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Old 08-12-10, 09:03 AM   #13
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manage your OS better, you don't need more then 60gb for OS, most folks can deal with 30gb just fine even after several applications are installed, and common files are placed on C.

C = OS and files that have to go to common files
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How is that going to help the performance of my PC? Also, if I were to reformat, I would have to reinstall all of my apps due to the registry.
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Old 08-14-10, 01:13 PM   #14
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I decided to sell one of my crap old Dell workstations for $75. Once I put it up on Facebook, I got a call from my cousin and she offered me $100 for it, a PCI wireless card and for me to set it up for her. I took it!

So now I'm ordering a Western Digital 640GB Hard drive and a Zalman Mic. I think I'm going to sell my Razer HP-1s since I never really use them.
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Old 08-14-10, 01:40 PM   #15
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manage your OS better, you don't need more then 60gb for OS, most folks can deal with 30gb just fine even after several applications are installed, and common files are placed on C.

C = OS and files that have to go to common files
D = Applications/Documents drive
E = Games etc...
I pretty much have that set up now with a short stroked platter raid. My next purchase will be an os drive ssd. Nothing else gives you that much performance increase for the money. When you look at it that way its cheaper than you think.
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Old 08-14-10, 06:59 PM   #16
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I pretty much have that set up now with a short stroked platter raid. My next purchase will be an os drive ssd. Nothing else gives you that much performance increase for the money. When you look at it that way its cheaper than you think.
If you just have you OS on the SSD, it will still have to access apps from a SATA drive. Wouldn't be that much faster right?
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Old 08-14-10, 07:57 PM   #17
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The apps installed on the os drive would. I would put my most used ones there space permitting. Windows would boot almost instantly, I have been waiting for a price drop as well. Want to put one in my laptop as well.
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+1 to what Six said about SSDs. I'm hoping by Christmas their are some sales about the $1/GB scale.
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+1 to what Six said about SSDs. I'm hoping by Christmas their are some sales about the $1/GB scale.
That will be a while. For $200, I can basically get 2x 32GB SSDs and throw them in a RAID 0 to barely get 60GB. That's Windows 7 and maybe a game or two. I'm not biting yet.
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Old 08-15-10, 12:33 AM   #20
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Don't bother raiding smaller drives like that, you'll be better off paying a bit extra for a good 120GB like this,

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231378

RAID doesn't help as much as you would think, and for the drives you're looking at (non-sandforce), will cause noticable problems with performance degredation since RAID doesn't allow trim support.
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Don't bother raiding smaller drives like that, you'll be better off paying a bit extra for a good 120GB like this,

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231378

RAID doesn't help as much as you would think, and for the drives you're looking at (non-sandforce), will cause noticable problems with performance degredation since RAID doesn't allow trim support.
The more I read and see about SSDs, the more I'm wanting one. They are just so freakin expensive for the amount of space you get!!! I could probably deal with a 128GB SSD . . . They are still over $200 though . . . I'm going to do more research on this.
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Old 08-15-10, 10:28 AM   #22
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Don't bother raiding smaller drives like that, you'll be better off paying a bit extra for a good 120GB like this,

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820231378
That drive is so tempting! I've almost decided to just wait til the cost per Gb comes down a bit...you may have just killed that..
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What about this one? Its an Intel X25 for around $200 . . .

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820211412
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What about this one? Its an Intel X25 for around $200 . . .

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820211412
That link comes up as an A-DATA 80GB for near $200.

Unless the A-DATA drives are rebranded Intel ones?
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