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Old 24-03-2006, 11:39 AM   #9
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There is disk imaging software about that should give you pretty good compression - powerquest deploy center comes to mind. That should be able to compress your 800GB (if that's how much actual data you have) down to about (or under) 400GB.

Also, DriveImage XML, is a Disk Imaging plugin which then ties in nicely to this bootable Windows cd called BartPE that does the same thing.

Partimage is an open source linux based project which has experimental support for NTFS

Depending on how much/what type of stuff you have on your disk, you should see some pretty good compression - PQDC consistently gives me about 50% data compression on a relatively blank windows install.

The only other thing worth looking at is the controllers actually used onboard the mobos. In my (limited) experience with onboard raid they usually use a 3rd party controller by silicon image or promise, and adaptec and lsi at the higher end. Odds are not too slim that you'll get the same brand of onboard controller.

Having said that, I would strongly recommend you backup for two reasons:
1. There is a chance your raid setup won't survive across identical controllers anyway
2. If you lose 1x 200GB disk in your RAID 0 array you lose your entire 800GB of data. The odds of a disk dieing are pretty high in general, that's multiplied by 4 in your case. I'd recommend a RAID 10 configuration instead (see my rationale here)

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Old 24-03-2006, 02:40 PM   #10
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I am quite aware of the problems losing one disk lol. All my important data is regularly backed up, so I am only interested in speed really. Should one disk die I can get alll the stuff back, just a matter of obtaining it all again.

I realise that you need to use the same controllers etc, but I am sure i read somewhere that it worked which is why I was asking. Obviously you cant take your raid setup from an intel/promise controller etc and expect it to work on your NF4 raid controller. I wasn't ever considering that it would work going from NF4 to ULI, but I read it does lol.

If i delete windows/prgorams/games installs, i would probably have 700GB of data i need to store. It is all high def video, so 50 files in the 10-20gb range per file. It makes using dvd's rather hard. And 700gb is 150 dvd's, so I aint doing that.

I mite just delete the lot and start again lol, It isn't like there is a need for all them. You can only watch a movie once or twice anyway....
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Old 24-03-2006, 02:48 PM   #11
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save it as lower quality, still watchable (only just)
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Old 24-03-2006, 03:00 PM   #12
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LTO3 tape drive?

mmmmm....

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Old 24-03-2006, 03:25 PM   #13
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Expensive... I have one here at work. The do fly tho and can hold up to 800GB compressed.
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Old 24-03-2006, 03:44 PM   #14
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save it as lower quality, still watchable (only just)
yeah save it as low quality my main work pc now also my tv tuner PVR pc has 80% video files for recorded stuff and i use to save it in high quality but in all honesty save it in a compressed format like divx or xvid and it's less costly to store i have 6x250GB hdds on this pc, 4x in raid 5 (Raidcore BC4852 with 60MB/s transfers!) and 2x single 250GB heh

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Old 24-03-2006, 06:09 PM   #15
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Well I just grabbed another 4 WD3200KS drives lol. That should solve the problem

So now there is this spread across a few computers:
8x320gb
6x200gb
2x120gb

4x200 and 2x120 will be sold soon I reckon. They already have buyers though lol. Then grab another 4x320 in a few weeks and sell the other 200gb so I will just have 12x320gb drives.

yay for space
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Old 24-03-2006, 06:24 PM   #16
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Well I just grabbed another 4 WD3200KS drives lol. That should solve the problem

So now there is this spread across a few computers:
8x320gb
6x200gb
2x120gb

4x200 and 2x120 will be sold soon I reckon. They already have buyers though lol. Then grab another 4x320 in a few weeks and sell the other 200gb so I will just have 12x320gb drives.

yay for space
What TF do you DO with all that storage..........movies ??

Also whats your take on that mobo, ppl @ XS (and many others) reckon its pretty average/POS
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