3 Replies Latest reply on Jan 23, 2011 10:17 AM by Harm Millaard

    how many drives?

    VideoCrafters Level 1

      I am thinking of purchasing a ASUS P6X58D-E LGA 1366 Intel X58 SATA 6Gb/s USB 3.0 ATX Intel Motherboard

      http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16813131641&cm_re=asus_p6x58d-e_lga_13 66-_-13-131-641-_-Product


      And I will be using 4 Western Digital Caviar Drives. 1 for system, 2 for raid 0 media, and 1 for general storage. I would like to have 1 or 2 more drives for storage

      http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136533&cm_re=western_caviar_black -_-22-136-533-_-Product


      The drives are listed as 6 gb/sec, but it appears there are only 2 SATA connectors for 6 gb/sec. There are 6 connectors for 3 gb/sec. I'm confused how many drives I can use and which SATA connector I should use.

        • 1. Re: how many drives?
          Harm Millaard Level 7

          SATA3 (6 GB) will never use it's bandwidth with single disks. There is no advantage over regular SATA connectors. It is mostly marketing hype.

          • 2. Re: how many drives?
            VideoCrafters Level 1

            Thank you for your response.


            So does it matter which connectors I use for my drives... should I use all of the regular SATA connectors?


            Upon further reading maybe this is what I should do:


            1 system drive

            3  media drives raid 0

            2 extra storage drives including page files/scratch/temp


            This would use all 6 of my regular SATA connectors.


            Does this make sense?

            • 3. Re: how many drives?
              Harm Millaard Level 7

              Pagefile and media cache should be on your fastest drive, which is the raid0. Media can be stored on the raid if you have a good backup. Chances of losing all your data are double over a single disk so be careful were you put your media. If you were to go for a raid0, I would put these two disks on the 6 GB SATA connectors, because in a raid0 you may have some benefit form the faster SATA connectors.