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SSD or velociraptor or scsi?

By Mu5ician · 6 replies
Jul 19, 2008
  1. Hi,

    I've decided to upgrade to vista, for dx10 and future games. I was wondering what hard drive would best suite this role? SSD, Velociraptor, or SCSI. I'm looking to spend around £200/$400 with a capacity of at least 60 GB.

    Any help will be appreciated, thanks.
  2. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,729   +409

    Raptor. SCSI is too much of a pain in the *** to do. and SSD still sucks unless you are using real RAM.
  3. Rage_3K_Moiz

    Rage_3K_Moiz Sith Lord Posts: 5,443   +36

    SCSI will get you the fastest access times on the market and the only thing you'd need is an add-on card, preferably with an onboard BIOS. Ideally, you should have an SCSI HDD for your OS, apps and page file, and a SATA\PATA drive for the rest of your stuff.

    However, let me remind you that if you have no experience with SCSI drives I suggest you do some homework. Read about SCSI Host Adapters, SCSI types 1,2, and 3, Single Ended, Low Voltage Differential, High Voltage Differential, setting SCSI IDs, and SCSI Termination. Mixing SCSI with IDE is another challenge. By default the IDE drives are assigned letters first. If your BIOS allows it, you can choose to boot SCSI first, making it the boot drive. You must read the host adapter's requirement for SCSI ID to make it the boot drive. It's usually 0 or 6. Read and learn. Unlike IDE, if a SCSI device is cabled incorrectly you will damage it. Also, you need to manually install SCSI drivers during Windows XP Setup so it detects your drive.

    The above, although complicated, will get you super-fast performance. If you feel you're not upto the task, then go for the Velociraptor instead. Forget the SSD, it's a waste of money.
  4. SNGX1275

    SNGX1275 TS Forces Special Posts: 10,729   +409

    lol rage, same as I said, you just explained it better.
  5. Mu5ician

    Mu5ician TS Rookie Topic Starter

    I don't mind trying the SCSI drives out, but would I be able to use an add-on card in a pci express slot? rather than a general pci? I could become a little stuck for space. Also, are the SCSI drives majorly loud? I've got a few fans going in a server case and I've heard a raptor drive clunking away before and that's just 10k rpm.

    thanks for the input guys.
  6. fullmetalvegan

    fullmetalvegan TS Enthusiast Posts: 123

    I got a VelociRaptor atm and yes they are rather loud. They rattle a lot when they're working, but meh, it's nothing painful.
  7. Mu5ician

    Mu5ician TS Rookie Topic Starter

    well I've been looking over the price of the scsi idea and I can say that that's not going to be an option, haha. It'll cost me £150 for the controller card alone and I'm only a student.
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