HDD speed

Ok since my last post didnt get answered :(

what i want to know is

what do i look for in Toms HDD test to get myself the fastest HDD ??

i want to have fast HDD to HDD transfer and also for unraring files

i was thinking of getting the 150 raptor for the OS and a 500 Samsung Spinpoint T166 for storage

but from my limited knowlage at looking at the charts, the spinpoint T166 is very close to the Raptor ??

im not too fussed on spending £150 for the raptor 150 but if the spinpoint will be very close then id rather go for that ??

although ppl on here say the seagate barracuda 7200.10 are fast but if you look at the charts the seagates are slower than the Samsung ??

am i getting this all wrong, please help i need at least 750 gigs over 3 HDDs

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  1. If you want the ultimate in speed, then nothing but a 15,000rpm sas/scsi drive will do for you. Im pretty sure that a raptor will be YOUR best bet though. The raptor is the fastest desktop drive out there, so yes buy that for the system drive.

    As for storage, any brand is ok, so long as its not maxtor (avoid them like the death). Maxtor drives tend to be rubbish and break all the time. You best bet is probably hitachi, seagate or samsung. Just make sure the drive has "perpendicular recording technology" as it will be faster if it has this.
  2. youre correct about the newer 7200s being pretty close to the raptors as far as sustained transfer rates, especially the maximum transfer rate (the raptors tend to pull ahead noticably for the average and minimum transfer rates though)

    for an OS hdd, if cost and capacity arent issues, a raptor is the most ideal choice to make (fast 8ms access times help with locating system files, web browsing, boot times, system responsiveness, etc)

    for transferring large files between hdds like youre wanting, going with raid 0 for both hdd storage arrays may be the most ideal setup (i dont recommend raid 0 for much, because there are many times when its just not worth the cost and hassle, for such little to no performance boost, and the increased potential of lost data and a corrupt raid array due to something as simple as overclocking your cpu, but this is one situation where it seems like it should make a noticable difference, as far as performance goes)... if you do choose to go with raid 0 (and even if you dont), be sure to make regular backups of your important data

    if you dont choose to go with raid 0... just choose a few current large capacity 7200s, the performance will all be pretty similar between them though, even if theyre different models, within a few MB/s either way
  3. cheers for the replys :)

    ok cool so i think ill go for the 150 raptor as the OS drive and just get either the samsung T166 500 Gig or an 7200.10 of some sort

    cheers again
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