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    RAID Set Up

    Do i just buy an expansion card if i want RAID such as the Lycom ones off Scan ?

    http://www.scan.co.uk/Products/Lycom...-and-JBOD)-NCQ

    I plan on maybe getting 2 WD Cavier Black 500GB Drives and 'striping' them, anything else i should know on the hardware side of things for now ?

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    Re: RAID Set Up

    i looked at your specs, your board has very good built in raid already on it.

    if you dont plan on reinstalling you can use the software raid built into windows, i doubt you could tell a cheap add on card from windows software raid anyway. infact when i had a tinker windows was faster than my old raid ide card

    and back on that amd 64 xp4400 cpu it used all of 1% cpu when the drives were running

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    Re: RAID Set Up

    make sure you have a good backup because your more likely to loose data with a Raid 0 set-up other that that have fun
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    Re: RAID Set Up

    Quote Originally Posted by GoNz0 View Post
    i looked at your specs, your board has very good built in raid already on it.
    i had a look and the gigabyte listed the baord as having a ICH10 not the ICH10R which means no raid on the board
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    What kind of emergency would need Windows 95? I think you are already in a bad state of emergency when your backup plan is Windows 95.
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    Re: RAID Set Up

    ahh well, still software raid, face it the cheap cards are software based anyway

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    Re: RAID Set Up

    So what do i do then guys - Card/no card ? is there a performance difference between a software set up and a hardware set up ?

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    Re: RAID Set Up

    An (expensive) hardware based solution will give you best performance. Whether that will be noticeable in practice is debateable.

    Given the low cost of some of the hardware cards (under £20), it would proably be worth buying one just to try it out and then you can judge for yourself whether it is worth continuing with it or not.
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    Re: RAID Set Up

    Would i be best just buying a VelociRaptor, for improved speeds ?

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    Re: RAID Set Up

    Quote Originally Posted by Terbinator View Post
    Would i be best just buying a VelociRaptor, for improved speeds ?
    What kind of speeds do you want to improve?

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    Re: RAID Set Up

    Just general load times. File transfer speeds which are higher than what i get now would be sweet as well. Bear in mind im using an age old sammy - 120GB, 8MB cacche no NQC etc, a WD Green drive would porbably be faster

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    Re: RAID Set Up

    Yup

    Application Load times would be faster with either a Raptor, high density drive (>320gb/platter) or RAID, but the first two are a lot easier to set up/use Boot times would be highest with the Raptor, and good with a high density drive, but worse with the RAID setup.

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    Re: RAID Set Up

    Seems a Raptors the way to go, theres 2 version on scan though... which one do i get? Theres one where the SATA ports are exposed and another thats in a heatsink type thign as well but you can't see the ports 0.o

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    Re: RAID Set Up

    Quote Originally Posted by Terbinator View Post
    Seems a Raptors the way to go, theres 2 version on scan though... which one do i get?
    Get the faster and/or more capacitous one.

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    Re: RAID Set Up

    On scan there are 4 versions,

    150GB VelociRaptor:
    1500HLFS
    1500BLFS

    300GB VelociRaptor:
    3000HLFS
    3000BLFS

    The HLFS drive is installed on the "IcePack" heatsink, you cannot detach the drive from this heatsink; if you look carefully at the drive itself, it doesn't have any connectors, instead these are placed on a daughter board towards the the bottom of the heatsink to make the drive+heatsink compatible with standard 3.5" connection fittings (e.g. external enclosure or backplane). Where as the GLFS which scan doesn't stock lacks the daughter card and instead the connectors are located on the actual drive rendering the drive+heatsink combo incompatible with the 3.5" standard. The BLFS is the drive on its own, i.e. sans heatsink, this is a standard 12mm 2.5" drive.

    This SPCR review is worth a read - link.
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    ...the IcePack is a joke, acoustically, adding all kinds of tonal, resonant harmonics excited by the vibrations of the drive
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