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Redeemed
04-08-07, 07:11 AM
Okay, just as the title says. Right now I'm using two 300GB ATA133 Maxtor hard drives (16MB cache each).

I'm gonna' be building a new rig around an A64 x2 6000 + the ASUS CrossHair mobo. I'm wanting four hard drives and I do intend to set them up in a RAID 0+1 array. I'll be running Vista Ultimate X64 as well.

As for the drives, I am wanting alteast 250GB per drive- though no more than 400GB per drive. I'm wanting to stick with SATA2, each drive must have 16MB cahce as well. I will be ordering off of newegg.

So, from your guys' experience, which drives off the best combination of performance and stability? What would you get if you were in my position?

Thanks. :D

Amuro
04-08-07, 07:35 AM
I recommend the one in my sig, the 400GB Seagate SATA/300 7200.9. Fast & quiet, and meets all your requirement.

Redeemed
04-08-07, 07:37 AM
I recommend the one in my sig, the 400GB Seagate SATA/300 7200.9. Fast & quiet, and meets all your requirement.

Okay, sounds awesome-

Just how much $$$ is it? I'd love to have 4x400GB hard drives. :D

Amuro
04-08-07, 07:52 AM
$120 at newegg, and it's the 7200.10.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148138

EDIT
the Barracuda 7200.9 ST3400633AS retail kit is $100 at frys.com though. Newegg only has open box OEM at $163.

Sazar
04-08-07, 08:45 AM
Okay, sounds awesome-

Just how much $$$ is it? I'd love to have 4x400GB hard drives. :D

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136076

Most places will have the quality drives for about $100 or so.

You might find one off deals for less in some places and if you want a LITTLE more storage.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=2928327&CatId=2459

DiscipleDOC
04-08-07, 10:38 AM
If you get the 6000, you can get a free 320 GB HD from WD. I use all WD's, and I love them.

Redeemed
04-08-07, 01:34 PM
$120 at newegg, and it's the 7200.10.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148138

EDIT
the Barracuda 7200.9 ST3400633AS retail kit is $100 at frys.com though. Newegg only has open box OEM at $163.

$120 for a 400GB hard drive? That's like a steal! :p I'll probably go with that one.

And DD- I'm gonna' get the bundled hard drive with the 6000, but it'll be for temporary storage untill I can get the 4 hard drives for raid. Then that 320gig hard drive will go into another maching.

Thanks for the suggestions all! :D

hokeyplyr48
04-08-07, 01:47 PM
or for like 10 bux more you can get a 500gb.
i think newegg still has it

Starscream
04-08-07, 01:58 PM
My suggestion is WD.

I see more dead Seagate drives than everything else put together and all I sell in my store is WD!

Redeemed
04-08-07, 02:15 PM
Yeah, I hear WD is very good. As for 500GB, remember I'm going with four drives- so I'll only go for 500GB if the price is right. That would be 2TB of storage. *laughs like a crazed nerd* :p

hokeyplyr48
04-08-07, 02:46 PM
hah sounds good.
are you going to put them in a RAID array?
if so, what are u using, onboard or card?

Redeemed
04-08-07, 04:32 PM
hah sounds good.
are you going to put them in a RAID array?
if so, what are u using, onboard or card?

RAID 0+1, and it'll be the onboard controller. :D

Sazar
04-08-07, 04:41 PM
$120 for a 400GB hard drive? That's like a steal! :p I'll probably go with that one.

And DD- I'm gonna' get the bundled hard drive with the 6000, but it'll be for temporary storage untill I can get the 4 hard drives for raid. Then that 320gig hard drive will go into another maching.

Thanks for the suggestions all! :D

/me slaps Redeemed.

Thanks for bothering to check out my first link :(

Redeemed
04-08-07, 05:30 PM
/me slaps Redeemed.

Thanks for bothering to check out my first link :(

lol

Actually, I'm thuroughly impressed with your second link. I was wanting to stick with Newegg, but only $120 for that 500GB hard drive- I just might go through Tiger. ;)

Thanks buddy.

Sazar
04-08-07, 05:33 PM
lol.

You know I was kidding :D

Gonna be firing up CS:S in a bit, will post the IP in the game server thread.

Redeemed
04-08-07, 07:01 PM
lol.

You know I was kidding :D

Gonna be firing up CS:S in a bit, will post the IP in the game server thread.

:(

Thanks, but I can't load into XP right now. I'm running of of my Kubuntu LiveCD. GRUB screwed up my system it seems (or rather my lack of knowing much about GRUB and Linux screwed up my system).

But, I should be back "in the game" soon. Hopefully in time to catch you on steam. ;)

Thanks for the heads up, bud. :D

buffbiff21
04-08-07, 07:27 PM
Get the Seagate 320GB or 400GB 7200.10 version.

I have a 320GB in my old rig - they are very quiet and quite fast. :)

Redeemed
04-09-07, 12:14 AM
Get the Seagate 320GB or 400GB 7200.10 version.

I have a 320GB in my old rig - they are very quiet and quite fast. :)

I dunno- that 500GB WD for only $120 is extremely tempting. I'll consider the Seagates- I've heard some good things about 'em.

ViN86
04-09-07, 01:58 AM
WD Caviar 320GB

all the features you want. quiet, fast, reliable.

id go as far to say this thing is better than my raptor. :D

einstein_314
04-09-07, 03:27 AM
The seagate 7200.10 320GB are awesome. I've got 2 of them in a RAID 0. Nice and quiet and super fast :thumbsup: I used to be a WD fan, but after I had several drives fail on me....I've switched to seagate.

Redeemed
04-09-07, 06:08 AM
Okay, so it seems the majority is torn between WD and Seagate... hmm...

I've heard great things about both. I guess it comes down to price and availability right now. Those 500GB drives at TD really have my eyes right now... but the 320Gig Seagate sounds awesome as well...