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Which regular 7200 drives would you all recommend getting, with the intention of running them in a RAID 0 array? I've read on Tom's Hardware that the new WD's are currently the top non-Raptor drives out there, but Seagate seems to have quite a following too...
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segate 250GB 7200.10s in raid 0
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Originally Posted by pow3rtr1p View Post
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.
i know what you mean, he needs the exact same hard drives to run RAID 0, but just to enlighten a bit:
buffer (commonly referred to as cache) makes absolutely no difference.

okay, maybe 1-2% (thats from 8MB to 16MB)
    
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Which regular 7200 drives would you all recommend getting, with the intention of running them in a RAID 0 array? I've read on Tom's Hardware that the new WD's are currently the top non-Raptor drives out there, but Seagate seems to have quite a following too...
The new WD are nice... but Seagate countered with even newer drives. No benchmarks on the 7200.11 yet but they are impressive on paper.
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post #15 of 21
My opinion,

My last set up had 2 Raptors in RAID 0 and my current one has 2 WD SE16 drives in RAID 0. Aside from benchmarks I have noticed no drop in performance whatsoever. The only thing I have noticed is that extracting 4GB+ RAR archives takes about 30 seconds longer.

But this is a null point, seeing as how the capacity of Raptors are so low, you won't be using it for storing rar archives and ISO's, along with all your game installs and HD movies.

It was the lack of space that made me switch, coming into this HD age, quantity is always better than quality when it comes to hdds
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I am still split. I have always wanted a raptor and I have the money to get one right now. I don't need any more storage space so no need to get another 200gb Seagate, plus it seems like even if I were to get a raptor and then decide to get rid of it later it would hold it's value a lot better than your typical 7200rpm drive.
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post #17 of 21
If you bought an identical drive to the one you have and used RAID 0, that would give you 320gig total (Both drives combine space in RAID 0 - Best bang for your buck IMO) and will give you raptor+ speed. Otherwise look for a 16m cashe HD for the size you want and use the 160gig as a backup drive.
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Anyone know when the Seagate 7200.11's are being released?
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post #19 of 21
Raptors are fast, but honestly I'm not impressed by their performance, mostly just shows the gap between how far other hardware has advanced compared to hdds.
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post #20 of 21
Raptors shine in one area: Games. If you are a serious gamer, get a Raptor and RAID it with large discs to store your data.

This website provides great information about hard drive performance and testing: Storage Review They did a review on Raptor drives a while back but honestly it has been long enough that there may be something comparable out now.
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