Is it a better idea to get a 7200.12? I want good bang for buck when it comes to HD performance. Size doesn't really matter to me, I only play TF2 and surf the web and listen to pandora.com, openoffice, etc.
Still trying to research cheap SSD alternatives like CF with a Sata or IDE adapter, I just can't get a straight answer from anywhere. If anyone who's good at that sort of thing wants give me advice on that, that's be cool too.
I have a Seagate Barracuda ES.2 250GB. It runs 7200 rpm and has a 32 meg buffer. It comes in 500gb and 750gb versions too. I love this hard drive. It is very fast durable and quiet. I have gotten read speeds of around 87mb/s. It was made to run in servers so you know its gotta be tough. I got mine from cdw but newegg has them as well. Take a look.
HDTach in Vista 64:
Average Read: 211 MB/s
Burst: 263 MB/s
Average read in the first 500GB of the RAID was around 230 MB/s.
I didn't test single drive speed, but all the reviews seem to be getting 107 MB/s in HDTach.
Other points... this drive runs cool, fast, and extremely quiet (I never here them). I highly recommend the Seagate 7200.12 series!
Miked, may I just ask what RAID controller you are using for those speeds. I have hooked up Raid-0 on a new pair of 7200.12's and am getting no where near those speeds. ~170mb/s max, burst of about the same too, admittedly performance across the 1Tb is good (i.e. flat and consistent) but I was a little disappointed (NVidia 630i Chipset) considering my Hitachi 7k1000.b has transfers of 120-80 and has a burst speed of 240mb/s