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Poll Results: Which filesystem configuration is the best (for the price)??

 
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post #1 of 11
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I am still deciding what I want to get for Christmas (lol, on January 1st......) and so far I was thinking 2GB of DDR2-667 and a Creative X-FI Fatal1ty FPS. But I just though what if I overhaul my filesystem? Currently I have a 80GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.7 drive (SATA150, 7200RPM, 8MB cache) as my primary OS and games hard drive and a 200GB Maxtor DiamondMax 9 (SATA150, 7200RPM, 8MB cache) as my downloaded files and non performance demanding applications drive. So what I want to know, which configuration will offer the best overall performance?

1) 2x300GB Maxtor MaXLine Pro III drive (SATA II, 7200RPM, 16MB cache) for everything

2) 2x80GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.7's in RAID0 for everything

3) 2x80GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.7's in RAID0 for OS and games and 1x300GB Maxtor MaXLine Pro III for other stuff

4) 2x74GB WD Raptors in RAID0 for everything

5) 2x74GB WD Raptors in RAID0 for OS and games and 1x300GB Maxtor MaXLine Pro III for other stuff

So basically which is the best? Boiled down, my options are to buy 2 Maxtor MaXLine Pro III's, add one more 80GB Seagate and a Maxtor MaXLine Pro III, buy 2 new WD Raptors and a Maxtor MaXLine Pro III or just the 2 more Raptors.

Also, how difficult is RAID0 to setup? How loud are the Raptors compared to my Seagate Barracuda 7200.7/Maxtor DiamondMax 9 drives? And finally, would the most expensive option, the dual WD Raptors and 300GB maxtor configuration be worth the $433 it will cost me?
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post #2 of 11
What ever you do get those Raptors and RAID those bad boys.

The Raptor is not that load. Its performance makes up for ANY noise it makes. I can't imagine RAID 0 Raptors. (I will soon get another one) It is not difficult to RAID 0, but you will need to reformat.
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post #3 of 11
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Well pauldovi, I am going for a totally silent case and so what may be not noticeable noise in a normal case may sound like a hurricane inside mine, infact I am planning on getting a Seasonic S12-600 to replace my OCZ PowerStream 600W just because it is a bit quieter! Personally, so far I am leaning towards the dual 300GB Maxtor MaXLine Pro III's....what do you guys think? Also, I would probably keep my 80GB around as a backup if my RAID array fails which it shouldn't.
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post #4 of 11
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Also please consider this, the dual 300GB Maxtor's will cost $242 but the dual Raptor + 300GB Maxtor will cost $433, would the performance of the dual raptors over dual Maxtor's (dual 10kRPM + 8MB cache vs. dual 7kRPM + 16MB cache) be worth DOUBLE the price?
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post #5 of 11
The only time I here my Raptor is when windows is starting up, or loading a game. Other than that it is relatively quite. Just because it is 10K RPM doesn't mean it is load. The Raptor is well designed.
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post #6 of 11
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No, I didn't assume that since it is 10k RPM that it is loud, I assumed that since I read tons of reviews saying it was too loud for its own good and since my friend has an Alienware with the 74GB Raptor in it and I can hear it very distinctly anytime he is formatting/defragmenting/installing/loading anything that I was wondering if there was really a significant perfromance drop (or even a slilght gain) by going with the dual 300GB Maxtors, which ALSO happen to give me 3.5x more space at half the cost of the Raptors
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post #7 of 11
If you didn't go with the Raptors, don't get Maxtors. They have been having some reliability issues. Get dual 300GB WD or Seagate.
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Well I seem to have good luck with the Maxtor Diamondmax 10's and MaXLine III's (same drive, the maxline has a few more features) I have installed 5 of them in the past few months into several computers and all have been very quiet and worked on the first try, plus I have a Maxtor drive and prefer Maxtor to any company except maybe Seagate.
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post #9 of 11
To everyone their own. Good luck with the upgrade!
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post #10 of 11
I would personally go with Seagate. Better warranty and more reliable drive. I've still got my seagate from 95 or something. . .Also, I haven't had an issue with sound at all.
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