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im not sure wat having a raid set-up really is, iv heard of the terms raid 0, raid 1, raid 5, and raid matrix?? can someone explain these, and how much of a performance boost are we talking about here compared to a sata II HD; thanks
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Raid 0 is your biggest performance increase but has the highest associated risk factor. Raid 0 is having both your disks work in tandem by spreading the info across both and therefore each has to do less work to retrieve on piece of info making it faster. I say go for it I noticed I nice speed boost in raid 0 just get a backup drive for all your important info cause if you lose one disk you lose the info onboth.
    
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how do i set one up
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raid 0 splits your information and writes it onto 2 hdd's at once to increase performance. raid 1 duplicates your info and writes it to both so you have backup if 1 drive failes.

raid 0 is a slight performance increase but it is only evident in load times. raid 1 is no performance boost but give better backup

edit:i got beat, im too slow
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What OS system do you have?
    
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raid 0 splits your information and writes it onto 2 hdd's at once to increase performance. raid 1 duplicates your info and writes it to both so you have backup if 1 drive failes.

raid 0 is a slight performance increase but it is only evident in load times. raid 1 is no performance boost but give better backup

edit:i got beat, im too slow
u did get beat, but u did provide the raid 1 info. i needed, now jus need some raid 5 and raid matrix info..
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What OS system do you have?
vista ultimate
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Well raid five requires three disks, it is a raid 0 config with a third disk for backup its like 1 and 0 combined. First you have to set up the raid config in your bios by enabling raid on the channels you have the disks you want to raid on them. Then upon restart you will have a raid utility that u need to hit a button, usually f10 to get into and you can organize the disks the way you want them and configure what type of raid you want. Then you need to reinstall your OS, the nice thing about vista is it recognizes raid without any extra drivers, so when it asks you where you want to install you will see your disks combined. Instead of seeing two disks of 80gbs you would see one 160gb hd.
    
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raid 5 is basically a cross between parity and performance. It is faster than RAID-1, and more secure than RAID-0. Kinda like in between. You need lots of drives though.

RAID-0 is awesome. I use it, and you only need 2 drives. More the better, but minimum 2.

Really simple to set up. If your board supports it, your BIOS will have options to set it up...then you just reinstall windows with F6 RAID drivers and you're good to go.
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Well raid five requires three disks, it is a raid 0 config with a third disk for backup its like 1 and 0 combined. First you have to set up the raid config in your bios by enabling raid on the channels you have the disks you want to raid on them. Then upon restart you will have a raid utility that u need to hit a button, usually f10 to get into and you can organize the disks the way you want them and configure what type of raid you want. Then you need to reinstall your OS, the nice thing about vista is it recognizes raid without any extra drivers, so when it asks you where you want to install you will see your disks combined. Instead of seeing two disks of 80gbs you would see one 160gb hd.
i heard raid 5 is slower; i assume i only hav to install vista once; and how would i set up partitions? would it be the same way as if it were only one physical drive?
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