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So I built a computer a while back to operate simply as a server (you can see the stats if you look at my rigs). I wanted to be able to host my Website, and 2 minecraft servers and that was about it. I bought all the components but when it came to a hard drive I figured I would just use an old crappy one I had laying around. The old crappy hard drive is a Hitachi Deskstar 160GB SATA-II 3.0Gb/s. However since then I have began to use the computer as my main gaming computer and pretty much am doing both hosting my website and other servers and gaming on the pc. The Hard drive has recently filled up and I decided to purchase a new larger hard drive. I purchased a Toshiba 1TB 7200 RPM, SATA, 3.5 hard drive.

http://www.tigerdirect.com/applications/SearchTools/item-details.asp?EdpNo=3303660


Now for my question, Which setup would you suggest would be of best gain for me? Should I just copy everything over to the 1tb drive and not use the 160gb drive at all? (which program do you recommend for exact copies of one drive to another? I have a lot of work into my website and would prefer not to have to start from scratch again and I'm not sure how I would be able to reimplement everything if I were to whipe) or should I just add it in as a secondary drive and then just reinstall all my games to it? Is there a raid setup that would work well for me? Never really done much with hard drives so I would just like to get the best performance I can out of them for once. Any suggestions would be excellent, thank you in advance for your time!
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I typically use copy/paste to transfer from hard drive to another. rolleyes.gif

If you operating system is on the 160 Gb hard drive. Leave it. Use the 160 Gb for your OS, and the 1Tb for your games/music/movies/programs/websites.

It is good thing to have your operating system on a different hard drive than your program data. That way if a virus or file corruption wipes out your OS, you can reinstall and have nothing of value lost (since your data was kept on a separate drive). I always keep my OS on a separate partition, and it has saved me a lot of trouble several times.

This will mean reinstalling any programs. There are ways around that, but they aren't worth the effort. With your website you should just be able to copy/paste your old data and config files after a reinstall of the software and everything should work the way it was before.

Nah, with two very different drives a RAID setup would not be worth the effort.

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Dell Computer 5 Series/3400 Series Chipset Fami... 
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Athlon 64 X2 6400+  Asus M2N-E Nforce 500 SLi 8800GT  9800 GT 
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