Mine is slightly diffrent, this one has 7200.10 RPM and mine is .7, plus the serial number is diff but otherwise idont think it will matter. Anyways tell me what u think, 2 of the Barracudas or the Rapter x?
Go with the Raptor if you want raw speed and get the Seagate if you want storage. You will notice a speed difference in either option, but the Raptor is safer because you can back up files on that drive easily than a RAID.
well, i thought about raid because my Case has a special adept to raid, it has a rack for 4 HDD's with a 120mm fan sucking air over them. And i kidn of wanted to use it, but will the rapter give me a speed boost over all better then 2x 7200s?
Depending on how you configure the drives (supposing you use the RAID controller on your motherboard) setting up in a RAID0 (performance stripe, no parity) with 2 7200rpm drives (anymore, they are 8-32mb cache) will almost always out perform one Raptor. The read/writes are transferred over both controllers and thus, both drives to speed up your system. Now, if you set up a RAID1 (mirror) for data redundancy, then yes, the Raptor would outperform it, but you would have drive redundancy with RAID1. Raptors are great if you have the cash to burn, but you can get somewhat better performance from 2 7200 SATA drivers in RAID0 and much more drive space in turn. Its up to you...
Hardware-wise, yes, it might help a little...but is most likely limited by your processor and RAM as well.
The only way to make time pass more quickly while loading a BF2 map is to either utilize a time portal to project yourself several minutes into the future (provided you didn't change any video settings to warrant the otherwise 3 hours worth of texture rehashing/loading) or to go get ice cream in the mean time.
Remember with a Raid 0 config, you double your chances of a faulty drive and thus data loss. That is not even taking into account the chances of breaking your array due to board failure or similar. It is very possible to recover data from a failed array, but it is a pain in the backside.
Raid is great in the right uses, but I see too many people using it without knowing the drawbacks. If you have important data, make sure you back it up away from the array.