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post #11 of 20
RAID 10 can be slow as well. Plus, page files don't always like RAID 1 or 10. I'd say RAID the two Seagates together for high speed access to games and OS and other apps, and then use a large third drive for your documents.
post #12 of 20
Get Norton Ghost and just create backup images of your computer every few months on a spare HDD or two. Put one on DVD

Then... RAID 0 the 2 Seagates
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Get Norton Ghost and just create backup images of your computer every few months on a spare HDD or two. Put one on DVD

Then... RAID 0 the 2 Seagates
I was thinking this too but can u re-load the backup file onto the RAID0 array if it gets corrupted?
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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
I thought RAID5 was N-1 of storage space? You just need at least 3 drive and just lose one hard drive to parity regardless of how many additional drives.

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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.
RAID5 is also "slow" due to the parity calculation overhead. While it is faster than RAID1 or no RAID, there will be a noticable impact on CPU. It is not recommended without a Smart RAID Card.

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I was thinking this too but can u re-load the backup file onto the RAID0 array if it gets corrupted?
Yes.
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Yes.
Cool, then I would also suggest chucking them in RAID0 and then backup, forget RAID5, 1 and 0+1.
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does my mobo have a good RAID controller? does the Asus P5K have a good one?

Is a raid Card worth it?
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does my mobo have a good RAID controller? does the Asus P5K have a good one?

Is a raid Card worth it?
Yes, your motherboard has nVidia RAID built into the chipset.

A RAID card can drastically increase performance. However, you need a smart RAID card and these cost $200-1200
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...and is the nVidia RAID controller any good?

I'm a n00b at stuff like this
post #19 of 20
The nvidia controller isnt bad for basic RAID's but the Intel ICH9R on the P5K Deluxe (P35) is better and faster.
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ooooo, yet another excuse to go C2D
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