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PostPosted: Wed Sep 22, 2004 10:04 pm 
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now... people all over the net are sayin oh raid is faster.. then i read another webpage that says its slower than one drive.... now... im gonna get a new laptop.. would i be better of gettin 1 7200 rpm or 2 7200 rpm in raid 0....

??? speed ppl.. which one is faster...

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PostPosted: Thu Sep 23, 2004 2:58 am 
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First I gotta figure out how you're gonna get RAID in a laptop...

A good many laptops don't even have room for two hard drives wihout special bay adapters and sacrificing your optical drive....

Let alone the fact that laptops don't have RAID controllers...


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 23, 2004 12:58 pm 
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Clevo has been integrating hardware raid 0 and 1 controllers into their laptops since the D800P model which was out July last year. The D800P could also hold up to 4 internal HDDs. It was a beautiful model, but they discontinued it just as I was about to pick on up.

The layout was this: the primary HDD mounted right behind the battery, then there were two optical bays on the side that could be swapped out for two more HDDs, finally the TV tuner could be removed and another HDD slapped back there.

I'm loving these modular designs. I wish they'd bring that chassis back though for a newer model.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 23, 2004 2:00 pm 
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i was abt to reply to that.. but flytrap beat me to it...

umm... my question is still.. which one is faster?


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 23, 2004 2:14 pm 
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I personally wouldn't do it because of:

* Raid 0 would be doubling the chance of a hardware failure and loss of data.

* Chams Raid array from hell experience.


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PostPosted: Thu Sep 23, 2004 9:17 pm 
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Flytrap7 wrote:
Clevo has been integrating hardware raid 0 and 1 controllers into their laptops since the D800P model which was out July last year. The D800P could also hold up to 4 internal HDDs. It was a beautiful model, but they discontinued it just as I was about to pick on up.

The layout was this: the primary HDD mounted right behind the battery, then there were two optical bays on the side that could be swapped out for two more HDDs, finally the TV tuner could be removed and another HDD slapped back there.

I'm loving these modular designs. I wish they'd bring that chassis back though for a newer model.


holy shiiiiiii....4 hdds in a laptop!!!! does that thing come with wheels? it must weigh a ton! :shock:


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PostPosted: Fri Sep 24, 2004 3:24 pm 
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It actually weighed less then my current laptop, coming in at 10.934 lbs

http://www.clevo.com.tw/products/D800P.asp


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 27, 2004 5:59 am 
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soooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo...........


which one is faster?????

ya but chams had like 10 hard drives bro....

anyway.. which is faster... 1 7200 rpm hard drive.. OR.. 2 7200 rpm in raid 0????

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PostPosted: Mon Sep 27, 2004 12:24 pm 
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I would assume that the Raid 0 setup would be faster but I personally have yet to try any flavor of Raid in a laptop.

I do have three 30GB Toshiba drives I could try it out with, but that would mean software Raid because I've got an older Clevo model that didn't have the internal hardware.


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PostPosted: Mon Sep 27, 2004 4:10 pm 
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ahh alright... thanks...

not sure what to do honestly.. but.. matters on what the price of this beast is gonna be... take it from there...

thanks for the reply


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'Faster' really depends on what you're doing. RAID is great for reading and writing large files, so if you're doing database apps or photoshop on your laptop, RAID 0 has a huge impact.

If you're looking for gaming power, RAID 0 is useful for some things, but not as much as you may think. Games tend to have large compressed files, instead of large uncompressed files, which means the speed will come from the CPU, and its ability to decompress the compression algorthymn, not from the RAID's ability to fire data into memory faster. I think last month's Max PC had an article that reinforced this fact.

On a side note, almost all the 'desktop replacement' laptops have options for at least 1 options-bay hard drive, which can be setup along side the internal drive in a RAID 0 or RAID 1 configuration.

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