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Hey, do you guys think it is worth $100 to get a Western Digital 36GB Raptor Hard Disk Drive as a drive to store Windows: XP (and later on Vista) along with some games (a maximum of 15). It has 16MB of Cache, spins at 10,000RPM, and has great read, write, and seek times. It is brand new from Newegg and I was wondering if it would be a good investment. 36GB will be enough for me, because, even 15 games at 2GB per game will leave 6GB for operating systems, making it possible for a Vista/XP dual-boot setup.

I currently have a 300GB MaXtor MaXLine III Hard Drive which I use to store Music, Videos, and random applications, as well as important document. So, is it worth $100? Or should I spend the money elsewhere.

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Hey, do you guys think it is worth $100 to get a Western Digital 36GB Raptor Hard Disk Drive as a drive to store Windows: XP (and later on Vista) along with some games (a maximum of 15). It has 16MB of Cache, spins at 10,000RPM, and has great read, write, and seek times. It is brand new from Newegg and I was wondering if it would be a good investment. 36GB will be enough for me, because, even 15 games at 2GB per game will leave 6GB for operating systems, making it possible for a Vista-XP dual boot.

I currently have a 300GB MaXtor MaXLine III Hard Drive which I use to store Music, Videos, and random applications, as well as important document. So, is it worth $100? Or should I spend the money elsewhere.

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Just buy a cheaper 16MB cahce 7200RPM drive
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Just buy a cheaper 16MB cahce 7200RPM drive
My 300GB 7200RPM drive is 16MB. I was looking at the Raptor for its amazing read times, booting up XP and games faster.

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get 2 seagate 7200.10 hdd with perpindicular recording and run them in raid0, it will be almost as fast.

If you do get a raptor, get the raptor x because it has the best price-disk space ratio
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I don't think you're going to see THAT much improvement to be honest. Now if you RAID0 two of those little guys (like I do), I think it would be worth it. Maybe get one now with the intention of getting another later on down the road?

Besides, Raptors are known to get real lonely.
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I don't care about space. Also, the Raptor-X is the loudest because it has glass instead of metal covering it. Lastly, the Antec P180B has no window. Making the Raptor-X the worst choice. I'm looking to see how much faster a single Raptor is versus a single 7200RPM drive. I've had enough of raid...

Oh, and, the Raptor-X is twice the price. I'll never use more than 20GB of the Raptor, anyway.

ElMike:
So, I should get 2 Raptors or 2 7200.10 Drives in Raid-0, then I'll see an improvement?

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I would recommend getting the 74 Gig model as its only alittle more and you could store a few more things on it
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post #8 of 22
It's a good system drive, and with your 300GB HDD as a storage drive, your looking at a pretty good storage setup, but if you plan on storing games on the drive, I would recommend going for the 74GB or 150GB models...
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I would agree that you should Raid0 a pair of 7200.10's. Much cheaper for a lot more space, and you'll still see dramatic improvements over what you have now. 6GB would not be near enough for XP & Vista either... you have to consider leaving 2-3GB for a pagefile, plus extra hard drive space because without it, your system would crawl...

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I've had enough of raid...

ElMike:
So, I should get 2 Raptors or 2 7200.10 Drives in Raid-0, then I'll see an improvement?

NiNja
So you are or are not doing Raid?
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I would recommend getting the 74 Gig model as its only alittle more and you could store a few more things on it
For the last time:
STORAGE IS NOT AN ISSUE.

I only have 3 or 4 games that I play frequently, so, that will be 8GB maximum. Then, Windows: XP and Windows: Vista will take up another 8GB combined, at the max? Bring the total up to 16GB; leaving 20GB free. I am looking at a Raptor because I want fast read times when I am booting up XP/Vista and when I load games.

Page-file? Why?

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