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I'm kind of on the fence on this one and I thought I would solicit some (honest) opinions from the list to see what people thought.

CURRENT CONFIGURATION:
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C: = 750GB drive housing primary system drive for Vista x64 and the USERS folder and all related data within them.
D: = 750GB drive housing primary data drive with all of my pictures, videos, dvds, isos, development virtual machines, etc.
E: = 640GB drive holding backup images (weekly fulls and daily diffs) for the data on the D: drive and the users folder on the C: drive.

UPGRADED CONFIGURATION:
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C: = 300GB VelociRaptor as primary system drive for Vista x64 (..that has been set up with unattended install to place the USERS folder on the D: volume)
D: = 750GB RAID-1 (mirrored) data volume of the two 750GB HDDs for redundancy for all of my data, including the USERS folder which would be configured during installation to be pointed to this drive instead of living on the primary system drive in a typical installation.
E: = 640GB drive :shrug: I'd probably move it into my HTPC (to store dvds/movies) since storing backup snapshot/images of a mirrored drive is a little overkill for a home workstation, lol.

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I don't know, what you do think. Is it worth it to buy the drive?
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I use my Velociraptor for my OS, and it's nice being so fast- I don't know what having your users folder on a separate drive will avail you, but it seems like a fine setup.
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Originally Posted by sparrowsblood View Post
I use my Velociraptor for my OS, and it's nice being so fast- I don't know what having your users folder on a separate drive will avail you, but it seems like a fine setup.
My current system drive has over 200GB of data on it, _not_ including the "Users" folder. Moving the Users folder over to the D: drive would also give me the protection of being mirrored and would set of the C: to only have apps & related data on it with no user data.

I'm just a little worried that I might run out of space on such a small drive. 200GB of programs and related data and none of that is any games, lol... once I toss something like EQ2 or WOW on there I might be hosed. Would make a great argument for two 300GB Velociraptor's on a RAID-0 Stripe but still, it's hard to pull the trigger on that high of "gig per dollar" cost when perpendicular storage drives are so much cheaper.

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Speaking of which, does anyone know if the Velociraptor drives use perpendicular recording? :shrug:
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The proposed setup sounds ok...my only issue is that I've heard that the Raptors suffer reliability issues - that may have been cleared up though, WD are pretty good with that. A RAID 1 mirror of your data drive is also a good idea, although don't confuse mirroring and (archival) back ups, they are not related.
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...my only issue is that I've heard that the Raptors suffer reliability issues...
I still can't pull the trigger on this one. I just read about the reliability issues that parityboy was referring to on the failure rates for the VelociRaptors. And, while it seems to be limited to those in RAID-0 configurations, for the price, I still can't bring myself to jump on it.

I did find out that my two current drive types (1) WD6400AAKS & (2) WD7500AAKS are still some pretty fierce competitors on the bench against the VR's and other 10K RPM spindles so I don't know. Maybe I'll pick up another WD6400AAKS and put it in a RAID-0 with it's mate and pick up a 1TB WD1001FALS to store my back up images...

But while that would cheaper and (theoretically) faster it would also be hotter, more prone to failure and a good deal more heartache to manage. Additionally, I'd probably want to buy a separate RAID card at that point if I'm going to be running two different RAID configurations inside the same box.

And there goes the whole "cheaper" bit because a good RAID card will run me about $300 USD easily as well. :sigh: Oh well, maybe I'll just sit on it for a little while longer.
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I love my raid 0 velocirator, it's ligtning fast on boot (10 sec.), loading games is so fast, video editing is like turning on a light switch.
    
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Velociraptors are amazing drives that is for sure. I've been wanting to buy a 2nd one for Raid 0 setup, but the egg hasn't had them in stock for a while. I think your proposed setup is a good one and probably worth it. Velociraptors Load games quite fast, and boot ups are quick as well.
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I went from WD6400AAKS drives in Raid-0 to 2 300GB Velociraptors in Raid-0 and I'm glad I did. Its kind of nice when Vista boots up and the two start up jingles overlap each other.
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I have the original raptor from 2005 and it's still spinning. Pretty reliable if you ask me.
    
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