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Seagate 7200 -> WD VRap 300GB

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Contemplating if to do it or not. Money doesn't grow on trees, especially not in times like these, though I have been thinking if to upgrade or not.How much performance boost can I expect?1) Less stuttering?2) How much faster loading?3) On landing something it stutters, maybe because it loads sounds at that moment, can I expect that to be smoother?4) Faster loading of textures while in flight?I just want to know if it would be justified to pay 260

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Contemplating if to do it or not. Money doesn't grow on trees, especially not in times like these, though I have been thinking if to upgrade or not.How much performance boost can I expect?1) Less stuttering?2) How much faster loading?3) On landing something it stutters, maybe because it loads sounds at that moment, can I expect that to be smoother?4) Faster loading of textures while in flight?I just want to know if it would be justified to pay 260

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You have to have the other HW components to go along with it, and it looks like you do. Hands Down the Velociraptor. Don't give it a second thought. Not only is it THE fastest bestest drive for FSX right now but it will run around 7 to 10 degrees cooler than those other drives. FSX is massively random access and the 10,000rpm plus the drive geometry make it work better than anything else. Until the SDDs are up to par (fast, reliable, 300+ Gb size) the Vraptor is King.-jk

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Thanks for your replies: and for the record, its not FSX, but FS9. But I guess it's the same thing.

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Thanks for your replies: and for the record, its not FSX, but FS9. But I guess it's the same thing.
Actually not that same thing. FSX is way worse. Get the Vrap and you're set for anything! :( -jk

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I guess having 474,080 files in my FS9 installation qualifies...

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W000000t!!!!! Incredible.... I just got me a 150GB VRap, 300GB isn't really necessary - besides, in the future, I intend buying a SATA Card as Nick advised, and maybe a 2nd drive for FSX. Shall see...The performance increase is majorly noticable - highlights would be beside obvious shorther loading times, faster plane selection in FS9 menu, quicker VC texture load, huge increase on Digital Aviation's Fokker original texture (horribly big textures, slow load on 7200rpm), and much smoother view changes.I will be observing actual flight performance and landing behaviour in the next days, I might post some results :)Nick and everyone else, thanks for good advice.

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W000000t!!!!! Incredible.... I just got me a 150GB VRap, 300GB isn't really necessary - besides, in the future, I intend buying a SATA Card as Nick advised, and maybe a 2nd drive for FSX. Shall see...The performance increase is majorly noticable - highlights would be beside obvious shorther loading times, faster plane selection in FS9 menu, quicker VC texture load, huge increase on Digital Aviation's Fokker original texture (horribly big textures, slow load on 7200rpm), and much smoother view changes.I will be observing actual flight performance and landing behaviour in the next days, I might post some results :)Nick and everyone else, thanks for good advice.
you are entering a new area of additional support performance, enjoy It all adds upbe warned, we do not miss what we have never used.. but once you have seen the difference you wont ever go back to standard hardware :(do try not to exceed 65% capacity. Free space on a hard drive does effect performance. I typically replace/upgrade drives that have 35% or less free space remaining. 25% is my rock bottom allowance. Past that point storage performance starts falling VERY fast and you lose the value in the purchase which is one of the reasons I always grab the larger platter.. there is no such thing as 'too much free space" being a bad thing.. it's actually better!and Noooooooooooooooooooooo partitions!good luck

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139avail - 55free, I guess that is OK for now. I don't know how long I'm gonna keep it, but I don't see it going much over 100GB. I decided to buy the 150GB Vrap, there were 95 reasons for that. If I want to install FSX, then I will get another one. And the card might enter the game at some point.Partitions I got on my other drives, but not on the Vrap.

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Is it normal that my Vrap is having a high frequency pitch noise? I hear it above all my 3 other 7200 Seagates. And to be honest, even for the fact that it's in the watercooled box, which should make it more silent, I still hear it, and its kinda annoying...

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Is it normal that my Vrap is having a high frequency pitch noise? I hear it above all my 3 other 7200 Seagates. And to be honest, even for the fact that it's in the watercooled box, which should make it more silent, I still hear it, and its kinda annoying...
The older WD Raptors were known for noise during random access however the Vraps I have are nearly silent.. Much less noise than all other drives in my systems

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The older WD Raptors were known for noise during random access however the Vraps I have are nearly silent.. Much less noise than all other drives in my systems
The noise is high pitched, not a typical drive "surring"... Maybe that's something what's normal on Vraps. I exchanged the drive where I got it, the other one sounds exactly the same. I managed to block the sound, but am worried about the heat:Its like this:I have watercooling as already mentioned, so my drives are mounted in the Silentstar Dual HDD Box from Watercool, and have always functioned very good and were cool. If I put the Vrap into the box, I would still hear this noise. So I tried couple of options, like covering the disk over the platter with my hand while on, and the sound faded away, pretty miraculously. So, I was searching for something I had at home, to mount inbetween the drives, to block the sound.Eventually all I found were couple of dish-cleaning tissues, which are out of similar material as some silencing pads for noise-reduction. So I squeezed them in between the seagate and WD, and voila - no more noise.I am only worried about temperatures, which seem very good actually - 30-32C on both drives (measured in Everest), and also that something doesn't happen like fire or similar. I hope that if Everest shows 32C, that is ok to keep me in green area.

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The noise is high pitched, not a typical drive "surring"... Maybe that's something what's normal on Vraps. I exchanged the drive where I got it, the other one sounds exactly the same. I managed to block the sound, but am worried about the heat:Its like this:I have watercooling as already mentioned, so my drives are mounted in the Silentstar Dual HDD Box from Watercool, and have always functioned very good and were cool. If I put the Vrap into the box, I would still hear this noise. So I tried couple of options, like covering the disk over the platter with my hand while on, and the sound faded away, pretty miraculously. So, I was searching for something I had at home, to mount inbetween the drives, to block the sound.Eventually all I found were couple of dish-cleaning tissues, which are out of similar material as some silencing pads for noise-reduction. So I squeezed them in between the seagate and WD, and voila - no more noise.I am only worried about temperatures, which seem very good actually - 30-32C on both drives (measured in Everest), and also that something doesn't happen like fire or similar. I hope that if Everest shows 32C, that is ok to keep me in green area.
I have never used the 150GB unit but I would not think the design would be any different. I can not hear my 3 Vraps at all unless I put my ear down by the tower and even then the sound is nothing like a high pitch squeal. My towers have rubber insulating strips which insulate the drive from the metal of the quick release carriage when mounted which may make a difference and all my towers are nearly dead silent unless I am using the system for CPU/GPU intense applications. I can hear the two backup drives without leaning down which are typical SATA's.Your drive temp is fine.. no problem there. The 1st gen Raptors would tend to sit around 43-48c

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I have never used the 150GB unit but I would not think the design would be any different. I can not hear my 3 Vraps at all unless I put my ear down by the tower and even then the sound is nothing like a high pitch squeal. My towers have rubber insulating strips which insulate the drive from the metal of the quick release carriage when mounted which may make a difference and all my towers are nearly dead silent unless I am using the system for CPU/GPU intense applications. I can hear the two backup drives without leaning down which are typical SATA's.Your drive temp is fine.. no problem there. The 1st gen Raptors would tend to sit around 43-48c
Interesting. Well, might be that my ears are a bit more sensitive, and I hear this noise. In the shop where we tested both drives, I could barely hear it, but still, I could hear it. I took the other one just for the sake of nerving the salesman, so I guess all is ok.I isolated it, I will possibly buy some non-burning material to be sure everything is alright.Thanks for your help!

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Nick, sorry to bother you again, since you have all the experience, could you just tell me, is this about the right performance on the drive?

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