Anything is amazing compared to a Bigfoot!I recall getting my first 7200 RPM hard drive, a Seagate. It was replacing a 4000 PRM Quantum Bigfoot TX. It was very much like when I upgraded from my 7200 RPM WD Black to an SSD. Amazing!
Oh and those 75GXP drives. Loved 'em. The seek sound was so different from other IDE drives. Ran a pair of 30s in RAID0 on a Promise FT66 card with no issues. Got a pair of 75GB models when they became available. Those were considerably hotter. Still no issues until one of them fell off a table and was recognized but made weird noises. IBM utility showed a code that translated to "device damaged due to excessive shock". Well, it was right.
The quality issues and speed of ATA devices didn't get better fast enough. I had a variety of higher end "enterprise grade" storage controllers and disk products. AMI MegaRAID, LSi, Mylex, HP, DPT, Intel, Areca, to name a few. I had 16 raptor 150s in RAID0 on an Areca ARC 1680ix-24 at one point. These were later switched out to Fujitsu 300GB 15K SAS devices. In 2009 I went with SSD storage and the rest has been history.
To be fair, stuff like this used to happen.i had one of those or something like it on a swiftech mcx 462. damn it was loud. but the internet had me running scared of burning up my processor if i didn't have some super loud fan on a ginormous heatsink.
Edit: And yes I recall all those ATA ports. 4 freaking ports, 8 hard drives?! Woot! But most of my trouble ended up coming from that terrible Deathstar 75GXP I put in there. I really thought it was my motherboard half the time but it ended up being just that terrible hard drive screwing my data up and crashing.
You are crazy! And you have way too much money. Those IBM drives were quiet and quick. Too bad about the head crashes.
You went to SSD storage in 2009? One, how did you afford that (we are talking file server)? How do you back up your SSDs?
Yep, and been called worse for sure!
SSDs were in my personal system. Had a few dozen Gskill Falcon 128GB drives. They were quite cheap at the time ($300 USD each) and performance was decent at 255/220 R/W. The Intel X25 160G2 was far superior even if its writes were just over 100MB/S. Its iops were out of this world at the time only exceeded by much more expensive enterprise SLC drives, which we obtained a few of those too!
I usually have everything backed up on a SAN which (now) is flash based. There is a mix of RAM SAN devices too for more quick access of detached storage.
I had the Kingston badged version of the X25. Both died within a few weeks :|I was going to go SSD in 2009 when I went to the darkside with my i7 920 build. However, at that time the first consumer release, an Intel X25 80GB (G1?) had a firmware problem and I decided against it until Intel worked the bug out. I soldiered on with my Raptor (still going strong as an extra storage drive). I never went to SSD in my main rig until I built the rig in my sig in early 2015. Soon after my 920 build my wife was diagnosed with stage IV cancer and that wiped out our resources.
My DeathStar experience was "it was fine until one fateful day"... as a result I implemented a proper backup system, after losing all my old college work and porn. I was not impressed.