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I have two identical SSDs - To RAID or not to RAID

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I've currently got two Crucial M4 128GB SSDs on my desk, and I'm debating whether or not to set them up in a RAID 0 array.

They will hold two things:
- The OS: Windows 7 64 bit
- High performance apps: Games, DAW and similar

I have three other drives as well, a 750GB for various docs and low performance apps, a 2TB for media and a 2TB for backup, so I don't need reliability, if any of the drives fail I can just reinstall the OS and apps. I could always use the extra speed. I am not sure if I can partition a RAID 0 drive, though? I'd prefer a separate partition for the OS, to keep things clean. Also I understand that TRIM won't work in a RAID array. Is this correct? In that case I might be better of keeping them as two separate drives?

My motherboard is an ASUS P6X58D Premium, don't know if it would have any issues with RAID.
post #2 of 9
Really doesn't make much of a difference unless you are just doing it for benching.
You honestly won't notice the increase in speed, considering the speed of SSD's in general.
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I have 2 SSD's also. A Crucial M4 (currently my main OS/Main Game drive) and a G Skill Falcon 128GB SSD. Older Indilinx based SSD. Few years old now.

Even IF I had identical drives. I wouldn't raid them. At least not for my uses. I keep the M4 as Windows and main apps + stand-alone games. And keep my G Skill as my Steam drive. And any other game that I don't really plan on playing much; and don't wanna take up room on the main drive.

Like you mentioned; I'd rather keep the drives separate; and keep your main OS drive as its own drive.. The speed would be nice though. But what do you do? Any particular reason for the need/want for RAID 0? Just cos? XD.
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No need for it, I would just do it if it meant faster speeds with no real drawbacks. But now I just read that boot times can be increased with close to 20 seconds. That's kind of a no-no for me, since my CPU fan spins at a very noisy 2000rpm until the OS is loaded and Speedfan starts... Also, one of the reasons I got an SSD for the OS was faster boot time.
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the raid rom is why it takes a few extra seconds to boot a system, it has to check the drives, make sure they're attached and functional etc before it can boot. With most onboard raid setups, it shouldn't be more than 10-15 seconds, but like was mentioned, it's not a huge performance difference with ssd's, until you get to a dedicated hardware raid controller.
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I have two 80GB Intels, but I run them separately as OS drive and games drive smile.gif
And I use Steam Mover to manage my games!
Link to Steam Mover in my sig thumb.gif
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Steam Mover looks nice, I was planning to do that manually redface.gif There is a program for everything.
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Steam Mover looks nice, I was planning to do that manually redface.gif There is a program for everything.

I'd be lost without it redface.gif

I noticed you haven't put your Rig in your Sig!
So here is my super easy How To, in case you was wanting to do it smile.gif
Warning: Spoiler! (Click to show)
Hope it helps thumb.gif

First click "Rigbuilder" top right of this page!
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Click "Create Rig"
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Fill in what you have and keep clicking "Save and Continue"
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Once done click your "user name"!
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Scroll down to and click "Edit Signature Text"
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Then drop down one of the "Show off stuff in your signature" tabs and select your Rig
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Click "Submit" thumb.gif
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All done applaud.gif
oh, and iirc your Rig might not show in your Sig straight away smile.gif
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Thanks, I knew how to, but I'm waiting for all the upgrade parts to arrive before I put it in. Thanks anyway smile.gif
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