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Old 06-14-2007, 10:37 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have about 150 dollars to spend on new storage, and I want to know which option will make my MS windows loading, and map loading in games (CS:S, etc..) the fastest. I need a decent amount of space (300+ gigs hopefully) so my options are:

1. 36 gig raptor (for OS and games), combined with any 250 gig 7200rpm HD.

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2. Two (2) 80 gig 7200's in RAID O, combined with any 250 gig 7200rpm HD.

Obviously, the second option is cheaper and offers much more capacity, but I don't know which will be faster for loading maps and the OS, the 10,000 rpm or the RAID 0. If anyone has other ideas for my 150 $ budget, I am open to suggestions. I just want 300 gigs total (roughly), and at least some of it to be as fast as possible.

Edit: I am not concerned with the threat of HD failure possiblility with RAID 0 because I will back the important stuff up onto the larger, slower HD. So I want some of the storage to not be in RAID.
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im not a big fan of raid really i dont think the performance increase is noticable at all but thats just my opinion
option 2 is the beter option
but if i were you i would just get 2 250gb sata hard drives and not raid them
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So, for loading times the RAID or the Raptor wouldn't make a noticeable difference? I just feel like my HD now is slowing the rest of my computer down.
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Well if I'm correct, the hard drive is the slowest component of a computer? I've heard that somewhere.

Anyway, if you have very important files, I wouldn't suggest RAID 0. But if you don't have anything critical to worry about, then I'd say, go RAID 0. Just have a backup drive to have a copy of your important data. But IMO, RAID 0 or a 10k rpm is only like 5-10 seconds faster. Which isn't much for the price. If it was me though. I would RAID 0 two Seagate 7200.10 320GBs. And have another hard drive to back them up.
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option 3 get 2 seagate 320gb 16mb cache 7200.10rpm and raid 0 them
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I was thinking about just getting two large HD's and raiding them, but I would also so like some of my storage to not be in RAID so that I can have a little more security with the important stuff. I don't really mind any price as long as it's under $150.
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Using HD Tune I get an average read speed of 91MB/s on my RAID0 array (2x 80GB Maxtor 7200).

In real life, the difference is not that big because you will be doing random access most of the time.

Maybe somebody with a Raptor can do a HD Tune benchmark.
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