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Raptor hds - worth the price?

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by Naked_Dave, 12 Feb 2004.

  1. Naked_Dave

    Naked_Dave What's a Dremel?

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    Whats your experience with the raptor hard drives? Are they worth the extra cost? I'm trying to decide whether to get a 37gb raptor, or a higher capacity standard drive. I have a file server, so the small size isn't a sacrifice... but are they really better?
     
  2. Krikkit

    Krikkit All glory to the hypnotoad! Super Moderator

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    Well if you don't plan on buying a couple of standard drives and RAIDing them, or buying some U160 or U320 SCSI drives, then i think they're about as fast as it comes. Good buy IMO, and it's probably the next thing i'll be buying :thumb: :)
     
  3. Mister_Tad

    Mister_Tad Will work for nuts Super Moderator

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    i couldn't specifically say anything about the raptor, but i am running a 15k U320 drive for my main windows drive and it makes one hell of a difference when compared to 7200 rpm drives, especially upon boot-up

    before my 15k drive i was using a 10k U160 drive for my system drive and still noticed a definite improvement over 7200rpm


    i reckon go for it, dont bother with raid0 though, does very little to imporve any performance with deskop uses
     
  4. Krikkit

    Krikkit All glory to the hypnotoad! Super Moderator

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    /me hears the call of mister_tad's fat wallet :p
     
  5. Mister_Tad

    Mister_Tad Will work for nuts Super Moderator

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    credit cards are nice and thin :p
     
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  6. Naked_Dave

    Naked_Dave What's a Dremel?

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    Something else i forgot to ask...

    Its going to be mounted on its side, as its in a custom case. Would that be ok with the raptor? I know its fine with normal drives, but with this one spinning so much faster, i'm not certain...
     
  7. Mister_Tad

    Mister_Tad Will work for nuts Super Moderator

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    should be fine :thumb:
     
  8. sco0by

    sco0by Mmm pie.

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    I have 2 of the 36gb Raptors, they are installed on their side and have been fine for months now. They are run in RAID0 and are bloody fast too :D

    I'm very happy with mine :thumb:
     
  9. JuMpErFLY

    JuMpErFLY Minimodder

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    Bear in mind the 74gb has faster transfer rates and quicker seek time than the 37gb. I'd definitely get one if I had the money. From what I've heard, yes they are really better than a standard 7.2krpm!
     
  10. Whis5555

    Whis5555 What's a Dremel?

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    Agree with all of above, 25 sec boot time for windows XP with a RAPTOR, I love it.... Now to get a normal 120 gig for my media
    Better Graphics too....
    Speakers.....
     
  11. fivecheebs

    fivecheebs Dont panic!

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    Well if it were me and it was just for a personal (ie non business) file server i wouldnt bother with speeds i would go for size, but thats up to you.

    However i am awaiting a 74GB Raptor coming from the states soon in my Dads suitcase. It was $253 from newegg and wiht the exchange rate at the mo its only £137 wich is pretty good considering Bit's own pricewatch function tells me the cheapest is £194 plus delivery (and probably VAT). To me this price is justified as i can remember when an 80 GB HD was about that money anyway (not too long ago). This will be the system drive and a place to transferr video from my DV cam in my main rig.

    :edit: yey 750 posts :D
     
  12. 8-BALL

    8-BALL Theory would dictate.....

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    The 74GB drive is actually quite a bit better than the 37GB version, as well as besting most 10K SCSI drives and even some 15K SCSI drives.

    I would get one 74GB raptor, forget about raid. They don't need it, and for personal use, the access times will give you better performance.

    8-ball
     
  13. Naked_Dave

    Naked_Dave What's a Dremel?

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    I don't think i can really afford the 74gb raptor... not yet anyway. I think i'll just get a normal cheap 80gb drive, then upgrade later. No sense spending £80 on something that isn't all that great.
     
  14. friskies

    friskies What's a Dremel?

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    I read a review in some magazine, with about 6 drives; the 37GB raptor had the fastest accesstimes, but there was a standard 7200RPM drive (120GB) that was slightly faster at transfers etc. and ofcourse less expensive! I think it was called Samsung spinpoint "D-series". They also stated that it was hard to come across. Anyone has any info on this disk? Anything at all?
     
  15. Alwayz Dead

    Alwayz Dead What's a Dremel?

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    Yeah, agreed and that is what I did and even though I did have a second thought over the money issue (due to other haedware I got at the time I guess ) Having lived with it for a cople of months now I wouldn't go back again. Perfect system drive - all those heavy disk activity tasks you hate are speeded up - its a pure joy.

    If ya got the dosh do it :thumb:
     
  16. aaronrkelly

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    I second this - I have the 37 gb Raptor for system/os drive and a 160 gb WD 8mb cache drive for data. Windows is quite a bit snappier and loads quicker as well - real noticable. Loading Call of Duty and similar maps is A1 great - why wait when you could be fragging......of course I suck so its more like why wait when you could be getting fragged.....
     
  17. Alwayz Dead

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    :D Yeah me too - hence the handle :D
     
  18. Xiliqueirn

    Xiliqueirn What's a Dremel?

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    If you can afford them, the Raptor Drives are about like the Ferrari's and Lamborghini's of Hard Drives. Not a whole lot that is faster without being a WHOLE lot more expensive.
     
  19. Naked_Dave

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    Just realised its my birthday in about a month, so maybe i'll get a 74gb raptor after all :D
     

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