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Would this make any sense? Using Raptor as a gaming drive

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In my current build I have two WD6400AAKS drives in Raid-0 which is where everything on my system currently resides. In my previous build I used two WD 150GB Raptors in Raid-0 though 1 of the Raptors died which is why I'm now using the WD640s. One of the Raptors from the previous build is still functional but not in use at the moment. So, would it make any sense to install that Raptor and use it as a pure gaming drive (no OS, or any other files)? Would I see any benefit from the faster seek times even though the OS resides on the WD640s?

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You could give it a shot. I have a similar setup, 2 WD250s in RAID-0, and 1 WD500 in its own RAID-0. Once you hook it up, the mobo should see it and put it into its own RAID Array. Give it a shot
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You could give it a shot. I have a similar setup, 2 WD250s in RAID-0, and 1 WD500 in its own RAID-0. Once you hook it up, the mobo should see it and put it into its own RAID Array. Give it a shot
Yeah I think it would work that way. Though, I worry that the faster seek times of the Raptor would be hampered by the slower seek times of the WD640AAKS drives the OS is housed on.
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Yeah I think it would work that way. Though, I worry that the faster seek times of the Raptor would be hampered by the slower seek times of the WD640AAKS drives the OS is housed on.
In theory, it shouldn't matter. If the BIOS is setting them up and reading them as separate RAID Arrays, then they should operate speed independent. If you're concerned about the speed though, you could always reinstall the OS on the Raptor.
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I would install the game on the raided AAKSs...that will be fastest....

you'll want the speed of the raid-0 for loading the game...you wont get that on a seperate drive....

I tried this a week ago....

I also loaded up a regular drive with windows and put the AAKS as a spare drive and loaded games to the AAKS....it was not as fast as having windows loaded to the drive(s) and the games on it as well...those were my fastest loading times....

only way to keep it seperate is to partition the AAKSs and put windows on 1 partition and the games on the other...but in a raid environment if you lose a drive you already know you lose it all anyways...

just for curiosity what average read times are you pulling on the AAKSs in raid 0....?
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i7-860 ECS P55 Black Edition 2-4850X2 (Quadfire) 2x2GB Geil Black Dragon 
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2x640 Raid 0 DVD-RW XPpro, Vista, Win in x32 and x64 flavors Acer 22in Wide Screen 
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MS Ergonomic Corsair TX-850 Black ATX MS Optical 
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