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Old 7th April, 2006, 03:59 PM
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Fast RAID on the cheap!

High performance RAID 0.....for less than £100!

Ever wished you had enough money to have a pair of WD Raptors but didnt have £150 for 70GB of storage?......I can't help you there but what I can do is show you how fast a cheaper array of drives can be.

*Please note that I am using synthetic benchmarks which do not equate exactly to real-life speeds, also the way benchmarks measure speed varies which is why i am presenting two groups of data*

My array is using four 40GB Seagate Barracuda drives that were purchased as refurbished drives for around £80 for the lot, now I will first mention that it is impossible to get the same data seek times with standard 7200rpm drives as it is with the 10000rpm raptors, it is possible however to get seriously fast read/write times which when loading a map for BF2 or a similar game means you can be across the map capturing a base before most people are half loaded.

Set up on the standard NF4 RAID (NVRAID) controller, I have all four drives in a striped array and it gives performance along these lines......(bear in mind that my array is around 3 times cheaper per GB than the WD raptor array and is only £30 more expensive than a single 120GB Seagate drive)
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Wow, that is pretty damn impressive!

Where did you manage to get the refurbished HDD?
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Old 7th April, 2006, 04:08 PM
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EBAY always good deals on hard disks now and again.
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Glad its worked out for you
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For me, this would be preferable to some noisy Raptors. It's plenty fast enough anyhow!
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EBAY always good deals on hard disks now and again.
Yeah, that's how I built the RAID in my sig:

10 18 GB cheetas for $18 each, delivered, and $75 for the SCSI controller. I'm only running 8 of the drives (the other two are spares).
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Here are my two seagate's in stripe:
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Why is there a big dip in your throughput in the middle? Is that always there?
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One disk is faulty it will be replaced !
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ChrisBard - where did you get that wall paper? And, more importantly, may I have a copy?
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Sure lad here you go, for you there are even two
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Here are my two seagate's S-ATA2 80GB in stripe:
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Sure lad here you go, for you there are even two
Thanks dude!
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Very nice dude !!! Now if you could only hit me in BF2 better. Last time I kicked your ass so badly.... I was embarased
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Sure lad here you go, for you there are even two
I just snagged the "crash" one, thank you very much!
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