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#1 killmypc

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Posted 22 December 2006 - 07:32 PM

Hey yall,

A friend and I were talking today, and he said he got quite a performance increase by switching his drives from basic to dynamic.

I read some on this, and I am very confused. :thumbsup:

Would someone be kind enough to tell the pros and cons of this...

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Posted 22 December 2006 - 10:32 PM

I guess my first question, before attempting any sort of explanation would be. What sort of "performance increase" was he seeing or experiencing? Performance increase is a rather generic term, and I would prefer to understand how it applies to the question you ask.

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Posted 22 December 2006 - 11:56 PM

My friend is a pretty avid gamer...he installed 'battlefield 2142'?? (something like that), which he said is very demanding) on his slave drive, and after changing his disk to dynamic, says the game seems to run smoother, load quicker, just overall better performance. From what he says...system wide. But I am not sure if he changed both drives, or just one.

I have recently discovered M$ Flight Simulator X.....This game has me....So basically, if changing this disks to dynamic would help.....considering it. :thumbsup:

I have read some articles, but am still not really seeing where the benefit comes into play...some of the articles say it is very risky...

Does the good it could do, outweigh the potential for disaster?? :flowers:

Hope that makes my question a little clearer. :trumpet:
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Posted 23 December 2006 - 08:44 AM

I guess what I would really like to know is.....

Is there any real benefit from making the change? :flowers:

Anyone?...Anyone?... :thumbsup:

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Posted 23 December 2006 - 12:51 PM

From what you have described, I really don't see the benefit outweighing the risk. Unless you have a serious amount of data to be manipulating across a RAID type system. The RAID array would mitigate much of the risk of having dynamic disks. This is just my assessment. others may disagree.

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Posted 23 December 2006 - 01:36 PM

I do have a controller card installed. Needed it to add a slave drive without going to SATA. Can't afford it right now. I keep almost everything of any size on my slave.

So if I am understanding correctly, switching to dynamic would be better with a RAID type setup?
If so, Master, Slave, or both.

Please forgive my ignorance, I am still very confused on this subject.

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Posted 25 December 2006 - 08:39 AM

It's a very, very complicated subject - so don't worry about understanding it in total.

The gist is that a dynamic disk is a good tool used to spread out your data - either to increase speed or to provide data redundancy (sorta like a backup).

It's software based, so it's not as effective as hardware based RAID controllers. But it can give a speed increase if setup properly.
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Posted 26 December 2006 - 06:18 AM

Guess I'll just find some more to read about it first..... :thumbsup:

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