Sunday, March 22, 2015

Firefox 36.0.4 Freezes screen when I open up facebook...

March 22, 2015
I have noticed this freezing for a moment every time I go and open the facebook page. The browser just freezes, then it opens up the secure page. I thought I make my post as I have been noticing this every time I do this. I have just reinstalled the OS and programs and updates on a brand new hard drive too so there's not much going on there. I noticed it even more as I was just making a 3D print and when I did this, even that print froze which I thought...well there goes that hour of printing. Once this unfroze the print continued but they really need to figure out what is going on with this thing. The computer has 4 Gigs of memory so I know that's fine.

Saturday, March 14, 2015

Hard Drive Tools

March 14, 2015
I got this hard drive that has bad sectors which I didn't even know it had. I thought this was a good time as any to look into some proper tools to check this. Well at least for this one drive I have. I'll add more as I need or find them.

The current drive I want to check is a Hitachi 500GB 2.5 drive. This is a regular 500Gb 7200rpm drive.
Here are the tools I found for this purpose. You can also get the manual for it in the same place.
I will try this out and see how it goes. I'll update this once I am done testing it out.

Unfortunately I didn't get too far with this tool. I think they are pretty outdated from what it looks like. I got the program installed but I get nothing. It will not see any drive or anything for that matter.

I finally got in contact with Hitachi and they suggested I plug the drive directly to my computer since I have it plugged into the esata port. I want to take a closer look at this so I decided to do a bit of search for a few more tools that may come in handy. I have not used any of them yet so I'll check those out. Here's what I found so far.
Although the article is a bit old, some of the programs are still in use today.

Here's an article on testdisk

Here are a few others

I remember trying out some utilities years back and they actually made things worst, so take these with a grain of salt until you actually test them yourself. This has always been one of those things that you need but they take time, patience and a good program or you will end up losing your information instead.

March 18, 2015
I just finished taking apart my case and connected the drive directly to the spare sata port inside the motherboard. I had a feeling this would not work but since the support at Hitachi suggested I thought I give it one more try anyway. In short as you can see this program is pretty old and doesn't work. You can see that my system does work and sees the drive fine, but this program does not. Heck I can even open the drive like any other drive whether it's internal or external. So they really need to figure out something with their tools as it's pretty outdated from what I can tell and doesn't work. It's all they show on their site too.

My setup for this drive connected directly to the motherboard.

Here's the program opened again and with the other drives showing what I can actually see. So in short, I can't use their program because it doesn't pick up anything. So I'll put this back and connect it through my esata port since I know that also works. I'll start testing other tools to see what if anything works, but that is it for now unfortunately. This of course is a problem because if the manufacturers software doesn't work, you're going to be in a pickle until you can find something that may also work.

Friday, March 13, 2015

Online Speed Tests

March 13, 2015

I need to change isp, again so I thought test before I get cut off. No flash needed with these so cool! Although who knows how accurate these things are, but at least it gives you an idea and they look to be in the range of what the isp says I'm getting.

Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Sata Cables

March 10, 2015

I have been looking a bit more into sata cables and just wanted to find out a bit more in terms of their performance since my new motherboard includes two with the 6Gbs labels on it. I went to the local stores and found a few but most if not all were not actually labelled on the cables themselves. So I was just curious about this since I also want to get some shorter cables, but that seems a bit hard to find for some odd reason. My cases are small and use mini itx boards so I really don't need the long cables. I also need a one or two righ angle versions. In any case I found this article about cables. However, I guess it depends on what the cable is being used for.

Take cat5/6/7 network cables for example. Yes, all of these cables physically exist now. I have installed cat 5 and cat 6 myself, and just held the cat 7 at at store the other day. I also spoke with an engineer about network cables once and I was also shown some of their cable testing areas/machines, so I agree that not all cables are created equal and that can make a huge difference. But then again I like to look a these sort of thing since this is the backbone of your information. Most people don't even think about this stuff.

In any case, I would really prefer the motherboard manufacturers included as many cables as the board has ports so that you don't have to go looking and matching or mismatching cables. 

Here's the difference in sata speeds.,-sata-ii-and-sata-iii

My new motherboard came with these nicely labelled sata cables.

 The blue is a new monoprice right angle cable I just got and it's not labelled.

They both have the metal clips that hold the cable in and I didn't have any of this type and really like the built in clips now. The monoprice is also a bit longer as you can see which also made for a more painful install in my mini itx case. So this also makes a difference as I just found out.

Here are a few variations of these network cables. As you can see all cables are not created equal.