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post #1 of 10
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ok guys this is what i wanna do (first ground-up build)

vertex 3 = boot drive (o rly?)
2x velociraptor 300gb raid 0 = games and programs
WD Black 2TB for media and file storage. (user account and all other non boot data??)

Mobo will be the RE4

is there a easy way to setup windows so all user account data is stored on the 2tb drive? i wanna keep everything i can't loose off of the raid setup for obvious reasons. trying to avoid a reg modding nightmare.

im sure there is a thread on this somewhere just would like fresh input.
post #2 of 10
In Windows 7 it is simple to move user data somewhere else - you just create the folders with user data on the 2TB drive and using Win7's "Libraries" all you need to do is to add them as default locations.

My 2 cents: you may be better served if you get a bigger SSD in stead of one small and 2 velociraptors. An SSD boot drive would only accelerate ummm BOOT if all the apps are on the HDDs. If all user data is on the HDDs than they won't be particularly responsive, program launch will still be slow... so I wonder what would be the point of the SSD - some things would be faster, but they would "wait" for everything else to load, so the benefit overall won't be as big. I would choose something in the lines of a 256 M4 or a 240GB V3 and a 1TB Samsung F3 for fast storage.
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1x 60GB-120GB SSD for OS
2x 120GB SSD in raid 0 for Games
1 or 2 WD 2TB Blacks for storage

Edit: Btw, I wouldn't bother moving user and account data from SSD to HDD and just backup periodically. Good luck.
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1x 60GB-120GB SSD for OS
2x 120GB SSD in raid 0 for Games
1 or 2 WD 2TB Blacks for storage

Edit: Btw, I wouldn't bother moving user and account data from SSD to HDD and just backup periodically. Good luck.
Ssd's in raid 0 was my number one choice. But for roughly 120 each and having twice the storage was the deal sealer on the raptors.

Loading my documents or a group of photos in the least amount of time possible isn't a big must have thing for me. Just trying to keep clutter off of my solid state. My 80gb intel Ssd is rather cluttered with user account data in my laptop. Trying avoid the hassle of the drive filling up.
post #5 of 10
Why would you need RAID 0 for games and programs?

You would trade off 1/2 of the reliability for 3 seconds of faster boot?

Also the price of HDDs is horrible these days, so keep your money.
post #6 of 10
I have a 64gb m4 ssd for boot and small programs, 2 short stroked 640gb WD blacks for games, and a 2tb WD green for storage, it's pretty much perfect, the blacks are lightning fast for games, the boot times are incredible, only problem is my 2tb of storage is quickly dwindling down...
Go for it OP, it's a pretty good setup, and moving the libraries to the storage drive is pretty simple to do
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Why would you need RAID 0 for games and programs?

You would trade off 1/2 of the reliability for 3 seconds of faster boot?

booting is the solid state's job. once i get to the desktop, then anything i click will be the on the raptors. having one VR fail would not be the end of the world. i would just loose programs. programs that can be reinstalled.

Also the price of HDDs is horrible these days, so keep your money.
hard drives are crazy money. i lucked out with mine that i bought in the last week and found some deals.

ordered the raptors right from WD ~ 250shipped

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I have a 64gb m4 ssd for boot and small programs, 2 short stroked 640gb WD blacks for games, and a 2tb WD green for storage, it's pretty much perfect, the blacks are lightning fast for games, the boot times are incredible, only problem is my 2tb of storage is quickly dwindling down...
Go for it OP, it's a pretty good setup, and moving the libraries to the storage drive is pretty simple to do
glad to hear that you like the setup!

SSD's in raid 0 would be nice but VR's are a close second with much nicer storage capability
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Why would you need RAID 0 for games and programs?

You would trade off 1/2 of the reliability for 3 seconds of faster boot?

booting is the solid state's job. once i get to the desktop, then anything i click will be the on the raptors. having one VR fail would not be the end of the world. i would just loose programs. programs that can be reinstalled.

Also the price of HDDs is horrible these days, so keep your money.
hard drives are crazy money. i lucked out with mine that i bought in the last week and found some deals.

ordered the raptors right from WD ~ 250shipped

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Originally Posted by y2kcamaross View Post
I have a 64gb m4 ssd for boot and small programs, 2 short stroked 640gb WD blacks for games, and a 2tb WD green for storage, it's pretty much perfect, the blacks are lightning fast for games, the boot times are incredible, only problem is my 2tb of storage is quickly dwindling down...
Go for it OP, it's a pretty good setup, and moving the libraries to the storage drive is pretty simple to do
glad to hear that you like the setup!

SSD's in raid 0 would be nice but VR's are a close second with much nicer storage capability
post #9 of 10
Thanks, i'm sure you'll enjoy yours as well, sad part is my raid setup writes faster than my ssd

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I have a Vertex3 as my boot drive and a coupe of games.
I put everything else on my RAID0 setup. Yes it is faster and makes a differance in games.
I have a WD Cavier Blue 1TB as a backup drive. A must have if your running a RAID0 setup.
Set your SATA ports in bios to RAID. Any drive not in the RAID array will be set to ACHI (your SSD).
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