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Just bought 2 Samsung 850 Evo...what now as far as utilization of them?

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I had planned on only buy 1 250gb, but I got a great deal through a sale and price match.

My question now is, how should I utilize these? From what I'm told, running in RAID0 gives no noticeable performance gain. As far as storage, I use a a 1TB Sata III 7200rpm for documents and data and I really don't utilize much of it. I don't store a ton of music or files.

So what are my best options? I know I have the option to run a RAID array that clones the drives for peaceful of mind in failure event, but I run weekly backups of my data to an external drive anyway, so I feel like that would be a waste.

So any suggestions on how I should set these up? Would it maybe be worth running them in RAID0 anyway (at least I'd get performance boost in file transfer drive to drive) and would end up with 500gb between the two.

Or is here another option anyone can think of?

Any opinions or suggestions much appreciated!

Edit: Just to add for what it matters, I will be using the drive(s) as my primary drive (OS, software installs, games, etc). My 7200 1tb is used for data (music, pictures, videos, etc)
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Raid won't increase your performance for a file copy, and you'll be cpu bottlenecked for load times of games and such, but raid is truly faster in terms of iops. Planar ssds, i would recommend just keeping them seperate, but the samsung 3d nand; raid those suckers. Install hyper v and set up 20+ vms; then you'll see the difference. Think in terms of sli and fps. Your max is capped by the monitor, but your minimum will almost double. And its that minimum that counts.
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I should also mention I have a third SSD as well, a smaller (60gb) which I was using as my OS drive. So I have that to utilize in my setup somewhere as well if anyone has any suggestions.
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