Raid Array VS High Perfomance disk
Posted 16 January 2006 - 09:45 AM
Posted 16 January 2006 - 10:26 AM
For most the best idea is to leave it as it is, to gain a performance boost more ram is a better idea as it means you need to access the hard drive less.
Posted 16 January 2006 - 10:46 AM
Well i was gonna buy two small seagate drives and RAID them just for games. Since its gonna be a while before i go 64 bit (since i just got a top end AGP graphics card).
Posted 16 January 2006 - 11:05 AM
I would get a samsung spinpoint P120 if you want a big improvement as far as i know its still the fastest drive you can get in SATAII short of the 15000rpm atlas drives.
Posted 16 January 2006 - 11:11 AM
Posted 16 January 2006 - 11:30 AM
"RAID also poses the risk of complete and total data loss in a striped array if it collapses from any corruption from either disk or a failure of one."
The concept of RAID is such that you can lose a drive and not lose data, with the exception being RAID0, which is really AID0 as there is no Redundant in it.
You will gain a speed increase with RAID, in some cases huge, IF you use a hardware RAID device and IF you can support the data transfer speed. If you use software RAID, then often you will lose performance since the system has to do multiple writes. Part of the speed increase depends on how you do it, how many disks, how you setup the RAID configuration, etc. and for the most part that means expense.
One thing that you might not realize is that when you add a hardware RAID controller you are increasing the processing power to the overall system, which also means that you have another processor writing the data.
Realize that I am talking in the general case, with machines that can handle the data transfer rates. PC based systems can have limitations which prevent any noticable gain.
Posted 16 January 2006 - 11:32 AM
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