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Okay I have a quick question. I am building a new PC. The mother board I am using is a Sabertooth Z77. These are the drives I have


Corsair Force Series 3 CSSD-F120GB3A-BK 2.5" 120GB SATA III Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)

Seagate Barracuda 7200.14 ST3000DM001 3TB 7200 RPM 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive x2

I am going to use the SSD as the boot drive, the programs that I need the speed from and a game or two for the same reason. The question I have is to Raid or not to Raid the 3TB drives? I need lots of storage as I do photo editing and I have a ton of movies. I have a separate back up drive for the things I really need backed up. Also as a follow up question which of the sata connections should I use and for which drives?
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I have my OS on my SSD and all my games and user files on my RAID

I have three 640 Blacks in Raid 0, games load super fast. Never had a single problem with speed while using my Raid, I could never go back to using a single HDD in my main rig.

though being that you have Seagate Barracuda's It would really suck if one died and you lost everything.Some Seagate's barracuda drives have been known to fail after time, as in 1-2years. if you do put them in raid, I would get another large HDD for backing up your data. Or get a third and do Raid5
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1 drive for data one for backup

or RAID 0 and buy a backup drive.
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Thanks guys. I have a back up drive so I think I'm going to go with Raid 0.
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