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Hi, I'm kinda new when it comes to hard drives. My computer is laking speed in that departement and I wanted to speed it up by raiding with a another hard drive.

I currently have a 500Gb SATA hard drive, i5 intel processor and a Intel Desktop Mother Board.

I have a couple of questions regarding that subject:

-Whick kind of RAID do I have to chose if I still want to have 1 whole hard drive to work with but with the speed of 2.
-Which is the safest?
-Can I lose all my information doing it?
-Do I have to buy another SATA or can I also use SSD?
-Is there any software that could do the work?

If you have documentation on how to do it with my kind of equipement, it would be appreciated also.

Thank You!
post #2 of 11
RAID 0 is what your after with another 500GB HDD but RAID 0 with 2 drives is only thoerectical x2 r/w gains.. actual performance will come down to the drives.. needs to be back up but you will have 9xxGB of usable space

safest for two drives: RAID 1 but read gains will improve but not write.. as RAID 1 is a mirror you will have 2 x 500GB drives but only about 465GB of usable space

remember not matter which RAID you use you should back up any RAID array as well

www.overclock.net/f/320/raid-controllers-and-software

but what i would do is get an SSD for your OS/system and keep the 500GB as a data drive, there will be a big performance increase. maybe later get another HDD to back up on smile.gif
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You are better off buying a single SSD and setting it up as a single disk. Your 2 mechanical drives will still not keep up with a single SSD in terms of speed and reliability.

If you want to fool around with RAID, buy another identical drive (RAID is finicky with non-like drives), backup your data, and re-install.

If you want to clone your disk to a RAID array, create a backup with something like Acronis, and restore it to the RAID array. Don't forget to install and enable the RAID driver before] you backup the disk - that way when you restore it to the new RAID array it will load properly - otherwise you will be greeted with a fancy blue screen instead of your desktop.
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post #4 of 11
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RAID 0 is what your after with another 500GB HDD but RAID 0 with 2 drives is only thoerectical x2 r/w gains.. actual performance will come down to the drives.. needs to be back up but you will have 9xxGB of usable space
safest for two drives: RAID 1 but read gains will improve but not write.. as RAID 1 is a mirror you will have 2 x 500GB drives but only about 465GB of usable space
remember not matter which RAID you use you should back up any RAID array as well
www.overclock.net/f/320/raid-controllers-and-software
but what i would do is get an SSD for your OS/system and keep the 500GB as a data drive, there will be a big performance increase. maybe later get another HDD to back up on smile.gif

I was perhaps thinking of just switching my main hard drive with an SSD instead and keep my old one for personal storage. Is there a way to switch hard drive by, sort of, copying the old hard drive and taking his place?

Thanks a lot for your help!
post #5 of 11
SSD boot disk, Raid array containing home folder and your files etc and back-up disk gets my vote. With the price of HDD at the moment you can't go wrong with SSD. Buy HDD when the price don't take the p.........

EDIT: You're best off doing a fresh install with only SSD installed then optimise windows for SSDand add your other drives.
Edited by iamlongtime - 4/20/12 at 3:01pm
post #6 of 11
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I was perhaps thinking of just switching my main hard drive with an SSD instead and keep my old one for personal storage. Is there a way to switch hard drive by, sort of, copying the old hard drive and taking his place?
Thanks a lot for your help!

Yes, very easy with Acronis or another drive-cloning software. It will adjust the partitions for you as well. Pop both drives in, load Acronis, select the source drive, select the destination, and clone. Once finished, unplug the old hard drive and set the SSD as your primary boot drive in your bios.
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so moving your data from one HDD to a new HDD is my understanding?
once to have set up the new HDD you could use something like robocopy o some type of cloning software
http://www.overclock.net/t/1125994/seans-data-backup-guide-using-robocopy

on the SSD i would just do a fresh install smile.gif
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post #8 of 11
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Yes, very easy with Acronis or another drive-cloning software. It will adjust the partitions for you as well. Pop both drives in, load Acronis, select the source drive, select the destination, and clone. Once finished, unplug the old hard drive and set the SSD as your primary boot drive in your bios.

Thanks for your input! really appreciate it. Another question (yeah sorry but I really want to be sure what I'm doing when handling hard drives tongue.gif) :
Is Acronis really worth the 50$ if I just want to clone it then forget it? Sure it has a lot of nice other features, but I'm not really interested in those, just want to switch and that's it. Is there any free software that just does the trick for that? Or maybe i can do it with the free trial of Acronis.

Thanks again!
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With how long a windows install takes on a SSD it's not worth the cash or the hassle of cloning the current drive. Also you dont want to keep your files or anything else barring programs and a game or two on the SSD.
SSD Boot
HDD Home folder and other files.
Plus you want to optimise the SSD for windows and that is best done after a fresh install with no other crap installed. Seans SSD thread, this guy knows his beans
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Don't clone over to an SSD. Unless you use special software it won't apply all SSD optimizations. Just do a fresh install - less headaches in the future.

At this point SSD pricing is good and HDD pricing is bad, so I vote for an SSD rather than RAID.

Back when 500GB drives were $30-35 and 1TB drives were around $50, going RAID-0 made sense. After all, a 128GB SSD cost about $200 back then. But now that same 128GB SSD will cost somewhere between $100-150 (depending on the quality and speed), while a 1TB drive is also up around $100. They're much closer in cost - unless you need the HDD's capacity, you should go for the SSD and get incredible speed. thumb.gif
     
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