RAID setup Advice

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k_bo

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I was looking for some advice. I wanted to setup a RAID on my desktop. I have read that RAID 0 is better for preference. But I have also read that you need your HDDs to be the same (memory/rpn). I intended to set up the best RAID to boost performance.

Here is the 3 HDD that I'm working with:

Maxtor
320gb
7200rpm

Hitachi
500gb
7200rpm

Toshiba
320gb
5400rpm


Also does this ware your HDD faster?? As in will it cause the HDD to break sooner then normal?




Thanks in advance for any help :)
 

Oddba11

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RAID 0 will stripe data across two drives. It can provide a bit of a speed increase, depending upon how it's used. The drawback being that if EITHER drive fails, all of the data is lost. It's basically just a single drive in that configuration.

As for drive choice, when using RAID 0, both drives will be limited to speed of the slowest drive AND the size of the smallest drive. Hence the recommendation to use identical drives.

In your case, you will want to use the two 7200rpm drives, but they will appear as two 320gb drives. In my opinion, it'w not worth the hassle or risk.

If you want a large speed increase, get a SSD drive.
 

k_bo

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Thanks for the reply.

I think with that information and as you said, its not worth it, I'll probably just leave it the same.

Thanks again!
 
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