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    Raptor versus Seagate SATA-II

    How much faster is a Raptor 74GB 10,000rpm compared to a Seagate 250GB SATA-II 7200rpm? Both are priced the same. I'm comtemplating on which one to use for a database..go for more storage or a faster drive. I need some pointers.

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    Well, the raptor will yield more I/O for a database, so unless you really need the space I'd go for a raptor.
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    To be honest with you, Raptors are not that special against modern disks now i.e Seagate 7200.11's.

    At the price point I would take a few larger disks and stick them in RAID, as you've then got the added benefits of performance and resiliency.

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    RAID costs too much, $50 for the card plus additional drives. That's not an option for me.

    PS Why does the new Raptor 300GB still use SATA, isn't it better to use SATA-II ?

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    In my experience SATA-II doesn't seem a whole lot better than SATA. It comes down to what you want - my personal preferences would be on the 250GB Seagate. If you anticipate filling up more than 74GB on a drive, go with the Seagate.

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    I'm leaning towards the Raptor for now, wonder why they don't have a 15K rpm version after so many years...

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    Don't you have the option of SCSI or SAS?
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    Quote Originally Posted by HD Fanatic View Post
    How much faster is a Raptor 74GB 10,000rpm compared to a Seagate 250GB SATA-II 7200rpm? Both are priced the same. I'm comtemplating on which one to use for a database..go for more storage or a faster drive. I need some pointers.
    I would go for the raptor.. unless you have extremely large databases.

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    I'd wait and see if you can get the new velociraptor coming out in May I believe. The current raptor models are no longer top notch.

    3Gbs is more than enough for mechanical drives.
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