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Old 04-13-2009, 12:17 AM   #1
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Default 2xRAID vs High Performance Drive

Hey guys I want to upgrade my hard drive because im using a Seagate momentus laptop drive for my main system right now. Heres the options i've come up with:

2x Seagate 7200.10 250GB
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WD Caviar Black 1TB

My budget is $110, Disk space doesnt matter to me, I just want my shit to load fast. My motherboard does support raid: Asus 790gx. Which one of these options would work better for me?
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Old 04-13-2009, 12:28 AM   #2
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Default Re: 2xRAID vs High Performance Drive

For all out speed, the RAID setup would be the fastest choice.
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Old 04-13-2009, 12:34 AM   #3
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Default Re: 2xRAID vs High Performance Drive

They keep mentioning in guides that raid 0 (fastest raid?) increases chances for disk failure.. is that actually true or what? ah i dont know anything about storage configs or hard drive performance sorry
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I don't know about increased disk failure, but if it does crap out on ya, you lose everything.
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There is an increase in disk failure.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Standar...0_failure_rate

The chances increase, but not by much. It's still pretty small.
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Default Re: 2xRAID vs High Performance Drive

Wow nice link, so wiki labels a 10% failure rate with RAID 0. But Seagate has a 3 year warrenty that will support any raid config disk failure, So it seems like it works out.

But from what i've learned from this forum whats worth doing, is worth over doing.
how is this: OCZ Vertex 60GB

60GB is fine for me, plus i could buy a second one later if needed. Is this actually worth paying a premium for?
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Get two of these and put those in RAID 0.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820227372

Now that would be bad ass.
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do you have a raid controller? if you dont have hardware raid..it might be a lil bit slower but should still overall be faster.
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do you have a raid controller?
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Default Re: 2xRAID vs High Performance Drive

I was talking about a RAID card..not an on-board controller. Because, raid-cards give you a hell of a lot more options than just onboard raid. Like XOR, raid6. If he was running more than two hdd's.. like a server, maybe 3x 1tb drives..it would make a difference, but since its only two 250gb drives its not gonna really make a difference i guess.
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