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Get a third and short stroke your raid array. I had 3x 640gb WD black AALS short stroked to 1tb and I was getting 6ms access times 300-350mb/s sustained speeds if i recall.

But at HD cost these days it would just probably be best to snag a 64gb M4 ssd and sell of the second HD and use the one 500gb for storage and ssd as boot.
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I use two Samsung Spinpoint F3s in RAID0. It is definitely better performance than one, and it is less hassle than a SSD as an OS and a separate drive for programs/data, which aside from booting up wasn't any faster for what I do - and was slower loading games off the single drive. Since I had to wait for the RAID utility to start in BIOS with SSD/RAID0 HDD, the difference in boot time wasn't really worth it - especially since I don't turn the PC off that much.

I had the SSD I tried as a boot/OS drive as a cache drive for the array, but it died about a month ago and I didn't notice any difference whatsoever with or without it.

I use pretty much the entire capacity of the array. I like having all - or close to all - of my games installed and being able to fire something up on a whim, so I'm running at any time with about 10 GB free of the 2TB.

I have a RAID5 NAS for storage of data and backups, so RAID0 is all win for me. If you use fewer things or less capacity - or have a lot more money, there may be a better option for you.

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Get a third and short stroke your raid array. I had 3x 640gb WD black AALS short stroked to 1tb and I was getting 6ms access times 300-350mb/s sustained speeds if i recall.
But at HD cost these days it would just probably be best to snag a 64gb M4 ssd and sell of the second HD and use the one 500gb for storage and ssd as boot.

I'd like to see proof of that thinking.gif
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I'd like to see proof of that thinking.gif

Lemme try to find some old pics of the setup I ditched it when I went with a ssd for boot bu tI maybe able to find a old post.

Cant find the old pics. But I found a old scribble on my notepad. I was incorrect at 1tb short stroke I was getting around 10.5ms when I lowered them to 250gb I was getting 6.8ms. I went from 2x30gb raptors to the 3x640gb so short stroke to 250gb was still a huge storage incrase rolleyes.gif.
Edited by phenom01 - 5/8/12 at 3:33pm
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I couldn't do without a RAID 0 array.

I transfer huge files. Raw AVI's and sucklike that can go in excess of 200GB+, without RAID 0, it would take me forever to move/edit these files.
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Lemme try to find some old pics of the setup I ditched it when I went with a ssd for boot bu tI maybe able to find a old post.

I got 6.6ms out of two WD640s cut down to 34GB biggrin.gif
So no worries if you can't find it thumb.gif

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post #27 of 33
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I got 6.6ms out of two WD640s cut down to 34GB biggrin.gif
So no worries if you can't find it thumb.gif
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so where would i do that in windows? I have a 500gig so I could set it to 40gig for just windows apps, ? and how would i set the second harddrive? to store games?
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And to improve on that ^^^
Partition the HDDs so you use the fastest part of the drives smile.gif
A bit like short stroking biggrin.gif

Indeed.. I have my two 640 GB HDDs partitioned:
drive1-part1: 50GB OS
drive1-part2: 270GB other
drive1-part3: backup of drive2

drive2-part1: 200GB games
drive2-part2: 120GB other
drive2-part3: backup of drive1

essentially shortstroked to only 320GB, yet I use the extra space to back up each other.
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I tried short stroking my 2 caviar Blues 500 gigs a piece to 300 total in Raid 0, My accese time went from 16.1 to 11.1 and my read speeds are a bit better and stable

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heres a before screen shot striping 1Tbyt notice the bad accese time and downward curve, wich is normal

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