Tag: sata

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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Jul 09 2009

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

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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Jan 24 2009

Netgear ReadyNAS NV+

For quite some time I haven’t been happy with the level of data protection on my servers … a while ago I ran mirrored (RAID 1) IDE (PATA) drives on my system using a Arco Duplidisk adapter.   It seemed adequate, but after I upgraded my servers to the Dell PowerEdge systems, it didn’t seem …

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Jan 25 2008

Laptops

I was just looking at my laptop (Dell Latitude D620) and wondered about a few things … Why do they bother putting RS-232 ports on laptops anymore?   I haven’t seen a device that connects via RS-232 in years.   The only devices I can actually think of that used a RS-232 port was an …

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Jun 28 2007

Hard Drive Failures

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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