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You need four drives for RAID1+0 (also known as RAID10)


But if you do have four of these then I'd rather make two arrays, one with two drives and RAID0 (+short stroked to 1/3-1/4 of space) and the other with two drives and RAID1.
Edited by lagittaja - 6/4/13 at 2:53am
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I keep hearing about the short stroking, I get the concept but does it reduce the overall available storage or does it just divide it up in smaller partitions?
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It depends.

YYou can configure the drives to have a small partition and a large partition, which retains all the space. However, if you have to access data on both partitions it slows everything down quite a bit.

Alternatively, and preferably, you keep it to one partition per drive, but make it 1/3rd the maximum capacity (or, if doing2 in RAID0, yyou can have each drive @ 1/6th capacity, but it depends on how much space you need). This is the faster method, but it's also the most expensive per GB.

If you can set it so that the only thing that ever goes to the larger inner partition (slow part) is backups or some other type of data that is never touched unless you specifically request it, then the first option can work and be as fast as the second. However, if you are not organized with your storage setup, and can't be bothered to take the time (not a criticism, some people just don't have the time), then the second method is better.


Short Stroking isn't necessary, but it does ensure that you get extremely consistent read and write speeds, and it also boosts random speeds (by however much you short-stroked the drives) due to the head having to move only a max of say 1/3rd the distance. In practice, I have noticed faster game loads and significant benefits with photo/video editing, and a huge increase in performance for audio editing.
   
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got mine in today, any way to confirm single platter?


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You need to pop it in and run HDTune (I use HDTune Pro v5.5, I believe) and see what kind of speeds and access times you get. Be sure to go into "settings/options" and move the slider all the way towards "accuracy" as you want it to be as accurate as possible; I only use the "quicker" testing for back-to-back comparisons where I've only changed one variable, just to get an idea of the effect it may or may not have had.
   
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And just to clarify

I use 5.0 so it might have changed in 5.5 though
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I just picked one up today and I'm really pleased with it. This is first hard drive that I have used that makes no clicking or buzzing noise when idling or in use. It just makes a small hum noise when it's on. Feels a lot faster than the 2.5 inch 5400 rpm drives that I've used in the past. $67 well spent. biggrin.gif
 
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All the EZEX's are single platters!
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This means EZEX is faster than black. Jeezus
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