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Should I Put My HDDs In RAID0?

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Would I notice an increase in boot up speeds and game loading times (like loading maps in multiplayer games in BF3)? Do I have to reinstall my OS? And would it impact my Fraps recordings? I got my second 2TB just for Fraps and it's worked wonders smile.gif but I don't know if it'll make the gameplay look laggy like how it was before I bought my 2TB.
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In your sig i see that you have 5400RPM drives. I don't thing you would get the performance out of it.
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well outing two drives in RAID 0 will thoeritically get you a 2x read and write speed gain, it may not be exactly this but you willl get a noticiable performance gain..

for your drives of 2TB and 500Gb RAIDing them will be a pain plus the are 5400rpm, RAID works best with same size disks but i think you can create a 500GB partition on the 2TB and RAID 0 that with the 500GB drive.. i think thats possible but not 100% sure.. always best to use the same size disks thumb.gif
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Simple answer. No...I don't recommend doing it with your setup unless you plan on purchasing additional drive(s). FRAPS in general works best as a dedicated standalone drive while creating a RAID-0 will require you to reinstall your OS. These days it's best to purchase an SSD if capacity isn't a problem for you...otherwise you're better off purchasing better drives in general to RAID-0. Even then you won't experience a significant increase in performance since that setup relies mostly on sequential read/write as oppose to random read/write that your main boot/OS drive will often do.
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Even then you won't experience a significant increase in performance since that setup relies mostly on sequential read/write as oppose to random read/write that your main boot/OS drive will often do.

You have no idea how many people on this forum don't understand this and run around touting RAID 0 like it's the second coming of Christ. Sequential read/write improvements look pretty on a graph and are great for tossing around video files while editing and such, but that's about it. +Rep to you
To the OP: Look around for reviews showing game loading times with/without RAID 0 and you'll see the information that he's giving you is spot on.
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