Assuming both these harddrives are exactly the same, excluding size, is there any great performance increase if I were to have the following: 1TB drive: -OS -Games, Programs, music, etc. Or this: 500GB drive: -OS 500GB drive: -Games, Programs, music, etc. I'm not concerned with anything other than application and/or OS performance here by the way. (Oh, and I know I don't need 500GB for an OS, but you get the idea, lol.) Thanks in advance.
Shouldn't make a huge difference either way, but IIRC the 500GB drives are cheaper so I'd go with that.
I agree with Archeon. For a very minute increase in performance you could even put your page file on the 2nd drive. Go for some really nice dense drives such as Hitachi Deskstar T7K500 500GB SATA-II 16MB Cache - OEM (0A33437) or a Spinpoint which offer better data transfer speeds and quick access times.
Heh, that's exactly the drive I had in mind, or the 1TB version. :p
Well with the two 500GB HDD's you could go raid, but you will only get the storage space of 500GB. You will have better hard drive access speed.
That's if he uses any redundant RAID. If he uses RAID 0 then he will get the full 1TB, at the risk of losing data forever.
RAID is... ? I've heard the term before, don't know what it means though.
It is either: Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks or Redundant Array of Independent Disks. I've always called it the by the second.
For a more in depth explaination: RAID - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia In two sentences: Used to speed up access time to files and whatnot, and provide fault tolerance. In other words spreads your data to more than one disk to reduce the chance of losing all of your data.