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My build is all coming together today, and I finally found my Windows 7 disk. xD

I currently have a 1TB Caviar Black, however I would like faster loading times & faster transfer times. (I do a lot of file transfers)

So, would it be better to get an SSD, perhaps http://www.bestbuy.com/site/Intel%26...&skuId=1287585

OR should I get another 1TB caviar Black (32mb cache) and put them in raid 0?

Thanks for reading,

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SSD as the boot drive and your 1tb as your data drive.
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Considering you do a lot of transfers, I'd say do the RAID0. You won't be able to transfer much data on a 40GB SSD . And those Western Digital Blacks are the best mechanical drives to do a fast RAID0 array too. Just make sure you short stroke your operating system partition .
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Go for the SSD. Get a sandforce or crucial c300, I would get at least 60 gigs for a boot drive.
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SSD!!

HDD RAID 0 might have high speeds but response times is where SSD kicks in and beats RAID0 by miles.
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If you will be transferring between SSD and Spin hard drive, transfer speed will be determinated by the slowest drive. In your case you might benefit from velociraptor drives
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Quote:
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SSD as the boot drive and your 1tb as your data drive.
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Originally Posted by Waffleboy View Post
Go for the SSD. Get a sandforce or crucial c300, I would get at least 60 gigs for a boot drive.
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SSD!!

HDD RAID 0 might have high speeds but response times is where SSD kicks in and beats RAID0 by miles.


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Originally Posted by Jaguarbamf View Post
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I currently have a 1TB Caviar Black, however I would like faster loading times & faster transfer times. (I do a lot of file transfers)

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Again, considering your usages, RAID0 would be best.
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@ Pioneerisloud

That's kind of what I thought. Would I see a large increase in speed?
Or do I need multiple HDD's in raid 0 to see a big difference?

Currently I can transfer about 25gb of data in 12 minutes. (Average)
    
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Well, you may be able to RAID your current hard drives and just use the SSD as a boot drive. Why I say this is simple. SSD will help with boot speeds of your OS. You can RAID those drives even though they are slightly different provided they are from the same manufacturer and same exact size. Create an array for your data and those large file transfers and use the SSD for Windows 7.
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