Raid 0, worth it?

Raid 0 , or striping, is a method of gaining higher read/write speeds by interleaving data between two or more hard disks. The general consensus is that this provides a faster overall system, and thus, is worth both the time and money to setup a Raid 0 array. I recently purchased two WD6400AAKS drives, and a Gigabyte Raid enabled motherboard to setup my first Raid array. I managed to create the array, and copy my operating system to the array, without having to reinstall windows. This can be done if you have a bootable harddrive outside the array, and a cloning program, such as Acronis True Image.

Before creating the array, I ran a speed test on a single WD6400AAKS drive so I would have a comparison. These were the results in HD Tune:

On the initial boot from the system (now running from the Raid 0 array), I did not notice any major speed improvements over a single WD6400AAKS drive. When I ran the HD Tune benchmark, however, the results showed that overall speed had increased:

Benchmarks are all good and well, but what did this speed increase mean for everyday performance. Well, I first tested file transfering speeds. I duplicated (copied) an 8 gigabyte folder on both the single drive and the Raided disks. On the single drive, the files took about 5 minutes to copy, while on the Raided drives, the time was closer to 2.5 minutes. While this may not seem like a large difference, it adds up for larger file sizes. Next I tested loading times for various applications. When starting Firefox, there was negligible differnce between a single drive compared to the Raided drives. Also, when loading a game of Call of Duty 4, the loading times actually seemed to be slightly longer. Moral of the story, Raid 0 will greatly improve performance when copying huge files, or installing large applications, however, don’t look to see major increases in loading speed for your applications. Is Raid 0 worth it? Well I suppose it just depends on what you expect from it.

The Apples Are Ready For Picking

Apple has just released their new line up of the ipod nano now known as the nano chromatic. These new ipods are are not only more friendly to the eye then the previous generation but come packed with a few new features such as the new genius feature. If you have upgraded to itunes 8 you should know a little bit about this lets say your listening to a song and you like the style of music it is in all you have to do is pull out your ipod and with a few clicks you can have a playlist generated with songs that work well with each other. Another add on to the ipod is the shake feature this allows you to just give your ipod a shake and change the song. You might have some fun with this while driving on bumpy roads. The design has also changes giving it more of the shape of the first and second generation ipods but with a much bigger screen (2 inches) and sleek rounded corners and to top it off you can get in 9 different colors now including pink.

Some Facts About The Nano Chromatic 


  • Available in a 8 gb ($169) or a 16 gb ($219) model 
  • 24 hours of battery life
  • Holds 4 hours of video