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ATM i have 2 virtually identical (same drive bar firmware) Seagate Barracuda 7200.9's, 80 GB - When i re-install Windows i was gonna RAID0 them, would this be a good idea?

And i need some extra space, so i looked at a 3rd drive, the 80 GB Barracuda's have served me well, can i RAID0 3 drives? (n00by question, sorry!)

If i got a 160 GB 7200.10, should i use that as my OS drive, or the RAID0 7200.9's? which one would be quicker?
post #2 of 20
put your OS and files you use often on your raid array, and put your storage on the non raid drive.

RAid is a fantastic tool, you will notice the difference.

yeah there are other options for raid with 3 drives, like RAID5.... read up on it
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In terms of speed it would be good to RAID them yes.

And the 160GB would be quicker, however using it for your OS is a waste of a drive.

Use one of the smaller ones and then use the quicker one for games and such.
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post #4 of 20
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unlike all you pr0n whores i would put media, ISO's, download etc on the 160 GB drive, and then use the RAID for apps etc.

I know theres a lot of RAID things, but is there something similar to RAID0 for 3 Drives?
post #5 of 20
I've not got alot of knowledge on RAID as i was just about to learn myself so that i could buy another HDD and RAID them.

But these FAQS will come in handy, maybe this one will explain which RAID is good for you

Clicky

Clicky 2

Clicky 2 is a performance comparison of RAID set ups.

Maybe they will help you, sorry if you have already read them.
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post #6 of 20
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Hmmmm - so i need to buy another 7200.9 and RAID all 3 of them then?
post #7 of 20
you can raid 0 3 drives (2 or more) but its always a good idea to keep a backup of files you don't want to lose in case one of the raid drive fails (it takes out the entire array)
post #8 of 20
Going RAID0 with 3 or more drives u should back up. Unless u run 6 drives in RAID0+1
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post #9 of 20
you can do raid 5 with as few as three drives...
this is where 66% of the 3 drive arrays space is useable and the other 33% is used as parity. so if you lose a drive... no big deal
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But RAID5 is really slow because sometimes you are bottlenecked by the single drive, when writing data. When reading its fine.
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