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2x 1TB Caviar Black WD1002FAEX in software Raid 0 on mac

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I would like to setup a software raid configuration on the Mac using the built in software RAID on OS X Mountain Lion.
After much research, I've settled on the Caviar black 1TB x2. The reason for this is because the new Seagate Spinpoint f3 are apparently not as good as the old ones made by Samsung. Moreover they only come with one year warranty. The deskstar 7k4000.d by Hitachi came in a close second, but the blacks are faster. The new seagates with 1TB per platter offer greater performance, and I really really want to go with them, but it seems every other person is knocking their reliability (correct me if I'm wrong).

I already have a 128GB SSD boot drive. This RAID 0 setup is meant as a scratch/storage for video editing purposes.

How much of an issue is the lack of tler on the blacks? Wd support says that raid 0 is supported. What are some of your practical experiences? Should I avoid the blacks and just go with the Hitachi and take the slight performance hit for greater raid reliability?


http://wdc.custhelp.com/app/answers/detail/a_id/996/kw/Caviar%20raid/session/L3RpbWUvMTM1MjUxNjMyNy9zaWQvRldOVzNVYWw%3D


I fully understand the risks of raid 0 and have a separate drive to back up my data so please do not comment on that point.
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I used Black's in Raid-0 for many years and never had an issue with them, they definitely do offer the highest performance and are very solid drives, although now WD is making NAS drives specifically for Raid purposes so those might be a consideration as well.
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I've used both software RAID and hardware RAID, no difference in speed.

Expect reading/writing around 250-270mb/s
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Originally Posted by lacrossewacker View Post

I've used both software RAID and hardware RAID, no difference in speed.
Expect reading/writing around 250-270mb/s

sweet. that sounds like a good boost in speed. i think i'm going to pull the trigger and get two single platter 1TB seagates.
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