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RAID 0 or separate drives for best performance?

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I currently have 2 500 GB 16MB cache drives.
I currently have them in 2 partitions and 2 raid modes. partition C in RAID 0 with windows installed, 100 GB. partition D in RAID 1 for data, about 415 GB

it's been relatively fast because of RAID 0 and short stroked partition, but because of the recent steam sales, my free space on system drive C is only about 10.6 GB left. i cannot install my just bought games. I plan to reinstall windows this summer and redo my drives set up (any other more convenient way please tell me)

so which will give me the best performance? RAID 0 on both drives for 1 TB (~900+ GB) of storage for partition C and nothing else, or put the drives in separate mode and install windows on drive 1 and put games on drive 2? (i don't know how to do this yet.)

I also play games such as FSX and ArmA II. those require superior harddrive performance. SSDs are out of the question right now, maybe next build.
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i think raid 0 on both drives will give you the best performance. the downside is if one of the drives fails, you lose all your data. you can partition the drive to have 100 gb for C and then leave the rest for media & games.

however, you won't see that much difference in day to day usage with separate drives compared to a raid array. it may take a *tiny bit longer on boot up, installations, and game load times, but normal r/w operations will be negligible.

ssd is totally worth it, imo. i'm saving up for new ones to be my system drives and waiting for prices to keep going down on sata3's...
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