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Hi guys, I'm in the process of building a Server/HTPC/Gaming PC and I was wondering if I would really notice
a difference between the 2? I got a 2TB WD green and a 2xHitachi 7200rpm HDD that I might mirror, but did
not want to have the OS part of the mirror as I would be messing around with dual boot and often. The computer
will be mostly used as a server and HTPC, but will be used for gaming once in a while.
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Yes you will if you're gaming or recording onto the drives. I don't think as much if it's just an HTPC
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Yes you will if you're gaming or recording onto the drives. I don't think as much if it's just an HTPC

darn I guess I'll just stay away from mirror until I get some more cheap drives. Eventually I want to use that same computer to record
video from 1-2 security cameras I plan to set up. Thanks for the quick answer.
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Do you just want to use them for storage?

You'll have more than enough throughput to record 1-2 video surveillance feeds.

Things may be a bit sluggish as an OS drive, but otherwise, I wouldn't worry.
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First, when I read the title, I though you were talking about fans and I was like: kookoo.gif

Second, for write or read intensive tasks like HD video recording with 100% quality, it won't work well. For an OS, not gonna work either. For recording standard resolution feeds or storage, it should be fine.
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for say a file server you would not see any difference between 5400 and 7200. so use 5400s say for a NAS/file server thumb.gif
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Quote:
Originally Posted by stubass View Post

for say a file server you would not see any difference between 5400 and 7200. so use 5400s say for a NAS/file server thumb.gif

Exactly, but for anything else than storage or things like your recording, 7200 RPM all the way. Performance is much better while the power consumption is barely higher.
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My 5400 sata seemed faster than my 7200 IDE when i first went to sata.
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post #9 of 22
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Do you just want to use them for storage?
You'll have more than enough throughput to record 1-2 video surveillance feeds.
Things may be a bit sluggish as an OS drive, but otherwise, I wouldn't worry.

Sorry I did not explain that well what I wanted to do. I have 1x2TB WD Green 5400 rpm and 2x2TB Hitachi 7200rpm. I was thinking of
mirroring the Hitachi for data storage since they are the same brand and speed and using the WD green for OS. Otherwise I would just
use one of the Hitachi HDDs for OS and the other 2 for storage and whatever I really want to back up store it in one drive and make
a back up in the other drive.

I plan at some point to record video from some security cameras. However, I was hopping to get 2x2TB more when HDD prices come down.
But this computer will be used for gaming too If I get my wife to game that is smile.gif
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Quote:
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Sorry I did not explain that well what I wanted to do. I have 1x2TB WD Green 5400 rpm and 2x2TB Hitachi 7200rpm. I was thinking of
mirroring the Hitachi for data storage since they are the same brand and speed and using the WD green for OS. Otherwise I would just
use one of the Hitachi HDDs for OS and the other 2 for storage and whatever I really want to back up store it in one drive and make
a back up in the other drive.
I plan at some point to record video from some security cameras. However, I was hopping to get 2x2TB more when HDD prices come down.
But this computer will be used for gaming too If I get my wife to game that is smile.gif

options, options lol
1) if you can get a small 60 -64GB SSD, one of the best bang for bucks
use the 2TB WD green 5400 as a data drive, a 2TB 7200 hitachi as a drive to store your video survalance on and/or HTPC, the other hitachi for HTPC or back up

2) if you can get a small 60 -64GB SSD, one of the best bang for bucks
use the 2TB WD green 5400 as a data drive, RAID 1 the hitachies and use them for your video survalance and HTPC. even back up your data drive and hopefully you will have enough space until you can get more mech drives.

the reason i think an SSD for your OS is 2TB seems alot to use for an OS drive, even if you partition it and use it as bothe a C drive and D drive. an OS failure can result in loss of your data in the D partition.

3) use an 2TB hatachi for the OS and partion it for data, back this data up as well as clone the OS on WD green. use the second hitachi for your video survalance and HTPC.

best would be if you could get 3rd hitachi and RAID 5 them

some many things you could do even RAID 0 stripping of the 2 hitachies for OS and vidoe survalance recording, apps, games, htpc and data backed up to the WD green thumb.gif
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