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    Default What HDD setup is fastest?

    I've read a lot of posts on alot of forums and noticed (subliminally?) that a lot of people have fast IDE drives or sata 1 drives together with RAID pairs on their machines.

    So whats that all about? What is the advantage of such a set-up

    Put another way (and ignoring SSD's for the moment) What would be the best gaming/benching setup

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    Quote Originally Posted by grumpydaddy View Post
    I've read a lot of posts on alot of forums and noticed (subliminally?) that a lot of people have fast IDE drives or sata 1 drives together with RAID pairs on their machines.

    So whats that all about? What is the advantage of such a set-up

    Put another way (and ignoring SSD's for the moment) What would be the best gaming/benching setup
    Have you read this thread yet? http://forums.pureoverclock.com/showthread.php?t=2046

    To answer your question, raid setup is faster than standard IDE or SATA setup.

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    Yes I read That....it confirmed what I thought I understood from, among others, my motherboard manual. What I am not quite understanding is the single drive (typically a raptor 150) and what part it would play in this kind of set-up, if not as a back-up cos it's kind of small?

    What I have had in mind is 2*samsung hd501 in Raid0 with a third for backing up (old style) maybe even the third as an E-sata drive (havn't studied that much yet, may have to wait til maximus is replaced) Anything wrong with my thinking?

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    Quote Originally Posted by grumpydaddy View Post
    Yes I read That....it confirmed what I thought I understood from, among others, my motherboard manual. What I am not quite understanding is the single drive (typically a raptor 150) and what part it would play in this kind of set-up, if not as a back-up cos it's kind of small?

    What I have had in mind is 2*samsung hd501 in Raid0 with a third for backing up (old style) maybe even the third as an E-sata drive (havn't studied that much yet, may have to wait til maximus is replaced) Anything wrong with my thinking?
    Raptor is the fastest HD on the market at the moment but to expensive. You can use any other HD to do raid setup and it must cheaper.

    No problem with what you have in mind. You should have at least 750GB for your third backup drive if you want to backup the whole system. Since you have 500GB for your main Raid, this will fill up at no time. If you're not back up the whole system then you don't need that big of the HD.

    For example: I used two 250GB HD to Raid 0 and one SATA 500GB HD as a backup drive. I only backup all my personal data, this is big enough for me but for multimedia will take no time to fill it up though. Anyway, HD are much cheaper back when I purchased mine, get the fatest that you can afford.

    What happened to your Maximus?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deton View Post
    Raptor is the fastest HD on the market at the moment but to expensive. You can use any other HD to do raid setup and it must cheaper.
    Yes thought so too TOO expensive and aren't they sata1 also?

    No problem with what you have in mind. You should have at least 750GB for your third backup drive if you want to backup the whole system. Since you have 500GB for your main Raid, this will fill up at no time. If you're not back up the whole system then you don't need that big of the HD.

    For example: I used two 250GB HD to Raid 0 and one SATA 500GB HD as a backup drive. I only backup all my personal data, this is big enough for me but for multimedia will take no time to fill it up though. Anyway, HD are much cheaper back when I purchased mine, get the fatest that you can afford.
    I bought the hd501 thinking it was pretty good for the money. Any recommends? (say under $200 each) (must be seriously better)
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    The Old one goes back to supplier tomorrow (long story). Meanwhile bought another because:
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    Will continue as and when on Maximus Thread. Bought a PCP&C 1000wSR though (safety first)

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    I personally like Western Digital (quite and fast), 6 of my current hard drives are WD, second is Segate Baracuda. The last time I used Segate was many years ago, the 5.25" one and it died on me. But, I heard Baracuda is good too.

    Good PSU you got there.

    Samgsun 500GB should cost you more than $110 each, and WD and Segate shouldn't cost more than $120. If you shop around, you probaly will find one around $100 each or under.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Deton View Post
    Raptor is the fastest HD on the market at the moment but to expensive.

    It depends on what you're referring to. Raptors 10,000 RPM gives them the speed for I/O. But the larger drives with more dense platters will out perform raptors in sequential read. I/O is good for OS and Small files. (game loading etc).

    I've had in the past: 4x36GB Raptors in Raid-0 for system disk. 2x 74GB raptors in Raid-0 and a 150GB Raptor in Raid-0.

    As well as partitioning a 1TB drive. If you partition a 1TB drive with a small partition, it will be at the outer edge of the platter, causing more data to travel under the read head at the same RPM.

    Either way you look at it, Raid-0 will win over a Raptor due to their cost.

    Just Raid-0 2 smaller drives. Save your money and buy a better GPU/CPU/Ram. lol


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