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Thread: What ATA configuration to get?




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    I'm probably going to be upgrading my computer in the next couple of months (September-October), and plan on getting a NForce2-based mobo that has both SATA and RAID. Which do you recommend? Which would be faster?

    2 X WD special Edition (7200 rpm, 8 MB cache) in RAID 0 config
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    Please, discuss... :group:
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    I recently got a Soltek nForce2 MB, got two 120GB Maxtor SATA drives, put them in RAID 0 and haven't looked back since. I'm quite impressed with the performance of it.

    However, that being said, I'm a fool. If you are on a budget, then the WD drives will be fine. If you want that little bit extra, then go for SATA.

    There's a couple reasons I went SATA, the main one being I have three IDE drives in my PC, not including HDDs, and I wanted large amounts of fast storage, so SATA was a nice fallback option.

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    Another reason to go SATA would be that, when you consider it will be the standard when the next versions come out, you wouldnt want to be stuck with a IDE drive next time you buy a new mobo, assuming that will be in a while. Im shopping for a new HD as well, and I think I have decided to go SATA simply because I will be wanting to keep it for quite some time to come.

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    I've been using WD SATA Raptors in some of the CAD boxes at work lately - & I'm very impressed with them, I'd take a single Raptor over an IDE RAID array anytime
    ...of course Raptors aren't exactly cheap either & they only come in 36GB size

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    Quote Originally Posted by RDR
    I've been using WD SATA Raptors in some of the CAD boxes at work lately - & I'm very impressed with them, I'd take a single Raptor over an IDE RAID array anytime
    ...of course Raptors aren't exactly cheap either & they only come in 36GB size
    I believe that WD should have larger drive sizes out come the time when Gammit wants ro buy his equipment.

    Gammit, how much are u looking to spend. That will be the major determining factor on what harddrives u get, and also what u do with them. If u are looking for security, and don't need huge storage, then I'd get a couple of the WD raptors in raid 0. If u need storage, then depending on how much $$$ u have to spend, u may want to get a couple 160 gig WD SE drives in raid 0.

    THe advantages of the raptor drives is that they are very quick, and also have a 5 year warranty, as opposed to the 3 year of the WD SE, whihc imho is still a good warranty preriod for a drive.

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    Thanks all. I found a board with RAID 0 for SATA. Looks like I'll be looking at those Raptors, as I'm definitely in this for the speed. What are the specs on those, offhand?
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    Thanks, V. Hopefully they'll have larger hds when I upgrade. Looking to put some of those 10,000 rpm babies in a raid 0 config. Sa-weet. :smokin:
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