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I'm going with a multi drive setup in hopes of speeding up loads times in games and applications like Lightroom. My question is will there be a difference in load times if I install my games on a secondary hard drive? Will it affect recording demos if the system is recording to the same drive?

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Why not raid 0 those 2 500GB drives and use the 1.5 TB as backup? That would decrease load times....
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Hey there!

When I record I make fraps output to the secondary drive so fraps doesnt bog down the main drive which the game is running off.

If you move games to another harddrive you will not probably get much more FPS/decrease load time, unless it is an SSD .

You could also raid the drives together to get faster speeds!
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Quote:
Originally Posted by herkalurk View Post
Why not raid 0 those 2 500GB drives and use the 1.5 TB as backup? That would decrease load times....
Do this.
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post #5 of 11
Secondary drive installs is the life of a person with a SSD...it works fine

but yeah a raid 0 would be better. When recording there are ussually other bottle necks that come up before hard drive speed, though I am sure what you are recording. A demo is just sound in my book and I don't think there is any audio recording software that I know that would be limited by hard drive speed...even the most HD sound doesn't need to write that much data that fast.
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post #6 of 11
Do you use steam? Because it's as simple as installing steam on that secondary drive and copy + pasting your game dir.s across.

I vote for the RAID0 + 1.5TB idea though.
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RAID 0 + 1.5Tb.
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post #9 of 11
Quote:
Originally Posted by jellis142 View Post
RAID 0 + 1.5Tb.
Seems like my idea is best, and for the sake of keeping everything on that 1.5 TB secure you might consider a 2nd 1.5 TB drive and do raid 1 just in case. A home server isn't for everyone, but that solution would definately speed up program loads and you wouldn't lose any space.
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Well I ended up going RAID 0 route like most of you suggested. First time installing, changed BIOS settings, configured RAID 0, reinstalled Windows 7...didn't ask me for a RAID driver, is that normal? It just picked up the RAID config. Also when I benched the drives in RAID sometimes min speed will drop to 3mb/sec is that normal at all? I did run SMART tests and read/read verify tests on both drives before installing Windows, both passed.

The max and avg speeds almost doubled though, same with read but like I said out of the 5 tests I ran it dropped to 3mb/sec twice. I have no experience with RAID 0, so I wouldn't be surprised if its nothing major but I'd like to know.

Thanks everyone for your input!
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