Now the modern MOBO's has 4 SataII connectors, and it is possible to run RAID at home?
I dont need redundancy, I only want speed.
So for playing games what is the fastest disk system for reasonable sum of money ?
Fast = somthing that I realy would notice, not just benchmarking.
First I was thinking 4 disk Raid 0, but now I start to think that one big disk is even beter ?
Yes it is possible, even easy to run a RAID at home. Hell, if i can do it, anyone can. But do you NEED it? You can get a 74GB Raptor for ~$130 right now and that's a fast drive. I personally would not run a 4-disc RAID0 to get speed on a gaming rig. Now if you did huge I/O, that's a different story and there might be a payoff - as long as you were religious with your backups.
What I like to do is
one partition for installed software
one partition for personal documents
Keep OS and data seperate. Backup OS and data seperately.
I move my mozilla profile, my documents and desktop folders to D:.
Me too. Good general plan. Customize to fit!
If you do with the Raptor, research it real world effects, so you won't have too high of expectations and get dissapointed. Its fast, but HD speed doesn't matter as much as most people expect.
Well, maybe that's because many people don't spend a large part of their computer time doing reads and writes. As soon as you start doing stuff where the read/write time is a significant part of your work (or play) then you'll find that even trimming 10% off of your wait times is a real advantage. I've seen people dis on RAID in a major way, then begin doing a R/W-intensive activity and next thing you know, they are asking you questions about setting up a RAID. Waiting long periods of time on a repeated basis tends to change one's perspective.
think about it this way... right now you can get two 36gig raptors at basically the exact same price as a single 74gig raptor. given that, i can't see why anyone that already has raid on their motherboard *wouldn't* go for a raid setup. plus the smaller raptors are actaully faster to begin with.
so while it's true it won't have an impact on your framerates, you will notice your system *feels* faster in general with raid.