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So I am debating on what to do storage wise. I have been picking up steam games on sales/ Humble bundle, and now it has filled up my HDD with only 30GB to spare (actually I just bought another game so 20GB).

I currently have two Samsung F3 500GB. One is used as a dedicated Steam/Origin drive (games), while the other is dedicated to the OS and everyday programs and utilities.

Options
-Buy a Samsung F3 1TB HDD for larger game drive.
-Buy a Samsung 128GB 830/840Pro SSD and use my two Samsung HDDs in RAID 0 for 1TB storage capacity..
-Other?

The first option would be Simple. Copy and paste my game files over to the 1TB HDD and reinstall the games. RAID 0 the two 500GB drives for OS.

The second option would yield much faster load times in games from the RAID 0 array, and a SSD for the OS would be a large improvement. The only problem is that would mean downloading all 500GB worth of games, which would take me over 350 hours, and a "friendly" phone call from my ISP. Also with RAID 0 if a drive fails, I would lose all data and have yet another 500GB of downloading to do.
post #2 of 10
if you can do both options.
get the SSD.
RAID 0 the 2 x 500GB drives.
Get a 1TB drive to use as a back up drive for the RAID 0 array.
Thats what i will do as RAID 0 offers no protection which you know smile.gif
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Well After some thought, I'm about to place an order for a Samsung 840 Pro 128GB SSD and a Samsung spinpoint F3 1TB.

I think I'll just sell my two 500GB HDDs to offset the price a bit and call it good.
post #4 of 10
Why the sammy? there are better drives out now for the size and price.

example: http://us.ncix.com/products/?sku=74462&vpn=WD10EZEX&manufacture=Western%20Digital%20WD&promoid=1306
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The only problem is that would mean downloading all 500GB worth of games, which would take me over 350 hours, and a "friendly" phone call from my ISP. Also with RAID 0 if a drive fails, I would lose all data and have yet another 500GB of downloading to do.

Sounds like you got it suss'd though I can't say enough about RAID 0 ... even with plain jane drives, it's an outstanding tech and is significantly faster than a single drive. I've got two 600gb raptors in RAID 0 as my main system drive and it smokes...low end SSD speeds, really. But a bullet proof imaging/backup scenario is absolutely required...

Also, you shouldn't have to re download everything once moving Steam to another drive ... all your game data (that which you initially install/download) can be simply copied over to the new drive ... then you just re install steam and it will update anything it needs to update but won't have to RE download all your game data. I've done it before and it works fine ... should be some tutorials out there on the net ...
    
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The only problem is that would mean downloading all 500GB worth of games, which would take me over 350 hours, and a "friendly" phone call from my ISP. Also with RAID 0 if a drive fails, I would lose all data and have yet another 500GB of downloading to do.

Sounds like you got it suss'd though I can't say enough about RAID 0 ... even with plain jane drives, it's an outstanding tech and is significantly faster than a single drive. I've got two 600gb raptors in RAID 0 as my main system drive and it smokes...low end SSD speeds, really. But a bullet proof imaging/backup scenario is absolutely required...

Also, you shouldn't have to re download everything once moving Steam to another drive ... all your game data (that which you initially install/download) can be simply copied over to the new drive ... then you just re install steam and it will update anything it needs to update but won't have to RE download all your game data. I've done it before and it works fine ... should be some tutorials out there on the net ...

Tutorial:
  1. Go to steam folder
  2. Drag to new location
  3. Go into steam folder and click steam application
  4. Input user info
  5. Input steams code from the email you will get
  6. Continue, you can now play your games.


lol

OP, if you don't have a backup drive I feel bad for you when you loose everything. That should be first priority over everything. Cause with a backup you wouldn't need to worry about anything.
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OP, if you don't have a backup drive I feel bad for you when you loose everything. That should be first priority over everything. Cause with a backup you wouldn't need to worry about anything.

x2

I have a 3TB hot swap drive that I do bi weekly full system images to (imaging a 1.2 TB RAID 0 array). I also have a once weekly automated routine that creates another copy of the image and to yet another, external 2TB drive. Doubly redundant. I sleep well at night and wantonly blast my RAID 0 array with little fear of losing data.

Oh yeah ... I have yet another hot swap drive that sits on a shelf and is dedicated to once a month (or so) system clones.

;-)

Learned all that by watching Nasa documentaries...
    
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post #8 of 10
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I have a 1TB Samsung F3 on the way that I got as a christmas gift. I think I'm going to hold off on the SSD until I buy new CPU and motherboard setup.
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I have a 1TB Samsung F3 on the way that I got as a christmas gift. I think I'm going to hold off on the SSD until I buy new CPU and motherboard setup.
Go Intel if you do. smile.gif
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Go Intel if you do. smile.gif

Of course, AMD currently offers worse CPUs than my 1100T. Last AMD CPU I will purchase for the foreseeable future.
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