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ryan29121
11-14-07, 10:11 PM
As many of you already know, I'm building a computer soon and I'm weighing all my parts pretty seriously. This time my most recent question is about hard drives. Should I get two seagate barracudas 7200.10 320gb in a RAID 0 configuration or should i just stick with a single WD raptor X 150gb. I thought with the two drives in a RAID 0 config would compare to the raptor in performance and give me an extra 490 gigs of HD to work with. The price will be about the same at about $180. I currently own a seagate freeagent 500gb external drive that gives me pretty good storage but being that I save quite a bit of files it is close to being filled. What do you think?

LORD-eX-Bu
11-14-07, 10:32 PM
I would RAID the two barracudas, your P35 mobo has very good raid support through the ICH9R chipset :)

buffbiff21
11-14-07, 11:29 PM
I'd go for Raptor + boot partition on outer platter.

RAID is just a waste of resources.

Bearclaw
11-15-07, 12:04 AM
Raid together the two barracudas.

nekrosoft13
11-15-07, 12:11 AM
barracudas in raid will destroy the raptor

synkndown
11-15-07, 04:55 AM
i run 2 barracuda 320 in raid 0. everythings fast (esp load times) except installs from the hard drive, ie dameon tools. remember raid 0 write is slow compared to the raptor. its your call

Revs
11-15-07, 05:04 AM
I've got one Barrcuda and one Maxtor. If I got another Barracuda (of the same spec) would I be able to have both the Barracudas in RAID and the Maxtor not? Never done RAID before.

crainger
11-15-07, 05:41 AM
I've got one Barrcuda and one Maxtor. If I got another Barracuda (of the same spec) would I be able to have both the Barracudas in RAID and the Maxtor not? Never done RAID before.

Yep. Right now I have 3 drives. 2x500gb Sammy Sungs and one 250gb WD. 250 is my boot drive and also has XP installed on it. The 2x500s are in RAID0 with Vista installed. Works really well and load times have decreased dramatically.

ryan29121
11-15-07, 06:23 AM
Cool guys thanks for the help. I will be sticking with the barracudas.

Logical
11-15-07, 08:18 AM
Go out on a limb and get 2 raptor's....

In RAID 0 configuration i can't see anything performing anywere near them.

Revs
11-15-07, 09:57 AM
Yep. Right now I have 3 drives. 2x500gb Sammy Sungs and one 250gb WD. 250 is my boot drive and also has XP installed on it. The 2x500s are in RAID0 with Vista installed. Works really well and load times have decreased dramatically.

Good to know, cheers dOOd!

lduguay
11-15-07, 10:18 AM
i run 2 barracuda 320 in raid 0. everythings fast (esp load times) except installs from the hard drive, ie dameon tools. remember raid 0 write is slow compared to the raptor. its your call
If you are comparing RAID levels, RAID 0 Writes are fast, much faster than a single drive. RAID 5 has slower writes.
I tried RAID 0 up to 4 drives, and i think that for playing games, it would be better to get a single Raptor. For my part, I've lost one too many array to RAID 0...

Dr.Nick
11-15-07, 11:08 AM
I've never had the pleasure of owning a raptor but I had to make the same choice a while back and went with the same Seagate drives in raid 0. I've been extremely pleased with their performance to say the least. I get 594GB of usable space.

Gorion
11-15-07, 11:32 AM
I bought a 1TB Seagate. We'll see where performance lies. I'll use my 74gb Raptor for a boot drinve and my new seagate for storage.

dxx
11-15-07, 01:25 PM
I don't suppose there's an Option C, is there? Nice though the 7200.10s are (I myself have a pair in RAID0 and numerous others throughout the house), there's the 7200.11 now, which promises sustained read rates of over 100MB/s, compared to the 70MB/s of the 7200.10 series. How does a terabyte with a maximum theoretical transfer of 200MB/s tickle you?

Bman212121
11-15-07, 02:37 PM
i run 2 barracuda 320 in raid 0. everythings fast (esp load times) except installs from the hard drive, ie dameon tools. remember raid 0 write is slow compared to the raptor. its your call

Actually that is where the RAID really shines. When you do a drive to drive copy on an array it becomes really obvious compared to a single raptor.

I can't find the article I want now, but this will do:

The net result is that the system will see much faster sustained transfer rates for both read and write operations compared to a single drive.
http://www.anandtech.com/storage/showdoc.aspx?i=3087&p=2

I can tell you first hand when doing file extractions on the raid it is noticeably faster than on a raptor.