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I have 2 SSD's in my pc a 128gb and a 60gb, and a 320gb hard drive. I'm looking to upgrade to a 2tb hard drive and maybe 2x2tb hard drives in the future.


I also heard about RAID, what is raid and can i take advantage of it.
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RAID is an acronym for Redundant Array of Independent Disks. Basically, it's taking multiple disks and combining them into one logical disk. But there's different types of RAID configurations depending on what you want to do. Most common are RAID0, RAID1, and RAID5.

RAID0, for example, takes two (or more) disks and uses them in parallel which results in a single, fast hard drive. The down-side to this is that RAID0 lacks redundancy...i.e. if one drive fails, all the data contained on the disks is lost.

On the other hand, RAID1 is focused on redundancy. So the data is mirrored among the drives in the array. The advantage with RAID1 is that it is tolerant of drive failure...i.e. if one drive fails, it's no problem since the data is mirrored to the other drive(s) in the array.

Of course this is just a really brief summary of RAID. TBH, this would be a good read if you want to learn a bit more about the different RAID levels. smile.gif
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I have 2 SSD's in my pc a 128gb and a 60gb, and a 320gb hard drive. I'm looking to upgrade to a 2tb hard drive and maybe 2x2tb hard drives in the future.

I would suggest these drives, I have two of these in external cases USB3.0 They are very fast for the money and for the amount of storage. I avg around 180 MB/s going from my SSD to the drive.
They are also very quite.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148910

[quote name="renji1337" url="/t/1422287/I also heard about RAID, what is raid and can i take advantage of it.[/quote]

RAID is "Redundant Array of Independent Disks" This allows multiple storage drives to work together in various ways. Such as increase performance, or redundancy or both. You need at least 2 drives for any configuration.

There are multiple type of Raid These are the most common among end users.

Raid 0: which is block-level striping splitting the data between 2 or more drives. it has no redundancy. It provides improved performance and additional storage so 2 1TB drives = 2TB of usable storage. If one drive on the array fails =100% loss (Requires at least 2 drives)

Raid 1: Mirroring, data is written identically to two drives. You gain no performance increase. So 2 1TB drives = 1TB of usable storage. If one drive on the array fails = 0% loss. Gives you the flexibility to replace the drive and rebuild the array without loosing any data. (Requires at least 2 drives)

Raid 10: or other wise know as Raid 1+0 (mirroring and striping), data is written in stripes across primary disks that have there mirrors on secondary disks. This gives you performance increase and redundancy. So if you have 4 1TB drives = 2TB of usable storage. If one drive on the array fails = 0% loss. This is the best configuration if you want performance and redundancy of data. Although more expensive. (Requires at least 4 drives)

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consider getting 2-4 of these
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822236497
or these
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=9SIA2W00YU4028
in a RAID 0

4 of those 750's or 1TB's in all your SATA II ports in RAID 0. Ues an external USB DVD for all your computers. the 2 SSD's on single SATA III channel 2 ports, master and slave.


320gb... hmm, that can either go in the wing, or, according to the specs about your board

SATA 3Gb/s
4 x SATA 3Gb/s
1 x mSATA connector (The SATA2 5 connector will become unavailable when the mSATA connector is installed with a solid state drive.)

so you may have a 5th SATA II port, although I'm not sure if it's shared with any of the other 4 SATA II ports or what. I wouldn't bank on it, but you may be able to stick the 320GB or an optical drive there.
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