New thread from another post to discuss HD - Raid-O? Should I change?
Posted on 2006-07-06
Here is the quote that has me asking
>>>Your hard drive is the one area that doesn't seem exceptional. If you're going for the brass ring, why not get a RAID-0 array with Raptor drives? Keep in mind when using RAID-0 to have a ready backup at all times. If you want top bragging rights, an overclocked Opteron 148 running at 3GHz would be essential. Someone here has one running at 3.4, which I believe is the fastest I've heard yet.<<<
Here is my system info that prompted the comment (my question follows)
Operating System System Model
Windows XP Professional Service Pack 2 (build 2600) MSI MS-7220 100
(MY INSERT) Motherborad is MSI K8N Diamond Plus
(MY INSERT) PSU Antec SmartPower 2.0 SP-500 ATX12V 500W Power Supply 115/230 V TUV, UL, CUL, CE, CB, FCC
Enclosure Type: Desktop
Processor a Main Circuit Board b
2.4 GHz AMD Athlon 64 X2 4800+ Toledo 2000MHz HT 2 x 1MB L2 Cache Socket 939 Dual Core Processor256 kilobyte primary memory cache
2048 kilobyte secondary memory cache Board: MSI MS-7220 100
Bus Clock: 200 megahertz
BIOS: American Megatrends Inc. 080012 12/14/2005
Drives Memory Modules c,d
620.10 Gigabytes Usable Hard Drive Capacity
444.84 Gigabytes Hard Drive Free Space
LITE-ON DVDRW SHM-165H6S [CD-ROM drive]
PLEXTOR DVDR PX-716AL [CD-ROM drive]
3.5" format removeable media [Floppy drive]
ST3120023A [Hard drive] (120.03 GB) -- drive 0, s/n 3KA11DVW, rev 3.33, SMART Status: Healthy
ST325082 3A USB Device [Hard drive] (250.06 GB) -- drive 2
WDC WD2500KS-00MJB0 [Hard drive] (250.06 GB) -- drive 1, s/n WD-WCANK3228075, rev 02.01C03, SMART Status: Healthy 3072 Megabytes Installed Memory
Slot 'DIMM0' has 1024 MB (serial number SerNum0)
Slot 'DIMM1' has 1024 MB
Slot 'DIMM2' has 1024 MB
Slot 'DIMM3' has 1024 MB
Local Drive Volumes
c: (NTFS on drive 1) 250.05 GB 211.90 GB free
d: (NTFS on drive 0) 119.99 GB 49.83 GB free
h: (NTFS on drive 2) 250.06 GB 183.11 GB free
DISABLED Marks a disabled account; LOCKED OUT Marks a locked account
Lexmark C510 PS3 on USB001
Standard floppy disk controller
NVIDIA nForce4 Parallel ATA Controller
NVIDIA nForce4 Serial ATA Controller (2x) NVIDIA GeForce 7900 GT [Display adapter] (2x)
DELL 2007FP [Monitor] (20.2"vis, s/n C9536659249S, May 2006)
Bus Adapters Multimedia
Silicon Image SiI 3132 SATALink Controller
Standard Enhanced PCI to USB Host Controller
Standard OpenHCD USB Host Controller Sound Blaster Live! 24-bit
Communications Other Devices
NOW BACK TO THE THREAD--------------------------------------------------------------------------------
My three hard drives:
c: Main hard drive - the one I'm considering changing
d: Hard drive from old computer - thought I could keep old programs so everything would look, feel and smell the same for my wife (who is not a computer guru) and young children. Didn't work, caused more headaches than it was worth. Has me worried about changing out hard drives again. I also bought a new hard drive for my laptop but after that experience I'm too scared to try it.
h: external HD - used only for storage of pics, video and backups.
Now the questions - what exactly are SATA and RAID? I'm assuming RAID is better but I don't know what it is?
If I did change - how do I prevent the headaches from before - basically had to reinstall what programs I had discs for, lost everything that I had downloaded. Could not access anything. I can access some things now after I reinstalled the programs I did have but I'm not sure it's worth it. Is a RAID-0 array that much better?
And lastly what is overclocking? As I'm sure you know by now, all this is new to me. I used to know a few things about computers 10-15 years ago and I'm trying to catch back up. I hear/see that term used a lot. How is it done? How risky is it? Is it worth it for everyday use (I would include my video editing in that) or just for gamers and people trying to show off?
As I stated in my previous post, I'm not going any awards, I just want to make sure I'm getting the most out of what I have. Thanks for the help.