Originally Posted by Krazykid122
Yeah, makes sense. im a gamer, so i want maps etc. to load faster, along with in general faster reads/writes. i also edit videos and listen to alot of music and watch alot of movies and shows. so i want alot of space, thats fast, and reliable. im still reading up on all the raids and getting a better understanding, what would be the best for what i want to do?
Well that depends. Could you tolerate losing everything you have stored on your computer? If so, then RAID 0, and you get the full space of both drives. This offers the fastest overall performance. But obviously tolerates no drive failures.
If it's imperative not to lose your info, then possibly RAID 1. However, you lose half your space since the drives are technically duplicates of each other. Best fault tolerance.
Then there's RAID 1+0 (10), which stripes and mirrors which offers the best overall performance and fault tolerance. However, there's a minimum of four drives in this array. This array can tolerate multiple drive failures.
RAID 5 is also decent as you only need 3 drives, however, regardless of how many drives you have in this array, it can only tolerate 1 drive failure.
So really, it's up to you to decide what's best for your needs.
FWIW, I've been running RAID 0 arrays for a few years now without any issues. But I also bought enterprise class (server) HDD's for this exact purpose since their rate of failure is very low.