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  1. SO what if I disconnect my RAID array after I shut down. If I replug it in should it be recognized immediately as RAID? Sometimes you have to re-enable the array or something? I'm not too sure.
  2. Thanks! I think I'm set. When I read the previous response telling me to use the LEGACY method, I was already burning the slipstream with SATARAID. Glad to know you did it that way... although I used the latest version of nLite. Are you saying it's unstable as in the program crashes or as in it produces bad Windows ISOs? I already burned mine, so should I worry about this being a possibly bad disc and needing to re-slipstream or should I be fine as long as my nLite didn't hiccup on me? I'm about to go pickup my 7200.10 drive from UPS and once I do I get to start ^^. I haven't been this worried since I built my system.
  3. Gotcha tahnks.... I have an Ultra-D, so I ONLY have NVRaid. My question was which ports I need to plug my drives into because I heard certain ones operate together and when u use RAID-0, you should have the drives on certain ones and non-RAIDed drives on certain ports... Thanks a lot!
  4. Gotcha but which do I slipstream? Looks like you used Legacy http://www.msfn.org/board/index.php?showtopic=51140&st=0 Should I be using SATARAID or Legacy? Iwas about to start SATARAid slipstreamming.. dunno One other question.... Aren't the ports on the Ultra-D linked in pairs? So like 0 & 1 and then 2 & 3 are either RAID or NON-RAID? I'm not sure where to plug my 4 drives 1) Raptor 2) 7200.10 3) 7200.10 4) 7200.9 I want to raid-0 drives #2 and #3
  5. I read the RAID guide but I dont have SP2 slipstreamed with my XP and I would like touse my original disc anyways, so I usually use Seagate Tools to partition a small XP drive like 16GB or so and then create the rest once I'm in Windows and SP2 is up and running. If I RAID-0 2x 7200.10s, how do I create a small partition? I guess I could use Windows installation, but would Seagate's tools be able to do the trick or would it not have RAID drivers to recognize the drives as 1 device? Finally... My setup is as follows: 1) Raptor 74 GB ADFD 2) 2x 7200.10s in RAID-0 Raptor is my OS drive, but if I reformat it one day and reinstall Windows, what happens to the 2x7200.10s? Do I need to install drivers for Windows to recognize it? I was told to just setup Windows as normal, and then once I'm inside Windows, install the RAID drivers and the array will show up... Question is how will I install drivers? Are there drivers that are to be installed in Windows? The only drivers I'm familiar with is the ones on DFI's site/RAID floppy designed so you press F6 when you boot up.. Can someone help me out? Config is in my sig, so these drives will all be plugged into the NF4 SATA ports...
  6. Yea I guess there's Best Buy or what not, but that's kinda far, and coming from Silicon Valley, I'm a Fry's kinda guy.. My point is does DFI at least cover the cables and will give me new ones? I had a few Vantec IDE cables before that were lifetime warranty (roudned ones) and they sent me new ones after my old ones died. I thought that was pretty cool.
  7. I have 3 SATA drives right now after I got my Raptor, and I have it on my old DFI yellow cable. I have another drive on another DFI SATA cable too, and they both work fine... However, I had to buy another SATA cable from Fry's since I need 3. However, I realized I'm getting some errors once in a while from the Raptor (disk read error) when I boot up. If I isolate the drive, it has trouble booting up once in a while. I ran WD diagnostics as well as checked for SMART errors.. no problems. However, I swapped SATA cables and it worked fine. Conclusion? I believe my SATA cable is defective. Thus 1 of my two of my DFI SATA cables doesnt work because I swapped that "bad" SATA cable with another yellow one as well as with the one I bought with Fry's and my Raptor had no symptoms at all. The other SATA cable gives my SEagate 7200.9 (bootable) some troubles too.. Is there some quick way I can get a new cable from DFI? I cannot really afford to drive 1 hr to Fry's in the next few weeks...
  8. So people are still using 704bt over 406? Isn't 406 the latest official one? But I guess it's not as good?
  9. I've done quite a bit of research and I know the best place to put my page file is on the MOST USED partition of the LEAST USED physical drive. If people still wonder what that means, go ahead and ask me. Basically, I have my page file on a 2nd drive (7200.9 drive instead of my Raptor) but I have heard the argument that you should keep a small page file (2 - 50mb) on your primary Windows drive, and the rest on your second drive. So for example, I was told to put 2-50mb on C:, but the other 1.5gb on my other drive. Good or bad? All I'm wondering is whether I should even bother with the 2-50mb or just go with the fat 1.5gb and thats all I need.
  10. Question: If I don't use a slipstreamed SP2 installation, and I have 2 x 250gb 7200.9s in RAID-0, I will have a problem creating partitions right? (without RAID, I usually have the partitions created with Seagates tools, and so I will have the first few partitions show up, and the rest won't because of the 137gb problem, but once I install SP2, everything is fine) Also, can I use Seagate's tools to create the partitions on the RAID array or do I need to do something special?
  11. Answer to my own question: D'oh! I forgot 7200.9s have a jumper where you can turn it into SATA300 or SATA150 mode. The jumper is left in so its default at SATA 150.. Hahaha. =P
  12. http://www.dfi-street.com/forum/showpost.p...84&postcount=36 I see here that ur supposed that Ch. 1 should be used, but I hear people telling me that I should use 3 + 4, but blah.. I don't get it Which one should the boot drive use? What about the secondary?
  13. So I got my 7200.9 drive to replace a 7200.8. Both are 250GB models, and I believe they are the same drive basically except for SATA II capabilities on the 7200.9 I was wondering if I could just use RAID 1 and copy the data over from the old drive to the new drive. Good bad? The Seagate utility is giving me trouble, so that's why I'm asking this. I hate reinstalling XP. Also, how would I go about doing this in the Ultra-D?
  14. Ultra-D DOES have SATA2 at stock. I also do have nforce 4 software installed...
  15. I just popped in my 7200.9 Seagate drive and I know that is SATA 300 while my 7200.8 is SATA 150. However I ran a simple speed test in Windows, and its telling me both drives are running at SATA 150. Well why can't my 7200.9 run at SATA 300? Is it because it's limited by the 7200.8 that's also plugged in? Also, which 2 plugs should I use on my Ultra-D? Thanks!
  16. Not necessarily the cold boot issue. I had a problem where I plugged my Panaflo into my Mobo and it would die. The thing was a medium panaflo, so it uses FAR LESS power than the max on the board, but the board wouldn't take it. Odd huh? Stuck it in a fan controller and I could boot up. When the fan was in the mobo, I would power on for half a second. The fan would spin for half a second and stop... Cold boot should be a lttle different
  17. Uhh The Zalmans fit. I have a VF700. I was running Dual 7800GTs the other day to test both cards out...
  18. New sticks of RAM.. 1) 1 stick in OJ. 8 hrs of stock settings, or just [email protected]$$ timings like 3-3-3 2) Try the 2nd stick and give it 8 hrs of memtest. Oh yea, run tests 5 or 8 or both 3) Try both sticks in OJ, [email protected]$$ timings again 4) Now burn in. My VX sticks did 2-2-2-5 @ 250,... just do wahtever they're rated for. Both sticks in OJ and run it for 24 hrs. 5) Still no errors? Go back to stock. VX is 2-3-2-8? Install Windows. If you want to wait before installing windows (my recommendation), play aorund until you know what voltage is good for what speed.
  19. You need to reinstall Windows. At this point it isn't even a matter of trying to get into Windows. You need to reinstall on optimized defaults and then finding a setting that you can work with 24/7 without destroying anything. I BSOD now and auto reboot after just flashing my BIOS last night. Boo huh? Stupid me.. 623-3 was working fine, but I just wanted the new vers...
  20. This is definitely not a Seasonic issue. The Seasonic issue works differently. It's usually a small sound followed by a spinup of the fan for 0.5 seconds and then it dies. That said I do have a Seasonic and it is workign fine on my rig.
  21. I have a Vantec Iceberq4 and it requires some dremel work, but not much. You could probably get away filing it by hand. but its not bad at all. I find changing this fan doesnt help much. Some better cable management would be good for me... Plus the GF7800GT gets in the way and this is the only reason my chipset temps jumped like 5 degrees after putting my graphics card in even with a new fan.
  22. I thought Yellow = UTT, Orange= TCCD. Orange = safer for first boots, but I'm on yellow slots right now....
  23. 623-3 is being used 1) I am running stock. Read my Edit above. 2) My case is open at this point. I have my Panaflo on my CPU runnign FULL speed. Even with the fan volted down, I IDLE at 24 - 27 degrees. I load at like low 30s. My HD has another 120mm fan blowing at it (currently running full speed). My 7200.8 idles around 30 and the Hitachi a degree or two lower. Load is under 35. My temps are definitely fine 3) Video card has a VF700 running at full speed. I idle around low 40s and load up to 60s. 4) I have an exhaust 120mm fan. Trust me. cooling is sufficient. If 2 drives are both bad, that's a surprise. I'm running 2 7K250s (1 in an old comp) and they have been fine. I HIGHLY doubt that this Hitachi in my current comp is bad because its the newer of the 2 7K250s I have. moreover, it's always been a 2ndary drive and SMART shows it as totally fine. It's current values = worst values, and so SMART gives its fitness rating a 100%. The Seagate drive on the other hand has been known to have problems (refer to SR). My drive has been fine, but it COULD be problematic. However, symptoms on this drive are teh SAME as on the Hitachi drive, making me wonder that this is a chipset/board problem. I'm just hoping if I can RMA, that I can do this in a painless process. I liked how I went home one weekend and I talked to OCZ and I drove to their place and swapped sticks of RAM within 10 minutes.
  24. I don't know but Windows started locking up on me a LOT on my 7200.8. Sometimes I would boot into Windows a lot and then it would log me in and if I click on start menu or anywhere on taskbar I get a waiting icon. Mouse dies and so does keyboard. System is halted. I got to the point where Ic ouldn't boot. Reformated and reinstalled Windows. I got lockups within 3 days. Reformatted AGAIN, and by the time I was done installing I got lockups again. I figured the 7200.8 was bad after reading SR's reliability index. Ok, so I set that to slave and I boot from my PATA Hitachi drive instead. I only boot because sometimes I need to access files because by now I'm using my laptop (system is effectively crippled, so I woudl rather wait for a new HD to come in before using it as a main system again). Ok, so I'm using my desktop like 10 min a day at most, and then shutting it down. Starting yesterday I got double lockups in Windows the same way.... I know something is up. SMART shows the Hitachi drive being flawless and even the Seagate drive is 50% fitness. None of the values have dropped below the warning level. Basically, if everything worked flawlessly on the Hitachi drive, Ic ould attribute this to a drive issue. However, if I'm getting weird problems on all my drives, then I'm guessing its the board. I know DFI's offices are somewhere in Fremont? I don't know, but it's somewhere in the Bay Area. I'm going home this weekend and I need to drive to SVC to pick up a few things anyways, so I was wondering if I could just get a board exchange? Edit: My system is not OCed and HAS NOT been for a good 3 months
  25. I take it that my memory is royally messed up? http://support.microsoft.com/default.aspx?...kb;en-us;326679 By the way I have been running at extreme voltages or anything. I ran at 3.2 volts maximum for some period before dropping it down to 3.0. Well within warranty for VX4000. When I swap out 1 stick, the msg goes away, and I get some corrupted file error. Is my memory physically damaged? This has happened 3 times and this is the first time I decided to do some investigation.. Oh and Windows just keeps restarting. The splash screen doesn't even show up with 2 sticks in. With 1 stick in, the splash screen comes up and then it restarts a little afterwards.
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