WDC WD5000AAKS Benchmark

Posted in: Uncategorized by admin on February 18, 2009


HD Tune: WDC WD5000AAKS-00A7B Benchmark

Transfer Rate Minimum : 59.2 MB/sec
Transfer Rate Maximum : 116.1 MB/sec
Transfer Rate Average : 92.9 MB/sec
Access Time           : 12.4 ms
Burst Rate            : 93.7 MB/sec
CPU Usage             : 4.1%

HD Tune: WDC WD5000AAKS-00A7B Information

Firmware version : 01.03B01
Serial number    :      WD-WCASZ0037***
Capacity         : 465.8 GB (~500.1 GB)
Buffer size      : 16384 KB
Standard         : ATA/ATAPI-8 – SATA II
Supported mode   : UDMA Mode 6 (Ultra ATA/133)
Current mode     : UDMA Mode 5 (Ultra ATA/100)

S.M.A.R.T                    : yes
48-bit Address               : yes
Read Look-Ahead              : yes
Write Cache                  : yes
Host Protected Area          : yes
Device Configuration Overlay : yes
Automatic Acoustic Management: yes
Power Management             : yes
Advanced Power Management    : no
Power-up in Standby          : yes
Security Mode                : yes
Firmware Upgradable          : yes

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Water World’s Demise

Posted in: Uncategorized by admin on February 05, 2009

funny pictures
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Hidden Memory Mod

Posted in: Uncategorized by admin on January 13, 2009

I have wanted to do a hidden memory mod for some time now. At work I am exposed to information about all the sneaky places to hide contraband. And combined with my Computer Forensic training, I have been dieing to do a Proof of Concept that anything could contain data, and Computer Forensic Analysts should never focus just on the HDD.

There are 4 requirements:

  1. The device must remain fully functional.
  2. The device must show no signs of modification to the naked eye.
  3. The memory mod must use off the shelf items to prove anyone can complete it. (No custom circuit boards, or expensive gadgets.)
  4. The device item must be a common item to a PC and easily overlooked. (no gutted UPS’s with connected serial cables for example) “The best place to hide something is in plain sight”.

My first attempt was a failure. I tried to hide memory into a Microsoft mouse. To keep a long story short, I was not able to slip a USB hub (the size of 2 AA batteries) into the mouse casing, no matter how much I carved out of it. 2 days and 3 mice later I put the project on indefinite hold.

…Until this beauty arrived in my office. With a on board 2-port USB hub, it was almost too easy.

The USB Keyboard Memory Mod.

1 USB keyboard with built in HUB
1 Female USB cable
Phillips Screw Driver
Soldering Gun & fine solder
Flash Memory Drive (any size)

Time: ~2 hours

Your average run of the mill USB keyboard, plenty of internal cavity to work with.


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WinSXS is Huge!

Posted in: Uncategorized by admin on September 21, 2008

When the free space on my aging 70Gig Raptor was reduced to 1Gig, I knew something was up.  The only things I have on C: is Windows Vista, basic apps, Steam games, and iTunes.

Using my favorite Hard Drive visualization software SpaceMonger (the free version). I saw some mysterious Windows folder called WinSXS taking up 13Gig’s, and it wasn’t the Hibernation file.

In as few words as possible, it is Microsoft’s fix for DLL Hell, and saves over 50,000 dll files…just in case.

If you want to reduce the amount of files in here, there is two things you can do.  Fresh install of Vista, or run the SP1 cleanup tool.

Vista SP1 Cleanup Tool instructions:

***NOTE: After you use this cleanup tool, you will no longer be able to remove Service Pack 1, should any problems occur. Make sure that the system is stable before using.

***NOTE 2: This tool is a one-time use tool. Once it’s used it will no longer work on the same installation.

Open Windows Explorer and navigate to C:\Windows\System32.  Look for the file “vsp1cln.exe” for Vista SP1 or “compcln.exe” for Vista SP2.

Right click this file and select the ‘Run As Administrator’ option.

The Vista Service Pack 1 Cleanup Tool will remove all of the redundant files that it has replaced.

The amount of disk space you gain will depend on the system, what programs are installed, etc.

Running the cleanup tool freed up almost 3 gig’s.  Was hoping for more, but it is not bad.

As for iTunes, you can follow thease simple steps to move its files (Music) to a storage drive.

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