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How to: Get better HDD speeds


RAID


One option for increasing your HDD speed is to get another of the same size and run it in RAID 0. RAID stands for: "Redundant Array of Independent Disks". What happens with RAID 0 is data is alternately stored to both HDDs. This results in faster access times, but is more risky than running HDDs seperately, as if one fails, you lose the data on both the drives.



Get a faster HDD

Another option, if you don't want the risk, or don't have the money for RAID 0, is to get a better hard drive. A popular choice is a raptor, as this is the only desktop HDD that achieves speeds of 10,000 rpms. Many, though, dislike them, as they are believed by many not to be worth the high prices for a very slight performance increase. Indeed, unless run in RAID, you will see very little performance increases, so many opt for the less expensive Seagate Barracuda. It has now been shown though, that a 500 GB Samsung spinpoint loads Far Cry in just 35 seconds, which is faster than either of the aforementioned hard drives. The spinpoint is also inexpensive, costing just 18 pence ($0.36) per GB, in comparison to the raptor X's price of 107 pence ($2.14) per GB.



I hope you enjoyed reading my guide! If theres anything I can add, please let me know! Thanks!


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Overclocker Cafe - for helping a bit with the RAID section
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RAID


One option for increasing your HDD speed is to get another of the same size and run it in RAID 0. RAID stands for: "Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks"...
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Its Redundant Array of Independent Drivesfor SATAand "Inexpensive" is for IDE/ATA.
Nice info though.
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Ty, changing. +rep to you!
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No mean to bash but...

your title is a bit misleading at first site.
Perhaps it would be better saying "how to get the fastest HDD transfer speed" or something.

Because one would think - that this thread was about improving the speed of the Hardrive you already owned

(not about getting a faster one )
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Buying new hardware is obvious to say the least.
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Its Redundant Array of Independent Drivesfor SATAand "Inexpensive" is for IDE/ATA.
Nice info though.


It is an interchangable term that has never been based on SATA/IDE. Since SATA and IDE cost virtually the same, point disproven.

If anything, it would be SCSI vs non-SCSI buses.

FAQ, needs better info.... as in the risk of RAID0 and the other forms of RAID.
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I included the risks of RAID 0 didn't I?
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I included the risks of RAID 0 didn't I?
Not really... without explain exactly what the risk is. The MTBF of the both HD is now of the worst HD. This is not quite doubling your risk of failure.
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Buying new hard drives isn't really guide-worthy... >.>
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Yea this is not even a guide. You tell people to buy a new hd, big whoop! You don't even say which hds are good and not good. I feel as if you are just trying to make a faq for the sake of maknig one.
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