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Hey guys, Ever since I've build my computer I've always been curious about RAID and also a bit skeptical!

Right now I'm running an AMD 3400+ 2.4GHz Clawhammer with 11x multiplier
Asus K8V-SE Deluxe Motherboard, nVIDIA BFG GeForce 6800 OC 128MB 8xAGP, 1 GB OCz Ram, and a Ultra X-Connect Power supply 500watt.

(upgrading soon to a new board (not sure which yet) AMD 4400+ 2.2GHz x2, and a EVGA GeForce 7900 GT KO Superover clocked)

But I'm only running 80GB at the moment and want to go to a higher amount but was thinking about running RAID 0, 1 or 0 + 1 no idea .

so few questions

A) If I go to RAID and I get another 80GB harddrive htat 7200RPM, 8MB cache will it do fine or does it need to be the same make or what? And should it also be SATA and not SATA 2 or what?

B) What If I had computer troubles and wanted to recover files, is it more complex with RAID?

C) Will I see a major amount of increased speed from going raid, or is it just as well to go out and buy a 160GB drive.

D) What RAID would I go with? RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0 + 1 and why!

Thanks in advance!!!!

EDIT: I looked into RAID on Google and said RAID 1 copies your files to the 2nd harddrive as like a backup which I don't think I need! So I thnik RAID 0?
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A) If I go to RAID and I get another 80GB harddrive htat 7200RPM, 8MB cache will it do fine or does it need to be the same make or what? And should it also be SATA and not SATA 2 or what?

B) What If I had computer troubles and wanted to recover files, is it more complex with RAID?

C) Will I see a major amount of increased speed from going raid, or is it just as well to go out and buy a 160GB drive.

D) What RAID would I go with? RAID 0, RAID 1, RAID 0 + 1 and why!
A) You *really* should get two identical drives. You can get different sizes, and the biggest HD will "downsize" to the size of the smaller one...but seriously...if you can, get two of the same ones. You want same cache, RPM, Make/Model, and if you can, same size.

B) Computer troubles such as...?

If you mean system files and the like, same way as a non-raid computer. Pop your XP disc in, recovery mode, and get the file you need back on there.

C) I'd go RAID. You'll notice a difference, and if you just went for a 160GB drive, it'd still be a bit more expensive.

D)
RAID 0 = Strips it half and half on a HD. What most people use. Makes things speedy in the HD department.
RAID 1 = Make a copy of HD #1 on HD #2. No performance increase; but if HD one fails, swap it with #2.
RAID 0+1 = RAID 1 and RAID 0 combined. As you'd think, you need 4 HDDs to do this. Most people use this for people who don't make backups that often. Since RAID has a slighly higher chance of corrupting, seeing as you have to have two drives live a long life and cant have one die ( ); if #1 and #2 are the "primary" drives, and #3 is a copy of 1, and #4 is a copy of 2, if #2 dies, swap it with four and continue were you left off.

Yeah. Which one depends if you have any means of backing up *very* important files that you couldn't get back if it corrupted. I personally am going RAID 0 hopefully in the near future.

Good luck.
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What do you mean they can become corrupted? Like randomly files could be corrupted or???

I do fairly large programming projects at times and losing things would bite ass!
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What do you mean they can become corrupted? Like randomly files could be corrupted or???

I do fairly large programming projects at times and losing things would bite ass!
Just like a normal drive; files can get corrupt. Your HD right now can get a corrupt file, and not boot. Any HD can. Having two raises the chances, but the chances of it happening are still low. (read: very low)
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Alright something to think about..... Thanks! +rep
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you should get a new hdd before you hook anything else up to that Ultra!
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I've been using Raid 0 since a few weeks now, and I have to say it's really great. Windows booting, copying files, loading BF2... everything is damn fast.

I'd really go for Raid 0.
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Soloz2 What you mean get a new harddrive before hooking anything up to my ultra PSU?
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if I decided to go raid 0, would i need to do a fresh install of windows? os is there a way to split what I already have on one disc?
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I'v read that Norton Ghost will copy one hard-drive to another, including Windows etc.. There is also free software on the Internet that claims to do so (Maxblaster4). Not sure how well either works tho.
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