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So i have a 500gb WD caviar blue and i want to get some higher performance

what kind of hard drive upgrade would you recommend? thinking about using my current drive for storage and getting another for OS and such...what do you think?

getting a 5.9 on windows experience score is...disappointing to say the least :/
    
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So i have a 500gb WD caviar blue and i want to get some higher performance

what kind of hard drive upgrade would you recommend? thinking about using my current drive for storage and getting another for OS and such...what do you think?

getting a 5.9 on windows experience score is...disappointing to say the least :/
Don't go by the Windows Experience score. It's inaccurate.

If you want to break that 5.9 barrier anyways, you'll have to get an SSD.

If you have the cash for that, get a OCZ Vertex 2 or something similar Check the SSD group here for specific recommendations.

And keep the 500GB for data or some such.
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the cheaper route would be getting another HD and putting htem in Raid 0

However the negatives to that is, should one of your hard drives go bad or become corrupt you loose the whole Raid array. The bonus is faster read/write times

If you want to see a huge performance increase, get a SSD for your OS and watch how fast your load times are.
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As stated above the only way to see a dramatic jump in your WE score is via an SSD. If you want performance (and dont care about the score) a couple of WD Caviar Blacks 640 gb or a couple of spinpoint 500 gb in raid 0 will give a nice perf boost without draining the wallet too much
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what's so special about the spin points?

and what about raptors?
    
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Here are the advantages of SSD's
Faster start-up because no spin-up is required.
Fast random access because there is no "seeking" motion as is required with rotating disk platters and the read/write head and head-actuator mechanism [15]
Low read latency times for RAM drives.[16] In applications where hard disk seeks are the limiting factor, this results in faster boot and application launch times (see Amdahl's law).[17]
Consistent read performance because physical location of data is irrelevant for SSDs.[18]
File fragmentation has negligible effect, again because data access degradation due to fragmentation is primarily due to much greater disk head seek activity as data reads or writes are spread across many different locations on disk - and SSDs have no heads and thus no delays due to head motion (seeking).
Silent operation due to the lack of moving parts.
Low capacity flash SSDs have a low power consumption and generate little heat when in use.
High mechanical reliability, as the lack of moving parts almost eliminates the risk of "mechanical" failure.
Ability to endure extreme shock, high altitude, vibration and extremes of temperature.[19][20] This makes SSDs useful for laptops, mobile computers, and devices that operate in extreme conditions (flash).[17]
For low-capacity SSDs, lower weight and size: although size and weight per unit storage are still better for traditional hard drives, and microdrives allow up to 20 GB storage in a CompactFlash form-factor. As of 2008 SSDs up to 256 GB are lighter than hard drives of the same capacity.[19]
Flash SSDs have twice the data density of HDDs (so far, with very recent and major developments of improving SSD densities), even up to 1TB disks[21][22] (currently more than 2TB is atypical even for HDDs)[23]). One example of this advantage is that portable devices such as a smartphone may hold as much as a typical person's desktop PC.
Failures occur less frequently while writing/erasing data, which means there is a lower chance of irrecoverable data damage.[24]
Defragmenting the SSD is unnecessary. Since SSDs are random access by nature and can perform parallel reads on multiple sections of the drive (as opposed to a HDD, which requires seek time for each fragment, assuming a single head assembly), a certain degree of fragmentation is actually better for reads, and wear leveling intrinsically induces fragmentation.[25] In fact, defragmenting a SSD is harmful since it adds wear to the SSD for no benefit.[26]
Can also be configured to smaller form factors and reduced weight.[27]
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Here are the advantages of SSD's
Faster start-up because no spin-up is required.
Fast random access because there is no "seeking" motion as is required with rotating disk platters and the read/write head and head-actuator mechanism [15]
Low read latency times for RAM drives.[16] In applications where hard disk seeks are the limiting factor, this results in faster boot and application launch times (see Amdahl's law).[17]
Consistent read performance because physical location of data is irrelevant for SSDs.[18]
File fragmentation has negligible effect, again because data access degradation due to fragmentation is primarily due to much greater disk head seek activity as data reads or writes are spread across many different locations on disk - and SSDs have no heads and thus no delays due to head motion (seeking).
Silent operation due to the lack of moving parts.
Low capacity flash SSDs have a low power consumption and generate little heat when in use.
High mechanical reliability, as the lack of moving parts almost eliminates the risk of "mechanical" failure.
Ability to endure extreme shock, high altitude, vibration and extremes of temperature.[19][20] This makes SSDs useful for laptops, mobile computers, and devices that operate in extreme conditions (flash).[17]
For low-capacity SSDs, lower weight and size: although size and weight per unit storage are still better for traditional hard drives, and microdrives allow up to 20 GB storage in a CompactFlash form-factor. As of 2008 SSDs up to 256 GB are lighter than hard drives of the same capacity.[19]
Flash SSDs have twice the data density of HDDs (so far, with very recent and major developments of improving SSD densities), even up to 1TB disks[21][22] (currently more than 2TB is atypical even for HDDs)[23]). One example of this advantage is that portable devices such as a smartphone may hold as much as a typical person's desktop PC.
Failures occur less frequently while writing/erasing data, which means there is a lower chance of irrecoverable data damage.[24]
Defragmenting the SSD is unnecessary. Since SSDs are random access by nature and can perform parallel reads on multiple sections of the drive (as opposed to a HDD, which requires seek time for each fragment, assuming a single head assembly), a certain degree of fragmentation is actually better for reads, and wear leveling intrinsically induces fragmentation.[25] In fact, defragmenting a SSD is harmful since it adds wear to the SSD for no benefit.[26]
Can also be configured to smaller form factors and reduced weight.[27]
woah, that is a lot of information! thanks
    
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the cheaper route would be getting another HD and putting htem in Raid 0

However the negatives to that is, should one of your hard drives go bad or become corrupt you loose the whole Raid array. The bonus is faster read/write times

If you want to see a huge performance increase, get a SSD for your OS and watch how fast your load times are.
Putting a couple of mechanical hard-drives drives in RAID-0 still won't break the 5.9 barrier...
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Check out this on wikipedia. SSD's will be more expensive right now but definitely worth the cost if money is not a huge factor to you. Plus in a year when they are a big consumer item, you can safely say you are one of the first to own one.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Solid-state_drive

Scroll down to the advantages.
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Putting a couple of mechanical hard-drives drives in RAID-0 still won't break the 5.9 barrier...
well i don't really care about the WE as much as i've noticed low performance during IO and such...like my OS getting laggy
    
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