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i currently only have 1 160 gig drive and my original plan was to buy a second larger HDD, about 500 gigs or so. but then a friend gave me more info about raptors but are they really worth it? instead i could get a raptor, put my OS and programs on that drive and make the 160 my secondary media drive.

which should i do?
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post #2 of 21
If money is no issue, then yes.
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post #3 of 21
i owuld get another 160 gig and do raid 0 its cheaper and about still damn good performance and more storage
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post #4 of 21
unless you're running a database server... no...

for what the raptors cost you could RAID bigger, cheaper drives... and get more performance...
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post #5 of 21
A RAID array of slower drives should be faster than a single Raptor in almost every instance. Ultimate performance would be wither RAID Raptors, or RAID TB drives (with the 32 MB buffer) However, RAID 0 160 GB drives would be pretty dang fast, just make sure you get the exact same drive. Having 1 with a 16 MB buffer and 1 with an 8 MB buffer would be a bit of a waste, IMHO.
    
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post #6 of 21
Raptors are definitely not worth it
    
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post #7 of 21
i would go for the 500 gb drive so you have a place for your data.
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post #8 of 21
Raptors are great HDs, abut they are not worth it for the price.. Wait until some more companies come out with 10K RPM drives and lowers the price, then they'll be worth it

Also with RAID, theres a 50% chance higher of data failure so its risker than having one Raptor. And even with most fast HDs in RAID0, the Raptor will still has the better access time.
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post #9 of 21
not sure if this is true but one of my buddies told me that rapotors have the fast startup performance but sata II drives have the top end performance. For example its like a sports tuner with quick acceleration vs a muscle car with a higher top speed, eventually the muscle car is going to pass the tuner. Hope you like the analogy
    
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post #10 of 21
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i love the analogy haha

i think i'm going to get the 500gb drive
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