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Old 05-11-2006, 09:54 AM   #1 (permalink)
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I'm looking for opinions on hard drives, I was interested in buying WD Raptor 150 GB

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The price is a bit high maybe i'll catch it on a sale over the summer.

Anyone have any advice on purchasing a similar drive with fast seek/write times?

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you won't find a similar drive unless you want to fork out for SCSI which i highly doubt you will. you don't really need a raptor unless you are running a server or are really, REALLY picky on performance. i would advise sticking to a standard 7200rpm drive of a larger capacity if you don't fit either category
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I am picky on performance and I hear they're ultra fast in a raid 0 setup but price definitely outweighs performance, how do they compare with 7200rpm HD? I even see you have WD Raptor 36gb
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BTW this is for a computer I'm putting together over the summer not to swap into a current setup.
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well they perform a reasonable amount better than 7200rpm but it really comes down to preference. i was prepared to pay the price for the extra bit of performance i could get. whereas most people would probably benefit from just a larger standard drive. so really it is up to you. i'll put it this way, a friend of mine just setup a RAID 0 array (granted with some old 10gb hdd's) but my raptor apparently had almost double the performance of his RAID 0.
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Do you think it would best suite me to get two 74 GB WD Raptors and run them raid 0 array? and then just a standard 7200rpm hd for my media?
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quite frankly unless you are hardcore computer tech and you have a lot of experience with different hard drives and computers you wont really notice a whole lot of difference betweeen 7200 and 10000. sure there is difference but it just isnt really worth it if its just for ****in media
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quite frankly unless you are hardcore computer tech and you have a lot of experience with different hard drives and computers you wont really notice a whole lot of difference betweeen 7200 and 10000. sure there is difference but it just isnt really worth it if its just for ****in media
Completely wrong! Even in a single drive setup, the OS and Exe file response with a raptor is instantly recognizable. I have two raptors in RAID 0..........I will never go back to a 7200RPM drive ever again. It is a huge performance difference. Doesn't profoundly affect gaming, in my opinion, but my other puters with 7200's in RAID 0 are like running in sand!!
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If you can afford a 10k RPM HDD, then go ahead and get it.
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like i saiddd

if you dont have experience with the harddrives your not gonna know the difference.

but sure if you have mad money to throw down go get it

i for one dont and wont complain about my cute 7200

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