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I currently have 2 F3 1TB drives I want to RAID0, but my OS is on the other and I don't wanna do a fresh install (again), so would it work if I bought another F3 1TBm RAID0'ed the other drives that don't have my OS on, and then would do a "Upgrade" install from my single F3 to the Raided F3's? Thanks in advance!
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I might be wrong but I think upgrade does it to your existing partition which would be on the single drive so no I dont think that would work. All honesty I've never done an upgrade as I've always preferred a fresh install.

You could try taking backup of the boot partition, setting up raid and then boot from your existing drive. Do restore to the new raid set, go into bios and set the raid set as your boot drive and give that a go.

Using raid 0 with 2 TB HDDS will create a single 2TB OS drive with no redundancy. Risky as thats a lot of potential data to lose and it only requires one drive to fail to lose it.

I would Use raid 1, it would yiled a 1 TB drive but give you redundancy and still good read performance.
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I dont care 'bout drive failure rates ETC. Just want more performance.
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I'm running 2 F3 drives in RAID 0 without issues. You might want to create an image of your OS install and put it on the new drives.
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If os in on one of the f3's and you add another f3 to the mix and raid0 them you will have to do a clean install. Think of it this way....ALL information will be divided between the two drives including the os.

Back up what info you must keep ( pics, docs,..etc ).
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Dude do this:

Keep your OS completely off the RAID0 because if the RAID ever fails you are screwed period.

Now put all data (games and whatnot) that you don't really care about onto the RAID0 for serious speed.

Next, take the paging file on your OS and set it to 400MB not the 16000 it usually uses and you will notice a nice speed increase.
 
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How does the image thing work? The .ISO can't be 500GB's?
It would keep my current Win7 settings right? Then I'd still need to install all programs, and transfer my files?
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Quote:
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Dude do this:

Keep your OS completely off the RAID0 because if the RAID ever fails you are screwed period.

Now put all data (games and whatnot) that you don't really care about onto the RAID0 for serious speed.

Next, take the paging file on your OS and set it to 400MB not the 16000 it usually uses and you will notice a nice speed increase.
Thanks for the tip, will try this on Monday, as I get home.
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Quote:
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If os in on one of the f3's and you add another f3 to the mix and raid0 them you will have to do a clean install. Think of it this way....ALL information will be divided between the two drives including the os.

Back up what info you must keep ( pics, docs,..etc ).
Um restoring a image from a single drive in non RAID... to two drives in RAID won't boot. There is a trick to get them to work. But it won't just work like that without some work enabling some things on the OS after the restore. Buying a thrid drive would work and even having a image would work. But I think if you never done it before. No matter what your going to have to do a fresh install so you might as well save your money and not buy the thrid drive. But listen to me. This isn't the same as restoring a image from a drive to another drive. IT WILL NOT BOOT. You can't just restore a image from a single drive to RAID. And the other way around you can't restore a RAID'ed OS and put the image on a single drive and excpect it to boot.

PS I would rather have my OS on RAID0 with programs I use often... and all my other my media data files on a single drive. I can always reinstall my OS, But I don't want to loose other things...
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post #10 of 13
If you're already planning on getting a third HDD, you might want to look into a fakeRAID controller and go with RAID5.

It has the speed benefit of a RAID0, but has enough redundancy to survive one of the three drives failing.
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