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RAID setup Advice

Discussion in 'Hardware' started by k_bo, Jan 25, 2013.

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  1. k_bo

    k_bo Thread Starter

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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 :)
     
  2. 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.
     
  3. k_bo

    k_bo Thread Starter

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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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