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Hi,

I have an stock 160GB SATA 7200rpm drive that came with this 7+ year old emachine. I've been upgrading a lot recently (cpu/mobo/ram/vidcard/psu), and I think I'm going to do 1 final upgrade before I build a new system; Raid 0!

I've been searching for this answer, and it seems like it'd be ok. Can I just pick any 160 GB SATA 7200rpm drive to change to Raid 0 configuration?

I read that one HD might bottleneck the other. Given that the drive is so old, is this true? Is it significant enough where I should just buy 2 new HDs?
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post #2 of 22
Buy new HDD. Like the Samsung f3 or WD black.
Your 7+ HDD is probably sata I (1.5Gbps).
post #3 of 22
You will get the max performance of the slowest drive and the max storage of the smallest drive. You will be best off doing a fresh install of windows with the proper boot disc drivers.
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Buy new HDD. Like the Samsung f3 or WD black.
Your 7+ HDD is probably sata I (1.5Gbps).
This is going to a final upgrade so the cpu/ram/vid card/psu etc will be final. If I get a new 360 GB HD, will it be significantly faster considering my system? I found a few 160GB drives for $25ish so that's a pretty cheap upgrade. I did find an 1GB F3 on slickdeals for $55 which is pretty tempting, but I can really use the extra $30 for my new system too.

I'm going to be either giving away or selling this computer so I don't want to upgrade too much. The raid 0 thing was just so I can try it out. I've never tried to raid configure HDs before. This computer only uses like 30% of the HD so it's not like I need the space either.
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You will get the max performance of the slowest drive and the max storage of the smallest drive. You will be best off doing a fresh install of windows with the proper boot disc drivers.
So basically, the cheapest SATA 160GB HD I can find then right? I was even thinking about finding a used one for like $15 or something.
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post #6 of 22
If you are just doing this to play around by all means keep it cheap, but I would still go with a new hard drive to avoid any extra problems.
post #7 of 22
something like a single Samsung F4 320GB (~$40) will be faster for 90% of day to day OS tasks than a RAID0 using older, low capacity drives. It really isn't worth doing the 'upgrade' you propose.
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something like a single Samsung F4 320GB (~$40) will be faster for 90% of day to day OS tasks than a RAID0 using older, low capacity drives. It really isn't worth doing the 'upgrade' you propose.
i run 3 of these and there very nice for raid never had an issue

started in raid 0 now in raid 5 for redundancy and my ssds are in 0

raid 5 320gb f3's



raid 0 ssds
    
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Hi,

I have an stock 160GB SATA 7200rpm drive that came with this 7+ year old emachine. I've been upgrading a lot recently (cpu/mobo/ram/vidcard/psu), and I think I'm going to do 1 final upgrade before I build a new system; Raid 0!

I've been searching for this answer, and it seems like it'd be ok. Can I just pick any 160 GB SATA 7200rpm drive to change to Raid 0 configuration?

I read that one HD might bottleneck the other. Given that the drive is so old, is this true? Is it significant enough where I should just buy 2 new HDs?
Yes, any other 160GB will work.

No, it will not bottleneck performance if it's 7200RPM.

But this is a stupid idea for two reasons:

1.) Today's HDD prices put 160GB at only several dollars less than 1TB.
2.) Today's 1TB HDDs are about as powerful as 160GB RAID 0.

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No, it will not bottleneck performance if it's 7200RPM.
Sorry but that's just plain wrong. Do you really believe that 7 year old drives are as fast as current-gen kit just because the rotational speed is the same?
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