Category Archive: Hardware

Sep 03 2012

ReadyNAS and SMART Errors

Hard Drive

As some of you may be aware, I don’t put a whole lot of stock in the “SMART” feature of hard drives. Rarely have I had the SMART capabilities of a hard drive actually tell me that the drive was going to fail. Recently I had an encounter with SMART errors in a totally different …

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Jan 06 2011

Dell PowerEdge T310

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(Read this entire post, as there is a very weird problem described later) It’s been quite a while since I upgraded the hardware that runs this (and others) web site. The warranty on the systems either will be expiring soon or has already expired. So I bit the bullet and ordered a new Dell PowerEdge …

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Apr 22 2010

SSD and D630

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A few weeks ago I saw a a good deal on a 80gb Solid State Disk (SSD) from Dane Elec at NewEgg (officially “DANE-ELEC DA-SDM25-80G-N-T-MK 1.8″ with 2.5″ adapter SSD Migration Kit”). The unit is actually an Intel X18-M SSD in a 1.8″ to 2.5″ SATA adapter. It only cost $149, so I got one. …

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Oct 04 2009

Activate AHCI in Win 7

Last week I decided to start playing around with Windows 7 on my laptop … just to see how it’s going to work. Luckily I have a spare SATA hard drive, so there was no risk that I would damage anything permanently.   If the Windows 7 install went bad, I could simply switch back …

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Aug 09 2009

They're Dead Jim

Dead Hard Drives

After dealing with Ginny’s older computer, I took stock of the various bits & pieces of computer hardware that I have lying around. I noticed that there were a fair number of unused hard drives.   Some were defective and out of warranty others were so small as to be next to useless.

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Jul 25 2009

Wake On LAN

Intel NIC Power Managment

There is apparently going to be a bit more getting used to this new laptop. The other day, before I went to bed, I put my new Dell Latitude E6400 into standby mode … I’m 99% sure I did this. The next morning, however, when I went down stairs I found my laptop powered on. …

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Jul 09 2009

S.M.A.R.T. (or not so smart)

Computer Hard Drive

I really get frustrated when it comes to hard drive diagnostics.   Specifically: S.M.A.R.T. (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology). The theory behind S.M.A.R.T. technology is that the hard drive is supposed to provide predictive failure information for hard drives. The problem is, I’ve never had a S.M.A.R.T. technology accurately report a failure.

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Sep 18 2008

Bad Video Card

video-corruption

My poor little Laptop … something’s gone wrong with it’s video card. A few days ago I was watching a video on the laptop and something went horribly wrong … the video got completely corrupted.   Even rebooting the system didn’t help.   My initial thought was that my external monitor had gone casters up, …

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Jun 28 2007

Hard Drive Failures

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I’ve noticed something … in recent memory, I have not suffered one single hard drive failure. I’ve only suffered multiple hard drive failures … all my drive failures seem to happen in batches. Last weekend the refurbished Seagate hard drive in my laptop (Rohan) started generating errors. About the same time, the main drive in …

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Nov 20 2006

Noisy

The new tape drive arrived today … I was a bit worried that it would ever show up, as the vendor I purchased from seemed to be pretty disorganized. It seems to be ok. It’s even new. I was half expecting the unit to be refurbished, which I would be OK with, because the price …

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