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HDD and Raid?


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I was going to buy 4 250GB Seagate Barracudas. Which RAID would be best for gaming? I have heard of 0,1,2,3,4,5,10,50 and 0+1 but I dont know which one.
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RAID0 will give you a theoretical advantage when loading games, but the actual difference is really only noticed when moving very large files (like video editing). The common advice now is that RAID is not practical for desktop use. The extra drive doubles the heat, power, and most importantly chance of data loss.

I do run a system with RAID0, and I can tell you the performance difference is underwhelming.
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I was looking for a stand alone drive and found one with SATA 3.0Gb/s with 8MB Cache and the other was SerialATA150 with 16MB Cache. Which one would be faster?
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The larger cache will be faster. :tazz:
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The 16Mb cache though is quite common on SATAII drives you should be able to find one.
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Nice deal:
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