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Choosing Hard Drives for RAID 0 setup

by x1800yolk / July 18, 2008 3:40 PM PDT

I am going to set up RAID 0 with my laptop, since it supports a second hard drive. I am deciding between these setups:

2 160GB hard drives at 5400 RPM for $215
2 100GB hard drives at 7200 RPM for $150 (already own first one)

The good thing about the 160GB option is that I could use the old 100 GB drive for backup, and get an enclosure for it. What's making this decision difficult is the drive speeds. RAID 0 will speed things up, but will 5400 RPM be enough for games like Team Fortress 2? Running Vista Home Premium, too. Greatly appreciate the help, Brian

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The prices are far out of line.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 18, 2008 9:42 PM PDT
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(NT) One word....LAPTOP.
by VAPCMD / July 18, 2008 11:41 PM PDT
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Another word. ESATA.
by R. Proffitt Forum moderator / July 18, 2008 11:44 PM PDT
In reply to: One word....LAPTOP.

Prices are what they are where they are. But if game performance is an issue don't look to hard disk speeds to get a boost. That only helps on the initial load time and no where else.

Hope this is clear enough.

-> Areas that do help. RAM and better video chipsets.
Bob

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Prices
by x1800yolk / July 19, 2008 1:38 PM PDT
In reply to: Another word. ESATA.

The price for getting a second 100 GB 7200 RPM hard drive won't change, since I have to get the same exact drive. For the 160 GB drives, I think I'm stuck there too, since I don't think you can buy the special secondary hard drive bracket that replaces a cd drive. Thanks for the help! I will quit thinking about RPM speed, and focus on how much memory I want.

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