Seek Times in Hard Disk Drives (HDD) Posted November 26, 2005 · Report reply well, it depends what you're doing, too. When I'm doing audio/video editing there is a great deal of additional performance from my striped drives. And while the gains for things like loading a game might not be as large, I've certainly noticed them none the less. I find it extremely annoying whenever I have to work on a machine that doesn't have striped drives, the difference is quite noticable, especially after having gotten used to the machine I use most having striped drives. If you only have sporadic experience using a machine with striped drives then the differences might not be too apparent, but once you get used to a machine with striped drives you can easily see the difference when you go to a machine that doesn't have them. This is something I've long considered to be one of the dominate reasons behind the poor performance improvement offered by striping. It's great to have exact numbers to quantify it.