Originally posted by Chankama
Hey man. So you are claiming that the 80gb IDE drive is faster than the Raptor 10000rpm SATA?. Got any #'s to back this up?
No, i said that the 7200rpm 8mb cache sata drives benchmark slower than IDE drives. a standard sata 200-250gb hd is going to get 45mb/s roughly. a standard ide 7200rpm 8mb drive is going to get 48,49-52,53. A raptor is going to get 60-70 mb/s. They are faster than IDE drives, but for the price per gb it isnt worth it. (All it's going to do is make your programs load 0.5-1s quicker.)
I would imagine that Raid 1 configurations read a lot faster than a single drive/backup drive configuration. Instead of using the backup drive just for storage purposes, I would imagine Raid 1 uses the "backup" drive to speed up the normal performance levels.
If someone could post some benches about all these configurations that we've mentioned, that would be great.
I build roughly 20 high end daw/video editing/gaming systems a week. this includes dual opertons, dual xeons, amd64, p4, using raptors, 16mb cache maxtors, u320 scsi drives, etc, etc. I know my benchmarks to say the least. The company i work for prides itself on building the best daws avalible.
Raid 1: A few scenarios
1) psu fan fails, system over heats surges power. Boom both drives dead.
2) mother board goes bad, you go to replace to find out that the chipset is outdated. You get a new motherboard, the onboard sata raid controller cant see the raid from the old chipset. Bye data.
3) Power surge, 2 dead drives.
4) You drop your computer when taking it to a lan party. Bye data.
5) you get my point.
having an image record of your data on a removable drive which you can take out of the bay and place in your desk is crucial. that way, if your system is damaged you can repair from the image. since the backup isnt in your computer, if you drop the backup drive you can simply replace it and make a new backup. Unless god hates you and archs a bolt of lightning 5feet through your desk and magicly hits your hd, you are always covered.
I'll post some pictures of the bay on a website, sec.