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i have a 500GB WD Caviar Black that i will be using for windows only.

i have 3x 1.5Gb/s WD Caviar RE (raid edition) drives

i was thinking of putting 2 of the RE's on Raid 0, and installing all my games on them, and using the 3rd as a spare possibly adding it to the raid 0 later for space.

or any other suggestion you have for cutting down game load times.

windows is on the black because its a newer, and probably more reliable, the RE's are dated july 2006 and were used in a server for a few years before being changed out for larger capacities.
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Since they are WD Blacks, then the only suggestion would be Raid 0 with SSDs so I think you are good.
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If you want an appreciable gain in loading times you'll need to go SSD. I've been running RAID 0 arrays on WD Raid Edition drives for my OS for many years, they beat a single drive but nowhere near as obviously as an SSD or SSD array.

A single SSD will spank two RAID 0 platters in game loads.
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post #4 of 17
As said, you'd be better off with an SSD. SSD's have much better read/access times and in RAID would probably smoke.

You could sell one of your RE drives off for money for the SSD If money is an issue.
If space is an issue, considering more than 128gb is about 240 dollars, you could just try to find a deal or used ones in fact.
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As stated: SSD is superior.
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Listen, if it beats the loading time of a single drive ill do the raid 0 too tight on cash atm for an SSD , id simply like to know if the raid 0 is worth it
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post #7 of 17
Anandtech test:

SSD vs. HD

RAID0 HD vs. HD

Basically a very good SSD will provide faster load time performance jump compared to a HD. RAID0 hard drives provide much less load time performance.

Here is an extreme example:



SSD can provide a higher minimum FPS in games. However, this is an extreme case because most games do not have constantly streaming, hi-res texture loads from the hard drive while you play.

Maybe if you gave yourself a speed boost spell in Oblivion with Qarl texture mods and run across the whole map, you would see that striking performance difference.
Edited by Riou - 8/4/11 at 12:38pm
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RAID5 would probably be faster with 3 disk members than a RAID 0 2 member array as far as reads are concerned. Writes would be another story, though.
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RAID5 would probably be faster with 3 disk members than a RAID 0 2 member array as far as reads are concerned. Writes would be another story, though.
it needs to read and write i buy a new game every 3 weeks or so

and besides, this is on an onboard controller, not a seperate card
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it needs to read and write i buy a new game every 3 weeks or so

and besides, this is on an onboard controller, not a seperate card
Eh, you asked for the best loading possible
Granted that would be 3x RAID0 but you're more or less asking for data loss.

Also, not difficult to saturate your connection or DVD drive as far as writes.
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