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Ok guys, so I need a new hard drive for storing movies, music, and extra apps/games. I am buying a SSD soon for my Win.7 setup but I need another storage drive because I am going to use the velociraptor for OSX, and my 640gb won't be enough for storing everything.

The SSD I'm buying will most likely be about 120gb.

Options-
Buy one 2TB drive- Samsung F4-$75 or WD Green-$80
Buy two 1TB Samsung F3 drives + RAID- $102

Will a raid setup be beneficial for extra games/movies/music not stored on my SSD? Or is a "green drive" ok?

Thanks in advance.
post #2 of 9
Yes it will be beneficial - the they won't be as much of a hindrance in performance / speed for your SSD - i have two 1TB WD Caviar Black's in Raid-0 for program installation - every program installs super quick, and access times are pretty good!
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The Green drives are pretty slow, not sure about the F4. RAID 0 offers very good performance, I personally have 2 HD103SJ in it and I get great speeds. However, keep in mind with RAID 0 you're doubling your chances of losing data if one of the drives would fail.
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f4 2tb 75 bucks with coupon code
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Newegg

i have 2 and just ordered a third because i have 875mB left of space....
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post #5 of 9
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I heard previously that movies/files/games don't need fast HDDs so that's why I was thinking of the 2tb.

As for the Green, I see there is a minor difference between the F4 and the WD green. WD has a 5-year warranty compared to Samsung's 3. I really want to order tonight.

Anyone else have some thoughts?
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Originally Posted by Adversity View Post
I heard previously that movies/files/games don't need fast HDDs so that's why I was thinking of the 2tb.

As for the Green, I see there is a minor difference between the F4 and the WD green. WD has a 5-year warranty compared to Samsung's 3. I really want to order tonight.

Anyone else have some thoughts?
Movies and files typically don't need fast HDD's. Games - it kinda depends on the game. SSD's might make a big impact on some games while being absolutely useless for others. Pretty sure only the WD Blacks carry a 5-year warranty. I believe the Greens also have 3-year warranty similar to Samsung.
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post #7 of 9
the spinpoint's are not slow by my standards the average is 100MB while copying the last couple gb's to mine it was still copying at 70MB/s thats with the drive about 95% full writing to the very center of the platters thats pretty good due to samsung's 3 platters the density is very high thus giving you very good throughput. Although the access times are just behind my caviar black 12.3 and 13.4 ms respectively its still a very peppy drive and great for data storage. (after firmware update)
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post #8 of 9
Depends on how valuable your time is to you. With your OS on your SSD all your system usage will be really snappy, storing movies and music and whatever to your platters will be no problem at all.

The only real concerns will be large file copies (like program and game installs) and large reads (like level loads in games). If your time is really at a premium then by all means raid it up, you'll get pretty darn good throughputs. If a couple seconds here and there isn't a big deal, and you're not CONSTANTLY loading huge files (like doing multiple renders or large photoshopping or something) then a 2TB spinpoint will be fine for you. They're pretty darn fast. If you wanna save max bux, then the green would probably be fine, though I haven't read that much about it.
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If your just using it for file storage I'd just go with the slower 2TB option and wouldn't bother with raid, unless you really need large files to copy fast. I use my storage drives for large movies/music and dont really mind if it takes a few minutes to copy. If you are reading game data of the drive it might take a little longer than a raid 1 setup or a faster drive, giving you slightly longer load times. However for playing music/movies you will be fine.
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