08-11-2011 05:46 PM
08-11-2011 08:13 PM
You'd know more than me on that side of things Franc, but look at it head on, two drives playing up, replaced with two more that are still playing up, if that isn't something to do with the users PC I'd be very surprised.
08-12-2011 12:35 PM - edited 08-12-2011 12:38 PM
Cantbecanit, of the two replacements, one performs just as well as the best of the first three drives.
I have flashed BIOS, updated Intel INF and RST drivers, and even tried older drivers, and the result was the same. I physically swapped the drives to control for cables, ports, and location (vibration), and the speeds followed the drives.
At this point I am not trying to improve the speed of the remaining "slow" drive of the three that I kept, as I am using the two "fast" drives in RAID 0 and the "slow" drive only for backup, where it is fast enough. I posted an update to let others know of my experience. I cannot recommend these drives for performance applications unless one can cherry-pick drives or is willing to do the exchange juggle as needed. Nevertheless, the "fast" samples perform well.
08-12-2011 03:31 PM
08-12-2011 04:13 PM
Just had a look, these are Green drives http://www.seagate.com/ww/v/index.jsp?vgnextoid=20
I would re-consider how you use them tbh, if they are left in a raid set up I think you will be back here in 6 mths time asking why they are dead.
08-21-2011 03:03 AM
Cantbecanit, that is a discomforting statement. Are you suggesting that RAID kills drives, or that the green drives cannot be used normally without damage? These are for a personal computer, not a file server. Is there a hidden specification that says these cannot handle a normal desktop duty cycle?
08-21-2011 05:26 PM
08-21-2011 05:55 PM - edited 08-21-2011 05:57 PM
I have, but I can't find where I read it again, it's only one spec of raid that does it though.
Anyway back to the user, what I am saying is you have an ecoslow drive, and afaik these are really manual back up drives or simple one drive PC drives, i.e they don't lend themselves to the sort of person who likes to build and configure He Man PC's, or another example is trying to enter a race at the Nurburgring in a 1.3 VW Polo and wonder why all the Porsches are out of sight in seconds, anyway if you want to Raid it's always best to have identical drives with the same speed ratings throughout, ( I guess you kinda have already ) I just don't want you scratching your head and getting into an RMA chain, you really need some 7200 RPM drives for this set up.