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I'm running SSD's for my OS and an old Seagate 250GB for my Steam/gaming drive. I need more space for the latter, so I'd like something in the neighborhood of 1TB. I still have one of the early WD Raptors (74GB SATA 1), that still runs like a champ, so my preference would be a new Velociraptor 1TB, but that's just not in my budget (not to mention they're out of stock at NewEgg where I have a gift card to spend).

So, I'm looking at a couple of inexpensive mechanical drives in RAID 0. I've tried Seagate drives in RAID 0 in the past, and both times one drive failed on me, trashing the array, so I'm leery of using them in RAID, regardless of their reliability as single drives.

What inexpensive drives have others had good luck with in RAID 0? I'd like to come up with a couple of them for under $140.
post #2 of 8
Honestly I never noticed a huge difference w/ games when I had RAID 0 setups.
Just save a few bucks IMO and get a 1TB Caviar black, they're $95 on Newegg.
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Two WD10EZEX 1TB HDDs (single 1TB platter, max sequential speeds of over 200MBs and avg accesstimes of 14-15ms) ffor $65/ea.

SShort-stroked to 500GB each and in RAID0, you are looking at around 390MBs max, 360MBs avg (maybe better?), and access times in the 10-11ms range.

Very good deal for extremely good performance. Hell, even running one as my game drive, I don't notice load times being any more than a second longer than the SSD at most!
   
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Two WD10EZEX 1TB HDDs (single 1TB platter, max sequential speeds of over 200MBs and avg accesstimes of 14-15ms) ffor $65/ea.

SShort-stroked to 500GB each and in RAID0, you are looking at around 390MBs max, 360MBs avg (maybe better?), and access times in the 10-11ms range.

Very good deal for extremely good performance. Hell, even running one as my game drive, I don't notice load times being any more than a second longer than the SSD at most!

another vote for these drives, great performance / $$
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Any reason why a RAID10 (sw) would decrease the read times?
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I had to do hard drive shopping a few months ago, and found that WD Caviar Blacks were supposed to be the most reliable with a 5 year warranty.

Also, If it's possible. Try to get it from a brick and mortar store. Better packaging, and what not makes it so that they don't fail as often. Newegg hasn't been doing the best with their packaging recently (In my experience).

However, These new single platter drives sound really nice! thumb.gif
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post #7 of 8
Get the WD Blue 1TB EZEX as nleksan suggested. They're WD's fastest consumer drivers because they sport a 1TB platter.

I'm using 2 of them in RAID 0 and they're fantastic. They're solid drives!

First 200GB-


Edited by chip94 - 5/26/13 at 9:35pm
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EDIT: Nevermind, I'm an idiot. Carry on with any further suggestions. redface.gif
Edited by Quasimojo - 5/27/13 at 9:32am
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