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I just build a new machine (P5B dlx, E6600) to replace my aging dual Xeon system. The old one had a 74g Raptor which is being sold with the computer, so I wanted to repalce it with the 150gb version. I ordered it for my primary/OS/applications drive and a 320gb WD 7200rpm sataII (KS) for my secondary storage drive.<br><br>
The Raptor arrived DOA unfortunately, so now I'm considering just forgetting about a replacement, using the 320g 7200 as my primary and ordering another 7200 as my storage drive. The cost is about half of the Raptor and doing it this way won't hold up getting the new machine up and running. However, I don't want to do it if there is going to be a substantial speed loss in loading Windows, programs and games, etc.<br><br>
So, what do you guys think of the newer sata 3.0 7200rpm drives vs the 10K raptors? Would I be dissapointed if I just went the easy/cheap route?<br><br>
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Buying a well built, fast 7200rpm drive will be cheaper and probably more reliable than getting that raptor. You could get two 250gb SATAII drives for the price of that 150 Raptor and you can RAID them to get similar\\better speeds.
 
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Take a look ..<br />
<a href="http://www.overclock.net/hard-drives-storage/111116-official-hd-database-benchmark-raid-single.html" target="_blank">http://www.overclock.net/hard-drives...id-single.html</a><br />
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An FYI, the WDs made after 12/05 are all SATAII
 

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need to update that... <img src="/images/smilies/wink.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Wink" class="inlineimg" /> sorry <img src="/images/smilies/tongue.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Stick Out Tongue" class="inlineimg" />
 

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<div style="font-style:italic">An FYI, the WDs made after 12/05 are all SATAII</div>

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</div>I might be wrong on this, but I don't think the Raptors are.<br />
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Raptors WILL be SATAII. Why whould WD have their performance flagship on an outdated bus?
 

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Raptors are still SATAI (1.5GB/s), while all others are SATAII (3.0GB/s).<br />
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I would agree with a RAID array of two 250GB disks , or even a pair of 160GB (16MB cache) drives.<br />
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However, if you want to get started, use your 320GB drive, and get another one for storage. Should work more than fine!
 

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<div style="font-style:italic">Raptors are still SATAI (1.5GB/s), while all others are SATAII (3.0GB/s).<br />
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I would agree with a RAID array of two 250GB disks , or even a pair of 160GB (16MB cache) drives.<br />
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However, if you want to get started, use your 320GB drive, and get another one for storage. Should work more than fine!</div>

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</div>*Is in shock at WD.*
 

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Why? Because they sell 'em like crazy, and it's a good way to get rid of SATAI stuff they have laying around <img src="/images/smilies/tongue.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Stick Out Tongue" class="inlineimg" /> <br />
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Plus, there is no difference between SATAI and II in practical terms. No hard drive, and not even crazy RAID arrays come even close to using the bandwidth of SATAI, let even alone SATAII. Maybe iRAM, but not even sure of that.
 

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<div style="font-style:italic">Buying a well built, fast 7200rpm drive will be cheaper and probably more reliable than getting that raptor.</div>

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</div>Is there a known issue with the reliability of the Raptor drives? I've used the 36 and 74gb models for a few years and never had any problems...but this DOA 150 sure has me a bit concerned.<br />
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I have used a lot of raptors in workstations without any issues....kind of scares me with what happened to you....<br />
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For my personal systems, I use the 16MB Western digital 250GB hard drives...they are about $75 a piece and I have yet to have any problems with them...Hmmm...let me see...right now I have 8 of them around here running....<img src="/images/smilies/thumb.gif" border="0" alt="" title="Thumb" class="inlineimg" /><br />
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Here is the link: <a href="http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.asp?Item=N82E16822144701" target="_blank">http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822144701</a>
 

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I had 2 brand new Seagate 7200rpm, sataII 250gb in raid 0 on my NVraid when I first built my rig. Wasn't very impressed with performance....solid but after I got myself the 150g raptor its like day and night for my usage. I think RAID-0 is good for large sustained copies, video editing, or anythign to do with larger reads and write's because in RAID0 you are gaining increased sustained transfer rates. But if your just gonna game/internet/ms-office your desktop like I use mine, the 150gb raptor with its ultra low seek times made my whole system feel much much faster. Load times on all games are ludicrous, I haven't see anyone else load into BF2 or EQ2 zones as fast as me since I got this hd. Was thinking of getting 2 for RAID0 but I really don't feel any need as I don't think my day-to-day usage will see any difference, more likely I think it will be a little slower due to higher seek times.<br />
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Also, turning off NCQ made a real nice difference in my raptor x's performance. Went from about a 9.4 general HD usage score in PCmark05 to a 10.1
 
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