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To be honest I would still rather have my WD 640gb AAKS considering I can partition 10-20% as the first partition being that it is the outermost edge of the platters and still have a residual 480GB of space for archiving on the second partition. By doing this I can just about match the speed of a Velociraptor for random access time as well as Read speed.

I use Roadkil's Disk Speed Version 2.0 because it shows random access times for separate partitions on the same drive which HD Tune, HD Tach, Crystal Disk, Atto... all do not.

Therefore here is my performance results...


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Here is a test done on a Velociraptor that wasn't partitioned....
Mini review: WD VELOCIRAPTOR(S) - OutOfSpecs.gr

If you scroll down on that thread then you will see this image....
http://img242.imageshack.us/img242/450/1xvelociraptorich10rroaiz6.jpg

As you can see, his raptor and my drive are neck and neck. 1ms difference for random access and 2mb read difference.

Of course if he partitioned his raptor then he would clearly beat me, but as it is I am partitioning 16.5% of the 600gb that is readable on my drive which is 100gb for the first partition. That leaves me with a good 500gb for archiving on the second. All for $75 shipped at NewEgg.com. If he partitioned the same % amount on his drive, then out of the 300gb visable, he would only be able to get 50gb for his first partition out of 16.5%. 50gb is a bit too small for me.

I was considering doing 10% of the 600gb giving me 60gb for the first partition since I've been only using 30gb of the 100gb I have now. I'm sure at that point I would be able to match the Raptors performance although it matters little to me since I'm virtually neck and neck as it is. However I think having 30gb free for the main OS drive out of the 30gb that I'm already using may be risky since a lot of games today are averaging around the 10gb area. At least having 60gb free from the 100Gb gives me a bit of headroom.

Download Roadkil's Diskspeed 2.0 and see what you get for performance.

Here is the link...
Roadkil.Net
 

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