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I am going to buy some new Crucial C300 SSD's soon and I have a really great plan, but I am not sure if it will work. So, if anyone can, will you please give me an answer to this:

I would be buying 2 64GB SSD's along with a 128GB SSD. I would use one of the 64GB drives as a boot drive. Could I possibly use the other 64GB SSD as a back up boot drive? Let's say I install Windows on both 64GB drives, and my main 64GB boot drive fails. Could I then use my other 64GB back up boot drive? Also, could I keep both plugged in and when the main fails, if it does, could I go into BIOS and switch the boot drive to my backup boot drive and not have any problems with Windows?
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Easy peasy, Install windows and get it all setup the way you want it, then clone the drive onto your other SSD, then put that cloned SSD in a drawer or a safe or something. That way if your production SSD goes down you just swap it.
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Thank you. That is the exact answer I was looking for. Thank you so much. BTW, I see you have the I5 2500k at 5.0GHZ? How fast is that thing with loading stuff?
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Or you can make RAID 1 out of them but I wouldn't recommend it since RAID arrays don't support TRIM. But to be honest, it's a waste of SSD to use it as a backup drive. I would rather use a mechanical or external hard drive for clone image of the system and use the SSD for everyday needs.
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Yea thats too much work just raid-1 them...
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Yea thats too much work just raid-1 them...

It's not much work at all and he would lose TRIM from RAID.
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It's not much work at all and he would lose TRIM from RAID.

And he would lose the whole SSD in the drawer otherwise tongue.gif Waste of money and performance.
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My SSD's work just fine in Raid0,And I don't think it's a waste on money.
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And he would lose the whole SSD in the drawer otherwise tongue.gif Waste of money and performance.

Agreed, but buying a second SSD for RAID 1 is also a waste of money and performance.
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My SSD's work just fine in Raid0,And I don't think it's a waste on money.

But with RAID 0 you couldn't do what he's describing, you'd lose your data if a drive failed since it's stored across both drives.
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I didn't suggest RAID 1, I just said it's an option if he really wants the ultimate security for his data, which is already better than keeping it in the drawer. I personally wouldn't bother with either RAID 1 or cloning. Just use each SSD as a separate single drive and use mechanical or external drive for backup (I use Windows 7 Backup and is happy enough).
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