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Yeah, i'm building out a rig for my friend wich is done except that i'm stuck on wich HDD(s) i should get.

http://www.overclock.net/intel-gener...ate-build.html

For one i'm curious about the most recent HDD's that are used in decent rigs.

The reason i made a seperate thread is because i wanna know about RAID and their benefits. Is it easy to setup? Do you need extra costs to perform a raid setup or something?
i'm totally new to this so.
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Okay for hard drives look for the following:
640gb Western Digital Black Version
Seagate or Western Digital 750gb.

All of those hard drives are really fast, and are good bang for buck, considering there some of the better hard drives, priced pretty cheap.

Now for RAID:

I don't know a lot about RAID, but I'll share what I know about it.

There is a RAID that uses 2 or more hard drives, to split up everything you install, into the amount of hard drives you use. So if you had 2 hard drives, it would split all the files in half, and when you launch it, both hard drives would retrieve half the information, making everything faster. This requires at least 2 hard drives, but will give a speed boost. If you get 3 hard drives, it will split files up into 3 files, etc

Another RAID is for backing up your info. Once again, at least 2 hard drives. It essentially installs everything 2x, once on the main hard drive, the other time on the backup drive. No speed boost, but it saves your files if anything bad was to happen
Edited by kaivorth - 12/23/08 at 6:03pm
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get the 640's its only two platters and they have 32mb cache
    
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RAID 0/1 can have more than one drive for performance or as data redundency.


.RAID0 = 500gb+500gb=1tb, Data Spanned over two drives.
.RAID1 = 500gb|500gb=500gb, Data Mirrored on the 2nd Disk.

Im not too sure how the other RAID arrays work but either have a read up on google or ask DuckieHo.
post #5 of 7
If you dont need alot of space like the 640GB WD, you could go with the 320GB AAKS (model?) which is just like the 640 accept its a single 320 GB platter and good performance, and no noise.

Just make sure when you get them you use the WD tools to do a full test of the HD to make sure it doesn't have bad sectors.

*edit fixed the AAKS, thats at the end of the model number so your most likely to get the single platter version all the time now.
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Forgot to mention that newegg links arent that usefull since they sell alof of stuf wich the site use dousnt list (alternate.be)

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get the 640's its only two platters and they have 32mb cache
As stated above, its not losted

IT does list a 750GB however, and it has 32Cache.
I have no idea about the platters tho, here's a link:

http://www.alternate.be/html/product...wTechData=true
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Quote:
Originally Posted by Krud View Post
get the 640's its only two platters and they have 32mb cache
Agreed:

Western Digital Caviar Black WD6401AALS

Heres my 3 in RAID 0 with the ONBOARD controller:



Can't wait to see what I get with a RAID controller card.
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