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How To Set Up My Hard Drives?


Im not sure what to do, i was thinking of doing this and im not sure if it will work and if it will be faster. Is it better to just get the: western digital raptor 36. 7 g 10, 000 rpm drive and just using that or putting the western digital raptor 36. 7 g 10, 000 rpm in a hardware raid with my old maxtor? Im just not sure if they have to have the same rpm and size for the raid to be effective?

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Posted On: 03-22-2009, 09:18 PM . View Related Posts . . View 6 Replies .

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Alright. I'm building a new computer system and i'm trying to decide how i want my storage to be set up. Currently, i have 2 ide drives in my system. Actually, i started out with one and added another one after. On my hard drive, i have partitioned it as c:, d:, and e:. C: - windows install only
D: - programs. Basically, i have a list of folders with the names of the programs i have installed. E: - miscellaneous. This has things i've downloaded, my music, artwork, video work, temporary installation files, videos, etc. I added another drive when i ran out of e: space. I have no experience with raid or anything so maybe that's something i should do for my next system. I dunno. I want to say what i want to do and you can tell me if it needs its own separate drive or just a partition. I dunno. Here's what i'd like to do:

C: - windows - i'd like to continue to keep this windows separate from everything else so, like now, if windows gets infected or if something screws up and i can't boot up windows, i can just delete c: (either partition or drive, w/e you suggest i get) and reinstall without losing all my programs file saves, preferences, etc. Yah, sure, the programs won't be "connected" to the reinstalled windows anymore, but i will still have any logs or saved games (that weren't auto saved in c and preferences/settings and stuff. This happened to me twice before and i just killed the partition and reinstalled windows and moved the entire d: contents to an "old d" folder and started reinstalling my programs, using the files for any programs i was reinstalling from the "old d" folder and referencing them to set up my reinstalled programs. *Phew*, get it?

D: - programs - should this just be a separate drive from windows? I mean, sure, my programs partition is currently protected from viruses screwing up windows or windows becoming unbootable for some other reason, but what if my windows hdd crashes? Then all partitions are screwed. I would like to solve this possibility before it become a reality. I was thinking either having this partition or drive (you decide which is better) be backed up to a separate hdd as things get added/changed/modified. Isn't that a raid thing?

E: - misc. - Same as d:. I'd like it to be backed up to its own seperate drive in case of drive failure. I'll say it again without all the words:
C: - windows - separate from everything else. Doesn't have to have a backup. D: - programs - separate from windows installation and constantly backed up to separate drive. E: - misc. - Same as programs.could be apart of the same drive as programs is in, but i wouldn't mind it being a totally separate drive either. So that's what i want. I dunno why. Is this stupid to do it this way? Is the way i'm doing it now stupid? I kinda know how raid works, but i don't know if it affects any read times or speeds or performance in games or anything. So please help me figure out how many hard drives i need and how i should set up my storage system. Your advice is welcome. Btw, i was thinking of having about 1tb for c and e each cuz i have a huge backlog of games and i'm always too lazy to go in and backup game saves and player configs and stuff and then uninstall the games to free up space. And i download a lot of stuff and edit lots too so i'll need lots of space for my misc. Stuff too. 1tb should be enuff for that.


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Posted On: 12-18-2007, 11:51 PM . View Related Posts . . View 13 Replies .

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- I backed up my data on the 250gb and then i tryed to change the raid setting on the other two
- Then when i was going to install my windows xp on it, it tells me that it can't find any hard drives in the computer

Note, the computer worked properly when i got it and i had started using it before i changed the raid setting. Can anyone help me with this?


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Posted On: 11-23-2006, 06:39 PM . View Related Posts . . View 7 Replies .

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I am a fan of the odd certain poorly optimised rpg and despite having more or less the latest and greatest hardware in my machine, i still cannot run gothic 3 (2 year old pc game) at a solid 60fps. I read somewhere that for rpg games which require to be contantly reading data from the hard-drive, that things like gfx cards and cpu's are a distant 2nd compared with having a faster hard drive. Whilst all oher aspects of home computing come on leaps and bounds every year, hard drives seem to take 5-6 years in between any noticable performance improvements. Anyone have experience of gaming on 'fast' hard drives and if so, please could you name the hard drive and describe the subjective improvements you noticed over a bog standard sata ii drive.

Posted On: 08-17-2008, 03:24 AM . View Related Posts . . View 24 Replies .

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Posted On: January 24th, 2007, 10:47 AM . View Related Posts . . View 5 Replies .

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What is a hybrid drive? http://en. Wikipedia.org/wiki/hybrid_drive


Posted On: 12-27-2009, 11:49 PM . View Related Posts . . View 1 Replies .

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I am going to college in the fall so i'm dismantling my whs and taking out the 4 hard drives (planning to get 4 more and move my stuff that were dvds to purely hard drives)to put in my gaming computer (which i will bring along with me!). My question is. What kind of set up and hardware should i use? Zfs and linus software raid looked tempting but they're not viable options because i want to use windows on my gaming/desktop computer!

I have 4 750gb hard drives and i'm thinking about getting 4 more somewhere. I thought about raid 5 (with a perc 5/i) but they go for $120 but there's the write hole and bit-rotting that i don't want to deal with (especially since the array will be massive). Raid 0+1 is nice but i'd need a lot more hard drives!

My specs are. (If anyone is wondering. ):

Intel e8400 c0
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Posted On: 08-07-2009, 03:33 AM . View Related Posts . . View 17 Replies .

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This is a very strange problem but my hard drives seem to be disappearing and reappearing without any reason. When the hard drives appear they are fine. Windows can access them and they are visible in my computer. The files are intact and they are working with no issue. However when they disappear they are gone. Bios cannot see them and the raid array that they are part of cannot see the drives when the computer boots. As i said the hard drives are connected to a raid controller. The controller is a silicon image sil 3512 sataraid controller. The controller appears to be working fine even when the hard drives are not present. The controller for the raid array appears in device manager and windows reports it is working without a problem. Frustrated by this issue i sat down yesterday to attempt to resolve it. Not having much of a clue what i was doing i changed the boot order of the system so that the raid drive boots before the standard sata drive. Amazingly the raid drives returned and were working fine. I celebrated. I thought i had fixed the issue. I bagged the new drivers off the internet ready to install windows 7 onto the raid array the next day. To my dismay the next day after turning the machine on the raid array disappeared again. I have not been able to get it back despite changing to boot order again. As i mentioned the raid controller is present in the device manager under windows, the drive is simply just don't show up but i know they are connected correctly, configured and working. Any idea why the drives would behave in this way?

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The specs on my computer are:

Intel e6600, asus p5wdh-deluxe, ocz gamexstream 700w, soundblaster x-fi extrememusic, radeon hd 4850, gskill 2gb f2-6400cl5d-2gbnq, wd raptor 150, windows xp sp3, antec p180b

My computer worked great for the first two years without a problem, but over the last two years i keep losing hard drives. I've been using the same secondary hd for the entire time without a problem, but my main hd (running the os) keeps dying. Basically after a little while (anywhere from 1 week to 3 months) my computer slows down and i start seeing delayed write failure errors start popping up in my task-bar, and then a few days later my hd crashes. I have probably gone through 6-8 hd's over the last 2 years, and it has gotten to the point now where i just can't deal with it anymore and am using a really old computer just to get on-line. I've tried wd, seagate, and maxtor drives, and it is consistently happening to me. I really don't have any idea what the problem is, and why it is only affecting my primary hd. I have sent the hd's back because they were under warranty and received new (or refurbished) ones and it still happens. If anybody has any suggestions on what might be wrong, or how to diagnose what my problem might be i would really appreciate it.


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We can also chose between mac & pc. Each one has its ram chock full. I couldn't add more if i wanted. They also all work and all power on, they just need an os installed, which can be win 2000 pro, win xp pro, or win 7 ult. But on the mac, i would be limited to v10. 4 server, with ppc 400mhz processor wow, i've had a lot of computers!

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