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i currently have a vertex3 120gb but its not enough for the operating system + most of my steam games + other software (steam doesn't let you install games on seperate drives and the only workaround is problematic)

i'm thinking i should buy another vertex3 120gb and run them both in raid0 but the problem is that my motherboard (spec here) only has two sata-iii ports which means i'd have to run my 1tb hdd in sata-ii mode (although it already does because its a mechanical drive right?)

or, i could wait for the vertex4 to come out and buy a 240gb model and put my current vertex3 ssd in another computer that doesn't have one

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I've been running Raid 0 since my 80G X-25's (The reliable Intel SSD's) first came out. Never once had a problem, and it's just so fast as you already know. In your case yeah it will approximately double your drive space.

I think you should get the twin SSD drive, and it is as you say, the mechanical drive will not appear any slower different on the SATA II port.
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i'd have to run my 1tb hdd in sata-ii mode (although it already does because its a mechanical drive right?)

If its a sata-iii hdd, it runs in sata-iii mode rolleyes.gif i have 2 of sata-iii hdd's and i did a benchmark running the same hdd in sata-iii and sata-ii and i did see a difference rolleyes.gif but it was nothing too big, some ~10% max.. I assume this 1tb hdd is jsut a data storage drive? if that is the case, it dont need to have killer performance, so if i were you, i would get another ssd and put them both in sata-iii and raid-0 biggrin.gif
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something i forgot to ask!

its definitly safe to run ssd's in raid0? i know there's certain things you should never do with them (for example erasing them with dban aaskull.gif)
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post #5 of 15
you can install steam games to a different drive, but not individually.
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something i forgot to ask!
its definitly safe to run ssd's in raid0? i know there's certain things you should never do with them (for example erasing them with dban aaskull.gif)

YES never heard of any raid 0 problems or failures inherent to Raid 0 with SSD's. There are some SSD from manufacturers that have been bad (firmware etc).

Also turning off Defrag...Do turn off defrag..not a good idea to leave it on auto-run. I'm over 2 years on mine and still not a single error. Looking to upgrade entire rig now...

OT so bummed all the parts are not out yet...GK110
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Raid 0 SSD's are great! Here's my 2 Patriot Pyro 60GB SSD's in HD Tune.

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something i forgot to ask!
its definitly safe to run ssd's in raid0? i know there's certain things you should never do with them (for example erasing them with dban aaskull.gif)

it's perfectly safe bro, i have 4x ssd in raid 0
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something i forgot to ask!

its definitly safe to run ssd's in raid0? i know there's certain things you should never do with them (for example erasing them with dban aaskull.gif)

Yes. Unless the raid controller (hardware or software) is some weird alien bugger thingy that does a ****load of random crapwriting and reading to them without any reason, decresing performance biggrin.gif


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Actualy, with raid-0 you reduce the need of read/write per drive to HALF what it used to be, since data is split between the drives, so reading or writing a 20MB file does only 10MB activity per SSD biggrin.gif
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post #10 of 15
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thanks guys, +rep to y'all

nice speeds L0GIC, i only get average 230 mb/s with my vertex3
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