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I need speed so I'll be short stroking a drive to get only 5% or
maybe less. SSD is still expensive so I'll be getting mechanical drive for now.

Looking for atleast same speed as SSD.

Any suggestions guys. Thanks!
 

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Originally Posted by buddyme
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I need speed so I'll be short stroking a drive to get only 5% or
maybe less. SSD is still expensive so I'll be getting mechanical drive for now.

Looking for atleast same speed as SSD.

Any suggestions guys. Thanks!

Just get a SSD.

A short-stroked HDD still is 10 times slower in random performance than a SSD. You cannot get the same performance unless you had a few hundred HDDs in RAID0 and short-stroked the array down to like 100MB.


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prolly a Spinpoint F3 1TB, or a Caviar Black 2TB.

For almost the same price, he could get 30-40GB for better performance and space....
 

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For 10GB? Small-capacity SSD is a much better way to go.
 

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For 10GB? Small-capacity SSD is a much better way to go.
It's hard to say. Those 30GB SSDs are usually a lot slower than 60GB SSDs.

Something like the Onyx is slow enough that a Spinpoint F4 short-stroked to ~20GB is going to come very close in performance - while being cheaper.
 

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It's hard to say. Those 30GB SSDs are usually a lot slower than 60GB SSDs.

Something like the Onyx is slow enough that a Spinpoint F4 short-stroked to ~20GB is going to come very close in performance - while being cheaper.

nah

even short stroked it will still have 5 or 6ms or even 7ms...

SSD: 0.1ms access...
 

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nah

even short stroked it will still have 5 or 6ms or even 7ms...

SSD: 0.1ms access...

Oh sure.

But the onyx has pretty low read/write speeds because of the gimped controller. Any time sequential stuff is involved, the Spinpoint will easily catch up. That's why some of these slower SSDs seem to take forever to install stuff, compared to HDDs.

Look at it this way - 0.1ms is when the read or write starts - but when it finishes can also be important.
If the Spinpoint F4 has 5x the write speed, it will finish many writes a lot faster.

And with write back cache enabled, your OS/apps don't have to wait for the write to finish, either.
 

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Oh sure.

But the onyx has pretty low read/write speeds because of the gimped controller. Any time sequential stuff is involved, the Spinpoint will easily catch up. That's why some of these slower SSDs seem to take forever to install stuff, compared to HDDs.

Look at it this way - 0.1ms is when the read or write starts - but when it finishes can also be important.
If the Spinpoint F4 has 5x the write speed, it will finish many writes a lot faster.

And with write back cache enabled, your OS/apps don't have to wait for the write to finish, either.


I was actually thinking of the Intel 40GB when I made my suggestion...
I still think that's the better way to go...
 

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I was actually thinking of the Intel 40GB when I made my suggestion...
I still think that's the better way to go...


But that's the second best 40GB SSD out there.
It hovers close to $100.

Onyx's can be found on sale for $50 after MIR. That's pretty close to the Spinpoint F4, making it a much more valid comparison.
 

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But that's the second best 40GB SSD out there.
It hovers close to $100.

Onyx's can be found on sale for $50 after MIR. That's pretty close to the Spinpoint F4, making it a much more valid comparison.

Assuming you get the MIR...

Actually, maybe the OP should go with a standard-size SSD... once he goes SSD, he's not going back....
 
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