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Best setup for 2 HDD for games rig

post #1 of 6
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I have a 640GB sata3 7200RPM with 64MB cache, and I'm going to get a 500GB sata3 7200RPM with 16MB cache, mainly so I don't have to wait on replacement if 1 fails.

So for games and some torrent downloads, whats the best place to put things

1)win7 + games on 64M, DLs on the other

2)win7 + DLs on 1, games on other, and which on which

or some sort of RAID setup
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I wouldn't recommend going with a RAID setup with two different models of drives, 1. you loose space 2. it's never recommended.

If you get the same drive though, i'd go with a RAID0 for performance, but you should probably have a backup drive just in case.
post #3 of 6
For thouse HDD's I'd think I would have put Win7+Games on the 500GB disk, then DLs, documents, photos, videos and such on the 640GB one.
That way you keep your DLs, photos, videos and such safe in case you'll ever have to reinstall Win as well.

I wouldn't do RAID with thouse, since they're not the same sice and type and size. If you'd have the same RAID0 could benefit you preformance wize, but to unsafe in case of crashes that would force you to reinstall or if a HDD failes on you.
     
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You COULD raid them, but in Raid-0 (performance) you would just be limiting yourself to 1TB - option 1 is probably your best option, unless you use the 500GB one to short stroke (i.e. only use the first 1XX - 200GB) and install everything else on the 640GB
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What I did is put OS and Apps on one hard drive, with the second used as a storage device (perfectly legal downloads, movie rips from my own dvd's, music cds, etc..)
I've used this setup with every rig and laptop and its always worked out very well
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I'm only thinking in terms of best performance for gaming

and the stuff I download, if its important I burn it as hardcopy, so it really only affects the HDD activity of UL/DL in the background
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