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Old June 4, 2010, 05:29 PM
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Is it better with a new PC build to buy one big hard disk and run your OS and install all your stuff to it OR buy a boot/OS drive, install only the OS and then have a large storage drive for programs etc ... ?

I've always though tthe second option was the way to go but I have a friend who swears the 1 big drive is the way to go .... Opinions ?
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Personally I prefer a 3 tier system with a nominal size main hard disk (OS and Applications go here). A large size secondary disk (all big games go here). And then a third Good size back up disk (Self Explanatory(also a good place for downloading)). To make this easier I'll explain why in short reasons.

Restricting the main hard drive to OS and applications installs helps maintain the system performance as it's not being bogged down with too much data nor unnecessary read/writes.

Reserving the secondary big drive for games (takes up a lot of space) not only keeps it more organised and easier to keep saves (not counting those found in My Docs), but if you ever have to reformat your main drive, if you have a lot of games, it will cut your reinstall time by over half as when you got to reinstall the game, the installer already detects the games already installed and skips copying over files that are already on the disk. Bear in mind though, that many installer will reinstall files that don't match versions on disc so you will need to reinstall patches as well.

3rd tertiary backup disc is a must for backups such as your my docs, downloads etc. Also restricting downloads to the back up drive helps reduce fragmentation of your main system drive helping to maintain consistent performance. It is also a good idea for security concerns such as if you accidentally download a virus.

This type of setup also better distributes hard drive loads across drives improving overall hard drive life expectancies. And if one drive dies, at least it won't take all your data with it.

These are only a few of the benefits of running a 3 tier hard drive set up. Hope this helps.

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Old June 4, 2010, 06:06 PM
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I run a boot ssd a data hdd and do all my backups through esata to hdd's
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I run a boot ssd a data hdd and do all my backups through esata to hdd's
I also use an external drive for critical back ups as well. I've also used my laptop for downloads as well so if I get a virus it's restricted to the laptop. Once the files are scanned clean on my laptop, I will then transfer it over my gigabit network to my main computer. I can go without my laptop for a few days, but not my main system. But a 3 tier system is a good setup for a beginner without jumping full boar into a RAID array. Which eats space. It's expensive. And I've had issues in the past. I'm currently doing a rebuild on my main system and switching back to my 3 tier setup, because of the issues I've encounted with RAID's. I liked the performance boost I got from it, but didn't like the instability issues I experienced as a result. And I don't have the hard drive space to lose by switching it to a mirrored set up. Nor do I have the money I would need to invest in a RAID 5 setup. So I'm going to switch back to my 3 tier setup instead.
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I personally always had a 80+ GB HDD for OS, Apps and Games. And a 500+ GB for datas, downloading, back-ups etc... Currently i have 1 RaptorX 150GB for Win7 OS\Apps\Games, one more Raptor 150GB for XP SP3 32bit (Yes, dual-boot set-up) and finally a Hitachi 1TB for back-up\datas and downloads for both OS. Currently running short on space for my Win7 HDD... Too much games installed!
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1 big drive is usually cheaper, but for performance/reliability get 2 or more.
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Old June 5, 2010, 05:23 AM
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I also use an external drive for critical back ups as well. I've also used my laptop for downloads as well so if I get a virus it's restricted to the laptop. Once the files are scanned clean on my laptop, I will then transfer it over my gigabit network to my main computer. I can go without my laptop for a few days, but not my main system. But a 3 tier system is a good setup for a beginner without jumping full boar into a RAID array. Which eats space. It's expensive. And I've had issues in the past. I'm currently doing a rebuild on my main system and switching back to my 3 tier setup, because of the issues I've encounted with RAID's. I liked the performance boost I got from it, but didn't like the instability issues I experienced as a result. And I don't have the hard drive space to lose by switching it to a mirrored set up. Nor do I have the money I would need to invest in a RAID 5 setup. So I'm going to switch back to my 3 tier setup instead.
we think the same i am in the middle of fighting with my self if i am going to setup a home server there's lots of computers end user's in my house so it would help if for sure.
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Old June 5, 2010, 10:32 PM
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Thanks everyone for weighing in, I appreciate the feedback and looks like I'll be goin' the multi drive route for sure.
Thanks again.
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