Would it be smart to have a small 50 gig SATA 7200 RPM drive just for the Windows 7 operating system....
and then 2 other HDD's, lets say.... 500 gigs a peice.... configured for Raid 0?
I'm thinking that I could have that one HDD just for windows in case I got a bunch of adware and viruses and crap somewhere down the line and I just wanted to nuke the HDD without losing all my games and music on the Raid 0 drives.
I wouldnt put it on a small HDD, a 50GB drive is going to be very slow, the current high speed drives are using 500GB platters. If you want an OS drive i would suggest a small cheap SSD instead, it will be small, easily nukable if needed, and much faster than a HDD.
its unlikely that you will find a very decent hdd that is 50gb, you are better branching out, and getting a ssd,, say 60gb as your boot drive, then a 500-1000gb drive for "data", this is safer than raid0. just an idea, its how mine are configured anyway and its super shpeeedie
Ok even a SATA based SDD is much faster? I just stumbled upon PCI-E based SSD and they look to write almost up to 1 gig/s ? LOL.
The OCZ Z-drivess? Theyre essentially a bunch of little SSDs in RAID0, it is hyper fast and gives you loads of bragging rights, though after a certain speeds things gets pretty redundant for a normal consumer (like 12-core CPUs, DDR3 2166RAM, etc.), spending $1000 for 2 seconds less of loading time isn't very smart.
The fastest consumer HDD, the WD Raptor can only read up to 150MB/s, while some SSDs can easily approach 280MBs (which is pretty close to the bandwidth limit of SATA2.)
^ There is suppose to be a "consumer" version of the OCZ ZDrive released for ~$400 or so next year, or so the rumors say. At any rate, the OCZ Z Drive is aimed at servers that need extremely fast access, more than normal SSDs can offer.