thanks for the feedback on my test. the score for the drives used to be all above or about 95MB/s but now that all of them are filled more than 50% things have gotten slower, i dont notice the differnce so it is fine for now. as for the raid, the maxtor is sata and the wd is ata with a adapter to make it connect using a sata connection. in my opinion they work like a charm for being two different brands and (s)ata's. sorry about posting this in the wrong section, i guess i wasnt thinking when i did it, thanks for moving it.