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    i have two sata sockets on my board doing nowt. what would be the benefits and complications of RAIDing 2 hard-drives on them. ideally i want my games to load twice as fast. how realistic is this?

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheDave
    i have two sata sockets on my board doing nowt. what would be the benefits and complications of RAIDing 2 hard-drives on them. ideally i want my games to load twice as fast. how realistic is this?
    I dont think they'll load twice as fast. From what i hear SATA drives are pretty good. Whats your current specs?

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    athlon64 3000+ @ 2200
    512 ddr
    fsb@200mhz

    how fast does a hard-drive read? i think its 25 MBps (SATA or IDE)
    i know with a RAID card 2 striped drives can act as one hdd at 50 MBps

    i'm wondering if its possible/easy to RAID my two sata slots (in windows is probably best, bios settings scare me)

    all this is presuming they arent on the same channel

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    LMAO u guys crack me up...

    theres is no BIG advantage of SATA over normal IDE slots except SATA cables are very thin so it saves space

    and no ur games wond load twice as fast

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    Quote Originally Posted by jaigandhi5
    LMAO u guys crack me up...

    theres is no BIG advantage of SATA over normal IDE slots except SATA cables are very thin so it saves space

    and no ur games wond load twice as fast
    maybe i worded it wrong.

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    on my board i have

    IDE 1
    master: 120gb
    slave: dvd reader

    IDE 2
    master: dvd writer
    slave: empty

    sata 1: empty
    sata 2: empty

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    i'm not happy with the speeds stuff loads , i blame this on the hard-drive.

    it looks to me the cheapest and most hassle-free way to fix this is to get two cheap (small) sata drives and stripe them. then i can use them as temp, swap space and install games on them. i'm wondering if it's possible and if its easy to do this

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    Dave you mean your fsb is at 2000mhz? Cuz I know for a fact that AMD64's arent at 200 what pc is your ram? For games to load fast im pretty sure that it mainly depends on your ram/cpu but im not 100% sure im not a comp guru. Just one in the making

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    i cant remember quite how it works, just vague memories from scanning over stuff when i built my pc.

    my processor is 11 layers each at 200mhz(fsb) totalling 2200mhz

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheDave
    i cant remember quite how it works, just vague memories from scanning over stuff when i built my pc.

    my processor is 11 layers each at 200mhz(fsb) totalling 2200mhz
    Search on google for a little app called CPU-Z its tells you about your cpu speed, fsb ect. Unless you have sisoft sandra or somethin like that on hand. Eaither or is good

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    Quote Originally Posted by speedfan
    reading

    I/O properly initialized
    Linked ISA BUS at $0290
    Linked nVidia nForce3 250 SMBUS at $1C00
    Linked nVidia nForce3 250 SMBUS at $2000
    Scanning ISA BUS at $0290...
    IT8712F/IT8705F found on ISA at $290
    SuperIO Chip=IT8712F
    Scanning nForce2 SMBus at $1C00...
    Scanning nForce2 SMBus at $2000...
    LM75 found on SMBus at $4E
    SMART Enabled for drive 0
    Found Maxtor 6Y120L0 (122.9GB)
    End of detection
    CLOCK GENERATOR set to nVidia nForce2


    info

    Scanning SMBus at $1C00...
    Decoding DIMM #0
    Memory type is DDR
    Module Rows : 2
    Levels : 2.5V
    Parity : NO PARITY
    Refresh Rate : 7.8us
    Total Size : 512MB
    Scanning SMBus at $2000...


    Quote Originally Posted by my computer/properties
    AMD athlon 64 processor
    3000+
    2.08 GHz, 512 MB of RAM






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    anyway, thats irrelevent. i know my RAM can shift stuff faster than a HDD
    Last edited by TheDave; 04-02-2005 at 04:53 AM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by TheDave
    i have two sata sockets on my board doing nowt. what would be the benefits and complications of RAIDing 2 hard-drives on them. ideally i want my games to load twice as fast. how realistic is this?
    Not very, unfortunately.
    Although you might notice a slight improvement ( I have RAIDed my system twice, desperately hoping to see a big difference...didn't happen), the risk involved is significant.
    Any problem (hardware or data) on one drive and the entire array is junk.

    Your best bang for the buck (and even this is debatable) is to use a Raptor ( preferably the bigger, faster 74GB) for your OS and apps.
    Quote Originally Posted by jaigandhi5
    LMAO u guys crack me up...

    theres is no BIG advantage of SATA over normal IDE slots except SATA cables are very thin so it saves space
    Huh?
    Of course there is a speed increase using SATA over IDE...it is easily measured and hard to deny.
    Whether his applications will utilize that increase in a noticable way is arguable, but the basic superiority of SATA is not.
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