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I was curious, what do you guys think I should run for my two computer setups?

They are very similar performance wise but was curious to knowing the best way to set the hard drives up.

Should I go with 2 separate hard drives? Like one for my OS and one for storing things? Or will one be fine? One already has a 500Gb and figured I would let it go until it ****s out and then replace it. The other HAD a 250gb but the connector on it broke off so its useless.

I have heard the most reliable as the WD blacks and plan to buy them if I do get anything.

Thanks,
Alan
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I would recommend keeping your OS on one drive, and your programs and media on another.

Personally, I create a small partition on the OS drive first, about 35gb for Windows 7. This will ensure that the partition is on the outer edge of the disc, which has the maximum throughput (read about short stroking to understand why). I do the same on my programs drive, but with a much larger partition (or the whole drive, in which case I just forget about short stroking).

Make sure that anything important to you is backed up to a SEPARATE drive. I have an OS drive (a RAID0 array really) and then a PROGRAMS drive, then a backup 1tb drive with my media on it, then a backup backup 1tb drive drive that has a copy of my first backup drive on it. Having your data in one place only is a bad idea.
Edited by _02 - 3/31/11 at 12:00pm
    
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Phenom II X3 720 @ 3.5 (1.39v) Gigabyte GA-MA790XT-UD4P ASUS 5850 @ 880/1180 (1.118v) 4gb 1333mhz G.Skill DDR3 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
64gb Crucial M4 SSD 3x 250gb WD2500JD - RAID0 1tb WD1001FALS 1tb WD10EARS 
Optical DriveCoolingOSMonitor
Pioneer DLDVD/CDRW Arctic Freezer Pro 64 Win 7 64bit Ultimate E2305 LG 23" LED 
KeyboardPowerCaseMouse
Filco Majestouch II Ninja Tenkeyless Fortron BlueStorm II 500w CM 690II Advanced Razer DeathAdder 
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I would recommend keeping your OS on one drive, and your programs and media on another.

Personally, I create a small partition on the OS drive first, about 35gb for Windows 7. This will ensure that the partition is on the outer edge of the disc, which has the maximum throughput (read about short stroking to understand why). I do the same on my programs drive, but with a much larger partition (or the whole drive, in which case I just forget about short stroking).

Make sure that anything important to you is backed up to a SEPARATE drive. I have an OS drive (a RAID0 array really) and then a PROGRAMS drive, then a backup 1tb drive with my media on it, then a backup backup 1tb drive drive that has a copy of my first backup drive on it. Having your data in one place only is a bad idea.
Ah sweet. I guess I am better off with 2 drives in each. Thanks!
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