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im a total noob , what in the world are Raid drives?
I've heard of Raid0 and Raid1, but what is it?
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This will be too much to explain....

Go here....http://www.acnc.com/04_01_00.html

Post if you still don't understand and I will attempt to elaborate.
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im a total noob , what in the world are Raid drives?
I've heard of Raid0 and Raid1, but what is it?
RAID is a method of setting up multiple HD for better performance and/or reliablity. It stands for "redundant array of independent disks". Like all things, there benefits and liabilities/costs for RAID. Here's a good visual description: http://www.acnc.com/raid.html
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oh thanks , sweet
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RAID is a method of setting up multiple HD for better performance and/or reliablity. It stands for "redundant array of independent disks". Like all things, there benefits and liabilities/costs for RAID. Here's a good visual description: http://www.acnc.com/raid.html
rep+, never knew what it meant even though I have a setup...
    
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Oh another thing, the most common kinds of commercial RAID are 0, 1, 10, 0+1, and 5. There are at least two dozen or so types of RAID. Some are proprietary, some are too hard to implement, and others are more combinations of exist forms.
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BTW...if you were to set up a RAID. A typical consumer[?] would just set up a RAID 0 [this is for performance, this combines the HDDs' capacity, so 2 x 250GB will give you 500GB you can use] or RAID 1 [This is to back up your drives but it will halve your HDDs' capacity. Such that 2 x 250GB HDDs, you will only have 250GB to use because one drive backs up the other, it's an exact replica.]

Or you can combine them and do RAID 0+1 but this cost more money cause I think you need at least 4 HDDs.
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BTW...if you were to set up a RAID. A typical consumer[?] would just set up a RAID 0 [this is for performance, this combines the HDDs' capacity, so 2 x 250GB will give you 500GB you can use] or RAID 1 [This is to back up your drives but it will halve your HDDs' capacity. Such that 2 x 250GB HDDs, you will only have 250GB to use because one drive backs up the other, it's an exact replica.]

Or you can combine them and do RAID 0+1 but this cost more money cause I think you need at least 4 HDDs.
RAID 5 is pretty commonly supported on many motherboards as well. It just needs 3 or more HDs. Better motherboards usually support 0+1 or 10. Both basically do the same thing and do require 4 or more even pairs of HDs.
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im a total noob , what in the world are Raid drives?
I've heard of Raid0 and Raid1, but what is it?
One thing is for sure: once you go RAID you'll never go back to single drives again. The biggest performance gain I got so far was from this RAID 0. The speed difference with this 3.2Ghz Northwood was like 200%. Now apps open in about 1 to 2 seconds, finish loading graphics programs within 5 seconds.

Something also to consider about RAID setups: Although RAID 5 is popular it does have a weak point with writes (it's very fast on reads). A solution is the RAID 5/0 setup, but not many motherboards have that option.

Best for multimedia is still RAID 3, but I'll be darned to find any addin card that has it.
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well also dont buy drives that say raid drives b/c they are just ment to last longer then normal drives since you have a higher rate of failure with more drives.
 
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