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theweedking25 November 7th, 2008 07:23 AM

What should I look for when buying a new hard drive for best p2p use?
mine is starting to go downhill so i have to replace it, I am considering making a raid 0 configuration with it. If you have a specific model in mind that would be even more helpful.

Lord of the Rings November 7th, 2008 08:19 AM

IMHO: Don't use it as a system drive. lol Keep it totally separate 'if' possible or as a preference. P2P sharing fragments drives very quickly & slows the system down if using the same drive or especially same partition as the system software. LimeWire & most other programs look to the personal user account folder on the system drive as the default location to save files to. So be aware of that. :)

Are you referring to internal or external HDD? If using an external drive, would need to have a very fast connection between, I'd suggest nothing under firewire as USB can also be limiting in various ways, especially for transmission of certain types of media. Raid sounds very good, perhaps over the top but I knew of several other people who used raid systems for sharing.

Personally I use a separate drive-partition for sharing. Though I do in fact share from a couple of drives (3 partitions.) One partition is an iTunes music library partition (other two partitions from same drive are Windows XP & OSX Applications), other two shared partitions from another drive. One of them I download p2p to & is a general use parititon, the other is more of a static file partition (no work files there.) Thus, only one partition on my downloading drive is being 'both' read from & written to. I use Mac OSX btw. :) (Notice I keep as much of my read & writing files away from the system. ;) I only keep the applications that demand to be on the OSX system drive & do not save personal files to the system drive which is on a drive on its own. ) :)

Peerless would be a good one to ask about this. Not sure if he will be around over next several days though, he has heavy commitments at his work at moment. He has more experience at p2p sharing of different types than me. Some I haven't even tried as of yet. (I've used gnutella, erm another I started with which is almost obsolete now, direct connect & torrents as the main ones.)

Peerless November 7th, 2008 06:55 PM

keep the hell away from any raid arrays...they are not worth it unless you are going for extreme performance (like for audio specific streaming samples for use in a sequencer)...and never use an array for an OS...its just not worth it....if the array goes south you are will never get your data back...

keep to a size of less than 160GB (I prefer 120GB for an OS drive) and follow LOTR's advice re: partitioning...I take a 120GB drive and make the primary partion (where the OS will reside) and make it 30 GB...the second partition is the remainder...

for what its worth I've been using Western Digital drives for a long time...

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