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N2Gaming, congrats on your new purchase. I loved my Raptor. Quick, solid and reliable. Did you get a FD drive? Please include some HDTach numbers if you have time.

Good luck
Thank you,

I'm not sure what a FD drive is but I'm gonna guess a Floppy Disk. Yes I have one of those. I created the tools disk on cd but the system that I installed the new drive in would not boot to dos from the WD tools floppy so I had to use one of my older win 98 boot disks to get a dos screen so that I could boot to the WD diagnostics. The WD Raptor HDD checked out fine.

How would I go about providing HDTach numbers?

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Thank you,

I'm not sure what a FD drive is but I'm gonna guess a Floppy Disk. Yes I have one of those. I created the tools disk on cd but the system that I installed the new drive in would not boot to dos from the WD tools floppy so I had to use one of my older win 98 boot disks to get a dos screen so that I could boot to the WD diagnostics. The WD Raptor HDD checked out fine.

How would I go about providing HDTach numbers?

N2G
N2Gaming, there were a few different Raptor revisions. The last one was WD740ADFD. The FD model came with 16MB of cache as oppose to the AD model that came with 8MB of cache.

HDTach can be downloaded by going here. I typically run the quick benchmark. It should give you a graph with a Burst Rates, Avg Reads, Access times ect.

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N2Gaming, there were a few different Raptor revisions. The last one was WD740ADFD. The FD model came with 16MB of cache as oppose to the AD model that came with 8MB of cache.

HDTach can be downloaded by going here. I typically run the quick benchmark. It should give you a graph with a Burst Rates, Avg Reads, Access times ect.

Good luck
Oh yeah I got the 16Mb Cache. and thanks for the link. coincidentally you maid me look @ my other originallllllly purchased 74G Raptor purchased a couple of years ago and it too is the FD FTW
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N2Gaming, there were a few different Raptor revisions. The last one was WD740ADFD. The FD model came with 16MB of cache as oppose to the AD model that came with 8MB of cache.

HDTach can be downloaded by going here. I typically run the quick benchmark. It should give you a graph with a Burst Rates, Avg Reads, Access times ect.

Good luck
I've run both the long and short test. Weird thing is my average goes up 10mb/s with the long test. Heres a screenshot of the long test.
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I've run both the long and short test. Weird thing is my average goes up 10mb/s with the long test. Heres a screenshot of the long test.
BlackOmega, that average read looks pretty good. Is this on the SATA 150 controller or the SATA II?

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raid0 for the win... i remember switching to a raid 0 5 years ago from a single drive, havent gone back since. lol You'll like it, its just a pain loading raid drivers and a pain when the drives give problems. I've gotten into the habit of replacing all my drives every 2 yrs or so (all but one of my volumes is a raid 0), just to knock down my chances of having problems.

speeds go up with the long test because the drives and controller have a longer amount of time to gain speed and sustain it.
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Mmm...BlackOmega, you do know what you're doing, right? You're giving me more and more incentive to go and get my own RAID 0 set up.

@ AllenG, interesting comments on why the Long test gives higher speeds.
    
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BlackOmega, that average read looks pretty good. Is this on the SATA 150 controller or the SATA II?

Good luck
It's still on the 150 controller. Been busy with my probe lately (Timing belt, water pump, valve cover gaskets, intake gaskets, thermostat, replacing a bunch of busted vacuum lines, heater hoses and breather tubes)so I haven't had time to really mess around with computers as much as I'd like to.
But I want to try out the ULi controller just to see if it'd be any faster.

That and I'm waiting on a DFi NF4 SLI board from burrbit so I'll do a bunch of hardware switching then.

And this is totally off the topic of RAID, but the other day I was thinking of using my lower slot on the CFX board just so the 4870 isn't blocking most of the NB fan. Well I searched and searched in the BIOS to see if there is a way of switching the primary PCIe slot. Well there isn't, what the hell is the point of having 2 16x PCIe slots if I cant use them individually. Hell my NF4 ultra D/G can do it why cant this one? And it's got me wondering about the NF4 SLI board, can you make the lower slot the primary?

N2 and th|nk3r this is for you guys (you'll probably remove it though )

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raid0 for the win... i remember switching to a raid 0 5 years ago from a single drive, havent gone back since. lol You'll like it, its just a pain loading raid drivers and a pain when the drives give problems. I've gotten into the habit of replacing all my drives every 2 yrs or so (all but one of my volumes is a raid 0), just to knock down my chances of having problems.

speeds go up with the long test because the drives and controller have a longer amount of time to gain speed and sustain it.

Yeah I have noticed my load times have decreased pretty well, especially during startup. It seems as though most games are faster too.

Good point on the testing.


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Mmm...BlackOmega, you do know what you're doing, right? You're giving me more and more incentive to go and get my own RAID 0 set up.
, maybe we'll get them working right one day.
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I had to sell the old girl since mine had entered the stage where the cost of continual maintenance and upkeep was going to be more than the actual value of the car. In a way I miss the old girl, but I'm loving my new ride even more.
    
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