questionshow much better is a hard drive with a speed of…

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@weakgeek: The VERY kind of detailed and in-depth info I was looking for. THANKS!!!

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Aw darn. I was hoping to beat him to the quick with "About 33%, duh!"

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Or you could get a WD Velociraptor :D Its the 10k model, I just got one and my game loading time was cut back pretty nicely. I haven't done benchmarks but it's a noticeable difference.

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@davidgreen7373: You want to watch the heat on that 10k drive. Always loved them but had to pull them out of some rack mounted stuff due to heat. I just put them in something else that was open, and near serious refrigeration, but I'm just saying.

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@shrdlu: Yeah I noticed that as well, the one I have has some decent heat sinks on it and the front case fan intake goes right over the top so I haven't had issues with it so far.

One of these days i'll convert to liquid cooling ;)

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@davidgreen7373: You could try THIS: http://www.techwarelabs.com/seagate_1-5tb-mod/ "Modifying the Seagate 1.5TB Hard Drive: Unleash the Hidden Performance Within" [After the size update] "The Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 left the Velociraptor in the dust by outperforming it in essentially all the categories of comparison...however if the data which you read or write is sequential (most of the time it is) then the Barracuda definitely wins. 300 GB ends up being 20%. By setting the size to 20% of the max, the drive uses the inside 20% of the disc thus bringing superior performance. Conclusion: It looks like Seagate inadvertently created something marvelous by creating arguably the best consumer drive on the market. the Barracuda 7200.11 ST31500341AS outperforms the Velociraptor in almost all categories."
Less expensive Drive = Better Performance
Simply Amazing.

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@johnq118: Dude

Sweet

I'm going to give it a try.