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    Instead of looking for the perfect drive which does not exist, look for a perfect raid 10 setup. My highpoint 454 card with bios updates is working like a bear with four wd 120 drives-if one blows my raid will save me and I have two separate drives on ide channel -six drives total-all wd 120s. I have had one drive failure out of seven 120wds-they do make a low whine sound but nothing too bad-I do like them WD's-cheap and fast.

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    Originally posted by $ilent$uicide on 02-05-2004 at 08:56 PM
    What about say a raptor for my OS and the deskstar 160 or 200gb for my storage, would that combination work? And what about OEM vs. Boxed. Like i said i know that OEM is just a bare drive and boxed has software etc etc. But i had heard that OEM drives were inferior to boxed, or is that a myth?
    That combination is actually an excellent choice. My experience is that OEM drives are in no way inferrior to the retail packaged versions of the same model.

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    I sure wish i could do this TODAY!!! But i will HAVE to wait for the tax man to return some of my hard earned cash.

    Anyway from all of my review reading (and your guys opinions) ive decided on this SATA set up http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProduc...144-160&depa=0 (Raptor 74GB) and this http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProduc...145-048&depa=0 (Hitachi deskstar)

    God, this is going to be expensive.
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    Originally posted by $ilent$uicide on 02-06-2004 at 01:58 PM
    I sure wish i could do this TODAY!!! But i will HAVE to wait for the tax man to return some of my hard earned cash.

    Anyway from all of my review reading (and your guys opinions) ive decided on this SATA set up http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProduc...144-160&depa=0 (Raptor 74GB) and this http://www.newegg.com/app/viewProduc...145-048&depa=0 (Hitachi deskstar)

    God, this is going to be expensive.
    I think you'll find it was worth it. With the O/S on the raptor, first bootup will very likely set you back in the chair.

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    lol....another convert.

    Looks very impressive.
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    Ok what do i need for cables here. I know i need a data cable, now do i need a SATA power cable or just the usual 4 pin molex? Or do i hook up both, im kinda confused as to why the put 2 power connectors back there?
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    Originally posted by $ilent$uicide on 02-06-2004 at 02:55 PM
    Ok what do i need for cables here. I know i need a data cable, now do i need a SATA power cable or just the usual 4 pin molex? Or do i hook up both, im kinda confused as to why the put 2 power connectors back there?
    Raptor has both types of power connectors so just use a regular 4 pin connector from the PSU.

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    Originally posted by BWM on 02-06-2004 at 03:07 PM
    Raptor has both types of power connectors so just use a regular 4 pin connector from the PSU.
    Ok, what about the hitachi? 4-pin or SATA power cable?
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    I'd suggest the 7k250.
    The Samsung P80 may be a good second choice.

    If you're really paranoid, consider RAID 1.

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    Originally posted by $ilent$uicide on 02-06-2004 at 06:14 PM
    Ok, what about the hitachi? 4-pin or SATA power cable?
    From the StorageReview.com review:

    "Our sample, an SATA drive, features a newer 15-pin power connector that supports hot-swap functionality. It also, however, includes the legacy 4-pin molex power connector that assemblers have come to love and hate. Either may be used to power the drive."

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    Originally posted by Prime2515102 on 02-06-2004 at 03:35 PM
    From the StorageReview.com review:

    "Our sample, an SATA drive, features a newer 15-pin power connector that supports hot-swap functionality. It also, however, includes the legacy 4-pin molex power connector that assemblers have come to love and hate. Either may be used to power the drive."

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    Thnx man, appreciate it. I may not be able to get the drives RIGHT NOW, but i sure can get the cables at least.
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    Originally posted by $ilent$uicide on 02-06-2004 at 06:45 PM
    Thnx man, appreciate it. I may not be able to get the drives RIGHT NOW, but i sure can get the cables at least.
    lol I just did the opposite - got the drives but forgot the cables

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    Cool

    I lot of dough $500+ for two drives=324gigs. I will only buy drives that give me a deep discount like a 250gig wd for $140 after rebate-the extra speed not worth it-but maybe you need the fast boot time-I will wait the extra seconds and save my wallet

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    I was wondering.... i downloaded the .32 Sil Drivers, and put em to floppy. I am running the BIO'S v.1005. Do i need to do anything with the bios, like an upgrade or anything to use these silicon .32 drivers?
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    Originally posted by $ilent$uicide on 02-07-2004 at 02:39 AM
    I was wondering.... i downloaded the .32 Sil Drivers, and put em to floppy. I am running the BIO'S v.1005. Do i need to do anything with the bios, like an upgrade or anything to use these silicon .32 drivers?
    You can upgrade BIOS if you like but you should be fine with the current BIOS and those drivers.

    The .29, ,.32, .33. and .40s pretty much perform the same. You can always upgrade to .40s through Windows Update if ya like.
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