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Originally Posted by DuckieHo View Post
That might be fine for you... but under a minute is a really long time. Yes, I am spoiled with SSDs!
Hehe, I couldn't imagine having an SSD... is the boot time really that much different? I've been used to having to wait a few minutes for my computer to start up but since I've built my new PC it's been so much faster...
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post #12 of 23
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So the gaming performance won`t be affected at all?
if you have 4GB or more RAM, no your hard drive speed shouldn't have any effect on performance/frames per second in the majority of games.

It'll only effect load times.
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post #13 of 23
Under a minute, he he. I get boot times of 16 seconds. GO LINUX!!! But seriously, I love my 7200rpm 32mb Seagates.
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post #14 of 23
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Originally Posted by DuckieHo View Post
That might be fine for you... but under a minute is a really long time. Yes, I am spoiled with SSDs!
SSD's are rather lovely, but you can boot to desktop in 20 seconds with a WD Caviar Black; I can live with that.

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I`m in the process of building a new rig, and the WD 2TB Black costs twice as much as the Green one. Most people say that Green is for data, and Black is for boot drive.

If i get the Green, will the only things affected be the boot time, and loading times in games? Or is it more than that?
I`d really appreciate any help with this..
Instead of buying one massive HDD, why not get something smaller for a boot drive (running the OS, programs, etc), then use another drive for storage?
post #15 of 23
there not bad there just green drives, i think they spin slower then then regular 7.2k rpm
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Hehe, I couldn't imagine having an SSD... is the boot time really that much different? I've been used to having to wait a few minutes for my computer to start up but since I've built my new PC it's been so much faster...
Any different!?

Heck yeah! It is so much faster than a standard hard drive, that it is not even funny.
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post #17 of 23
The Caviar Green are for storage. The only HDDs that are fast enough for a boot drive are the Caviar Blacks, Spinpoints, Barracuda 7200.12 (mine works like a charm) and maybe the deskstars but I'm not sure about those, never had one.
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post #18 of 23
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Any different!?

Heck yeah! It is so much faster than a standard hard drive, that it is not even funny.
As I already alluded to, any good 7,200RPM drive today can deliver 20 second boot times (or lower). The problem isn't with rotating media; it's that the vast majority of people haven't optimized anything...
post #19 of 23
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If i get the Green, will the only things affected be the boot time, and loading times in games? Or is it more than that?
I`d really appreciate any help with this..
May I ask what model of Green drive it is?

Green drives have a steep performance slope, so although they can work decently well, you do need to do a tiny bit of planning ahead.

Take a look at this graph - there's seeks all over the place between 15-40ms. That's enough that you may experience jolts in some games. Framerates could be impacted, and the game could feel slightly laggy. (depends mostly on the engine - UE3 based games will simply have blurry textures for longer periods of time, rather than having lag and framerate drop)



Now, if you plan ahead a bit, you can avoid this problem. You do so by creating a smaller partition and installing your OS and games onto that... When I test a small percentage of the drive (lets say 10%), we get a very different picture on how it performs.

Therefore, the solution is to figure out how much space you need (200GB? 300GB? 400GB) and partition that much. Then create a second partition and store other stuff on it. (videos, music, documents + downloads, etc.) Basically, anything that is not in use while gaming. By doing this, the HDD's head will stay over the fast edge of the drive where your games are, and you'll get the performance you see in the graph below rather than the graph above.



There is one caveat. If you're off in your estimate, and have to start using the second partition for games and stuff as well, all you're doing is causing large slow seeks - you'd be no better off than with a single partition, so be accurate (or generous) with your estimates.
     
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I'm currently using the Green one and it boots programs fine for me and my computer starts up in under a minute.
My old boot drive was a WD Green, I have since traded it off to my son for his x2 500g drives. The WD Green served me well, booted rather quickly, and loaded progs just fine for my tastes....
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