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Okay, this christmas I was looking into getting a new HDD the OLD one's aren't cutting it. I have 2 ide HDD's now I kinda wanna keep them, but at the same time I want to put all of my games and dl's on something faster; my load times make me mad compared to how fast my pc is. I would like to know if I can use SATA 2 with my set-up I already have. I was looking into getting a 75gig raptor, but I've been looking into getting some of the 2x250 gig WD (instead of the raptor) in a raid (for games) {plus I'm not even sure if those are the HDD's I'm thinking of (they are supposed to cost the same as 1 raptor?)} Any ideas? I'm not looking to spend an uber amount at all... Just about $150 for a good lil' set-up for games only!! No OS or anything like that. (Okay I might partition a lil for the os). Any one have any suggestions? <img src="/images/smilies/thumb.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Thumb" class="inlineimg" /> <br />
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edit: If I really can't use the ide with sata that fine I suppose.<br />
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You should be able to use them all together. However, I would highly recommend to put the OS and programs on the new SATA drive(s). That will give you the biggest boost. Also, your page file should be on that drive also.<br />
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I would get a pair of these:<br />
<a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822144701" target="_blank">Western Digital Caviar SE16 WD2500KS 250GB</a> for $77.99 a piece. Total will be $155.98 + $11.88 shipping = $167.86<br />
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I would take that over the single Raptor, since the RAID array has much more storage space and has a higher bandwidth (large file tranfer will be faster). The only point where the Raptor wins is access times.<br />
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If the pair of 250GB drives is too expensive, look at a pair of 160GB (16MB cache), like this one:<br />
Western Digital Caviar RE WD1600YS 160GB for $64.99 a piece. Total will be $129.98 + $11.88 shipping = $141.86
 
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Why would the access times matter? What would be benificial on this? I'm sorry but I'm completely new to HDD's as you can tell I'm still in IDE land... These HDD's now are 6+ years old.
 

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access time is huge.. its basically how fast the drive gets read. and putting HD's in some type of raid array makes them faster as well.<br><br>
I believe Raid 0 = faster read times and RAID 1 = faster write time.<br><br>
On ebay 74 gig raptors go for about $100-$120 bucks. get 2 of them and put them in a raid 0. That would be smokin!<br><br>
If you do a search on raptors, they just blow all other HDD's out of the water, nothing really compares to their 10000 rpm speed.
 

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Hmm... I'm thinkin I might be convinced on the 2x250's cuz of the price. How much slower would the 250's be than a single raptor? I ask this cuz I can't afford 200 on 2 raptors and way less storage.
 

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Access times are slower on the RAID. This matters more for very small times than for large files (it is the average time for a HDD to find and access a file). Thus, with tons of tiny files to be transferred, the Raptor is the winner.<br><br>
In terms of pure data troughput, the RAID array is the winner. Thus, when you have larger files, the RAID array beats the Raptor.<br><br>
In daily practice, I believe the RAID array to be the winner.
 

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Will I still see a difference from what I have now old IDE's to the new 2x250 in raid? BTW which raid array (ie 0-5 {i think})would I benifit from if I just want to play games and have fast load times?
 

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</div>Yes you will see a large difference mate. However i would reccomend you put your OS games and Apps on the newly RAIDED drives to take advantage or the faster array.
 

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Ok. So here's the new update I'm deffinatly goin with the 2x250 HDD's. Thanks to you guys who helped!!! I'll let you know when I get them and order them. Plus I'll need help settin 'em up, but that's what faq's are for thanks guys! <img src="/images/smilies/thumb.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Thumb" class="inlineimg" /><img src="/images/smilies/cheers.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Cheers" class="inlineimg" />
 

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I think either choice was a good choice....sometimes I wish I had more HD space....<br><br>
good luck!<img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Thumb">
 
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