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So I am looking up RAID and learning a good amount on it....pretty nice to have a bunch of space and gain performance instead of loosing performance from a large amount of space....


Now im looking at doing a "now" typical raid set up

1. New SSD (getting a larger one instead of 64 Gb) as my OS and main programs...
2.having two raid0 sets on my motherboard...each drive consisting of 1Tb totalling 4 Tb

NOW i will be using my onboard raid controller for this at sataII
I will also be having a
150 Velociraptor drive on this so it can be my backup drive for my Operating System...
While my raid set up is for my Photos and Videos....
At 4Tb...
All my photos that i like will be kept on my internal raid0 sets and all the RAW original photos will be kept on external drives(have a good amount and already have two crates almost full of external drives haah)(Archive much)

SO what im trying to do is have two raid0 sets...
Is this possible through the windows7 install OR would i have to set it up after installing windows7..?
How would that be done?

BUT biggest question is which is a better drive for RAID0?
Been reading on reviews that Western Digital is not that great for RAIDing period...
while samsung f3 and f4 drives are alot better..
Although i do like the SataIII Speeds instead of SATAII speeds...

This finalizing project will be done here in the coming month when i get paid....(well not till i get the new 6990s then this computer will be done fully haha right ya thats a dream)


Drive one
get more space and loose ability to raid and just forget raiding period
Due to reviews and such

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


Or this drive which is lower space but better for multiple raid0

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822152185


Anytime this gets to ill be fine with not in any rush
Thank you Overclock Girls and Boys...site always new info...
thank you
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They're both good drives.

It's worth noting that the F3's come on sale every few weeks for $50. Incredible value there.

But if you plan to expand your array to be larger in the future, 2TB drives are the way to go.

You need to setup your RAID in the RAID BIOS/config. You can do that after installing Win7 on your SSD. Make sure your SSD is the only thing plugged in when installing, and make sure your BIOS is in RAID mode. After setting up the RAID, format it from Disk Management.

That's my 2 cents. Maybe someone else can answer the rest.
     
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ha my sata controller is sata 6gbs....

So i should get two Caviar Blacks...and raid those into 4Tb and the other two should be just samsung F3 drives...so then i can expand further...and get more caviars when those F3 fill up... and so forth....

Im planning on having this main computer as my storage and editing at home station...

I have right now a macbook pro on its way just ordered it.....That is for my on the go editing and such of that nature the typical thing to do....
(also have an Air but getting that one to my brother out in navy-got a really good price on it to its great to have a trucker grandfather lol)


What about setting up an external storage box...
Would that be better or worse because it would be connecting to USB unless i get a pci card that has external Sata connections for the external storage box...
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External storage is always going to be slower. Hooking it up directly to your SATA controller is the way to go if you need speed.

Macbooks? Well, if you've got money to burn and need the space, you may as well go all out on the WD Blacks. Then once you get it all working, you won't have worry about swapping out drives in the future. Sounds like your time matters more than a few dollars.

Another option is some of those new 3TB drives that are out. I think Hitachi has fairly good prices on the 7200RPM varients.
     
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Yes my time does money is not an issue.....
i rather have speed to get my work done and ready to go for people who need it...

what about esata..?

ya im going to just see about going full western digital drives for total of 8Tb of space in dual raid0....will that be ok if i did something of that sort instead of having it all in a bigger raid and loose the performance of raid0?
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RAID-0 can have as many drives as you want - and it keeps adding performance. (Well, for sequential stuff like video work)

But that said... one drive dies, your data goes poof.

I know lots of people here recommend RAID5 for arrays with larger numbers of drives. You lose the capacity of one drive, but your array can survive a single drive failure. The catch? You usually need a RAID card for it to work well.

eSata will get you fairly fast speeds, but a RAID-card with 4 drives will easily triple that. RAID-5 definitely requires a RAID card or you'll get major slowdown on writes - many people here pickup cheap Perc 5/6 cards from eBay for that purpose. (cheap = under $100)
     
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post #7 of 10
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can you direct me to these raid cards....

Would it be like this one...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16816115077
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http://cgi.ebay.ca/ws/eBayISAPI.dll?...=STRK:MEWAX:IT

Something like that. But I wouldn't get that one - no cables or heatsink visible.
     
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Oh wow they really are that much holy mabolly

This is fun looking this stuff up tons of numbers and models and dont know what im looking for woho for research
Thank you
now time to look for one that is PCI and not PCIex

EDIT:
So now i have found one that looks promising found this one on another thread...

http://cgi.ebay.com/Dell-R200-6-IR-P...-UCS-61-JW063-
/360382874155?pt=COMP_EN_Networking_Components&hash =item53e87e422b

or a SAS 6/ir
as you have stated and get a heatsink and fan for it..
And that is about it along with some cable to connect the SAS cables to the board and have them be sata cables instead so i can connect the drives ?

Im doing a huge upgrade getting a fan controller for this tank of mine (my sig)..
So im not to worried about having to many fans and noise...Noise is easily drowned by musik
Edited by odin2free - 8/3/11 at 7:52pm
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I don't know a huge amount about Perc 5/i and 6/i cards, but I know Overclock.net has a huge thread dedicated to them.

-> http://www.overclock.net/raid-contro...card-tips.html

DuckieHo is probably the one to ask.
     
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