I've looked through most of the article so far. It was quite useful.
It seems that the F1 Spinpoints and 6400AAKS are quite good for bang for the buck. You get speed and capacity out of them.
While comparing the 6400AAKS to the 150gb Raptors, they were considerably faster in pretty much everything like Manyak said they would be than the regular Raptors. Indeed the Velociraptors were faster, but they're just not worth it for 300$ for 300gigs. The 6400AAKS kept up pretty well and was around 200$ cheaper per drive.
The F1 spinpoints are also quite cheap. I noticed Newegg had a 500gb version of them. If all F1's are the same, then that's good news for me. It's also cheaper by $30ish compared to the 6400AAKS.
Reguardless of what I get, I should see a big improvement over load times over my single 500GB drive right?
By the way, will my current 500gb drive be able to serve as a storage/back up HDD even though it's half the size of the 6400AAKS when in RAID 0.
I just noticed that the F1 SpinPoints were 1TB drives that had the 320gb platters. Apparently the 750gb F1's have 250gb platters. It'll probably be the same 250gb platter for the 500GB F1's. No way I'll need that much space for the 1TB F1's. So the SpinPoints are probably a no go.
By assumption, I suppose the 500GB F1 drives will be slower than the 6400AAKS due to smaller sized platters.
I'm leaning towards the 6400AAKS in RAID 0, but I'm hoping to find a similar drive that has better load times.Edited by Rpg2 - 5/21/08 at 11:05pm