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Running Photoshop 7 on WinXP Home (SP1). Have two identical hard drives: Maxtor ATA133 250GB 7200RPM (8MB Buffer). Which config will give me the best performance running Photoshop 7? Option A: RAID 0 (striping 500GB). Option B: 2 separate drives with Photoshop scratch disk on secondary and Windows paging file on primary. Thank you in advance for any accurate guidance!...

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    Default To RAID or not to RAID?

    Running Photoshop 7 on WinXP Home (SP1). Have two identical hard drives: Maxtor ATA133 250GB 7200RPM (8MB Buffer).

    Which config will give me the best performance running Photoshop 7?

    Option A: RAID 0 (striping 500GB).

    Option B: 2 separate drives with Photoshop scratch disk on secondary and Windows paging file on primary.

    Thank you in advance for any accurate guidance!
    MikeGreene Guest

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    Default Re: To RAID or not to RAID?

    A further consideration is what plan you might have when (not if) the RAID 0 stripe is broken. RAID 0 arrays are substantially more likely to crash than individual drives. The crashes are almost never recoverable.

    Lastly, unless you are working with huge files, I doubt that you will complete a PS project noticeably quicker with RAID 0.
    Gary Hummell Guest

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    Default Re: To RAID or not to RAID?

    I agree with Brent.

    I have four HDD's:
    1 as System & apps;
    2 in RAID O
    1 as scratch; page; backup (seperate partitions)

    RAID 0 FLIES!!
    I deal with 16 bit A4 - A1 300ppi images with layers, etc so files can grow to mammoth sizes.
    Even with just a little 20mb file it's nice having it open in 1 second!
    Writing time is super fast also.

    As Gary points out, you're treading on thin ice though.
    Backup important files to a seperate disk is essential!
    86 Guest

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