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Help with hard drive setup

Discussion in 'Storage Drives' started by thermg, 29 Jan 2006.

  1. thermg


    Joined: 11 Dec 2005

    Posts: 146

    Location: Solihull


    Im looking to upgrade my IDE hard drives to some faster SATA or SATA II drives. On my board I have one SATA-II port and two SATA ports that allow RAID 0, 1 and jbod i think. So, do you recommend getting two decent SATA drives to run in RAID 1 (Would use this for personal data) and running a SATA II drive for windows, or maybe getting a controller card and running SATA II for everything. Im thinking of an 80-120GB hard drive for windows and programs and either a 250 or 300GB hard drive setup for data. Thanks in advance for any views about this.

  2. nick_lerwill


    Joined: 10 Jun 2005

    Posts: 556

    why not just get 1 big HD?
  3. Dunky


    Joined: 16 May 2005

    Posts: 380

    Location: Glasgow

    I wouldn't get a controller card unless you needed more than 3 drives. Don't worry if a drive / port is SATA or SATA II, there is very little if any real life difference in speed between the two. SATA can pull 150MB/sec, and SATA II approx 300MB/sec however this is the maximum of the interface - most current hard drives read at approx 55-70MB/sec. Buffered reads are faster on SATA II but this doesn't translate to much in performance terms.