" 1. small 10,000 RPM boot drive
2. large 7,200 RPM data/apps/games/media drive"
Why not put your apps on the boot drive with the OS?
- It can't be a space reason. My Vista partition with applications included currently has 14.52GB on it. Admittedly, I don't have many applications installed, but 74GB should be MORE than enough for that.
- It can't be a way to make re-installing the OS easier since the various flavors of Windows won't find old applications sitting on a drive during installation during a clean install and a repair (or upgrade) install would find them wherever they are. And, as someone, above, pointed out, with the OS and applications on different drives/partitions, you'd have to make sure you imaged both simultaneously in order to re-image (ghost) the system back to an earlier state.
- It can't be to share the applications across operating systems (assuming compatibility). Wouldn't the configuration files be overwritten with every booting of a different OS and lead to all kinds of problems?
- OS/Application integrity? Once the applications were installed, there'd probably be very little writing in the application's space. Like the OS, most of the writing would be to caches and configuration files. So, putting the applications on a different drive/partition wouldn't make much difference.
- OS/Application drive contention? This is really the only thing I can come up with. But, I'd think that having the applications on the faster drive would more than make up for any drive contention. Of course, with Vista's pre-loading of commonly used applications, your most frequently used stuff (along with parts of the OS) will be cached somewhere on, I assume, the fastest drive. So, regardless of where the applications sleep at night, effectively, they're going to be running from that Raptor.
- Multiple operating systems? It would probably be faster and easier to have an eSATA drive enclosure and keep separate physical disks for each OS instead of fighting with a multi-boot disk. That's somewhat expensive, but I'd say if someone were going to buy a Raptor, re-install the OS, install applications to a non-standard location and maintain that configuration just to shave a couple of seconds off an occasional access here and there, they'd also be willing to spend an additional $150 per OS.
I'm not arguing. I'm just trying to figure out the rationale for this.