gyoza on 4 Mar 2005 19:09:08 -0000

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[PLUG] EIDE Drive Specs and Performance

I know that most of the answers seem obvious when considering drive specs, but I'm curious what experience has proven. For desktop use, is there a significant difference between the following:

ATA100 vs ATA133
2MB cache vs 8MB cache
Single drive vs Dual-drive RAID 0 (stripe set)
Using an embedded Promise Fasttrak RAID controller, with WinXP and Linux (SuSE maybe), as opposed to running in regular non-RAID mode.

Is it worth the cost, trouble, and vulnerability to run RAID 0 for desktop use? Examples of use include games, some audio editing, photo editing, and maybe some minor video editing in the future. And the usual e-mail, Web, and office apps.
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