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Ive been reading about RAID and Short Stroking and Partitioning and had a few questions since ive never done this.

Im going to be doing RAID0 with my two 500gb drives.

I want to make 3 partitions

1. 50GB for Windows 7
2. 150GB for Games & Photoshop
3. 300GB for everything else (pictures, music, videos, etc)


Im not worried about the third partition (everything else) But I do want the second partition to have fast load times.

Would this setup be a good idea, should I just have one big drive (500GB), or would 2 partitions be better?

Either way I should see faster load times over all the partitions vs my current non RAID setup correct?
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I would only recommend doing this if you have all of your personal data backed up on a non raided HD or on another media.

Running 2 partitions would be more optimal as it should help reduced access time. Since running in raid does increase sequential speeds it also introduces more access time due to both hard drive heads needing to get the area were the data is at. And no two drives will have the exact same performance hence why access time will be slower

Which in my own experience from having 2 160gb hds in raid 0, I did 1st partition - OS, programs, games. 2nd partition was pictures, music, vids that I did use very often. And i went from 60mbps to 110mbps on reads and writes, with access time going from 10-13ms to 13-25ms. Os loaded quicker and system was snappier.

But all in all there is no real gain for making a separate partition for games & photoshop, your just increases the distance for the HD heads to travel to read and write data.
 
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Originally Posted by terraprime View Post
I would only recommend doing this if you have all of your personal data backed up on a non raided HD or on another media.

Running 2 partitions would be more optimal as it should help reduced access time. Since running in raid does increase sequential speeds it also introduces more access time due to both hard drive heads needing to get the area were the data is at. And no two drives will have the exact same performance hence why access time will be slower

Which in my own experience from having 2 160gb hds in raid 0, I did 1st partition - OS, programs, games. 2nd partition was pictures, music, vids that I did use very often. And i went from 60mbps to 110mbps on reads and writes, with access time going from 10-13ms to 13-25ms. Os loaded quicker and system was snappier.

But all in all there is no real gain for making a separate partition for games & photoshop, your just increases the distance for the HD heads to travel to read and write data.
Good answer thank you for clearing that up for me
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