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I love SSDs but man they just are to expensive for me I need the space.

I have a Black Cavier 750GB works fine but I am now thinking of doing a Raid 0 to get more performance? How would Raid 0 be vs an SSD?

So far I have been looking at two drives.

WD Black Cavier 500GB 6 Gb/s

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...scrollFullInfo

Seagate Momentous XT (Hybrid SSD 4GB) Laptop Drive

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-591-_-Product

How would they do in RAID 0? Is there better HDs out there for RAID 0?

I dont have SATA 6 GB/s my motherboard is 3 GB/s. I heard for the most part traditional HD's cant reach 6 anyway so theres no bottleneck on 3?

Thanks for looking. Hoping to hear some recommendations and feedback.

Thanks again!
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For OS the SSD would be significantly faster. Turns out sequential is not as important as random reads and that is where SSD will destroy.

I have been wondering about the Hybrid Drives in Raid also... but never tried one. I would go with a full SSD instead of a hybrid though, then use your WD750 for non-program/not frequently used/giant pron collection etc and your swap file.
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I'm personally building my PC this week and it's going to be running a RAID0 on Seagate Barracuda 500GB 7200.12 drives. I chose those because they are single platter drives and perform extremley well for their cost.

However, I intend to put an SSD in my system as it is more reliable, quicker and more efficient. Honestly, I wouldn't run a Momentus XT in RAID, they have enough issues on their own - but that's just me. Stick to a standard HD, save your money and then grab an SSD at the next availiable oppurtunity.
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I ran samsung f3s as OS drive for a while, Good performance for the price. 1TB F3s are only 64.99 with free shipping on newegg right now. link

If you are going to drop about 100 dollars on a couple of HDD to raid 0, it might be worth you while to save up ~ 50 more dollars and pick up a decent SSD and just use your current HDD as storage.
 
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I ran samsung f3s as OS drive for a while, Good performance for the price. 1TB F3s are only 64.99 with free shipping on newegg right now. link

If you are going to drop about 100 dollars on a couple of HDD to raid 0, it might be worth you while to save up ~ 50 more dollars and pick up a decent SSD and just use your current HDD as storage.
I want a lot of space on the HD I dont want to be accessing storage drives. Thats what I do now. I cant survive on 160GB.

Are those Samsung F3s good for Raid 0?
I never had Seagate but I heard they have a high failure rate.
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I had a couple velociraptors raided and just switched to a 470 samsung ssd, there is a nice little boost there for some thimgs, but it doesn't make the huge impact that I thought it would.
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I have 5 Samsung F3s, haven't had a problem with any yet. Here is a bench for three F3s 1TBs in raid 0
 
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I'm running 2 F3s in RAID right now and it works great.
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Until I installed SSD this week I ran two 640GB caviar blacks raid0 for over a year with no problems. The blacks have worked so great that if I have any more significant issues with SSDs, I'll probably just stick with HDDs for a while longer.

They are definitely not quite as snappy as SSD, but for everyday use, the HDD raid 0 is fast enough that cost / benefit is still a bit of a hard sell. And should you have problems, Western Digital RMA service can't be beat.
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