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I just got finished putting my new rig together, and will start to get fiddling with it this weekend after finals. I am currently using my ssd for windows and small programs (mozilla, mediamonkey, stuff like that) and a 160 gb samsung drive I pulled out of my old laptop for games and such. I would like to have a big enough 7200 rpm drive that I can basically install every game I have ever owned on and not run out of room, but 1 tb ought to do it.

My question is would you guys recommend a raid setup? How much faster would 2 1tb in a raid 0 be? I am somewhat hesitant about going raid 0, so the benefits would need to be pretty great. I am also considering a raid 1 with 2 1tbs, so I wouldn't have to worry about losing a drive in the future. Are there any benefits with raid 1 besides redundancy?
    
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I just got finished putting my new rig together, and will start to get fiddling with it this weekend after finals. I am currently using my ssd for windows and small programs (mozilla, mediamonkey, stuff like that) and a 160 gb samsung drive I pulled out of my old laptop for games and such. I would like to have a big enough 7200 rpm drive that I can basically install every game I have ever owned on and not run out of room, but 1 tb ought to do it.

My question is would you guys recommend a raid setup? How much faster would 2 1tb in a raid 0 be? I am somewhat hesitant about going raid 0, so the benefits would need to be pretty great. I am also considering a raid 1 with 2 1tbs, so I wouldn't have to worry about losing a drive in the future. Are there any benefits with raid 1 besides redundancy?
lol, is RAID worth it? Well nearly DOUBLE the speed, is that worth it?
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1. There are no benefits to raid 1 besides redundancy - it can actually be a bit slower as the computer has to write to both of the hard drives.
2. Raid 0 is about twice as fast and if you only plan on using about 1 tb on a 2tb array that will be even more benificial as you will be only writing to about the 50% portion of the hard drives which is the fastest area. Hd failure rate is extremely low but raid 0 does double that failure rate. You may just want to have a 1tb external drive for back up but again failure rate is low and if you aren't storing any "essential" data on there, there isn't much to worry about.
3. Raid 0 will be about twice as fast in read and writes which leads to games loading quicker, quicker access times, etc.
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Raid 0, is it worth it?

Short answer:
SSDs: No
Mechanical: Yes

Long answer:
Only if you have a backup, or don't care about double the chance of losing data.
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Its great

2x samsung F3 1TB's do really nice in raid-0
when i copy something from ssd to raid-0 it goes well over 230mbps

you get 2TB worths of storage and its really fast
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For just games, I wouldn't worry too much about RAID, but if your determined, two can hit well over 200Mb/s, unfortunately seek times will still be slower then and SSD or 10k drive.
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I have a 2 tb external. Assuming I back it up fairly regularly, how big of a pain is it to get an array up and running again after a drive failure? Would I have to reinstall everything on it or could I just clone the array onto my external and replace it in the event of failure?

I have lost 2 hdds in the last year, kind of unlucky I know, but it has made me somewhat sketchy.
    
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I have a 2 tb external. Assuming I back it up fairly regularly, how big of a pain is it to get an array up and running again after a drive failure? Would I have to reinstall everything on it or could I just clone the array onto my external and replace it in the event of failure?

I have lost 2 hdds in the last year, kind of unlucky I know, but it has made me somewhat sketchy.
A single drive failure under raid 0 will wipe out all drives on the raid with no chance of recovery.

You would have to remove the bad drive, re-create the array with the new drive, then transfers all your backed up data over. If you use the raid 0 on a windows installation, you would have to reformat windows too.
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Samsung F3 RAID 0:



Samsung F3 RAID 1:



Samsung F4 2TB in USB 3.0 enclosure for backups when I went to RAID 0:



Definitely worth it to me.
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