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You'll be just as good to just run them non-raid and use a software program to back one up onto the other. RAID 1 really is only good for server situations where the machine needs to run non-stop and the bad drive can be hot-swapped without shutting it down.

The problem with RAID 1 is, if you accidentally screw something up (delete a folder etc) it will be screwed up on both drives. If you use a software backup instead, the backup drive can keep copies of everything, or whatever you desire.

I'd also advise imaging your SSD to the larger drive time to time. Lots of other options you have also if you're interested.

RAID 0 with a third drive for backup would be more useful than RAID 1.
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You'll be just as good to just run them non-raid and use a software program to back one up onto the other. RAID 1 really is only good for server situations where the machine needs to run non-stop and the bad drive can be hot-swapped without shutting it down.

The problem with RAID 1 is, if you accidentally screw something up (delete a folder etc) it will be screwed up on both drives. If you use a software backup instead, the backup drive can keep copies of everything, or whatever you desire.

I'd also advise imaging your SSD to the larger drive time to time. Lots of other options you have also if you're interested.

RAID 0 with a third drive for backup would be more useful than RAID 1.
I totally agree. This is the best advice posted in this entire thread.
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Originally Posted by 2thAche View Post
You'll be just as good to just run them non-raid and use a software program to back one up onto the other. RAID 1 really is only good for server situations where the machine needs to run non-stop and the bad drive can be hot-swapped without shutting it down.

The problem with RAID 1 is, if you accidentally screw something up (delete a folder etc) it will be screwed up on both drives. If you use a software backup instead, the backup drive can keep copies of everything, or whatever you desire.

I'd also advise imaging your SSD to the larger drive time to time. Lots of other options you have also if you're interested.

RAID 0 with a third drive for backup would be more useful than RAID 1.
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I totally agree. This is the best advice posted in this entire thread.
Would this truly be more optimal and logical than raid 1? Will I really notice performance gain while loading games, etc.? After all it is more media and games on those drived than anything. I just wanted to have a backup of all that and it be fairly easy to replace a bad drive without much down time. I do have a 2TB F4 drive I could use as a third drive. Originally intended as part of the backup, media, and hosting server.
Would I still follow the guide posted to store all my media and games on the hd's? And how would I keep adobe cs5 on the boot drive?
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Yes you would.
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Can I ask why you want to move your user folders and programs to the HDD? I don't know about you but I never use Windows default folders for any important data.

Why not leave the program files and user folders on the SSD then do a weekly (or more frequent) image of the SSD onto one of the HDDs.
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Probably because there won't be enough room on the SSD to hold them. Most of the people I know running an SSD move the User folder to their hard drive. Not all of them move the programs folder, but they will install some programs they don't use as often on the hard drive to provide enough room on the SSD for those programs that would most benefit from being on it. Not everyone can afford a 256gig SSD to hold all of their programs and user files.
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