Kay, I've had it up to here -^- with this system of mine and its suddenly slow burn times. I think it's time to reformat -uhhhh!
I'd like to know what some of your ideas or suggestions are for my different configuration options. Here's my current setup:
Custom build 1.4 AMD
-A7N8X deluxe Rev.1.4 (using onboard sound)
-80gb Maxtor (8mb cache), boot drive and program files
-20gb WD (about 3yrs old, not sure it's cache size), MP3s, photos, backup files and PCgame program files.
-DVD rom drive
Current configuration is as follows:
Boot drive and Plex share channel 0. Device 0 / 1 respectively
Backup drive and DVDRom share channel 1. Device 0 / 1 respectively
My theory behind this was to allow each optical drive it's own channel for disc-on-fly copying.
Now let me throw another option at you.... in my drawer I have another 20gb WD identical to the backup drive in my rig plus a Highpoint controller card. Before I got the Maxtor I had a 40gb RAID-0 setup, lost a drive once (lost data once), then fried my old Boistar board once (lost data twice), yes I learned my lesson ....ya followin me so far? So, hence the move to a single HDD with lots of cache.
So now it's time to reformat and I have an opportunity to change my hardware config also. I'm a little more comfortable having a RAID again since I have an xtra drive...
How should I wire this thing??? Some example options that I've come up with are:
-Maxtor for OS and program files and Raid-0 for PC Game program files
-Raid-0 for OS and pgm files and maxtor for games
-Maxtor for OS and Raid for program files including games??? (Not sure about this one. OPINIONS PLEASE!)
Then, how should I run the opticals? I'll have one free channel if I use the Highpoint card. Probably keep the Plextor on it's own channel huh? and share the DVD with the HDD?
Feel free to tweak any of these ideas any which way.
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