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If I was to purchase a Raptor, could I use it in conjunction with my hard drive in the raid function?

I am completely new to Raid, do not know much about it. I have only ever used just one hard drive.
    
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you could use it in a RAID, if you went RAID 0, you would only have a total of 74gb of disk space, if I remember right.
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I don't think it would be wise to use two drives with different RPMs and raid them. If it is even possible, that is
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I am completely new to Raid, do not know much about it. I have only ever used just one hard drive.
I have RAID-0 but I'd definitely will not RAID with a puny 36GB drive nor a 74GB, minimum will be 120 and the 150 Raptor has a ridiculous price which I won't even consider.

RAID is very easy, I took me a day or two to got it all down to work and learn the settings in the BIOS. But for RAID, best thing is to do it with a 16MB cache HDD and at least 200GB, today's apps take a lot of space and games are in the 5GB+ required space. I only paid $160 for my drives and they're fast.
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I think I have the same hard drive as you Nasgul, so all I have to do is buy another one just like it and configure it to work with Raid-0?

Then what, install OS & games on one, and use other for storage and what not?
    
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You have to be careful - Seagate produces different versions of the Barracuda including both ATA and then the newer SATA version 7200.10 with the Perpendicular technology. It is usually a good idea to purchase identical drives when you go raid0. Most likely you have the SATA version - and in that case, yep just buy another 250GB Barracuda - not only will you gain an extra 250 gigs (raid does not subtract from your gig space overall) but your speed performance will improve dramatically. If you then compare how much you payed for 2x
250GB's as opposed to buying one 500GB, you end up saving money as well. The downside to RAID is it does take more effort to install - RAID is not automatic and the chance for drive failure rises simply because you now are using two HDs as opposed to a single HD and if either one fails you're SOL - so make sure you eventually back-up the drives (with an external)

Newegg has the SATA 7200.10 Barracuda 250G currently priced around $75 - and the 320G priced at $95 (which is what I went for). Note - the Barracudas do run hotter than the Caviars and in general the Caviar outperforms them by a small margin- but in some cases, Barracuda's 7200.10 new perpendicular technology stomps all over the Caviars. Also, Seagate has a 5 year warranty on the Barracudas - WD only has 3 year on Caviars.
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Well one other comment: if you just buy one other Barracuda you're going to have to find a way to backup the HD you now have, because going RAID0 will require you to reformat your original HD. This can get really gnarly if you also have to reinstall your OS.
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I think I have the same hard drive as you Nasgul, so all I have to do is buy another one just like it and configure it to work with Raid-0?

Then what, install OS & games on one, and use other for storage and what not?
Pretty much, but once you go RAID 0, both of your drives will become one single drive that will read as 500GB, except you're actually going to get about 465 total.

Everything you install, it will end up in the RAID 0 drive, nothing will be installed in one drive, all of it in both.

If you have the Seagate Perpendicular 250GB then you get another one but you'll also have to download the F6 files and you need to have a floppy disk and then fallow the manual, soon you'll have RAID 0 as well.
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Thanks for the info guys, I think I will buy another 250gb and Windows Vista at the same time, that way I can do a fresh install of the OS when I do go Raid0.
    
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