So I just bought two new laptop drives for the Dell 1720 that I have. I figured I should keep hold of this machine for at least another year or so, and new drives that are easily faster and bigger than the current single drive would help me do just that.
I purchased 2x, 200 GB, 7200 RPM, Serial ATA Internal Hard Drive with Free Fall Sensor. Not sure what exactly how the free fall sensor works but it could prove useful.
My plan is to try out the drives in the various RAID configurations (0 and then 1) and figure out based on that what I want to do. Either way, even if I go with the redundancy mode it should easily be faster than my 5400 RPM 160 GB drive that I have now.
Hats off to awesome hardware! Cross my fingers hoping that it tides my thirst for performance over until I deem it financially reasonable to buy a new laptop (or SERIOUS gaming machine or Apple).