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What's better, a fast drive for my OS and a big drive for media, or one big raid 0 drive (2 drives actually) for everything?
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I use a 20gig IDE for my os, and my SATA drives for programs & data.
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See I was thinking the other way around. A fast SATA drive for the OS and a big IDE for Music.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by jrabb1920
I use a 20gig IDE for my os, and my SATA drives for programs & data.
Man don't you think if you put os in sata drive it would be a little faster?
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Raid will be faster.....but if 1 drive fails...both are gone.
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I'm not too worried about failure. I don't have anything irreplaceable on my PC.
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Quote:
Originally Posted by StepsAscend
I'm not too worried about failure. I don't have anything irreplaceable on my PC.
I went for Raid0 for my OS and games and a larger "storage" drive for music and video. Then it doesn't clog up my main drive with stuff I don't use that often and doesn't require quick access.
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Im also lookin to buy some new hard drives and i would like to know which would be faster,sata drives or eide?
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post #9 of 14
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Originally Posted by pbasil1
Im also lookin to buy some new hard drives and i would like to know which would be faster,sata drives or eide?
If you go with IDE drives with 16M Buffer, the speed difference will be very minimal. Unless you RAID 2 SATA drives. The Maxtor DiamondMax10 series is supposed to be not much slower than a Raptor. Also, if you don't have locked SATA ports, then you should get IDE as SATA would limit your FSB to about 230Mhz. That's what I had to do.

My new CaviarSE ATA100 200GB 8M is pretty darn fast, from pushing power to use-able desktop is about 15 seconds tops for me.

EDIT: EIDE is the same as IDE, it's just a name that Western Digital uses on their drives.
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post #10 of 14
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If I install 2 80gb sata drives to run in RAID 0, do I have to reinstall my OS or can I just clone my OS drive, an IDE, to the new array?
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