P5-133XL wrote:Have you ever done any data recovery?
P5-133XL wrote:Sorry, I don't believe that you know that task at all if for no other reason than question 4) "Should I add a cheap dedicated GPU for increased performance"? What on earth are you going to use a GPU for during data recovery unless while you are waiting for the drive imaging to complete you're playing video games.
k00k wrote:Why a Barracuda Green and not a 7200 rpm drive? You're after capacity? Get a 7200 rpm one as your primary one, then a 'scratch' drive where you can copy system images and files from the recoveries. Less risky all around.
k00k wrote:You may want to consider adding IDE capability in there.
k00k wrote:I'm not exactly sure what your target demographic is, but I imagine this is just a small time operation catering to home/small office users and not to enterprise outfits, e.g. data recovery due to unrecoverable/unrepairable virus infection, intermittently failing hard drive before RMA send-off, etc. That being said, you may want to invest in relatively fast add-on cards instead of directly plugging/replugging drives onto your mainboard. Get a high quality esata dock as well since this will make your life so much easier, and save your motherboard's ports, too (SATA connectors also have rated MTBF numbers, you know) Also, USB alone won't cut it since USB does not have support for the low level diagnostics tools that the hard drive makers provide (Mostly DOS based, like SeaTools, Drive Fitness Test, WD DataLifeGuard, etc)
k00k wrote:Which reminds me: why get a case? Why not get a open cart/case? Get something similar to what these guys have on offer: http://www.highspeedpc.com/ Makes accessing your board and everything else easier.
k00k wrote:You may also want to invest in a couple of fast flash drives for shuffling data around and creating boot disks that'll be faster than something on optical media. It'll be nice if you could get at least a couple or so, since you may want to devote one as a purely DOS toolkit of sorts, while the other boot disk for more mundane uses. Don't do away completely with optical media, though, since they're best for creating antivirus discs (they're not writable, unlike most flash drives nowadays. It's rare to find one with a physical write protect switch.)
Dposcorp wrote:As someone who does lots of cloning and recovering, I have just a few recommendations...