Step By Step Guide To Ordering A Dell PC: Breaking Up Is Hard Drive To Do

Part 5

Now it's time for the Hard Drive. As you'll remember from my initial configuration, I didn't much care that this version chopped down the 750 GB to a 640 GB drive, as I am going to choose a different alternative anyway.

The choices are:

  • 640GB - 7200RPM, SATA 3.0Gb/s, 16MB Cache, which is Included in Price
  • 1TB - 7200RPM, SATA 3.0Gb/s, 16MB Cache, for which you have to add $150.
  • 1TB Performance RAID 0 (2 x 500GB SATA 3Gb/s 7200 RPM HDDs), for which you have to add $60.
  • 1.28 TB Performance RAID 0 (2 x 640GB SATA 3Gb/s 7200 RPM HDDs), for which you have to add $160.
  • 500GB Data Security RAID 1 (2 x 500GB SATA 3Gb/s 7200 RPM HDDs), for which you have to add $60.
  • 640GB Data Security RAID 1 (2 x 640GB SATA 3Gb/s 7200 RPM HDDs), for which you have to add $160.

In previous Hubs I've indicated how unreasonable and unmanageable many PC users archives have become. It's one thing to keep the files that you require for your computer work and all the various necessities. However, is it really necessary to keep a copy of every movie you've ever downloaded? Are you ever again going to sit through that copy of Ishtar, Waterworld, Van Helsing, Big Momma's House, Batman & Robin, The Nutty Professor II, Pearl Harbor, Armageddon, or even (gasp) Star Wars: Episode I - The Phantom Menace? Then why would you want to clog up many valuable and expensive gigabytes of your hard drive to storing such cinematic dreck? I know of people who go out and spend over a thousand dollars for NAS setups just to keep a whole bunch of media that they will likely never view again. We have entered the age of the digital pack rat.

Since I'm somewhat more reasonable than some of these storage rodents, the total amount currently residing on my hard drive is all of 52.7 GB! That includes the operating system, all files, all archives, and thousands of mp3s. No, don't paint me with the same brush as the warehouse mice, as I have my Windows Media Player on Shuffle every minute I'm at the PC, and some days that can be upwards of 14 hours!

Although my total storage requirements may be relatively small by current standards, the value of the data on my drive is off the chart. I have darn near everything I have ever done electronically residing right now on my hard drive, and I can't take the chance of losing a single byte of it. That's why security is not just the foremost consideration, but effectively the only consideration.

That's why it took me all of about three seconds to click on the 500GB Data Security RAID 1 (2 x 500GB SATA 3Gb/s 7200 RPM HDDs), and gladly pay the $60 in order to have the mirroring peace of mind that only RAID 1 can give. Keep in mind that this is a very different setup than RAID 0 which stripes the drives to give you faster read, write and access times. RAID 0 can noticeably speed up a system but at the cost that if one of the two hard drives goes south, all and yes I said all, of your data is toast.

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