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    Question hard drive speed

    wich would be faster:
    3x 80Gb Hitachi (IBM/HGST) Deskstar 7K80 (7200rpm,8MB) - SATAII NCQ in raid 0
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    2x 160Gb Samsung SpinPoint™ HD160JJ (7200rpm,8mb) - SATA II NCQ in raid 0

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    • BenW's system
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    Think it really depends what its going to be used for

    Obviously you get 80GB more space with spinpoints too

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    In my opinion, neither! Well, not exactly, but to make my point, you might want to read this article, or at least the Final Words...

    http://www.anandtech.com/storage/showdoc.aspx?i=2101

    I was thinking about RAID 0 until I saw this article, and then pretty much decided not to consider it again! You may have other reasons for wanting RAID, but my advice would be to buy the drives for capacity and quietness, rather than for their ability to work in RAID. Therefore, my recommendation would be a single Samsung Spinpoint SATA drive. Just pick your capacity!

    P.S. That link is a bit funny, it sometimes doesn't load and you have to press the "go" button to reload it. Probably just IE being a bit rubbish again!
    Last edited by Decemoto; 17-09-2005 at 02:39 PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by killkoy
    wich would be faster:
    3x 80Gb Hitachi (IBM/HGST) Deskstar 7K80 (7200rpm,8MB) - SATAII NCQ in raid 0
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    2x 160Gb Samsung SpinPoint™ HD160JJ (7200rpm,8mb) - SATA II NCQ in raid 0
    I'll take 1x Western Digital WD740DG for my system drive & a Hitachi T7K250 for data run them as separate disks, I think that'll blow either RAID solution out of the water. Why? In reality SDR means virtually nothing, you want to be looking at the seek times and on that the Raptor walks it. For mass storage the T7K250 will be as quick as the 7K80 except for the SDR but the chance of needing a higher SDR than a single drive can provide is low. Oh for the record, on paper those two drives are almost identical thus imo it would be close.
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    ^ agree - I currently run 2x 160g raid 0 (plus 80gig backup) and I don't think there is a massive performance advantage over 2 equally fast non raid disks except when transfering big files.

    I would go for a WD Raptor plus another drive in the future.
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    My two raptors in raid 0 whoops my previous 250gig single drive out of the water

    But I appreciate, that's kind of a "slight" step up

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