Just an observation. I was using an Athlon X2 260 on an Asrock MATX 780 something board and this setup would lose a disk connected to a highpoint controller weekly. Occasional errors fixed by a resilver as well.
I changed the board over to a P67 + i5 2400 and there has only been one dropout...
I ended up buying Easeus Data Recovery Wizard for AUS$130. The free version only allows 2GB to be recovered. I tried TestDisk, but it couldn't read the disk. I also tried a GParted plugin (I forgot the name) but whilst it could read the disk, it didn't find any files. So I ponied up.
I'm trying to recover a Mac external drive HFS+ that was plugged into a Windows 7 computer, and now just shows up on a Mac as a New Volume. What tools should I look at that might be able to recover the data? Mac based, Linux based or Windows. Free is best, but paid if necessary?
I was researching the idea of buying all the same drive recently (zfs) and the consensus was that this a bad idea as:
* Recent failure analysis seems to point to localised failures in HDD - i.e. some drives in a particular batch may be more error prone that the failure rates in a drive family...
And now we are getting into the whole upgrade conundrum. My main rig is an i7 2600K with a mild (4.0 GHz) overclock. I have no reason to upgrade it. An 1150 pin system might use a little less power, but not a whole lot. And it won't be a whole lot faster. Getting on towards three years old.
Just dropped an FX-8320 into a system containing an Athlon X4 635 (150 GB Velociraptor as the boot drive, 8 GB DDR-3 1600 and Vista SP2). The FX-8320 was a noticeable improvement. Not like Whooh!, but noticeable. If you have an AM3+ motherboard then not a bad boost.
I've been playing with some old systems - Athlon X2 and X4's, Core 2 Duo's and Quads on XP, Vista SP2, 7 and 8/10 lately and my entirely subjective opinion is that the days of dual cores being adequate are approaching the end. I'd guess for the sheer number of processes being spawned in later...
Apologies if this has been posted. I was wondering about the sense in putting an SSD in my sons Q9550/Asus P5Q Turbo - seeing as it's only SATA II equipped. It does make a noticeable improvement.
Thanks for the tips guys. I will have to see if they want to split the functions. It may be an option if the space matters. We have already had the "yes it can be done, but there are going to be different compromises" talk.
Does anyone have any recommendations for (preferably) a SFF A4/foolscap multifunction device (printer/scanner)? The people in question are ditching their desktop in place of a laptop as they've moved into an apartment.