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    Chadk

    Im thinking about buying this machine:
    *Pentium D - 945, 3.4 GHz - 2x2mb cache - 800mhz
    *Intel Sorrento motherboard with i945G chipset
    *1 GB DDR2 RAM (667 MHz) in Dual Channel Mode
    * 2* Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 320GB SATAII. Allows me to put 4 more harddrives into the beast 
    * DVD-Drive

    This case.


    What do you think about this beast? Its gonna be a file server!

    Yet im not sure if i should go for those harddrives(The most important thing in this box). I need a good and reliable set of discs. What would you go for?

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    ben2004uk

    No way you require that much CPU.  I would also go for RAID5 at least.

    Good setup for file server would be 4x 250Gb drivers + 1x 250 Hot Swap.

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    ben2004uk

    Oh yeah, I would go for Westen Digital drives.... £50.51 at the moment

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    TimP

    Yeah, a Pentium III with 256MB or 384MB RAM, some good hard drives and a decent network card would probably handle most file serving needs.

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    Angus

    Get a good network card, and get several small, high speed hard-drives; this will allow for fast data access.

    Angus Higgins

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    TimP

    Angus wrote:
    get several small, high speed hard-drives; this will allow for fast data access.

    Angus Higgins


    If the platters are the same dimensional size and everything else is equal, the higher density of the larger hard drive (storage wise) would make it faster, correct?

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    Angus

    TimP wrote:
    
    Angus wrote:get several small, high speed hard-drives; this will allow for fast data access.

    Angus Higgins


    If the platters are the same dimensional size and everything else is equal, the higher density of the larger hard drive (storage wise) would make it faster, correct?


    Yes, I meant smaller hard-drives dimensionally; I suppose I should have read it back as in context it sounds like I meant the data capacity. Sorry, my mistake.

    Angus Higgins

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    PerfectPhase

    The higher capacity drives require the heads to be more accurate in their positioning, hence can sometimes be slower in seek time than the smaller (capacity) drives.

    My only server at home these days is about the same spec as above but has 4Gb of ram.  Quite happly runs 4 VMs which are the real servers, the host does nothing but file sharing, makes testing stuff out so much easier.

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