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The Hitachi 80GB SATA II drives are a great deal due to the single 80GB platter keeping costs down. The SATA II interface makes the deal better since you can get the maximum throughput that the drive hardware will provide.

 

Size does matter in a RAID-0 array. The single platter drives have less parts to go bad which helps their life expectancy.

 

Since you have no data protection in a RAID-0 array, a two drive array will have half the life expectancy of a single drive. A three drive array cuts that to a third and so forth.

 

No one I know saves valuable data on a RAID-0 array. It's just not in your best interest to get large drives for an array unless you have a specific need for the throughput.

 

You'll still need off-line storage to keep your data safe. I buy the biggest cheapest PATA-133 Maxtor drives I can find. I copy files to them then put the drives back in the bag and store them.

 

Two 80GB drives in a RAID-0 array make a nice OS partition with enough room for lots of applications and games.

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Wow this is like sharks with lazer beams ! (joke)

 

I just took a few screenshots of the new Raid 0 setup and it looks about average.

(but still fast as hades.)

 

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v521/InK...TAchometer2.jpg

 

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v521/InK...TAchometer1.jpg

 

Just found a copy of ATTO and when reinstall is done, I should have more stuff to compare against the rest of the stats posted.

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http://www.knepfler.com/hd

 

This is my ATTO & HDTach data for my 2x Hitachi 80GB SATA-II setup. Includes my 7200.7 for reference, as well as pre/post SATA 300GB/s switch (which definitely boosted it, though the minimum speed was a hair less, and a bit more jumpy (vs flatlined.)

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Minsc - you need to set the "total length" to 32mb instead of 4.

gotta do apples to apples. :)

 

But really thoroough post can you run them again for us?

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Minsc - you need to set the "total length" to 32mb instead of 4.

gotta do apples to apples. :)

 

But really thoroough post can you run them again for us?

OMG!!! I was like YIKES!!!! You are a good observer soundx98 :)

 

How would the results be with 32m?

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There isn't much diference, the only I see is the write speed between 4 mb and 8 mb tests, 8 and 32 are more or less similar.

 

Then the numbers at 4mb shown by Minsc aren't that far from the 32mb test, but I would still like to see a new test... number was just huge! :eek2:

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Minsc is running 2x80G Hitachi SATA II so I can't tell what his results will be.

 

Apples to apples member :)

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Minsc - you need to set the "total length" to 32mb instead of 4.

gotta do apples to apples. :)

 

But really thoroough post can you run them again for us?

 

It will make a huge difference.....

 

I made the same mistake with my RAID 0 Setup with 2 x 80 gig Hitachi SATA IIs

 

With the default 4----I couldn't believe my eyes!!! Thought I was the fastest thing on earth!!

 

With 32----much saner results-----still good----but much more believeable....

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Well, I have 'sort of' got my 2 x Hitachi 80GB SATA II raid 0 up and running, with 3.0GB and SSC enabled.

 

Only thing is, it is an empty partition at the moment (my os is on my WD 120GB SATA drive c), so I guess the benchmarks are fairly useless :) .

 

Anyway here is my HD Tach results of the Hitachi raid 0

 

28.jpg

 

and here is the HD Tach of my tired and fragmented WD 120GB SATA boot disc.

 

28abbd8c.jpg

 

Here is the ATTO results for the Hitachi raid 0

 

http://img.photobucket.com/albums/v325/ric...pictures/28.jpg

 

I'm going to get my act into gear and transfer my os to the raid setup :)

 

ricey

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Hello,

 

I have just installed my new DFI SLI-D motherboard + 4 x 80 GB Hitachi Sata II.

 

I used Hitachi Drive Feature Tool to enable SATA II and spread spectrum, I tested the array performance with HD Tach and it seems that SATA II works, I obtain similar results as the ones in this thread.

 

But, would there be another way to see that SATA II is enabled ?

 

Thanks.

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do this:

 

sata2.jpg

 

mine shows SATA I because this rig is using WD Raptor 36GB SATA's in RAID-0

 

but if you are using SATA II drives with SATA II enabled, it will reflect this (but you cannot change it from the device manager, it will all be greyed out like mine is)

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