Ghost is still a good one. What I do is partition a little 160G Seagate into 20G sections and just install whatever OS onto each partition, then I have a USB stick with my benches on it and just install them on each one. That way If I frag one partition I just boot on into the next and so on down the line. There just stripped OS with no web connection, so it works fine like that, I just load bench marks to a USB drive and validate on my 24/7 rig. I use XP Pro and Win 2K Server. I really need to just do them in 10G partitions thats plenty.
I like the Paragon HDD '09 Pro for making partitions, it's probably no better then any others I've just like it's interface..
I hear you on that SSD, if it doesn't it should..
...I think I'll put that 30G OCZ thats a $130 or so on the list, it looks pretty fast and I could get 3 partitions on it plenty large enough to bench off of. And if it's no faster for bench I can always put a XP web runner on it.
I bet raid will speed you up a little PCMark05. Are you running Raptor bench HDD?Edited by ira-k - 10/25/09 at 10:38am