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Hard Drive Recommendations

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October 13, 2009 8:02:37 PM

Hi,

I'm looking for a new hard drive to add to my system which is going to house a fresh copy of Windows 7. I'm planning on taking the old drive that has Windows 7 RC and turning it into a storage drive.

My system looks like this:

Intel i7 920 at 3.31Ghz
Asus P6T Deluxe
CoolerMaster V8
6GB Patriot Viper Series Low Latency 1600Mhz
Nvidia GTX260 896MB
Corsair HX620 PSU
1TB Seagate 7200.12
750MB Seagate 7200.11
Antec 902
Windows 7 RC

As I said, I want to swap out a new drive.

Any recommendations? I'm going install the OS, MS Office and a couple games on it.

Parks

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October 13, 2009 8:49:00 PM

Since you have a pretty high-end workstation, an SSD would be warranted. Even the fastest computer with an HDD can still be limited in many ways because of the disk latencies.

So if you want a new system drive, Intel X25-M 80GB might be your best bet regarding performance. Since you have an Intel chipset, you may also use two of them in RAID0 and enable 'write caching' for hardcore performance. But, this comes at a risk, though you can use the larger disks for backup if that's required.

I guess it depends on your expectations what product would be best. If you need alot of capacity too, the Velociraptors are decent second choices. But they sure are alot slower than SSDs whenever random I/O is concerned. Go for the Intel SSD if you can; you should be able to use it in your current and your next-generation PC.
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October 13, 2009 9:50:29 PM

Ssd, yes. Or take a second drive of the same model as the first one and build a Raid-0 of them. Though...

- Not usable for backup, and needs a new installation

- It probably won't speed up booting. But loading videos, uncompressed pictures, games, yes.

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Software Raid as proposed by Windows with dynamic volumes has serious drawbacks, but it would allow you to keep some volumes untouched, like your documents and the old Win installation. Untouched, as long as everything goes well...

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If you use two drives independently, you may put the paging file on the disks that doesn't carry the OS. In case you overflow your 6GB...
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