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    New hard drive time!

    but the question is...

    Do I go for 2 x 80Gb SATA and stripe them, or do I get a 250Gb SATA?

    About the same price...

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    I'd vote for the single drive. I don't think the extra speed of RAID0 is worth the risk of terrible unrecoverable errors (and smaller capacity, in this case).

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    Another vote for 250Gb, i prefer space over speed.
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    That's fine then, sorted!

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    if you go for one of the new hitachi drives and enable sata2 they're pretty damn fast anyway

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    Quote Originally Posted by chazt
    if you go for one of the new hitachi drives and enable sata2 they're pretty damn fast anyway
    Aren't they the IBM ones? The ones that just die on you for no reason?

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    Defitely the sinle 250 - I have tried striped with two disks, and also as two sepates - with the page file on the second HD - could not lell any difference.

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    No the Hitachi is good, voted top in CPC and very reliable and fast, beats 2 80gb's hands down.
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    Quote Originally Posted by RDL
    No the Hitachi is good, voted top in CPC and very reliable and fast, beats 2 80gb's hands down.
    I'll get myself one of those then. Does cache make a big difference? How about SATA II?

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    I have 3 Hitachi's (2 in RAID 0) and they are the pwnerer of drives

    You can enable "SATA II" for all its worth using a tool from Hitachi but I see no difference. NCQ is good tho

    They really are very good. even beat my mates RAID 0 76gb Raptors for burst speed tests in HD Tach
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    Yep i have RAIDed Hitachi's they beat pretty much everything when properly setup, I score higher in HDTach than a SCSI drive.
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    Ended up getting the Samsung Spinpoint 250Gb czo it was on today only.

    That'll keep me going for a while

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    Quote Originally Posted by chazt
    if you go for one of the new hitachi drives and enable sata2 they're pretty damn fast anyway
    Enabling "SATA II" isn't going to make any difference at all though, really.

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    yeah tbh i can't really tell the difference, but I don't do benchmarks. Whenever I read reviews it says there's a big difference

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    According to most places, enabling NCQ gives you a boost in some applications, and actually slows some others down. The extra transfer speed is, in all probability, completely worthless at the moment - I doubt drives even exceed ATA133 speeds.
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    I'll enable it just so I can say I have it

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