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Y'all didn't listen.

 

Ghost 2003 worked fine restoring an image to my 4-disk Stripe array. Used a boot CD and ran ghost with:

 

ghost.exe -FFX -FNI -FNS

 

It restored 80 GB of data in less than 40 minutes (reading from an older, slower 200 GB drive. Still that's fast - 2000 MB per minute restore speed.)

 

Another useful thing I discovered: The Hitachi Feature Tool, required to enable 3 GB/sec SATA mode, works only with a boot floppy. By using VFD (a floppy emulator), making the virtual floppy with that, then using winimage to make an image of the floppy, then burning that onto a bootable DVD with Nero, I was able to run it from the bootable DVD without any floppy drive installed. Definitely a great trick for those situations where you (supposedly) HAVE to boot from a floppy.

 

VFD: http://chitchat.at.infoseek.co.jp/vmware/vfd.html

WinImage: http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file_desc...id,22460,00.asp

Nero: Get it yourself :)

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Y'all didn't listen.

 

Ghost 2003 worked fine restoring an image to my 4-disk Stripe array. Used a boot CD and ran ghost with:

 

ghost.exe -FFX -FNI -FNS

 

It restored 80 GB of data in less than 40 minutes (reading from an older, slower 200 GB drive. Still that's fast - 2000 MB per minute restore speed.)

 

Another useful thing I discovered: The Hitachi Feature Tool, required to enable 3 GB/sec SATA mode, works only with a boot floppy. By using VFD (a floppy emulator), making the virtual floppy with that, then using winimage to make an image of the floppy, then burning that onto a bootable DVD with Nero, I was able to run it from the bootable DVD without any floppy drive installed. Definitely a great trick for those situations where you (supposedly) HAVE to boot from a floppy.

 

VFD: http://chitchat.at.infoseek.co.jp/vmware/vfd.html

WinImage: http://www.pcworld.com/downloads/file_desc...id,22460,00.asp

Nero: Get it yourself :)

Using Ghost 2003 and the -FNI switch, I have not used the FFX or FNX switches.

I can backup and restore in 2 minutes flat.

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Using Ghost 2003 and the -FNI switch, I have not used the FFX or FNX switches.

I can backup and restore in 2 minutes flat.

 

Ahh, I'll try that next time. I didn't know if I needed the others, but it worked and I wanted to be done so I let it be.

 

How much data can you back up in 2 minutes? I did 80 GB in 40 minutes (though I strongly suspect the last 20 went by in 10 ... but I can't prove it.) Perhaps the -FFX and -FNX were slowing me down (those switches disable direct disk access.)

 

Also, here's my drive performance with 4x Hitachis - why aren't I getting a flatline? I don't have a clue there. Maybe because the drive is being tested while full?

 

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