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Which SATAs to Raid-0?

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dgk

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I sort of punted on the idea of twin Raptors. Very expensive and much of the benefit is seek time. I think twin something else in Raid-0.

The Hitachi 80 gigs are rumored to be very good. But are Maxtor and WD in the running? Also, all of the 80s have a one year warranty but the WD120 and Maxtor 120 have 3 years. That counts for something. Only $20 or so more than the 80s and much more room and 2 years more.

Which of these SATA drives require the power adapter? I've heard Maxtors don't. That's an advantage. I don't see a 120 Hitachi. At least not on Newegg.
 

Skiing Squirrel

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I have some WD 80 gigger's and they are fairly loud. I haven't benchmarked them, but they seem decent-nothing too fast. I also have a seagate 120 gig that is quite and pretty fast. I would stay away from the Hitachi's because they took over ibm's deathstars which just sucked. But that's me. I would go with Maxtor though. 3 year warrenty will come of use Im sure. :)
 

rxtrom

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anyone else have any input, I would like to know, I am thinking about a RAID-0 and want to get maybe some sata 120's or 80's
I want fast ones, sound is not an issue, (how loud can a HB possibly be)
 

juliendogg

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i saw a bench review, the maxtor 80 sata drive was second only to the raptors in speed. Also, i think maxtor is a great company, their drives are high quality, fast, and quiet. The Maxtor would be my choice.


J.
 

deathstar13

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if you ever used raptors in raid0 in a rig you would change your mind on not buying them.
i wouldnt think of building a rig without raptors in raid0,well unless i went scsi.

but if they arent a wise decision due to cost/size id go with maxtors also.
 

JimboZ88

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The maxtor diamondmax 9 sata harddrives are the best Sata harddrives from a value perspective. They faster than the WD special edition drives, and farely close to raptor speeds. In a raid 0 they are very quick. Although i've never used a raid system before, i've read reviews on the maxtor drives in raid configuration, and apparently they 0wn
 

CrashOveride

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I would gofer some Maxtors, i do like WD but maxtor has done me a little better in the past and their drives also look better... that and no-one really seems to dislike them ever, while some people swear either for or agains WD... I really don't like Hitachi or whatever though.
 

Wedo

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I have two Raptors in RAID 0 and they are amazingly fast. There is no doubt that even though my rig is a dual Barton, my HD's are not the bottle neck. In addition to seek time, it's also about 10,000 rpm's of data grabbing madness....

However, if the cost of ownership is too high, I totally understand. I'd go for the Maxtor 80's. They seem to be used in a few bench mark test rigs at Toms and other places.

Wedo
 

CrashOveride

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RedArmy said:
Does it make a difference whether to use Maxtor 80 Gig or 120 Gig ones ?

Just in the money spent (maybe seek time, but almost unoticably I would imagne), I would personaly invest in some larger HDD's though... the 120's or even 160's if he has the money. (80's are getting kinda small in my book).
 

tyson-chris

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on that note, it may be important to you that the 80gb has a 1year warranty, whereas the 120gb has a 3year warranty. It's a pretty stupid policy if you ask me, but Maxtor's warranty says that all drives with 120gb or greater capacity AND an 8mb cache have 3 year warranties, all others only have a 1 year warranty. I only really wanted 2x80gb for my raid-0 array, but after learning that, more than gladly paid the small difference between 80 and 120 for the extra 2 year warranty. It's like paying for the warranty, and getting another 80gb for free :p

And yah, just another voice for the maxtor's. These things are imo, the best 7200rpm SATA drive out there. My array has come close and even beaten, on occasion, a 2xraptor raid-0 array. 71k in Sandra, 110000/114000 R/W in ATTO. The Fluid Dynamic Bearings help keep it really quiet during normal operation, although during intense usage (ie. video capture), you can really hear the heads quite clearly (the typical computer "thinking" noise, hehe).
 

fiji

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i couldnt bee more happy withmy WD 80gb, but im also buying a 80gb maxtor

and put them both in raid-0, so we'll see
 

RedArmy

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Well today I bacame a happy :D owner of 2 36Gig Raptors. Wind is my only competitor right now.:p
 

CrashOveride

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tyson-chris said:
on that note, it may be important to you that the 80gb has a 1year warranty, whereas the 120gb has a 3year warranty. It's a pretty stupid policy if you ask me, but Maxtor's warranty says that all drives with 120gb or greater capacity AND an 8mb cache have 3 year warranties, all others only have a 1 year warranty. I only really wanted 2x80gb for my raid-0 array, but after learning that, more than gladly paid the small difference between 80 and 120 for the extra 2 year warranty. It's like paying for the warranty, and getting another 80gb for free :p

And warentee's are a great thing for HDD's, so very nice, the can save you tons of money- reguardless of the manufacturer HDD's to go bad- I think more freqently than most other parts of a computer. Warentee's are great.