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smaier69
10-31-01, 06:10 AM
http://www.storagereview.com/welcome.pl/http://www.storagereview.com/guide2000/ref/hdd/perf/raid/index.html

theres like 80 pages on RAID here (the top half is the menu tree, so its only like 40 pages of info/text). not too many charts, though. i am a charts kinda guy. charts are good. concise and to the point.

anyways, lots of information here. actually cleared up a misconception i had about spanning multiple volumes into one single volume. had done it with a single drive, which really isn't "spanning" anything except the single volume (*duh!).

anyways...... its a good read.

drdoug99
10-31-01, 11:58 AM
thanks for the link....very useful. has everything i wanted to know about RAID, and then some!

drdoug99
10-31-01, 12:13 PM
Unfortunately, RAID 0 just doesn't improve performance all that much for the way typical PCs are used; I often see gamers setting up RAID 0 systems when most games will take little advantage of it. Meanwhile, the RAID 0 array puts all of the user's data in jeopardy.

maybe RAID 0 isn't all that good....according to that quote from the website....

to the people running RAID 0, or other RAID...do you notice a better speed, other than just higher benchmarks scores? apps load faster? boot time faster? I'll probably run RAID 0 or something on my next setup...just for the fun of it. but i'm hoping it's justified as well

el bob
10-31-01, 03:04 PM
Originally posted by smaier69
http://www.storagereview.com/welcome.pl/http://www.storagereview.com/guide2000/ref/hdd/perf/raid/index.html

theres like 80 pages on RAID here (the top half is the menu tree, so its only like 40 pages of info/text). not too many charts, though. i am a charts kinda guy. charts are good. concise and to the point.

anyways, lots of information here. actually cleared up a misconception i had about spanning multiple volumes into one single volume. had done it with a single drive, which really isn't "spanning" anything except the single volume (*duh!).

anyways...... its a good read.

w00t! I had that in my favorites before my last format and I forgot to backup the favorites folder. Thanks a ton. It really is a great article.

Easto
10-31-01, 04:19 PM
raid 0 is faster. I am getting sustained throughput of 72mb/s.

Games load faster. Everything is faster. I don't know where some people are getting the idea a Raid 0 is not faster.

smaier69
10-31-01, 04:51 PM
well, i think what the article/author means is that RAID 0 wont provide a night & day margin of difference when it comes to small loads/transfers. games dont usually load much in terms of filesize (meaning not like 200MB), and so there would not be a real notable difference using RAID 0. when i run Giants: Citizen Kabuto, the game loads quite a bit faster. when i run Counter Strike, i see no difference. i also think he is saying that RAID 0 will not make any improvements in gameplay, or the experience of the application (game). if you were running a video editing app, the experience would be greatly improved, as the basic function of the app hinges on disk I/O. games essentially run from RAM, and are more CPU/vidcard/memory intensive.

at any rate, if you have a frame of reference and know what to look for, the benefits of RAID 0 become very apparent. and progressivly more so as the file transfer size increases.