Fastest HD sin Raptor?

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  1. itsallinurhead macrumors 6502

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    What would be the fastest HD I could get without looking into the raptor? Looking in the 500gb range..
     
  2. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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  3. itsallinurhead thread starter macrumors 6502

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    When can I purchase this? Can't find it on OWC.
     
  4. overcast macrumors 6502a

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    Spinpoint vs the new 320 platters from WD is a tossup. Either drive rocks. You sacrifice some space, for better performance on the WD.
     
  5. tfward macrumors member

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    I have 2 of the 640gb WDs in Raid 0 and all I can say is smoking fast.
     
  6. itsallinurhead thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Can you run raid 0+1 at the same time? I ask because losing all my stuff due to the failure of one drive frightens me.
     
  7. CanadaRAM macrumors G5

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    You can -- it takes 4 drives however, which means going to an external enclosure.

    I recommend not using RAID 0 at all. With the exception of specific applications such as capturing HD video, the real world speed gains (if any) are not worth the risk IMO.
     
  8. OWC Larry macrumors member

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    We will have stock on the WD 640GB model come Friday - which is when we'll list them too. The Samsung 750GB is a better per GB value though, even though is a little more than the WD 640.
     
  9. roblin macrumors regular

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  10. c0052350 macrumors member

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    none of the above current champ is the wd velociraptor

    check out the benches at anandtech.com
     
  11. roblin macrumors regular

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    status on this?
     
  12. itsallinurhead thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I still don't see this on the website?
     
  13. DeuceDeuce macrumors 6502a

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    If you are looking for the WD's I see them on there.
     
  14. itsallinurhead thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Ya, I realized after I posted. Eyesight must be going.
     
  15. JonR356 macrumors member

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    That's a pretty general statement which could well lead many people to make the wrong decisions on their storage strategy. Given the affordability of Terabyte drives, and the readily available backup options, Raid 0 is a very viable option, and the performance benefits can greatly outweigh chasing differences between individual drives.

    I've got 2 500 gb drives backed up, and the risk is pretty much zero, since I'm not in the realms of high availability. If I were, I'd keep another (inexpensive) 500gb drive in my drawer to cover the possibility of a physical drive failure. If I wanted to be even more careful I'd keep two drives, but then other risks (such as the loss of the site the drives are on) would outweigh this.
     
  16. toke lahti macrumors 68000

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    I have 5 internal drives in my MP and I boot from raid10...
     
  17. davepk macrumors member

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    I have a 3 drive Raptor Raid0 that is backed up on a 4th drive using SuperDuper and TM.

    A very robust setup that has been in constant operation since Oct 06.

    This Raid0 scare mongering really should stop.
     
  18. Alican macrumors regular

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    I agree. While there is a theoretical increased risk of data loss through one of the drives failing, important data should be backed up anyway - raid0 or not. I have 2 500gb spinpoints set as raid0 for my system disk and the speed increase is very noticeable. Everything gets backed up to an external drive with time machine, and to another internal drive just for good measure.
     
  19. Mugs macrumors regular

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    does anyone know when the velociraptors are released? I can't find it anywhere! Thanks
     
  20. GotPro macrumors 6502

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    Um, just to point out... if you only have one drive... the failure of that one drive still leaves you with losing all your "stuff" :D
     

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