1x1TB or 2x500GB (RAID 0)?

  Nightowl4933 15:24 31 Aug 09
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Okay - what's the best option for a games PC?

1x 1TB SATAII 32MB Cache Dual Processor Internal Hard Drive or 2x 500GB (7200rpm) SATA 32MB Hard Disk Drive set up as RAID0?

Thanks,

Pete

  spectroscopic 15:31 31 Aug 09

Raid 0 for speed is a good idea for gaming. Just remeber though if one drive goes you lose all the data. Also remeber if you want to use the drives again in another system to unraid them.

  Nightowl4933 16:13 31 Aug 09

I've currently got a pair of 500GB set up as RAID0 on my Dell XPS 420, but I'm pretty sure it's not as quick as it was when I had a single 500GB drive in.

I'm upgrading to Windows 7 64-bit, and thought I'd put a new (pair of) drive(s) and keep the old ones until I'm happy with the new OS, then turn 'em into backup drives (or sell 'em)

  Boghound 16:45 31 Aug 09

I had a "raid 0" set-up with a pair of Seagate 500gb discs....One started playing up so bought one 1tb Seagate and everything is loading faster!....I also have a 1tb which I clone to every two weeks plus a 500gb which I back-up every week.....It's a bit over kill but who cares!!!

  Nightowl4933 16:55 31 Aug 09

Hi Boghound,

Is it a noticeable speed improvement?

Also, what cache is on the drive? Is it 8, 16 or 32Mb?

Thanks,

Pete

  Boghound 10:13 01 Sep 09

Nightowl4933

Yes the speed is noticeable....The cache is 32mb

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