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Old Jun 6, 2007, 07:55 AM   #1
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Default what's the best way to setup SATA drives in non raid?

one is a SATA2 320GB, the OS drive, the other isn't. the mobo they'll be plugged into is a A8R32MVP. there isn't much in the manual about non-raided SATA drives
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Make a 4 or 5 Gig partition on the one that isn't OS at the beginning of the drive. Use that for the page file only. (Set it to a fixed amount aswell). This ensures best possible speed of the page file.

Put games on the OS drive, Apps on the other. This way your page file access and game access can happen at the same time. However if app speed is more critical to you swap the apps and the games around.

Use both of your SATA controllers instead of plugging both of them into one.

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Old Jun 6, 2007, 08:21 AM   #3
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thx, bigtabs. i wasn't thinkin about partitioning, tho i'ld kinda preferr not to, but i'll see how it goes. the non SATA2 sata drive i use for storing various downloads: utilites, drivers, demos, patches and the like rather than apps, of which i have none. strictly games. the sig i'll edit when i'm sure nothing went wrong
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Not sure if big tabs said all of this but........

1st drive (sata2)= OS/APPS/GAMES
2nd drive= tiny partition (4-8GB) for the pagefile. The rest for redundency/backups/images (drive).

There is no point in putting your apps/games where your page file will reside. Actually thats WORSE.

Regarding using both controllers...thats fine and all but IF he overclocks the other controller/port may not have sata lock.

Also, the only difference between sata and sata2 is bandwidth. Sata doesnt even use 150gb/s bandwidth so sata 2 for now is just a useless name.

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Yeah, you could well do games and apps on the one drive, if you have the space for it and can find a use for the remainder of the pagefile drive. Personally I need lots of room for both apps and games.

In your case having the games, apps and OS together will work best as Jas said.

Physical Drive 1 - C: OS + GAMES + APPS

Physical Drive 2 - D: Pagefile
Physical Drive 2 - E: Storage



Partitioning is not a big deal at all, if you don't know how to do it, it's very simple, doesn't require any 3rd party applications and I can tell you how. The point of partitioning is to ensure the page file gets the very beginning of the disk where it's fastest, and stays there. Once you've assigned the pagefile to it you can then proceed to forget about that partition as it will look after itself.
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