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  • 58% (14)
    Seagate Barracuda 80GB SATA Hard Drive 7200rpm x 2 [RAID 0] Price £20.00
  • 25% (6)
    Western Digital WD Raptor WD740 74GB SATA Hard Drive 10000rpm Price £29.99
  • 16% (4)
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post #1 of 34
Thread Starter 
OCN,

I have been searching flea-bay [eBay] for some cheap hard drives for storing Games and my Steam Folder on

I'm going to need any from 30 to 70GB Maximum

Which option would you go for

Seagate Barracuda 80GB SATA Hard Drive 7200rpm x 2 [RAID 0]
Price £20.00
or
Western Digital WD Raptor WD740 74GB SATA Hard Drive 10000rpm
Price £29.99
post #2 of 34
Storing games, the 2x 7200rpm drives are fine.

But why not a drive that has more space? why the 70gb hdd limit?
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post #3 of 34
I'd pick the Raptor.

-You will not notice much of a difference in performance. Even if benchmarks show a large difference.

-The Raptor should be more reliable. Don't they come with a 5 year warrenty?

-raid0 is annoying. Your boot time will be longer because the array will have to initialize.
post #4 of 34
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Originally Posted by bucdan View Post
Storing games, the 2x 7200rpm drives are fine.

But why not a drive that has more space? why the 70gb hdd limit?
I'm only going to store the game I use most i.e. NFSHP, TDU2 Beta, Nail'd, Modern Warfare 2, Split Second, Blood Stone
post #5 of 34
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Originally Posted by TEntel View Post
I'd pick the Raptor.

-You will not notice much of a difference in performance. Even if benchmarks show a large difference.

-The Raptor should be more reliable. Don't they come with a 5 year warrenty?

-raid0 is annoying. Your boot time will be longer because the array will have to initialize.
Thanks for confirming the above REP +
post #6 of 34
raptor.. but thats an old hot loud one.
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raptor.. but thats an old hot loud one.
It maybe old but it's dirt cheap
post #8 of 34
If you're only storing large files, RAID0 is faster.
If you're storing small files, the Raptor will be faster.
    
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post #9 of 34
As someone else said, RAID will lead to an increased boot time. I'd also recommend the Raptor because if one of the drives in RAID fails, you lose all your data, so with RAID you have twice the chance of losing data.
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post #10 of 34
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As someone else said, RAID will lead to an increased boot time. I'd also recommend the Raptor because if one of the drives in RAID fails, you lose all your data, so with RAID you have twice the chance of losing data.
Thanks. REP +

Is there any other options I could use for the same sort of money
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