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OK, so now that I've got Windows 7 I thought I'd make a RAID 0 setup. Got myself a pair of terabyte drives and went to work. The motherboard has ATI's utility built-in so that was the easy part. Unfortunately, the software drivers are only for Vista x64, though 7 seems to accept them. Only problem is, I get a "5.9" performance rating from Windows; that wasn't any better than what I had with my old 10,000 rpm drive. Moreover, it's pretty easy to load the thing down with tasks and it starts to hang. I'm wondering if it's the indexing/swap file/prefetching on the drives that's making it so slow.
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A RAID 0 is already "double the space"; it's just one big drive with alternating clusters. Two drive heads are better than one, and all that.
Anyway, whatever. After more fiddling around, I ultimately decided to return one of the disks and go back to my 10k. It seems like hard drives have been the dragging anchor of computer performance, so any boost I could give it would have been good. I think my current setup is maxed out anyway; I should wait a year or two and buy a whole new rig.
Super Jamie said:
Like Maes said, stop pissing around with the pretend onboard garbage and either get a proper hardware RAID card or set the drives to non-RAID mode and score double the space.
For a second I thought you were talking about his ant extermination technique and I was about to reply "I have no idea what you just said."
It seems like hard drives have been the dragging anchor of computer performance,
You've got that right. A dedicated stripe (RAID1) or distributed stripe and parity (RAID5) will give you a speed increase for boot times and game load times, but not that much that it's worth the money.
SSDs seem to be a good technology but are still in their infancy and are just starting to settle down from all their initial deployment bugs. That being said, the expensive Intel drives are still the only ones worth buying.