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One 74GB Raptor & Seagate 500GB or Two 500GB in Raid-0 ?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by micko_escalade, Jan 22, 2007.

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  1. micko_escalade

    micko_escalade Thread Starter

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    Hi all!

    Doing my homework and making a list of all parts for my new rig,

    so far...

    Intel C2D E6600
    Asus P5B-E
    Still deciding on memory
    ATI 1950Pro 256MB

    I already have one Seagate 500GB,
    my question is
    would it be better to have one WD 74GB Raptor and one Seagate 500GB
    or
    Two 500GB Seagates ?
    in any case I wanna setup my new system in Raid-0
    Mostly it will be used for data transfer and occasional gaming, the faster the better,

    any help is appreciated!
     
  2. Jedi_Master

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    I'd use two 500gb's, unless you want to loose 426gb of storage space...

    Raid 0 will see the 500gb as a 74gb drive...

    http://www.overclockercafe.com/Articles/RAID/index.htm
     
  3. crjdriver

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    If you are going to setup raid, you need two drives of the same size, cache, and speed. While it is not absolutely necessary, to do otherwise is just asking for problems.

    I would get two raptors in raid0 and use the 500gig for backups, image files, etc. When you run raid, a backup plan is essential.
     
  4. stranglehold

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    That sound as if it is more important than if you don't run raid. Could you explain?
     
  5. crjdriver

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    If you run raid0 and one disk fails, you loose ALL data. With double the number of disks [2] you have twice the chance of failure. I always recommend a second physical drive for backups; raid or no raid.

    If you run raid1, then you do not loose everything if one drive fails however that does nothing when you get a virus, bad driver install, etc.

    Data you do not backup is data you do not care about.
     
  6. stranglehold

    stranglehold

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    I see. Thanks
     
  7. micko_escalade

    micko_escalade Thread Starter

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  8. jmtechserv

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    Unless you need the disk space, You might want to get smaller,
    faster disks.
    Mirror sets are great for redundancy, but they add a bit more
    Overhead to your system. Faster RPM drives will help recover
    Lost speed
    Just a thought.
     
  9. micko_escalade

    micko_escalade Thread Starter

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    Arghhh, I already placed an order
    my new rig.

    Intel C2D E6600
    ASUS P5B Deluxe
    Corsair XMS2 2GB
    ATI 1950Pro
    2 x Seagate 500GB Barracuda 7200.10
    Antec P180 Case
    Antec Neo HE 550w PS
     
  10. tec_41

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    Barracudas are good drives...Very stable and quiet!
     
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