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Configuring Two Intel 520 SSDs

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I recently received a 180 GB Intel 520 SSD from a friend (for a small price) and secure erased it. I was planning on buying an SSD in the near future anyway so I decided to do it and purchased the same 520 SSD from Newegg. While I wait for it to ship, I'm curious as to how I should configure these drives. I have a 1 TB internal drive and 1.5 TB external drive where I keep most media and backup. I'm only using up a total of 200 GB on my current internal drive, which by the total drive capacity is nothing at all. So this leaves me with two options. I can configure the SSDs in RAID0 and use it as a 'primary' drive where I download/install everything (except movies). Or I can just install my operating system, applications, and music (around 50GB) on one drive and my games on the other and use the drives individually. This still leaves my internal 1 TB drive which I don't know if I should use as a backup or not since it's an internal drive. My internal drive has a speed of 7200 RPM vs 5400 RPM on my external which is nearly 2 years old now.

Also, I am interested in being able to get the maximum everyday performance out of the drives. That being said, I'm not concerned with theoretical benchmark speeds if it's not going to effect my daily usage. My motherboard is listed in my rig below but here are the SATA connections/controllers it uses:

6 SATA2 3Gb/s (ICH10R controller)
2 SATA2 3Gb/s (GIGABYTE SATA2 controller)
2 SATA3 6Gb/s (Marvell 9128 controller)

I was considering connecting them to the SATA3 ports but I read that Marvell controllers are known to have conflicting issues with SSD drives so I'm not sure what to do now. I don't know if that will give me better performance than just connecting it to the standard SATA2 ports.

If you need anymore information, let me know.
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I say put them in RAID 0 on the SATA 3Gb/s (ICH10R controller) ports and use the 1TB as a backup/data drive.

Also, if you RAID 0 them on the Marvell SATA 6Gb/s ports you only get a max of ~380MB/s while on the Intel SATA 3Gb/s ports you will get over 540MB/s.
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I say put them in RAID 0 on the SATA 3Gb/s (ICH10R controller) ports and use the 1TB as a backup/data drive.
Also, if you RAID 0 them on the Marvell SATA 6Gb/s ports you only get a max of ~380MB/s while on the Intel SATA 3Gb/s ports you will get over 540MB/s.

Are you saying to RAID them because it will improve my performance or because it'd be beneficial to have them as a 'single' storage device. Because if leaving them as individual drives will make my boot/shutdown times quicker as well as opening up applications, then I don't mind doing that.

Another question I have is if I use my Samsung internal hard drive as a data/backup drive, will I still hear it when it's not being accessed? To be honest, the drive is louder than my fans and it tends to get irritating since I have to constantly listen to it as it's my primary drive at the moment.
Edited by Timid - 4/8/12 at 12:46pm
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I say put them in RAID 0 on the SATA 3Gb/s (ICH10R controller) ports and use the 1TB as a backup/data drive.
Also, if you RAID 0 them on the Marvell SATA 6Gb/s ports you only get a max of ~380MB/s while on the Intel SATA 3Gb/s ports you will get over 540MB/s.

Are you saying to RAID them because it will improve my performance or because it'd be beneficial to have them as a 'single' storage device. Because if leaving them as individual drives will make my boot/shutdown times quicker as well as opening up applications, then I don't mind doing that.
"Single" storage device.
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Another question I have is if I use my Samsung internal hard drive as a data/backup drive, will I still hear it when it's not being accessed? To be honest, the drive is louder than my fans and it tends to get irritating since I have to constantly listen to it as it's my primary drive at the moment.
Maybe, like a slight humm from it running. I hear mine but mine is literally 1 foot from my ear and my fans are dead silent lol. You will probably not notice it.
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Can you tell me the pros and cons of having them set up as RAID versus using them as individual drives? This way I can easily determine which pros mean more to me and configure the SSDs that way.
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Pros:
2X faster sequential reads/writes of the slowest drive (not really noticeable with SSDs)
2X space of the smallest drive

Cons:
No TRIM support for SSDs part of the array atm. (optimizes garbage collection)
Higher failure susceptibility (1 drive goes the array is lost and all data is gone)
Slightly slower boot (3-5 seconds slower usually)
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