Will almost certianly partition the drive. One partition for game images (ala virtual CD software). One for backups, and probably one for installing the games themselves where possible.
Samsung Spinpoint F3 - 500GB - 16MB cache - £32.99
Samsung Spinpoint F3 - 1TB - 32MB cache - £42.99
Western Dig Cav Black - 640GB - 64MB cache - £44.92
Western Dig Cav Black - 1TB - 64MB cache - £64.77
All are 7200rpm, and my system is SATA 2, so SATA 3 not a factor.
My main thoughts are getting the contents of the C drive (140GB velociraptor) cleared of non-essential installations and data, while providing internal backups. So the answer is to shift the majority of all the user stuff to another drive where realistic.
I'm not toying with the idea of moving the swapfile or similar, although if I can transfer the occasional important system restore points, even better (that's for another thread).
So...while space is fairly important, price is more so. I've included the 1TB WD, but at £64, it's not really competing well unless I need 1TB and the WD is better than the Samsung. Has anyone seen much of the 64MB cache drives?
Given that some games constantly access CDs when running, I feel a 64MB cahce might be a great idea for smooth gaming, especially in games which require a fair bit of startup waiting. Any other concerns are thoughts on whether or not the system will slow down with added drive accessing for gaming, but am hoping this will be minimised, as the more important stuff will be kept on C drive, and only transferred as archive or backup.
With this in mind, I'm leaning towards the WD 640MB, as it's cheaper, and has a larger cache, but have only seen one review, and it wouldn't have been specifically with my purpose in mind. Should I treat this drive as a server environment and look for applicable benchmarks?
Thoughts, or other suggestions (within similar spec and price)?
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