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raid 0 just for games?.......you can't wait some 10 seconds to play for a couple of hours?........besides 300GB for $200 with conventional hdds?.....c'mon!.....i bought 3 640GB 32MB Blacks for $55 each and couldn't be happier with the performance......Velos are only worth the price to GB if they're being used for something important like an os drive......but just to run games?.....no!......for $200 you can have a 2TB Black RAID 0 array which would make more sense in every way
    
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If it were me, I'd RAID 0 4x 150GB used VelociRaptors for some amazing RAID 0 performance, decent storage and lowish cost. Keep all your critical data on your other drives and you should be fine even if one of the drives die.
Edited by darksideleader - 2/6/11 at 5:31pm
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Wow. I don't know how you get those insane prices for Black Caviars.

Seems like the dinosaur fans are extinct..

OK so seems to me that people who have already gone for velociraptors would have kept them as dedicated gamer's drive while moving onto an SSD.

I guess I'll just be going for Black Caviars!

Again, thanks a lot for the advices!
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I recently purchased the program "ultimate defrag". It has a graphical interface which literally lets you choose what files are located where on your hard disk. You can put the files you care about the most on the outside edge of the disk making them the fastest for reads.

You can also organize by file usage and put all the crap you have never even used on the inside edge of your disk freeing up the outside edge for all the stuff you care about.

It's a cool and relatively cheap tool for increasing the performance of your drives. Pretty neat!
OR you could simply do like me; limiting the outer section as C:\\ and use the inner section as D:\\ for storage.
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I have a cheap 300 GB caviar blue as my boot drive right now. But I optimized it with my ultimate defrag program. I have a boot time that is faster than what some people have claimed with a SSD. I'm only using the outside 10% or less of the disc.

It has windows on it and nothing else. I have games and programs on an old caviar black from my last build and all my media on a caviar green.

The reason I bought the caviar blue is because I just wanted something to hold me over as a boot drive until the Crucial C400 SSD comes out. It literally was the cheapest Western Digital drive newegg carried. It's amazing how fast a drive can be if it is optimized. Having the workload split between three drives (OS, programs, and pure storage) seems to be plenty fast for me. I'm starting to think I have no need for SSD.
    
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I use my Raptor X for my games, but only because I already owned it prior to getting my SSD.

In all honesty, they are a very very noisy drive. I would advise against them because the clicking will drive you up the wall.
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OR you could simply do like me; limiting the outer section as C:\\ and use the inner section as D:\\ for storage.
But the program goes beyond that and sorts by last usage time. It will sequester the least used data to the inside edge of the partition and the most used to the outside edge. Or you can manually choose specific file locations. It's totally customizable. There are too many options for me to explain.

I just think its a cool little program. It's kind of fun to watch it work as it moves and sorts all the data around on your disk. It has a cool color coded representation of how your files are organized. It's fun to watch all the colors fly around as it sorts all your data. It's almost like it makes a video game out of optimizing your hard disk.

Windows said my drives were 0% fragmented but it still considered them 10 to 15% fragmented.

I'm not trying to sell it or anything. I just never hear anybody talk about it and it is cheap.
    
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i would not have any other drive for my games than three WD3000HLFS's(well, maybe the WD6000)

the price to gigabyte/acess time/speed is the best at the moment.
although some other disks come close.

i dare you to find me a 1TB SSD for $350 or less.
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...It's amazing how fast a drive can be if it is optimized. Having the workload split between three drives (OS, programs, and pure storage) seems to be plenty fast for me. I'm starting to think I have no need for SSD.
In all honest truth, I don't see much point in it either.

I just restarted my computer and timed the boot.

From the swipe of the power on button (mine is capacitive touch) until the Windows 7 circle loading spinning wheel thing is gone.

I load Adobe Bridge, AV, firewall, and other ASUS utilities and MSI Afterburner that goes along with Desktop sidebar objects.

Just under a minute.

Is there something explicitly wrong with my system? Or should I be waiting for UEFI?
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honestly i would go with black cavier in raid0,they are very good/fast hard drives.
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