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raid0 vs 10,000rpm!!

By antonwalker
Apr 25, 2007
  1. So I was wondering what is better for gaming. A raptor 150gb 10,00rpm alone or two 7200 drives in raid0. I dont need TOO much space, but I think I will need more than 150gb. So is there a way I can get faster loading times with the raptor, but put the music, videos, and other things on the bigger slower drive. Or would it be cheaper and faster to get 2 drives in RAID0. I dont really care about the risk of loosing data. I will not be putting anything to important. Only a bunch of games, programs like photoshop or illastrator, and a lot of music.
     
  2. JimShady23

    JimShady23 TS Maniac Posts: 373

  3. antonwalker

    antonwalker TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 24

    Thank you. I was to lazy to search...

    So the raptor is better for gaming. What about my other question, is there a way i can get better loading times, but still have the game on the bigger slower HD?
     
  4. JimShady23

    JimShady23 TS Maniac Posts: 373

    Well

    I beleive due to its faster seek times it will load maps faster...But in all honosty there isnt much differnce between my friends single raptor and my raid 0 array playing the same game and we have similar computers
     
  5. antonwalker

    antonwalker TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 24

    what about my other question? CAn you answere that?

    BTW I thought you went with the raptor not the RAID
     
  6. JimShady23

    JimShady23 TS Maniac Posts: 373

    Nope

    Still stuck with the RAID O I just didnt want to sacrifce space for a possible speed increase. I used that raptor drive in my buddies system and like I said there isnt much differnce if any in our load times playing the same game.
     
  7. LinkedKube

    LinkedKube TechSpot Project Baby Posts: 3,481   +44

    Sometimes the little things count to, defrag often as we are downloading freakins of nature. Can increase seek time up to 5% with top end HD's
     
  8. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,674   +1,874

    Well...

    You could always raid 0 two of the "little", ahem, "cheaper" Raptors.
    They don't support NCQ, but you would be the (or very close to) the envy of every kid on your block.

    Something that gives a nod to the larger drives is that they read and write best in the outer one third of their capacity. So, you're only getting the best specs on 100 GB of a 300 GB drive.
     
  9. antonwalker

    antonwalker TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 24

    I dont want to pay 300 bucks on two raptors. What about my second question!!!!!!!!!!!
     
  10. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    Your question was already answered twice.
    Hard drives give the best performance for data in the beginning of the disk and you should efragment often.
     
  11. antonwalker

    antonwalker TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 24

    I meant can I put the most of my stuff onto the bigger slower drive and still somehow use the raptor for fast loading times.
     
  12. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,674   +1,874

    300........?

    So you know, the "baby" (36GB) Raptors are about 100 bucks a pop (OEM).

    It's always a really good idea to have a separate system drive from the volume where you keep your files.

    Third !!!!!!!!!!
     
  13. Nodsu

    Nodsu TS Rookie Posts: 5,837   +6

    Well, if you have little RAM and make heavy use of the pagefile when loading games, then you could put the pagefile on the Raptor..
     
  14. jobeard

    jobeard TS Ambassador Posts: 9,311   +617

    HD performance has three contributors:
    Seek Time to position the arm to the correct cylinder for the data,
    Latency (or rotational delay) to wait for the correct record on the track,
    the actual transfer time via PIO or DMA (which is a constant on any given system).

    Raid-0 will reduce the effect of Seek Times
    and 10k vs 7200 rpm impacts the Latency

    BUT Seek times are always >> Latency

    So when performing many random reads, you would opt for Raid-0,
    while sequential reads would opt for 10k rpm :)
     
  15. antonwalker

    antonwalker TS Rookie Topic Starter Posts: 24


    Well I am going to have 2gb of RAM. Tell me more about this pagefile thing.
     
  16. Blakhart

    Blakhart TS Rookie Posts: 353

    If you want real raid, go scsi with a hardware controller and battery backed cache.
     
  17. captaincranky

    captaincranky TechSpot Addict Posts: 11,674   +1,874

    Ummm....

    Because that would lead right back to the money issue!
     
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