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so i have an ssd i've been using for almost a year now - above average use i would say, cuz i have to keep installing and uninstalling games quite often - and im thinking of an upgrade..

prices of ssd's are so tempting right now so it got me thinking of doubling-up on my 120GB corsair force GT so i can have all my games i want to play installed all at the same time..

so i guess my question is, is it ok to raid an old SSD with a new one? (assuming i get the same model number, and make the necessary firmware update if they don't match)

my concern is mainly towards the limited read/write cycles of ssds, not so much on the actual lifetime of the ssd but that there will be a huge gap between the new and the old card - and if that would be an issue with raid, other than the fact that the old card will wear out first..

i use my ssd, i bought one, so im using it without even thinking about the read/write cycles.. when the time comes that it wears out then so be it..

any help would be great.. cheers
    
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You can RAID anything. So yes it is OK.
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As Sean said, you can raid ANY drive with ANY drive. Just be aware that the array sizes/functionality are generally limited to the slowest/smallest drive in the array. Excluding JBOD/span raids, of course- but I imagine you'd notice performance inconsistencies here anyways.
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my concern is mainly towards the limited read/write cycles of ssds, not so much on the actual lifetime of the ssd but that there will be a huge gap between the new and the old card - and if that would be an issue with raid, other than the fact that the old card will wear out first..

i use my ssd, i bought one, so im using it without even thinking about the read/write cycles.. when the time comes that it wears out then so be it..

Yes, the older one will wear out first- but, you will probably either replace them, or change your setup before then. SSDs are a lot more durable than people give them credit for. Assuming they don't come from a certain company. wink.gif
    
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You can RAID anything. So yes it is OK.

even mismatch model, capacity, and/or firmware?
    
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You can RAID anything. So yes it is OK.

even mismatch model, capacity, and/or firmware?
Anything. You could even RAID a SSD with a HDD.

With RAID you are just limited to the capacity of the smallest and speed of the slowest drive in the array.
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Anything. You could even RAID a SSD with a HDD.
With RAID you are just limited to the capacity of the smallest and speed of the slowest drive in the array.

ok.. good to know.. thanks..

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Anything. You could even RAID a SSD with a HDD.
With RAID you are just limited to the capacity of the smallest and speed of the slowest drive in the array.

ok.. good to know.. thanks..

now just have to do some research on how to do one the proper way and im good to go..

cheers..
Basic guide: http://www.overclock.net/t/1227670/how-to-set-up-raid
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