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    1TBHard Drives

    Hi All,

    Im after 5 x 1TB SATA Hard Drives, and a motherboard than can support 6 SATA Drives.

    Anybody have any ideas?

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    what CPU?

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    How about one of these,



    Specifications
    Product Description ASUS P5QL PRO - motherboard - ATX - iP43 80.00+vat Free Delivery.
    Product Type Motherboard
    Form Factor ATX
    Chipset Type Intel P43 Express / Intel ICH10
    Front Side Bus 1600*/1333/1066/800 MHz *Overclock speed
    Processor 0 ( 1 ) - LGA775 Socket
    Compatible Processors Pentium 4, Pentium 4 Extreme Edition, Pentium D, Core 2 Duo, Core 2 Extreme, Core 2 Quad, Pentium Dual Core, Celeron 400 sequence, Celeron Dual Core
    RAM 0 MB (installed) / 16 GB (max)
    Supported RAM Technology DDR2 SDRAM
    Supported RAM Integrity Check Non-ECC
    Storage Controller ATA-133, Serial ATA-300
    Multi-Core Support Dual-Core / Quad-core
    USB Ports Configuration 12 x USB
    Storage Ports Configuration 1 x ATA, 6 x SATA
    Audio Output Sound card - 7.1 channel surround
    Dimensions 30.5 cm x 19.3 cm
    Manufacturer Warranty 3 years warranty

    Also 5 X 1TB Western Digital Caviar SATA 73.00+vat Each With Free Delivery!
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    I can vouch for the 1TB Western Digital Caviars.

    Bought 2 myself recently. Very quiet and don't get too hot.

    Avoid Seagate seems to be the recommendation at the moment.

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    Really? I've never had any problems with Seagate, not for at least 3 yrs or more down the line.

    The only except is when I get them from ebuyer and there idea of packaging. IE loads on top and nothing underneath.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matt40k View Post
    Really? I've never had any problems with Seagate, not for at least 3 yrs or more down the line.

    The only except is when I get them from ebuyer and there idea of packaging. IE loads on top and nothing underneath.
    The main issue people have with seagate at the moment is the recent cockup with firmware on loads of models of there drives see link below,

    Seagate Firmware Problems

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    Thanks for that, was going to get 1TB soon.

    Is this resolved with the fireware now? Or still ongoing?

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    Are you going to RAID those Terabyte drives? I remember reading somewhere that due to various technical reasons RAID isn't recommended, but I haven't a clue as to why.

    A lot of the newer Intel server boards also come with 6 SATA connections.

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    Believe it's to do with the MTF.

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    I have the asus p5ql-e, which is similar to the above. It's a nice board but very finicky. According to the doco that came with it, RAID doesn't work with M$ operating systems out of the box. You basically have to run software RAID.

    If you run Fedora 9, the RAID controller will work fine, but it won't be recognised under Fedora 10, as they have removed a key kernel module.

    If you run Suse 11.0 or 11.1 it will recognise the RAID controller, but I could not get the LVM to work, I had to use disk partitioning to get volumes.

    Mandriva 2008 will recognise it on install, but kernel panic on boot. Mandriva 2009 works perfectly.

    The built-in ASUS Express Gate is a good feature if you want to access the internet but not boot your machine. I can see this as being very useful if, for example, the hard drive dies and you want to order another online.

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    Quote Originally Posted by matt40k View Post
    Thanks for that, was going to get 1TB soon.

    Is this resolved with the fireware now? Or still ongoing?
    Depends on how new the drive you end up with is, there are firmware upgrades avalible but these have apparently brisked several of the 600GB ones. The newest drives don't have this issue but there is no guarentee of getting one as Segate has not recalled the affected drives as 'their' failure records don't indicate that the problem is wide spread. Other sources estimate the failure rate at 30%. There is an EG thread here avout the fault including the solutions:

    Segate admits firmware issue in latest 160 - 1500GB drives

    Unfourtunatly I have one of the affected drives but it has not failed yet. I need to rip it out and put it in a newer machine with native SATA to upgrade it through so have not tested the firmware update yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Michael View Post
    Are you going to RAID those Terabyte drives? I remember reading somewhere that due to various technical reasons RAID isn't recommended, but I haven't a clue as to why.
    It is to do with the rebuild time as because there is so much data to replicate the chances of another drive failing during the rebuild are much larger which is why the recommend RAID6, for even larger drives like 1.5TB there are concerns even about RAID6.

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    Hi,

    Im just going to use FreeNAS to Stripe them as a basic storage drive! I need lots of storage space for video editing and RAW image storage.

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    Hey if your interested, this is what im trying to build, a cheap NAS server instead of a very expensive HP solution.

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    Once these become available over here I'm getting one in my media PC

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