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I've just built a new computer for a Dept Head at one of our schools. He has 2 x ...
22nd March 2010, 12:47 PM #1
Windows 7 HDD Spec
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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22nd March 2010, 12:54 PM #2
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?
22nd March 2010, 12:58 PM #3
Antec 900 Case
Antec 650W PSU
Asus P6T6 WS Revolution Mobo
Intel i7 930 2.88Ghz
6GB Hyper-X 1866Mhz DDR3
2 x 300GB SAS 6GB/s HDD's RAID 1
It's a decent spec!
22nd March 2010, 01:01 PM #4
As stevenwba says, Raid 0 should be quicker overall (read/write) but if any disk fails then you lose all data.
22nd March 2010, 01:03 PM #5
Yeah I understand the problems with RAID 0, I'm going to advise he sticks to RAID 1. I hope it gets good scores!
Originally Posted by apeo
22nd March 2010, 01:07 PM #6
If you want top scores should have gone SSD!
What was the reason for SAS above SATA?
22nd March 2010, 01:11 PM #7
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
22nd March 2010, 01:22 PM #8
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?
22nd March 2010, 01:30 PM #9
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.
22nd March 2010, 01:37 PM #10
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!!)
22nd March 2010, 02:13 PM #11
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!
22nd March 2010, 02:18 PM #12
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
22nd March 2010, 02:18 PM #13
[ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=96dWOEa4Djs"]YouTube- Samsung SSD Awesomeness[/ame]
Originally Posted by danrhodes
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.
22nd March 2010, 02:20 PM #14
Oh yeah it was like Sh*t of a shovel the laptop running SSD in RAID booted in like 2 seconds, we were impressed!
Originally Posted by Jamo
22nd March 2010, 02:22 PM #15
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.
Originally Posted by danrhodes
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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