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Need some advice about hard drive setup

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      08-07-2005, 09:11 PM

I have the 8INXP board. (It has 2 IDE ports in the chipset, 2 IDE ports
using the Promise controller, and 2 SATA ports using the Silicon Image 3112
controller.) I have WinXP running from a 60GB drive (7200 rpm, 2MB cache)
connected to one of the chipset IDE ports. I just bought a 300GB drive (7200
rpm, 16MB cache) and it's connected to the SATA controller. My question is
this: would I get any noticeable performance increase if I booted my
computer from the SATA drive (using the F6 drivers)?

Basically, I'm wondering if the PCI bus limitation of the SATA controller
would negate the benefits of having a faster drive with a bigger cache.

I'm also wondering what kind of performance increase I could expect if I
bought another identical 300GB drive and striped those together on the SATA
controller and booted from the RAID array.

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