listing it here for simplicity.  This is for an older version, but I’d think the new one’s similar:


Go to the Bookmarks menu.
Choose Organize Bookmarks.
There should be “Import and Backup” or similar
There should be:  Backup, Restore, Import HTML, Export HTML
Choose Export HTML, name file and save where wanted.


Don’t forget to make a copy or two and put them in a safe place . . . and where you can find them again.  tongue wink  
Exporting to the file won’t empty out the bookmarks.  That’ll have to be cleared out through the Organize Bookmarks avenue.

 


THANKS for the HD failure info, btw.  In replacing this Seagate Barracuda that recently went bad, looks like I’ll be looking for a Samsung.  lol  

 

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Posted: 24 July 2012 03:51 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 22 ]
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If you want to get back to that Windows 2000 aesthetic—and really, can’t blame you, I use it myself because Aero etc piss me off and distract my generally addled mind—here’s how to do it:

First, right-click on start button, pick “Properties” (or whatever is the equivalent in your chosen language).
Customize start menu; pick what you want to see and what you don’t want to see.
Then go to “Toolbars” tab, and pick “Quick launch” if you use it.
Then go to “Taskbar” tab, and pick desired customizations.


Move over to desktop and right-click on empty space on wallpaper. You should be able to see “Personalize”, pick it.
Under Personalize you should be able to see “Basic and High Contrast Themes” and there, Windows Classic.


Back to desktop, right-click, and “Display”. You should see yet another Control Panel window, with advanced options hidden. You will probably want to change the icon and font sizes too (hint: they’re not in advanced options). Click on the links offered.


Find “Computer” icon wherever it is lurking, right-click on it, and pick “Properties”, then “Advanced system settings”. Under “Performance”, tune to your heart’s desire. You might want to turn off DEP and adjust UAC aka User Access Control (in a different place, tho).


Buuut… this way, you should be able to get back to simplified, optimized goodness.

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Posted: 24 July 2012 08:00 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 23 ]
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Thanx guys…useful advice smile

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Posted: 24 July 2012 09:23 PM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 24 ]
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RawArt - 23 July 2012 09:43 AM

Ok…the store buggers got me.

I was wondering why everything was looking different in my OS….I suddenly realized they installed windows7 instead of my vista pro.
I brought it back to the shop..and they apologised and said if I want vista, they would need the machine for 2 more days (since my vista was pre-servicep pack1 ).....or they would give me a deal on windows 7.
Yeah…I bit the hook and took win 7 instead of the loss of 2 days work.

geeeezzzzz

Rawn


I think you’ll find Win7 to be a good choice. I have Vista on my laptop and workstation, but I plan to get Win7 on a new laptop soon when DS4 General Release is uploaded by DAZ.

And I always go for the good old ‘Classic’.

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