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What strip size should i use for my RAID 0 setup. Im going to b running mostly games from my RAID 0 setup if that will help determine wat strip size to use.

Thanks

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post #2 of 12
Well im gussing you have

2x Western Digital 120gb's

In general you usually have to find the best strip size out of trial and error however people seem to get good results with a 16k or 32k.
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There are many factors which influence this but the key one is the Stripe:Cluster ratio... this should be kept to 4:1. Given the default Cluster is 4K (MS default) then the Stripe should be 16K. There has been plenty of indepth discussion on this here at oc.net ... search the HDD threads to find more of these.
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It really just depends on what you're going to be using the drives for. If you're mainly going to have larger media files for example which take up about 300mb a pop then you should be looking at a 16k array, as you'll have more speed. But if you're going to have lots of small files like notepad .txt files or something then 4k would be more suitable as it would use less space. Catch my drift? Hopefully that made sense
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post #5 of 12
Yes that makes perfect sense. Im guessing for gaming due to the DATA transfer that a 16k Stripe would also be sufficient ?
post #6 of 12
I say 16K. That's what I'm using on a seperate chipset than my Southbridge. I need to get ICH8R so I can see the real effects of RAID-0. But As I said before. 16K.

This is my experience with RAID:

http://www.overclock.net/hard-drives...abyte-ds3.html
http://www.overclock.net/hard-drives...enchmarks.html
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Thanks for all the info. Sry bout the HDD confusion. I want to fun 2 320 GB WD Perp drives. They are both SATA II.

The rig is infact for gaming. I think I will also buy a seperate 37GB Raptor drive for the OS and a few other small programs.

Another quick question though. What RAID controller should I use. This is my first RAID setup I will be doing and don't know whether to use the RAID sorftware of hardware. I want to think the hardware controller would be better, but not sure.

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Thanks for all the info. Sry bout the HDD confusion. I want to fun 2 320 GB WD Perp drives. They are both SATA II.

The rig is infact for gaming. I think I will also buy a seperate 37GB Raptor drive for the OS and a few other small programs.

Another quick question though. What RAID controller should I use. This is my first RAID setup I will be doing and don't know whether to use the RAID sorftware of hardware. I want to think the hardware controller would be better, but not sure.

"KB"
Well, the software and hardware are basically integrated with eachother, you use the software if you've already got your OS Setup on a seperate hard drive.

I suggest doing hardware and, when you say RAID Controller do you mean the actual card? Becuase if so, I think you should try the board first, if that doesn't work try somthing like this:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16816102060
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post #9 of 12
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Well, I'n not 100% sure if I will just upgrade this computer to RAID 0, or just build a completely new computer. It depends on the funds I get within the next month. I do however, plan to install my OS on a 37GB Raptor drive along with about 9.5GB of music. The RAID 0 config will be for all my games, like BF2, BF 2142, CSS, HL2, etc. I think that setup will drasitcally improve my startup times.

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Quick update.

If I were to get this MB

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16813128011

Would you buy a RAID controller, or just use the one that this board has built in? Which option would be faster?

Thanks again

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