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SSD + 2 x WD Blacks in RAID 0. Is it possible?

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Hi all

I was just wondering if running an SSD as my main boot drive and running a raid 0 with two WD Blacks as my apps/ files drive is possible?

The forums i have looked at say it it can take a performance hit from the trim?

I'm not very clued up on hard drives, i do software lol

Any help is very much appreciated! smile.gif

Will smile.gif

EDIT: One thing i forgot to mention as well, are dynamic disks a safer option? Thanks again smile.gif
Edited by willcaddy - 6/4/13 at 5:39am
    
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I wouldn't put them in the same array, the SSD will ALWAYS be waiting on the mechanical drives and you'll lose any benefits of solid state.

You should be able to configure the 2 WD's in RAID that are separate from the SSD, though.
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I wouldn't put them in the same array, the SSD will ALWAYS be waiting on the mechanical drives and you'll lose any benefits of solid state.

You should be able to configure the 2 WD's in RAID that are separate from the SSD, though.

^This

Make a RAID0 with the WD drives as the data drives and use the SSD for the OS/boot drive. Although, I would run a RAID1 with them if you dont need that extra space that spanning the drives would create.
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I wouldn't put them in the same array, the SSD will ALWAYS be waiting on the mechanical drives and you'll lose any benefits of solid state.

You should be able to configure the 2 WD's in RAID that are separate from the SSD, though.
This.

You can have multiple RAID arrays in a PC without any trouble, therefore having a RAID array of 2 WD HDDs and then a SSD outside that array is a non issue. There should be no effect on TRIM as that is only run on the SSD and as its not a part of a raid array it won't be effected. Now if you put the SSD into a RAID array of multiple SSDs, TRIM will not run iirc.

As for dynamic disks, I see no reason or advantage to do this in your case.

EDIT: Forgot to mention this, with your RAID0 setup be sure you have a regular backup routine. You lose 1 drive in that array, you lose it all. Backups are critical with any system but especially with RAID0 since you have effectively double the chance for data loss due to spreading 1 set of data on 1 drive out to 1 set of data on 2 drives.
Edited by NameUnknown - 6/4/13 at 7:33am
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WD Blacks in Raid 0? ... DANGEROUS. I seriously wouldn't do that and ruin all my data if something goes wrong
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i'm running a striped array in Windows (software raid0 via dynamic disks) with 2x 640gb black drives and it's fine. I modified TLER on them as well. It's not safer than BIOS level RAID0, but there is surprisingly little overhead for windows striped drives. Little to no performance hit either.


your SSD will be more than fast enough as a boot drive by itself.
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WD Blacks in Raid 0? ... DANGEROUS. I seriously wouldn't do that and ruin all my data if something goes wrong

Yea, I'm not a RAID0 advocate at all, and I wouldnt do it on my data drives. I would consider OS drives though but 2x SSDs in a raid0 performance increase I couldnt justify for me though.
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Yea, I'm not a RAID0 advocate at all, and I wouldnt do it on my data drives. I would consider OS drives though but 2x SSDs in a raid0 performance increase I couldnt justify for me though.
Not with the extra bootup time, no redface.gif After all, random read/writes doesn't increase and well ... SSDs are very fast already.
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Thank you all for the replies! xD

How would you all recommend setting it up then?

The only real reason for the RAID 0 idea was for speed. ATM I am running a SSD boot drive with user data and apps going to another HDD automatically using the registery edit guide I found online.

Boot up is pretty fast but it takes a hit when loading the files off the HDD when i log in. I was looking for the best way to have good amount of space because i'm rapidly running out of it due to i do YouTube game commentaries and having very fast system.

Any ideas?

Thanks again! Very much appreciate all the help! smile.gif

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How big is your SSD? I would keep your user profile on your SSD but redirect my documents / pictures / videos / music / etc to the WD Black drive. I have a 128 GB SSD and I just store all my files on a HDD and dont redirect anything.
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