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Hi, I currently have a 2TB WD20EARX drive, it's a Caviar Green I bought 2 and a half years ago.
I am buying a new drive as I've been out of space for a while now and I was thinking of buying another WD20EARX so that I could run the pair in RAID 0 (especially since this drive is a bit slow) but it seems the EARX is no longer being sold and instead there is the EZRX, from what I found on the web it seems the only difference is that the EZRX has higher density platters, I assume that means it would be faster.

My question is, would it be fine to pair these two together in RAID 0 and would the EZRX be working significantly slower than by itself?

Furthermore is it possible to create a RAID without wiping the disks or not?

Thanks
Edited by Zoltanar - 3/25/14 at 12:18pm
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When creating a new raid array, it will have to be initialized (basically a wipe / high level format) before the system can use it.

http://www.sweetwater.com/insync/differences-between-format-initialize/

Raid 0 Stripes... are definitely best when used with two identical drives ( or more)... because the array will only be as fast as the slowest drive. There could also be timing issues if the drives are significantly different..
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So my new hard drive arrived today but I believe it is DOA, it won't even let me get into BIOS with it connected, I've tried different data and power cables and on a different PC which does let me go into the BIOS but it is not recognized and won't boot windows, should I ask for a replacement?
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Sounds like you have tested the drive adequately... yes, ask for a replacement. (I have seen more green drives fail than any other WD drives... I highly recommend the Black drives.)
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Thanks for the quick reply. The retailer I use (Scan) has never let me down so hopefully the hard drive will be replaced without any hassle.
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Do the drives have the same amount of Cache? 16 MB / 32 MB / 64 MB

I believe there could be a way to setup the array at the beginning to some how rearrange the data to split it up on the discs, but that would have to be done in a software RAID most likely. Easiest solution is to just copy the data to another drive, setup the array, and put it back on. Simple.
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Both drives have 64mb cache, it's too bad the drives have to be wiped, no matter how fast the raid is it will still take ages to copy 2tb from a single hard drive to it
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Both drives have 64mb cache, it's too bad the drives have to be wiped, no matter how fast the raid is it will still take ages to copy 2tb from a single hard drive to it

Oh, so your 2TB one is already full?
Yeah, no way in hell you'll be able to do that without moving it off and back on, lol.

You could archive both drives with WinRAR into a .RAR onto the single drive, then extract the .RAR back onto the RAID setup when done to reduce transfer speeds, but that'll take processing time to accomplish and may actually end up being slower than just moving it off and on raw.

It may take a while to transfer 2TB, but it's really not going to take forever unless you've got lots of small files.

Just don't sit and watch it, just set it to transfer and forget about it for a few hours for each step.
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I might compress before moving because it took me longer move a 60gb folder with 90k pictures than a 300gb folder with 1300 videos, besides, I should use this 3770k for something when I'm not around.
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The transfer time of 90,000 small files won't really benefit much from compression, and if they're already JPEGs archival compression won't reduce the size by much if at all.

If you use WinRAR the options for compression are easy to use.
In the drop down list, Store is the fastest. Almost zero compression, and Best takes the longest but gets you the lowest file sizes.

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Compression isn't a bad idea anyway though, but if your goal is just to transfer them when space isn't an issue it might not be worth the CPU time to compress them in the first place.
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