Originally Posted by IMKR
Originally Posted by Ultisym
Could always put them in a RAID mirror, or stripe them into a 2tb array. .
what is raid? and what do u mean by "stripe them into a 2TB array" ??
Awesome is what it is. RAID 1 takes two drives and makes a mirror image on each, so both drives have Blocks A, B, C, and D. Because of that, you can only use half the total capacity of each drive. RAID 0 is block-level striping, meaning Blocks A, C, E, and G are written on one drive and Blocks B, D, F, and H are written on the other. The entire capacity is usable and there's a performance increase. There are some other RAID levels, but they're either parity RAID (needing more than two drives minimum), nested RAID levels (like RAID 10, which is mirrored and then striped and requires at least four drives), or archaic and no longer used.
As for ripping yourself off, 1TB and 2TB drives are often about 50% more expensive/GB than 3TB and 4TB drives. That's just how the market works, since you're buying two sets of spindles and recording heads and the labor to assemble them. The magnetic platters are cheap in comparison. I assume, based on your anger, that you have never heard of the greatest website in the world
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