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Well earlier today i got a BSOD from what turned out to be a HDD dieing. Of course it degraded fast on boot ability, and i was mad because i needed to back up some stuff not critical but would have to DL 5-10GB of new content other wise.

The drive is only 3yrs old which was odd and 'ive still got drives pushing 9yrs old. Didn't know if sticking a HDD in a freezer still worked, so pulled the PCB off the back of both drives 1 looked fine the other wth.gif Any silver contact that did not have a component sodered to it at the factory had burn marks/discoloration/condensation on the silver surface. Thus breaking contact with the 20pin/pad PCB to reading head interface.

Cleaned the pads and the pins with a sharp blade (exposed copper underneath) and now i am typing this and finishing up my backups. Should i choose could i re-tin the pads with soder to prolong the longevity?

So the point where i ask for help

What new HDD's should i get? My thoughts are 2x 250GB tradional HDD raid-0 and maybe a 20-40GB SSD for OS. Thoughts?

Unrelated to this sub-fourm but i currently have 4GB of ram and looking to boost it to 6GB or go to 8GB for balance?
    
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Why only a 20-40GB SSD? For just a little bit more you can get 120 or 240. I'd get a single 2-4TB HDD and a decently sized SSD for OS and programs.
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You can't even really fit the OS on a 20-40GB SSD. In this day and age, I wouldn't go below 120GB for an SSD. They aren't much more. For most games 4GB is enough since they are limited to 32bit. If money is tight, spend the money on a larger SSD.
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1 My storage drive has 250GB in use of 500gb

2 My main drive has 150GB in use

3 i haven't looked at hardware in about 2-3yrs

4 all audio/video content on the PC = <50GB

@ Murlocke my reason for asking is in GW2 with 100ppl on screen PvP/WvW and after 1-2hrs of gaming i log out and The game has chewed into the OS's cache of RAM. (example start game with 22% RAM in use log out latter 14% in use and system seems sluggish)
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Personally, I would stick to a single HDD for the price factor. With RAID on 250GB drives, you are going to end with 500GB, but you are loosing $54 in the process. If you went to a 1TB drive, you would both double the available storage and have much better $/GB as it is only $10 more than the 500GB, but 2x the space.

Personally, I would use Hatachi, Western Digital, or Seagate on teh drives. The ones that came up when I was figuring price above are:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148765
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148221
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148840


On the SSD, I would stay away from a small drive like that, unless you are looking to use Unix/Linux for the OS (thus negating the need for a larger OS drive). The smallest that I would recommend to hold windows and your most often used programs would be 120/128GB. Can not really go wrong with Corsair or Samsung SSDs.

On the RAM, you want matching sticks. You have 4GB now, so you want 8GB, either by removing your 4GB and replacing it with 2x4GB or by adding another 2x2GB. Either way would be fine for you.
 
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Originally Posted by systemaxd View Post

1 My storage drive has 250GB in use of 500gb

2 My main drive has 150GB in use

3 i haven't looked at hardware in about 2-3yrs

4 all audio/video content on the PC = <50GB

@ Murlocke my reason for asking is in GW2 with 100ppl on screen PvP/WvW and after 1-2hrs of gaming i log out and The game has chewed into the OS's cache of RAM. (example start game with 22% RAM in use log out latter 14% in use and system seems sluggish)

You will definitely benefit from 8GB of RAM, but if I was you i'd get a 120GB SSD and 8GB of RAM. If you can't afford both, then go with one then the other later. Keep in mind GW2 is pretty open world and when I tested it greatly benefited from being on an SSD. It virtually removes loading chops. You won't be able to put the OS and GW2 on a 20-40GB SSD, but you could on a 120GB SSD. thumb.gif
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128GB SSD is like 100 bucks...
 
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