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    Re: jumper settings

    Put the O/S and applications on the fastest drive you have, RAID-0 is you desire. Don't create more than one partition and don't relocate the page file unless it is to its own drive on its own controller channel.

    Everything else should be on a separate drive. If the drives are PATA then they should be on separate channels.

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    Re: jumper settings

    Quote Originally Posted by BWM
    Put the O/S and applications on the fastest drive you have, RAID-0 is you desire. Don't create more than one partition and don't relocate the page file unless it is to its own drive on its own controller channel.

    Everything else should be on a separate drive. If the drives are PATA then they should be on separate channels.
    Ok, let me re-phrase.

    He wants to keep the os and programs on the drive that came with the vaio - a 200 gb 7200 drive. He's going to add 2 raptors in a raid-0 to the system. He'll render, edit, whatever, video to these. If his os and all other programs are on the big drive, would there be any benefit in putting his video program on the raptors (that would be the only program on the raptors) or should he just install the program on the 200 gb os drive? He doesn't want to re-do the system - i.e. move the os to the raptors...
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    Re: jumper settings

    Quote Originally Posted by loopyloops
    Ok, let me re-phrase.

    He wants to keep the os and programs on the drive that came with the vaio - a 200 gb 7200 drive. He's going to add 2 raptors in a raid-0 to the system. He'll render, edit, whatever, video to these. If his os and all other programs are on the big drive, would there be any benefit in putting his video program on the raptors (that would be the only program on the raptors) or should he just install the program on the 200 gb os drive? He doesn't want to re-do the system - i.e. move the os to the raptors...
    I wouldn't bother with RAID-0. If either drive fails then everything on both drives in the array is gone. The O/S and apps really should be on one of the raptors. Everything else on the second raptor. If the second raptor isn't big enough to hold what is needed, then just use the larger drive. The raptpr's ultra fast access time is more important and usefull in terms of performance than RAID-0.

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    Re: jumper settings

    Quote Originally Posted by BWM
    I wouldn't bother with RAID-0. If either drive fails then everything on both drives in the array is gone. The O/S and apps really should be on one of the raptors. Everything else on the second raptor. If the second raptor isn't big enough to hold what is needed, then just use the larger drive. The raptpr's ultra fast access time is more important and usefull in terms of performance than RAID-0.
    He won't move the os. Given that fact. Is there any benefit to installing the video app to a raptor or should he just render/edit to a raptor?
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    Re: jumper settings

    If a raptor has enough space for rendering/editing, then certainly.

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    Re: jumper settings

    Quote Originally Posted by BWM
    If a raptor has enough space for rendering/editing, then certainly.
    Yes, but any benefit to installing the program on the raptor if the os is not?
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    Re: jumper settings

    Quote Originally Posted by loopyloops
    Yes, but any benefit to installing the program on the raptor if the os is not?
    In other words, is there a performance boost from having an application installed on a raptor even if the raptor isn't the os drive - and the os drive is slower...?
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    Re: jumper settings

    Technically, yes, but if the application must frequently access O/S files which are on a slower drive then part of the advantage of having the application on a raptor would be negated.

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    Re: jumper settings

    What's the best pci raid card to use to raid the Raptors?
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    Re: jumper settings

    PCI RAID adapters don't really allow RAID-0 raptors to run at their full potential. Access time is the key to real-world performance with raptors anyway, and RAID doesn't effect that. My recommendation is to use them as separate drives, but if you must raid them, then any PCI RAID card should do fine, as STR benchmarks aren't really the key.

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    Re: jumper settings

    Quote Originally Posted by BWM
    PCI RAID adapters don't really allow RAID-0 raptors to run at their full potential. Access time is the key to real-world performance with raptors anyway, and RAID doesn't effect that. My recommendation is to use them as separate drives, but if you must raid them, then any PCI RAID card should do fine, as STR benchmarks aren't really the key.
    Sorry, but what's STR?
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    Re: jumper settings

    Quote Originally Posted by loopyloops
    Sorry, but what's STR?
    Also, are you saying that onboard is better?
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    Re: jumper settings

    Quote Originally Posted by loopyloops
    Sorry, but what's STR?
    It stands for Sequential Transfer Rate. Basically, that is the speed at which a drive can read or write data to/from files that aren't fragmented. Very high STR isn't of much use unless one is dealing with a lot of VERY large files. Otherwise, other aspects of drive performance are more significant in overall system performance.

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    Re: jumper settings

    Quote Originally Posted by BWM
    It stands for Sequential Transfer Rate. Basically, that is the speed at which a drive can read or write data to/from files that aren't fragmented. Very high STR isn't of much use unless one is dealing with a lot of VERY large files. Otherwise, other aspects of drive performance are more significant in overall system performance.
    Got ya - and you're suggesting onboard as opposed to pci?
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    Re: jumper settings

    For RAID-1, yes, as performance is generally about the same as for a single drive, thus PCI bus limitations aren't really significant. I use on-board RAID-1 and it performs as I would expect. It's about redundancy, data protection, and it has earned my respect and thanks twice.

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