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    I am doing an overhaul on my computer that will require a reinstall.
    I have a spare WD 250GB 8mb cache PATA hard drive.

    Would I take a major performance hit if I put Vista only (all other programs on the RAID array) on the above drive as compared to my RAID 0 array of 2 Seagate 500GB 16mb cache SATA II hard drives?

    I'm thinking a minor hit would well justify the ability to dump windows anytime and not have to do a full backup everytime. If I can't get a good answer before I get off work tonight I'm gonna give it a go. But it someone here knows better, they could save me the time.

    Thanks.

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    well since your putting programs files on other drive it wont effect performance except rebooting which in my opinion it wont be a big deal cuz you'll be loading windows only files from there and rest are loaded from your other drive.
    tbh i dont see much difference between SATA and PATA, atleast on noticeable performance wise.
    Last edited by BawA; 10-31-2007 at 03:59 PM.


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    Quote Originally Posted by BawA View Post
    ...i dont see much difference between SATA and PATA, atleast on noticeable performance wise.
    I never got a chance to run the SATA drives without being in RAID. I purchased twin drives, and set them up to run in RAID right out of the box. Before that I was running the PATA drive and I was getting noticeable lag in games and could only burn DVD's at a max burn rate of about 11x. My graphics card and DVD burner was getting bottlenecked by the PATA interface.

    So, I can't say there is a noticeable difference between SATA 2 and PATA, I simply didn't try it like that. But I can say 100% there is a difference between a PATA drive and a pair of SATA drives set up in RAID.

    But like you said BawA, I don't think there will be a major performance difference if I set the drives up like I said. But, I'm still wanting to throw it out there and see what people have to say. Especially because I don't have the time to just go for it right now, other wise I'd just do it and see what happens.
    Last edited by Broken; 10-31-2007 at 04:25 PM.

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