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Here's the little question I have. I've never used a Raptor drive but I have used RAID. What do you think I should buy?

2x 250GB Seagate SATA2 16MB with Perp Write Tech. (7200.10)
Ran in RAID-0

OR

1x 150GB Raptor

I think the RAID will be better but I'm not 100% sure. I'm using a single drive right now and its a lot slower without RAID.

The RAID would cost about $250 Canadian. (100 for each drive + 15 shipping + tax). The Raptor is $310 shipped overnight with tax.

The RAID will have a higher average read and a higher burst. The raptor will have a lower seek time.
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post #2 of 31
I would say get the raid. I like to have lots of space for videos and such, 150 would never hold me.
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Correct me if I am wrong but the speeds will seem the same except raptor owns in seek times. It comes down to perfectionist or not, me personally I am getting a raptor soon because I dont need billions of storage space and to say I have better seek times and such makes me happy =)
    
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post #4 of 31
Raid would be faster and much better, speaking in Price Per Gigabyte. Since it is cheaper, and just as fast, you could spend that money elsewhere.

I have 555GB, 2x300GB MaXtor MaXLine III 1.5Gb/s HDD in Raid 0 and it's amazing. Just make sure you have a Floppy Drive and the necessary drivers.

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I think the RAID will still be faster than the single drive. The reason for the single drive would be less power used, and ease of use. Space isn't an issue. 150GB is way more than enough. I'm using 80GB right now and I'm not even close to my limit. I have a 250GB drive in an external enclosure.

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I've run RAID multiple times. I'm very "fluent" with the RAID language.
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Originally Posted by bigvaL View Post
I think the RAID will still be faster than the single drive. The reason for the single drive would be less power used, and ease of use. Space isn't an issue. 150GB is way more than enough. I'm using 80GB right now and I'm not even close to my limit. I have a 250GB drive in an external enclosure.
Get Raptor now and wait for enough cash for another one. Or get 2x74GB raptors
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How does two 36GB Raptors in RAID0 sound then Or would that be too little space?
    
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Benchmarks show that a Raptor out preforms a 7200rpm Raid-0 in Transfer rates. www.tomshardware.com did a review a few months back that showed a Raptor owning a 7200 r-0 setup in Every aspect. Looked on their site and cannot find the link anymore.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by jriggs256 View Post
Benchmarks show that a Raptor out preforms a 7200rpm Raid-0 in Transfer rates. www.tomshardware.com did a review a few months back that showed a Raptor owning a 7200 r-0 setup in Every aspect. Looked on their site and cannot find the link anymore.
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RAID 2 raptors!
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