Posted 12 March 2006 - 12:26 PM
well, 1st of all, my drives arent raptors, i am currently in an arguement at work with someone about his and my array, to see who's fastest, his 2 raptors raid 0, or my 4 sata drives raid 0. there are also other considerations, but thats for later. raptors run at 10000rpm, whereas my drives run at 7200, then there is a cache difference as well.
a "ghost" image basically, is a program, norton's "ghost", which does the same as making an image of a cd, it takes a mirror image of my hard drive, or in my case ,array of drives, and compresses it to make a mirror image of my system, it uses it's own extension of course. so, if it hits the fan, i replace the bad drive(s), boot into the norton ghost program (floppy) and select option "copy drive from image". It decompresses, and creates exactly the same information using the mirror it made and compressed onto another location, (of course, my dump drive). i then simply reboot, and resume operations as normal.
to make an image is also easy, but a bit time consuming, so i choose to do this at long intervals, but regularly backup my mail,pics,music,docs etc on my "dump drive". this way i dont have to do an image every week, but i have a current one, and all my stuffs are also copied.
on my board i have 8 sata controllers, and 2 ata controllers, so i have loads of room for more hdd's if i need to.
if u r gaming, u will benefit from raid 0 and dual channel ram if your board supports it. also, make sure you go sata when u buy your drives, for the extra like 10$ a drive, it is well worth it.
hope i helped