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I own a Samsung 840 SSD and i'm running out of space.
I have two choices, either buy a bigger SSD and replace the old one, or buy another same size 840 and put em in raid 0.

The second option is cheaper and faster (alto probably not noticable)
Can anyone think of a reason not to get a second SSD and put them in raid-0?
Mind you, no important data will be on the SSD(s), just OS and programs.
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First, the Sammy 840s are a discontinued drive and will be difficult to impossible to find and will probably be overpriced if you do find an identical one. The 850s are a better drive and will cost less.

Second, the 840 you have is probably getting a bit long in the tooth. Trying to run it in a RAID 0 with a new drive is a bit risky.

Third, RAID 0 will increase the chance of drive failure taking everything out.

Fourth, SSDs are already so fast, the speed gains from RAID 0 will not be all that noticeable in real life, despite what the increase in bench marks will show. RAID 0 will not increase the speed of games or other programs.

Finally, if you want to keep using the 840 you have now rather than replace it with a larger one, you do not need to use RAID of any kind to expand your drive space with a second SSD. You can simply install programs on the second SSD.
     
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First, the Sammy 840s are a discontinued drive and will be difficult to impossible to find and will probably be overpriced if you do find an identical one. The 850s are a better drive and will cost less.

Second, the 840 you have is probably getting a bit long in the tooth. Trying to run it in a RAID 0 with a new drive is a bit risky.

Third, RAID 0 will increase the chance of drive failure taking everything out.

Fourth, SSDs are already so fast, the speed gains from RAID 0 will not be all that noticeable in real life, despite what the increase in bench marks will show. RAID 0 will not increase the speed of games or other programs.

Finally, if you want to keep using the 840 you have now rather than replace it with a larger one, you do not need to use RAID of any kind to expand your drive space with a second SSD. You can simply install programs on the second SSD.

This right here is why the risk vs reward isn't worth it. I did a raid 0 on an SSD and in games, i might have shaved off 1 second of loading times. You can benchmark them all day and gloat over the high numbers but real world you aren't going to notice it enough to warrant the risk of losing data or raid failure. Just drop another SSD in there for more games and be done with it.

Steam has an option for instance, to setup multiple installation locations. Not sure about uplay or Origin though.
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Crystal clear.

Thank you both for your input. Larger SSD it is thumb.gif
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post #5 of 6
This is real interesting.

I have 2 850 Pro 2TB in Raid 0.

I have to reinstall windows so am offloading the programs to another drive.

Should I break the Raid array then and just have windows loaded separately?
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I would, you might see a little snapper response but nothing worth having it in a raid that could fail
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