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Eh, you asked for the best loading possible tongue.gif
Granted that would be 3x RAID0 but you're more or less asking for data loss.

Also, not difficult to saturate your connection or DVD drive as far as writes.

see thats where id rather only use 2 drives... that and well... i have 2 i can use as spares if need be...i aquired a 4th RE drive today at work from IT, i love these guys, they always give me all the good hardware and write it off dead:D
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Stick them all into a RAID-5 array? Who cares about writes - you'll have crazy read speeds! As long as they aren't used as your OS drive, writes during important moments (like gaming and loading levels) will be minimal.

And when you're installing new games, it doesn't really matter if the read/write speeds are awful, as they're still faster than what your DVD drive or internet connection can provide.

No offense, but the workload you described matches WORM perfectly. (Write Once, Read Many - exactly what RAID-5/RAID-6 were designed for.)
     
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Stick them all into a RAID-5 array? Who cares about writes - you'll have crazy read speeds! As long as they aren't used as your OS drive, writes during important moments (like gaming and loading levels) will be minimal.

And when you're installing new games, it doesn't really matter if the read/write speeds are awful, as they're still faster than what your DVD drive or internet connection can provide.

No offense, but the workload you described matches WORM perfectly. (Write Once, Read Many - exactly what RAID-5/RAID-6 were designed for.)

True, can i raid 5 3 drives and keep one as a hot spare?
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You can - but every drive you add gives you more read speed. I'd be very tempted to toss all four into an array. If you need to replace one, you can always get a cheap WD Black to replace it - or ask your work buddies for another? wink.gif
     
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You can - but every drive you add gives you more read speed. I'd be very tempted to toss all four into an array. If you need to replace one, you can always get a cheap WD Black to replace it - or ask your work buddies for another? wink.gif

the issue with getting them from IT is, they only swap so many drives a month, if they write off too many as dead, they'll get questioned, thier using cheaper seagate drives as replacements in the hot swaps, and wroting off the WD RE's and leaving them in on my office desk
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Alright, if you're stuck with the platter drives, RAID 0 all three of them for your best speed gains. Use your 4th drive for backup. 2 drives or 3 drives, you should always back up from an array.

I run 3 80s in a RAID 0 on my secondary home machine. They're fast, but still get spanked by an SSD.

Save up for a single 120GB SSD (or two 60s on sale) and your RAID 0 platter array will be great for data/overflow.
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the issue with getting them from IT is, they only swap so many drives a month, if they write off too many as dead, they'll get questioned, thier using cheaper seagate drives as replacements in the hot swaps, and wroting off the WD RE's and leaving them in on my office desk
Every once and a while I hear from businesses that all brands have similar failure rates.

And then I hear stories like this. biggrin.gif
     
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VIA Eden C7 1200mhz Jetway J7F4K1G2ES-LF VIA Onboard 512MB PC2-4200 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
A-Data FlashDrive None Fanless Linux 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Headless None 65w Power Brick Antec ISK300-65 
MouseAudio
None Onboard VIA 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Barton XP-M 2400+ FJQ4C Asus A7N8X-E Deluxe 256MB BFG 7800GS OC 2x512MB Samsung PC3200 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Raptor 74GB/Seagate 120GB Windows 2000 Pro 60hz 17" CRT Brandless PS2 Keyboard 
PowerMouse
Antec Neo HE 550w Logitech G5 
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CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
FX-8350 @ 4.6ghz 1.425v Sabertooth 990FX Zotac GTX 1070 Amp! 32GB (4x8GB) Kingston Fury 1866mhz CL10 1T 1.5v 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Hitachi 2TB - HDS723020BLA64 Crucial M500 960GB - CT960M500SSD1 WD 4TB Black - WD4001FAEX WD 4TB Black - WD4001FAEX 
Hard DriveHard DriveHard DriveHard Drive
Seagate 2TB - ST2000DM001 WD 640GB Black - WD6401AALS Seagate 6TB - ST6000DM001 Micron M500 - MTFDDAK480MAV 
Optical DriveOptical DriveOptical DriveOptical Drive
Pioneer DVR-115DBK Samsung SH-S243D/BEBE LG GH22NS90 Lite-On EBAU108 External DVD 
CoolingCoolingCoolingOS
Noctua NH-D15 Fractal Design 140mm Fan - FD-FAN-140 Fractal Design 120mm Fan - FD-FAN-120 Windows 7 
OSMonitorMonitorKeyboard
Ubuntu 14.04 LTS Samsung 2343BWX 23" (2048x1152) BenQ GW2765HT 27" IPS LCD Monitor (2560x1440) Genius Keyboard KB-G235 PA 
PowerCaseMouseMouse Pad
Seasonic Platinum 1000w PSU - SS-1000XP Fractal Design Define R5 Steelseries Rival 6500 dcpi Mousepad + Desk 
AudioAudioOtherOther
Onboard Realtek® ALC 892 Cyber Acoustics CA-2992 2.0 Speakers Razer Krait 1600 DPI nGear G-C1601 Card Reader 
OtherOther
Pisen Card Reader Gigabyte M7 Thor 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
VIA Eden C7 1200mhz Jetway J7F4K1G2ES-LF VIA Onboard 512MB PC2-4200 
Hard DriveOptical DriveCoolingOS
A-Data FlashDrive None Fanless Linux 
MonitorKeyboardPowerCase
Headless None 65w Power Brick Antec ISK300-65 
MouseAudio
None Onboard VIA 
CPUMotherboardGraphicsRAM
Barton XP-M 2400+ FJQ4C Asus A7N8X-E Deluxe 256MB BFG 7800GS OC 2x512MB Samsung PC3200 
Hard DriveOSMonitorKeyboard
Raptor 74GB/Seagate 120GB Windows 2000 Pro 60hz 17" CRT Brandless PS2 Keyboard 
PowerMouse
Antec Neo HE 550w Logitech G5 
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