storage advice ~ $300 -
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looking into getting some new storage.
currently im on a x2 raptor 37GB raid 0 /w a 1TB storage.
Im looking to upgrade the size of my boot drive, every time i log onto my computer i have to run a disc cleanup, and delete shadow copies before i can do anything because the thing is just STUFFED. only thing i have loaded to it are win7 64bit - sc2 - drivers - and mostly everything else is installed to my storage drive.
right now i have 525mb of free space on my boot drive :/
im looking into upgrading to SSD and have been eyeballing the following:
raiding x4 SSD drives that could be found around $75 like but not limited to an OCZ agility 3, solid 3, mushkin chronos. these would all be about 60GB that would double my storage - however, finding reviews on x4 raid has been difficult. not sure if its worth the hassle or if the speed would be worth it. price would be around $315
OCZ Revo Drive hybrid 1TB looks apealing, combining high speeds with high data at a cost. cashing seems to be really the drives niche, things i use often will be fast, things i dont use often will be slow. most of my programs i use often, and most of my storage is music, pictures, and movies - which i dont need to be fast. so this is appealing. but then, i already have a TB of storage? if my storage data is actually going to slow down due to the 5200rpm drive, whats the point?
OCZ revodrive x2 100GB - 3x's my current storage, and i dont know how many times the speed. im worried about using a pci-e x4 slot as a boot drive, only because its something ive never done before but im sure the new motherboards have good support for this in the bios as a boot device. ive never used anything but ide and sata for booting. seems like the fastest offering in my budget at $336 from newegg.
x2 vertex 4 128gb on raid - $340 this may be the fastest system, even faster than the revodrive x2
Or is my budget too high? remember the drives im coming from, x2 raptor 37gb raid. its sad isnt it? they have lasted me since winter 2003, and im very proud to say they have been rock solid reliable despite the 10k rpm. doesnt look like WD has any intention of entering the SSD market any time soon, what a shame. I have always have great success with OCZ products, hence the many of them im choosing from.
im leaning most toward the revodrive x2