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Got a question. I'm overhauling my rig at the moment. I originally had a WD 500tb green and a Hitachi 2tb. I'm dumping my 500gb for a ssd sata iii 240gb. So i'm probably gonna add another hitachi 2tb hdd. I'm pretty sure i want to raid the 2 2tbs to create 4tb total. but my current 2tb hdd is about 75% full with data. if i set it up in a raid array, will i lose that data? or can i set it up, and not have to find a way to back it all up?

part 2 of this question:

considering i'm switching to a sata iii ssd. is it better to do a single 240gb? or should i get 2x 128gb and raid 0 those for my os and games? i could even do 2x 90gb. Thanks!
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When you do raid it removes everything on the drive so you would need to backup the data first single ssds work better if i recall less problems.
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You will lose all data on the disks when you create the array.
Also the only way to 4TB of space with 2 2TB drives in RAID would be RAID-0 or JBOD both of which offer no protection.
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my advice is i prtty much concur with the above user Bal3Wolf..
get a single SSD and use it for OS and apps..
dont bother putting your 2 x 2TB HDDs in RAID ( which you would have to use RAID0) you will have to back up the exisiting data on the current 2TB HDD add the other a build the RAID array inwhich a formatting will take place and you loose your data.. after all two single drives is about the same amount as 2 drives in RAID 0.. all you will get from RAID 0 is a performance increase, which isnt really neccesary on what i expect to be data drives but the main thing is no redunancy.. atleast with using it as 2 x 2TB drives you can back up data to one as well smile.gif
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post #5 of 5
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i appreciate the quick replies. i guess it makes sense. no real point to raid 0 a movies and data backup drive and go through all the pain, if there's no backup. I appreciate the extremely quick replies guys. thanks!
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