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I have two Syba PCI-to-SATA adapters... that don't work right. If you look over most of their products, it's so low-end and worthless support. Being only $20... give either one a shot.
Koutech it is
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I have two Syba PCI-to-SATA adapters... that don't work right. If you look over most of their products, it's so low-end and worthless support. Being only $20... give either one a shot.


I'll go Koutech first, then Syba if the Koutech craps out.

I think I get what you're trying to say. Make sure the card has/comes with drivers?

I'm new to HDs and RAID so yea......

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Koutech it is
Indeed.

I won't be getting HDs or the RAID card anytime soon. Spent too much on my new comp as it is. Had to swap out the crappy Raidmax PSU and ASUS heatsink. I will get RAID later in the future.

Quick voltage question in a HD forum. SpeedFan says the 12v reading is 3.1v. That's not a good thing is it.....that..or....it's a error on SpeedFan's part.

Again, thanks everyone!
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If the 12v line is only giving out 3.1v then your computer wouldn't be booting, it would just overdraw the PSU something severe and burn it out.
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If the 12v line is only giving out 3.1v then your computer wouldn't be booting, it would just overdraw the PSU something severe and burn it out.
I see. Thanks.

Well, now I'm going to go find if a certain pair of HDs are as fast or almost as fast as 2 WD Raptors. HDs in mind are Samsung SpinPoints and 7200.11s. Apparently there's something about platters or something, but I'm just lost when it comes to that stuff.
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I see. Thanks.

Well, now I'm going to go find if a certain pair of HDs are as fast or almost as fast as 2 WD Raptors. HDs in mind are Samsung SpinPoints and 7200.11s. Apparently there's something about platters or something, but I'm just lost when it comes to that stuff.

The fastest drive out right now is the WD6400AAKS. Two of those will beat two raptors in almost everything. The raptor's quick seek time will only help with VERY random reads and writes (like booting), or in a RAID with 4 or more drives.
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The fastest drive out right now is the WD6400AAKS. Two of those will beat two raptors in almost everything. The raptor's quick seek time will only help with VERY random reads and writes (like booting), or in a RAID with 4 or more drives.
Thanks for the recommendation. Is there a HD as fast as the WD6400AAKS, but in a smaller size? 1.2TBs seem a little overkill for me. I'm barely using 60gigs on my 500gb drive.

Interesting. There seems to be a clearance of 150gb Raptors at Bestbuy for around the same price.

Thread: http://www.overclock.net/online-deal...-119-99-a.html

Thanks Manyak for coming back to this thread and answering my other questions!
Edited by Rpg2 - 5/21/08 at 9:06pm
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The fastest drive out right now is the WD6400AAKS. Two of those will beat two raptors in almost everything. The raptor's quick seek time will only help with VERY random reads and writes (like booting), or in a RAID with 4 or more drives.
Velociraptors and Spinpoint F1 beat the AAKS in most tests.

http://techreport.com/articles.x/14583/3
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Velociraptors and Spinpoint F1 beat the AAKS in most tests.

http://techreport.com/articles.x/14583/3
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?

--Edit--
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
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