Re: NT Server

Mike@NetDotCom ( (no email) )
Thu, 28 May 1998 09:14:43 -0400

I have one comment to interject on this subject.

I was and still am using IDE but have switched over to scsi because I ran
into a problem where I was upgrading a server and was just moving the
harddrives (IDE) to the new server (same mfg just newer, supported MMX and
faster cpu speeds). Well the new server wouldn't boot from the drive.

And it wasn't a mistake I made as we are a computer var and I have
personally built several thousand systems since 1983.

The cost is a little higher for scsi but you remove any possibility of
incompatability between the MB and HD.

Also definately go with 96mb or more ram.

The M715 motherboard sounds like its mfg'd by Shuttle. Neither godd nor bad,
just your basic Chinese clone. For what its worth I would spend a few
dollars more and get an Intel board or another American made board strictly
for the reason of access to local English speaking support.


-----Original Message-----
From: Dale E. Reed Jr. <>
To: <>
Date: Thursday, May 28, 1998 5:29 AM
Subject: Re: NT Server

>Bill Appledorf wrote:
>> >I just believe that if it is a "sever" then it needs the extra speed of
>> >SCSI and it also needs the extra working room of the memory.. besides,
>> >memory is so cheap now that really 256megs should be min...
>> I agree.
>I don't completely agree with the SCSI/IDE part. It really depends on what
>you are using the server for. For a high-end SQL Server with millions of
>transactions a day, you better have a pretty extensive RAID setup. But
>is that applicable to a low-traffic web server? I don't think so.
>For basic server needs, a PIO4 EIDE harddrive will be more than
>sufficient. If you have available memory, the hardware becomes
>somewhat moot after caching anyways. I build plenty of SCSI and
>IDE systems, and definately prefer SCSI. I'm just saying that
>not all servers "need" the extra speed (which in some cases there
>isn't any) of a SCSI hard drive.
>Dale E. Reed Jr. (
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