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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.
No need for the F6 raid drivers he has Vista.
    
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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.
but he has vista ultimate so no need for the F6 at setup.
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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.
not worried about backup, as i use carbonite.com unlimited automatic backup for only $50 a year!

anyways, do i have to get specific drives for a raid set-up? what are these raptor drives iv heard about? will 2 sata II drives do the trick? wat sizes are recommeded?
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2 sata 2 drives are your best bet. THe size is dependent on how much space you need. Raptors are 10000rpm drives as compared to a normal drive @ 7200rpm and no you do not need specific drivers vista has them built in.
Edit: you are gonna want discs of the same size as raid0 will artificially downsize the larger drive to match the smaller.
    
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is it possible to transfer the information you have on one HD to a raid set-up or would u have to do a re-install of everything
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If you mean a raptor single drive yes you could. A raid setup you would have to reinstall windows for it to work on it.
    
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sorry i meant raid set-up; ok and for partitioning, would u be able to partition the same way as u would with one drive, i currently hav 6 partitions; also can two OS sytems be installed in a raid set up, i have both vista ultimate and win xp pro installed on my current drive
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Yah it would not work because windows has to be installed on raid or it will not recognize it.
    
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If RAID 5 is like 0+1, does the backup drive have to be double the size (or bigger) of the two individual disks? eg. for a RAID 5 setup with 2 x 320GB HDDs, do i need the third HDD to be at least 640GB?
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not worried about backup, as i use carbonite.com unlimited automatic backup for only $50 a year!

anyways, do i have to get specific drives for a raid set-up? what are these raptor drives iv heard about? will 2 sata II drives do the trick? wat sizes are recommeded?
you should get 2 identical drives (although IM not sure if it matters too much whether or not they are identical) , but since in RAID0 the size of the effective RAID drive is reduced to the size of the smaller of the 2 drives (or 3 or 4) you should definitely get 2 drives that are the same size. what i do is use 2 SATA2 80 GB Seagate Barricudas in RAID0 for my OS boot drive and programs drive and a 320GB by itself for evewrything else- since the real benefit to RAID0 is in loading times of programs in my opinion.
the 2 80GB 7200.10's were only like $40 and double the capacity is only like $55. And as far as Raptors go they spin at 10000 RPM as opposed to 7,200 like most drives so they are much faster- in RAID0 they would be incredibly fast --except they are very expensive.
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