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I was looking at hard drives, and i wanted to know, which would be faster? 2 80 gig 8mb cache hard drives in raid 0, or 1 160 gb hard drive with 16mb cache?
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2 80gig in Raid 0, even with the less cache the raid setup would be faster.
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2 80gig in Raid 0, even with the less cache the raid setup would be faster.
But if he gets one 160GB drive w/16mb cache, he can then later get another and not only have more space but it will also be faster!
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I'd say if you want to add more later go with the 160, if you want performance now go with the two 80's. Of course even with RAID 0 it really doesn't give that much of a boost in anything unless you are transfering a lot of files all the time.
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But if he gets one 160GB drive w/16mb cache, he can then later get another and not only have more space but it will also be faster!
Well yes, but thats not what he was asking lol. The actual amount of cache has a relatively small impact on performance of a harddrive so even adding a third or 4th 80 gig down the road would still give a boost in performance.
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Thats what i wanted to know. My main or os hard drive setup does not need to be larger than 160 gigs. I dont really want 320 gigs for my main because in my case its useless. If i need more i can get another 80 gig for more performance and space. thanks guys!!
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why such small drives??? 80 giggers are almost obsolete. if you can get 2 - 250 gid drives and run them in raid 0, i paid 160.00 canadian for 2 - 250 gig WD raid edition drives last week, and ive seen them cheaper..... cant go wrong with these prices.!
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I had a problem with my past 2 computers either breaking down, or getting Effed up some how. Then all the stuff i had on my main hard drives was lost! School papers, mid terms, projects, movies, music, blah blah. So lately i have been using my main hard drive for my os, operations, games, and currently downloading movies/music/ and recorded tv. When something is finished, i move it to storage so i wont lose it.
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RAID is faster, though you run the risk of losing data if a drive fails.
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