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Old 09-12-08, 02:54 PM Thread Starter   #1
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Raptor or RAID?


Since I've been planning my new rig I planned on getting a 74gb raptor and x2 500GB drives, but I've heard that if I got x2 identical hard drives and put them in RAID 0 I can achieve the same performance as the Raptor offers.

Current plan: x1 raptor, x2 500gb drives = 194.04
Total storage space: 1.074TB

Proposed plan: x2 500gb drives in RAID 0 for OS and programs and x2 500gb drives for back-up and storage = 182.84
Total stoage space: 2TB

(500gb drives mentioned are Western Digital WD5000AAKS 500GB SATA II 7200RPM 16MB Cache @ 45.71)

What do you guys think? Thanks.

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Old 09-12-08, 03:09 PM   #2
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No, you cant.

Raptors havea faster seek time - thus things like loading windows and starting programs is faster

raid 0 drives have a higher STR - as in with large files they perform better.

search the forums, there are MANY threads on this very issue on raptors, or single drives vs raid.

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Old 09-12-08, 03:45 PM Thread Starter   #3
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Thanks for the info. I've decided to stick with the Raptor after reading some of the threads regarding this question After all, what I want to achieve is faster loading times with Windows, games and programs

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