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which hdds should I use for running a raid zero to ssd cache?

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Hey guys I was planning on getting two wd hdd's and putting them in a raid zero configuration and then sending this to a ssd cache.

I was hoping to get more storage space for games/videos/pictures/music etc and also get improved functionality.

I am considering the western digital red drives over black green or blue. My logic is that they are a little safer in terms of data corruption. I understand that black is faster, but I figure ssd cacheing could make up the difference in performance as well as the raid o array.

I do no plan on putting them in a NAS, just in my computer and connecting them via sata III


thoughts?
post #2 of 3
Are you using a cache drive or using Intel's motherboard caching? That will determine the most flexibility in want to you want for software caching and a SSD bigger than 60gb will last longer as most programs Ive read about only use 60gb max unless its a independent caching program from the hardware makers. Which gives your SSD a larger area to work with when re writing pages and will make it last until it burns out or tech advances for you not to want it.

But for what you are doing the only thing that would actually take advantage of the caching most likely would be games depending on the game.

Unless you do a lot of editing of photos and videos but for just storage there is no real practical reason to have a cache drive for videos/music/pictures as it really wouldn't benefit from it, not to mention it would wear down your SSD a lot faster with it swapping massive 700mb plus movies back and forth and mp3s are so small a hard drive can read that into its own cache easily.The pictures might if they are massive but really all depends what you are just storing or editing.

If you have a SSD for your OS already you are already set as the OS uses the SSD performance the most.


But for the hard drives as long as you dont use green or power efficient models it won't matter. If you buy enterprise drives you can set the time out for the hard drive to drop from the raid which can save some headaches as I had issues with my Samsung 1tb HD103's doing that from time to time and the ICH9R chipset telling me the array had failed when the hard drive was just being slow to react fast enough for the raid controller.

Just dont get the 4TB drives as they are not as mature compared to the rest and might have a lower warranty on them. I would just get the best warranty for the size you want and can afford.
Edited by terraprime - 10/28/12 at 11:35am
 
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I've ruled it to wd black or red. I figure 4 to 6 gb for the raid configuration. I'll use at least a 60 gb ssd and plan on using asus's software in the os to setup ssd cacheing. I've seen that it is easy to do.

The plan is for games/movies/ video editing/ pics. I have no concerns about burning out the ssd drive. I've never seen it frankly.

I'm debating between red or black wd drives.

thanks
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