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I bought my first Velocraptor about 2 weeks ago. I liked it a lot, then I got the bug to get another, after banging my head against the wall I just decided to do it. It took awhile to get it up and running. I'm looking for advice that may ( hopefully ) improve performance but I'm not sure how well I did.

Question #1 Would haveing a seperate partition for the OS help much? I'm thinking about 40GB

Question #2 Would formatting properly help? ( I formatted during the Vista install, it was very fast, I can't believe that way is good.

Question #3 I installed the raid driver fron the Mobo disc. I used the first one on the list, could this be the correct one? I may have made a booboo I know.

Question #4 I set the stripe to 64kb, from what I understand this is a fairly good comprimise, is this true?

Things do seem to be alot faster so overall I'm happy

Sorry for all the Questions.
Thanks All
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I wouldn't do it, especially on a RAID array. It adds unneeded complexity.
I do quick formats, which tell the drive everything is "empty", while the previous data is actually still on the disk. A proper format actually covers the entire disk, erasing all the data on every sector.
Dono.
Dono.

Also, two 640GB WD's should (theoretically) get pretty dam close in Raid to those Veloci's in read\\write speeds.
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If you have Wd drive you can go to the website. and get life guard tools and zero the drives.
basic bring back to the point as if you were buying brand new.
    
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I bought my first Velocraptor about 2 weeks ago. I liked it a lot, then I got the bug to get another, after banging my head against the wall I just decided to do it. It took awhile to get it up and running. I'm looking for advice that may ( hopefully ) improve performance but I'm not sure how well I did.

Question #1 Would haveing a seperate partition for the OS help much? I'm thinking about 40GB

Question #2 Would formatting properly help? ( I formatted during the Vista install, it was very fast, I can't believe that way is good.

Question #3 I installed the raid driver fron the Mobo disc. I used the first one on the list, could this be the correct one? I may have made a booboo I know.

Question #4 I set the stripe to 64kb, from what I understand this is a fairly good comprimise, is this true?

Things do seem to be alot faster so overall I'm happy

Sorry for all the Questions.
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1: Not with Vista. Ive tried it before and it only helps boot times by a small margin.

2: No, what Vista did very fast was fine. It doesn't affect performance

3: You should use the latest driver for the motherboard, ignore any regards to the fact that you are using a WD drive. Go to your motherboards website and download RAID Drivers there.

4: 64 to 128kb strips are generally the best. I prefer 128k simply because my RAID card does better with it.
    
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Man this thing is fast on it's own. I can't imagine it in stripe mode!
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