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So I just got my new rig built and am looking for what is the most practical and efficient HDD setup. Right now I have 2 1TB Spinpoint F3's. Should I try RAID 0 with 2 1TB drives and then get a backup drive? What is a good size for a backup, 500GB?? Also when using RAID 0 should I put the OS on those drives or get a 4th drive for that? Like 1 500GB for OS, 2 1TB in RAID 0, and a backup 500GB? Just a noob that has only ever used a pc with one drive, lol. But I am starting to OC and stuff and if I mess stuff up and want to have things backed up. Any help would be appreciated.
post #2 of 9
Most people RAID 0 for speed, so you would probably use the RAID 0 (2X1TB) for the OS then use the other drive for backup. 2 TB would be overkill for storage on a OS drive unless you have tonnes of games on them.

You could also go with a SSD for the OS drive. Then you could then use your 2 1TB drives for (1) storage and game installations (2) backup.
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So your saying 2x1TB in RAID0 for everything and then just a single extra drive for backup? When 2 drives are in RAID 0 how much space is lost?

Or an SSD for OS, 1TB drive for games/programs, and 1TB drive for backup? Hmm...so many options.
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So your saying 2x1TB in RAID0 for everything and then just a single extra drive for backup? When 2 drives are in RAID 0 how much space is lost?

Or an SSD for OS, 1TB drive for games/programs, and 1TB drive for backup? Hmm...so many options.
No space is lost, RAID0 = space of both drives combined.

2TB for a boot drive is huge. I would never use consumer drives for a OS drive. Go for something enterprise or with a 5 year warranty. The warranty doesn't really mean anything it just means the parts used in those drives are more rugged than standard consumer drives.

SSD for OS/boot drive is the best option here.
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No space is lost, RAID0 = space of both drives combined.

2TB for a boot drive is huge. I would never use consumer drives for a OS drive. Go for something enterprise or with a 5 year warranty. The warranty doesn't really mean anything it just means the parts used in those drives are more rugged than standard consumer drives.

SSD for OS/boot drive is the best option here.
Ok, well since I already have the 2 1TB drives I guess I will look into an SSD for OS/boot drive. I was just curious about RAID 0 as I have never used it before, but it looks like with SSD's out it might not be as necessarily as it once was, especially if all I have are 1TB drives.
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Ok, well since I already have the 2 1TB drives I guess I will look into an SSD for OS/boot drive. I was just curious about RAID 0 as I have never used it before, but it looks like with SSD's out it might not be as necessarily as it once was, especially if all I have are 1TB drives.
What's your budget?
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What's your budget?
Um, I'd like to stay under $150 but my 2500k build was a little cheaper than I expected so I guess I could go to $200 if it was worth it. What's good?
post #8 of 9
You will be happy with the extra performance in using a SSD for your boot drive.

I would go 64GB - 120 GB depending on your budget. As for which one, I will try not to get into any particulars, but there are a few "SSD Lotteries" happening right now with some of the drives. If you want good performance/price with a SSD that has been quite consistent, I would say a Crucial RealSSD C300. There are many others and a few are better, though I would not bother and risk any potential hassle.
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Um, I'd like to stay under $150 but my 2500k build was a little cheaper than I expected so I guess I could go to $200 if it was worth it. What's good?
OCZ Vertex 2 120GB is pretty stable now. Under $200 after taxes and shipping.
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