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RAID? What is it?

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I have 1 HDD that is installed already, and according to the box, it says it is RAID ready. Not sure what RAID is, can someone explain? Peformance, Issues, etc. I also have another HDD, by MAXTOR, that is 300GB and is RAID ready. Can some one explain what I can do with these 2 RAID Ready HDD's?
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Raid is where you take 2 of the same hard drive, and run them together for some nice benefits. If you choose striping mode, you will get 2X storage speed, 2X hard drive bandwidth, but the access/response time will stay the same. Also if one hard drive fails you loose the data on both.
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It's when someone steals or erase your HDD over the internet. JK

What the Fish said, but there's more.
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Hmm, Will my Maxtor 100GB SATA + Maxtor 300GB SATA work together?
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RAID is Redundant Array of Idependent Disks. It is a method of linking multiple HDs together for different benefits depending on how you set it. The most common RAID setups are RAID 0 or RAID 1. RAID 0 is used to increase performance of the HDs by striping the data, kinda like running dual channel HDs. This way the data read/write access times are split in half. RAID 1 is used for keeping data integrity. The data is mirrored on the HDs so that the HDs linked will have the exact same copies of data. Whenever one HD is written to, the other(s) are written to exactly the same as the first one. There are other levels of RAID but those are the most common.

Here is a wiki for more info on RAID.

Your different HDs will not work together in RAID. Like running dual-channel RAM, they must be the same HDs for RAID to work.
    
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