I am looking into getting a new hard drive. More than anything, I will be gaming so I want fast loading times. After a little searching I have narrowed it down to either a 300gb Western Digital Velociraptor or 2x 640gb Western Digital Caviar Blacks in raid 0 configuration. I have heard good things about the Caviar Black hard drives and know that in raid 0 the performance is good but I really do not need anywhere near that amount of storage. The main thing that I like about the Velociraptor is the average seek time. So, is the Velociraptor faster than 2 Caviar Blacks and if so how much faster? Thank you in advance for the help.
the raid will def be faster in any aspect, and theres no need to buy such large HD for raid, i use 4 250gb drives and thats more than enougn, even 2 would be great, save money and buy 2 smaller drives, say 300, just get the cheapest drives with the larges cache that you want, mine are 16mb, which is ok, but 32mb would perform better
Considering the price, I would go with the Caviar Black. I used to have a VelociRaptor, and comparing it to my current Caviar Black drives it isn't noticeably faster.
I am using RAID 0 now with two Velociraptors and yes my PC is fast but considering what I get with Raid I dont consider it to be super fast. But is ok.
My next upgrade for sure is going to be SSD's.
Caviar Blacks in RAID0 will be faster than a single Velociraptor and you will have more storage but the potential for HDD failure doubles, uncommon though for today's modern drives.
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