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It's probably going to be 6-12 month until I do a full, new build, but I'm debating buying new HDDs now for use in one of my current builds before moving them to the new rig. I'm thinking about going with a pair of something like these for a RAID 0 array. Will these still be solid performers a year down the road? Are there better options out there short of spending top dollar on Raptors?

The alternative is to just buy another 120 GB SATA1 drive to run RAID 0 until I do my next build. It would be nice to spread out the expenditures a bit, though, as long as I'm not going to miss a generational jump in technology.
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Id say you would be fine with those Seagates with Perpendicular recording. They're faster then regular 7200RPM with 16MB Cache so they should perform quite well down the road for almost half the price of the Raptors with twice as much storage
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Yeah, those Seagates would be my pick also. It's brand new technology, they perform very well, and they're reasonably priced. I dno't think they'll be outdated any time soon.

The only major development that would make them outdated is mainstream 10k drives, which I don't see happen. WD is selling too many Raptors at their current prices to make them mainstream, and other manufacturers don't want to compete with their own SCSI lines.
    
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Actually I just got a pair of those drives in Raid-0. 128MB/s average read speed with a burst speed of over 250MB/s is not bad I got about a three times increase over my old seagate 7200.7.
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Thanks for the replies. My current RAID array is with two 160 GB IDE drives, and it yields a whopping 65 MB/s or so burst rate. Woohoo...not. It's definitely time to try something new. I'm in the process of playing musical components with three systems, so now is as good a time as any to go things right.
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The 320GB version is only $10 extra per drive.... just letting you know
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822148139

And yes, I do recommend the new drives over RAID-ing your current 160GB drive. I am not sure how old that drive is, but for RAID I'd like to see two drivers of about the same age...
    
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I'm up in the TB+ region now, so a bit of extra storage isn't worth the marginal cost at this point. Those are probably famous last words. I may add two more drives in down the road for either a 1 TB RAID 0 array or factor in some redundancy with a 500 GB array.

I've been running the old 160 GB IDEs in RAID 0 for a while just for kicks. I never even bothered to benchmark the array until recently, and it was a bit disturbing when a single SATA150 drive outperformed the array by about 30%. On the bright side, RAID 0 on the drives did give a decent performance boost over a single IDE drive, so it was a worthwhile venture. It also gave me some familiarity with RAID. While it's not rocket science, familiarity and comfort is always a good thing.
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