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I have a few questions about which direction I should go storage wise.

Currently my sig-rig is running a Western Digital Caviar Black 1TB , and I have 32KB of space left on it. A friend of mine mentioned trying out Raid 0 , but I have no experience with it. I read part of the sticky on Raid 0 and the other types.

Would it be easier for me to just buy another 1TB drive , and add it to my current just for storage? (Is that possible)

I currently don't own a external HD and I think I would like to have one around for storage and back-up , but I've read about the "click of death" and I'm not sure on which brand to go with. Is that just from people not taking proper care of it....

Any information will help thank you!
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RAID0 is a bad choice for storage. If you lose any one drive in the array, everything on the other drive is lost too.

If you need additional space, I would put another 1tb drive in your computer, and repartition your existing drive that is almost full so that you can better use the space. You don't want your OS on a drive that is at 99.9% capacity.

I have all Western Digital Caviar drives in my computer and I haven't had any issues.

Whatever you do - I recommend that you have your important data duplicated on two different drives, one acting as the data you work on, and one acting as a backup just in case one of them goes bad. I just manually copy over my 1tb drive to my 1tb backup drive every month.
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RAID0 is a bad choice for storage. If you lose any one drive in the array, everything on the other drive is lost too.

If you need additional space, I would put another 1tb drive in your computer, and repartition your existing drive that is almost full so that you can better use the space. You don't want your OS on a drive that is at 99.9% capacity.
I've personally never added a new drive to my rig what should I use for repartition exactly (I know of a few programs but just curious).

EDIT: So I should purchase two more 1TB's one for storage one for backup
Edited by KZISME - 7/20/11 at 9:53am
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I've personally never added a new drive to my rig what should I use for repartition exactly (I know of a few programs but just curious).
As long as your motherboard has a free SATA slot - you can slide in the HDD, connect the SATA connector and the power connector and you are done. You can use the disk manager (tutorial) in windows to partition a new drive. Never had a problem with that.

I usually use repartitioning or drive juggling as an excuse to reinstall windows =p

How, or if you even need multiple partitions it is up to you - I just wouldn't leave your OS on a drive that is almost full. Either make room on the current partition, or put the OS on its own dedicated partition with enough space for growth.
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As long as your motherboard has a free SATA slot - you can slide in the HDD, connect the SATA connector and the power connector and you are done. You can use the disk manager (tutorial) in windows to partition a new drive. Never had a problem with that.

I usually use repartitioning or drive juggling as an excuse to reinstall windows =p

How, or if you even need multiple partitions it is up to you.
So, if I don't create more partitions on the new drive it will just add 1TB of space to my total right

EDIT:I would probably move all my other stuff to the new drive do you just use the built in windows 7 thing or things like arconis etc etc
Edited by KZISME - 7/20/11 at 10:07am
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So, if I don't create more partitions on the new drive it will just add 1TB of space to my total right
Yep - because of the way they count a TB in the advertising world, your drive will show up as just short of 1gb - that is normal. It will appear as a new drive, separate from your other drives.

Also, even if you do make partitions, that just helps organize - you will still have the same total available space, it will just be... partitioned ;p
    
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Yep - because of the way they count a TB in the advertising world, your drive will show up as just short of 1gb - that is normal. It will appear as a new drive, separate from your other drives.

Also, even if you do make partitions, that just helps organize - you will still have the same total available space, it will just be... partitioned ;p
Alright thanks I've never heard of partitioning just for organization. Do you have any suggestions on externals to buy as well
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Alright thanks I've never heard of partitioning just for organization. Do you have any suggestions on externals to buy as well
I haven't looked at them for a long time, but you could always find a drive you like and put it into an enclosure to "make" your own external. I would stay internal unless you really needed to move the drive around. Otherwise you can check reviews on sites like Newegg and read up on the drive model that looks attractive to you.

I keep my OS separate from everything so if there is a problem, I don't have to think twice about just wiping it clean and installing windows again. That, and short stroking plus being a bit neurotic about organization.
    
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I haven't looked at them for a long time, but you could always find a drive you like and put it into an enclosure to "make" your own external. I would stay internal unless you really needed to move the drive around. Otherwise you can check reviews on sites like Newegg and read up on the drive model that looks attractive to you.

I keep my OS separate from everything so if there is a problem, I don't have to think twice about just wiping it clean and installing windows again. That, and short stroking plus being a bit neurotic about organization.
Thanks for all the information I'll probably order a drive or two tonight I do like the fact that you can easily wipe and not have to worry about it.
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NP!

Just be aware that some programs still save things in default locations like MY DOCUMENTS, etc. Always be more cautious than not when it comes to losing something.
    
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