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Putting FSX on seperate drive?

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Does it help with performance at all?Tim
I find newer dense platter drives are very very fast.I have a couple FSX setups and can't see any noticable diff from from running with the OS + FSX on a Seagate 7200.11compared to putting FSX on its own vraptor.Provided the drives are defragged and the system is tuned for FSX,it does not seem to matter as much as it did years ago.I dont think the HD is much of a limiting factor in FSX.If you have an extra drive try it, you can download a program to change the FSX reg entry to allow moving the install.

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In theory one Velociraptor is the fastest, however myself I installed one 1Tb drive , where I installed Windows and FSX.Because of the enormeous space I am sure I won't run out of it in the next future...Performance is very good with those 32mb cache drives.

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A separate drive is only helpful for housekeeping issues. It won't necessarily help performance. With FS installed on the boot drive, it may be helpful to use a modern defragger to move the FS directory to the outer edge of the disk. Modern 7200RPM drives provide more than enough dataflow for FS in-game play. Any in-game stutters or hickups one may experience are coming from some other source. The 10K raptors might shave a couple of seconds off the first game-load after a fresh boot, but that's about it for FS. Other programs may take better advantage of their superior specs, but even the latest incarnation of FS (X) is still getting all the dataflow it needs from the 7200RPM-ers.

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A separate drive is only helpful for housekeeping issues. It won't necessarily help performance. With FS installed on the boot drive, it may be helpful to use a modern defragger to move the FS directory to the outer edge of the disk. Modern 7200RPM drives provide more than enough dataflow for FS in-game play. Any in-game stutters or hickups one may experience are coming from some other source. The 10K raptors might shave a couple of seconds off the first game-load after a fresh boot, but that's about it for FS. Other programs may take better advantage of their superior specs, but even the latest incarnation of FS (X) is still getting all the dataflow it needs from the 7200RPM-ers.
Sam,I don't agree. Parallell IO operations, that is using separete disks, should allways be better than a single disk. Running FSX from a VelociRaptor improves performance on both initial load and also for the regular loads of textures when you fly. That's my two cents.

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That Raptor's specs are great, however FS just Doesn't Need that performance. FS can't even use it. The 7200s provide all the dataflow FS can use. All that 10K RPMn' is just wasted spin (and $$$) for FS.

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That Raptor's specs are great, however FS just Doesn't Need that performance. FS can't even use it. The 7200s provide all the dataflow FS can use. All that 10K RPMn' is just wasted spin (and $$$) for FS.
Believe what you want Sam, but don't knock it 'till you've tried it. I now don't see any lag in texture generation or popping after installing Raptors, then VRapts, and then even better with all drives on my 3ware PCIe controller. I've seen specs and logical engineering-level discussions from others, and my own end-results. I wish you would stop prophesizing drive performance and its affects on FS without any concret evidence and lack of logical discussions on the matter. :(

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Believe what you want Sam, but don't knock it 'till you've tried it. I now don't see any lag in texture generation or popping after installing Raptors, then VRapts, and then even better with all drives on my 3ware PCIe controller. I've seen specs and logical engineering-level discussions from others, and my own end-results. I wish you would stop prophesizing drive performance and its affects on FS without any concret evidence and lack of logical discussions on the matter. :(
Don't waste your breath. Sam won't acknowledge his lack of understanding over this. In fact, Sam just likes to argue his point over and over again even though he's been taken to school many times. Sam's not an engineer, he has no credentials. He just likes to argue. He has absolutely no business here trying to give advice.

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