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    Windows 7 HDD Spec

    Hi,

    I've just built a new computer for a Dept Head at one of our schools. He has 2 x 300GB SAS Drives in RAID 1 for his system drive.

    Would it be quicker to put them in RAID 0 or keep them in RAID 1?

    Im hoping for top scores on W7 Performance, what do you recon?

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    Raid 0 is faster but depends how important that data stored on this machine, is stick to what you got, what is the spec of the rest of the machine?

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    Antec 900 Case
    Antec 650W PSU
    Asus P6T6 WS Revolution Mobo
    Intel i7 930 2.88Ghz
    6GB Hyper-X 1866Mhz DDR3
    Gigabyte GTS-250
    2 x 300GB SAS 6GB/s HDD's RAID 1

    It's a decent spec!

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    As stevenwba says, Raid 0 should be quicker overall (read/write) but if any disk fails then you lose all data.

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    Quote Originally Posted by apeo View Post
    As stevenwba says, Raid 0 should be quicker overall (read/write) but if any disk fails then you lose all data.
    Yeah I understand the problems with RAID 0, I'm going to advise he sticks to RAID 1. I hope it gets good scores!

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    If you want top scores should have gone SSD!

    What was the reason for SAS above SATA?

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    What was the reason for SAS above SATA?[/QUOTE]

    i was just about the ask that, also the dept head wants the good score??

    my home pc atm is rocking 2.3 lol (:

    need to upgrade put that spec is insane for a school machine :P

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    What kind of price does a 300Gb SAS drive come in at these days? I've not looked at benckmarks but from seeing the performance of the (mirrored - RAID 1)SAS drives in our blade servers it looks like they'd be substantially quicker than a SATA drive.

    Would be interesting to see how they compare with solid state in terms of boot times/etc?

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    Doesnt look like a bad build, in fact if the user is only going to use it for normal usage it seems above and beyond whats needed.

    Im sure the benchmark will come out well.

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    Why does he need so much??? or is it just he pays the budget so gets what he *wants/needs* (although i doubt he needs that!!)

    THanks

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    The guy just likes his gadgets and this is just another one.

    He already has a PC running SAS and has got exceptional performance from the drives already so decided this one should be SAS too. They rate at about £200 for one of these which is 15k rpm.

    I must admit they are very quick these SAS drives. He tried 2 x SSD 2.5" drives in a laptop that was uber quick lol but the drives did cost like £500 each!

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    2x SSD Drives (500GB ones if he can afford it!) set up in a RAID01 config, will be like lightning, plus if you lose the data from one drive, put a new one in and it gets rebuilt in superquick time

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    Quote Originally Posted by danrhodes View Post
    The guy just likes his gadgets and this is just another one.

    He already has a PC running SAS and has got exceptional performance from the drives already so decided this one should be SAS too. They rate at about £200 for one of these which is 15k rpm.

    I must admit they are very quick these SAS drives. He tried 2 x SSD 2.5" drives in a laptop that was uber quick lol but the drives did cost like £500 each!

    D
    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96dWOEa4Djs"]YouTube- Samsung SSD Awesomeness[/ame]

    This is so the future though!



    Having a smaller SSD as an OS drive really makes the PC so responsive can always shift the user folders onto a RAID1 drive after.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jamo View Post
    YouTube- Samsung SSD Awesomeness

    This is so the future though!



    Having a smaller SSD as an OS drive really makes the PC so responsive can always shift the user folders onto a RAID1 drive after.
    Oh yeah it was like Sh*t of a shovel the laptop running SSD in RAID booted in like 2 seconds, we were impressed!

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    Quote Originally Posted by danrhodes View Post
    The guy just likes his gadgets and this is just another one.

    He already has a PC running SAS and has got exceptional performance from the drives already so decided this one should be SAS too. They rate at about £200 for one of these which is 15k rpm.

    I must admit they are very quick these SAS drives. He tried 2 x SSD 2.5" drives in a laptop that was uber quick lol but the drives did cost like £500 each!

    D
    Yeah the price of SSD is way expensive and for very little storage space too. Man i cant even get a high spec pc to do high end work and someone is getting a good spec just because.

    Making the assumption here that this PC was school property.. is it? or is it the deputy's computer that your building?

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