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I don't have the bling for a reasonable sized SSD, so I've been thinking of getting a nice big fast mechanical drive and short stroking for some reasonable speed boost (the HD I have now is a slow POS).

Someone is selling a pair of 500GB spinpoint F3s for about $70 on OCN, but I also found a 1TB spinpoint for $65, so sizewise and pricewise they're roughly the same.

Which would yield superior performance? The 500GB models in RAID or the 1TB going solo? Planning on short stroking to about 200GB. I'd be using an onboard Raid controller, bleh I know.

The 500GB are the 16MB Cache version while the 1TB is the 32MB cache version if that makes any difference. My main focus would be on access time, although throughput is nice too
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500GB F3's. Short stroke them.
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I'd raid them for sure.
What is short stroking?
Taking two different sized hard drives and raid 0'ing them and making the larger on the same size as the smaller?
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I'd raid them for sure.
What is short stroking?
Taking two different sized hard drives and raid 0'ing them and making the larger on the same size as the smaller?
http://www.overclock.net/hard-drives...e-why-how.html
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Keep in mind you don't really 'gain' as much as you 'lose less' from a performance perspective by short stroking.
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Oh thanks.

Thats the first Ive ever heard of short stroking.
Seems like more trouble than it is worth though.
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Keep in mind you don't really 'gain' as much as you 'lose less' from a performance perspective by short stroking.
Six on the one hand half dozen on the other. System bottleneck is currently the HDD, by losing less, I gain in performance.

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Thats the first Ive ever heard of short stroking.
Seems like more trouble than it is worth though.
It's really not that much trouble at all if you're comfortable with partitioning drives, and it gives a more consistent and snappier feel to a system, which is definitely what I'm looking for.
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