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I would have the Reds near the top of the list if I were building a NAS or Server, but for a desktop drive they just don't seem to do as well. That's just my experience tho.

As for the Blues in R0 short-stroked, once you go to format the array, whatever size you choose will be evenly split between the drives.

If you areggoing todo 1.5TB, I wwould actually say that you would be best off then partitioning the drives (so a RAID0 array w 2 partitions), one being around 500-800gb and the other using the rest (or something like that), then use the smaller partition on the outside for what you need the Fast speeds for (games) and the inner partition for archival storage, stuff you don't ever access but still need. That way you get thebbenefit of the super fast access times from the stroked array 99 percent of t time, but don't unnecessarily waste disc space that can be used for long term storage. You just have to be smart and make sure that you will never be needing to access files from both partitions simultaneously or youlose the bbenefits.

Speed wise: about 350-380MBsec and if you do a smaller outer partition likely a range that never goes outside of 360-380MBs for the partition!
   
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Why would you say avoid the Reds? The rotation speed I assume? Because they and the newest Greens use 1TB platters. And yeah, Raptors kind of suck. If you're spending that much for low access times, you're better off with an SSD.

Access times are, unfortunately, the biggest failing in 5400RPM drives. If target usage is for OS, programs or gaming, a 7200RPM drive is the better option (of course, a good SSD is better). If it's only going to be used for bulk storage, though, the Reds and Greens are a good fit.
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Great explanaiton nleksan. ok im goin to get 1 Tb HDD Blue, then later this year i will test an SSD as nleksan says. Thank you guys.
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So you are going to spend $1300 on two graphics cards, but are going to slouch on a 500gb USED drive for cheaper because a 2TB 64mb cache at $80 is too large? Im confused....

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So you are going to spend $1300 on two graphics cards, but are going to slouch on a 500gb USED drive for cheaper because a 2TB 64mb cache at $80 is too large? Im confused....

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Lol i just told im goin to buy 1Tb blue, just wanted to help my friend, im gettin his HDD for another cheap rig for the living room.
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