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Thread: Which is the fastest HD




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    Hi i was just wondering which hard drive is the fastest? is it the raptor? or the cheetah? and i'm really confused with all the ata/ide/sata/scsi/firewire/raid stuff can someone explain it to me??? thanks

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    The absolute fastest Hard Drive Configuration you could have in a standard desktop computer would be 6 of the 70GB Raptors set up in RAID 0+1+2.

    However thats complete overkill for standard computing. Two regular SATA drives in RAID 0 make the most sense I believe in Cost vs performance.

    And just for explanation:
    IDE/ATA/DMA = Standard Hard drive hookup thats been used for the last 5 years, wide ass cables.

    SCSI = even wider cables used mostly in business for high speed hard drives.

    SATA = New standard being adopted, a little faster than ATA, but only uses small 4 cable wire which is alot nicer than Huge IDE cables.

    RAID = RAID 0 is 2 hard drives made to look like 1 hard drive, using both hard drives as one gives you a performance boost just like Dual Channel memory does. RAID 1 is the same thing for a 3rd and 4th hard drive, and so on. 0+1+2 is 6 hard drives acting as one (I think) and RAID 0,1,2 is 6 hard drives acting as 3.
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    Just another little clarification - SCSI is really more aimed at servers rather than normal PCs...

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    oic thanks, so does my abit nf7-s v.2 have raid 0? i know it has sata but i'm not sure if its the same thing. thanks

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    It sure does. Just look through the manual on how to set up SATA Raid 0.
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    Just in case you wanted to do some further reading, I've found that this site gives the best concise but somewhat technical explanation of the different RAID levels:

    http://www.raidweb.com/whatis.html

    Good luck with your RAID 0 set up, : peace2: Mista K6
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