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I am in need of some advice. My current setup is 2 SATAII hard drives, the WD 250GB is the primary drive, and the maxtor 500GB is my storage drive. I am considering picking up two Seagate Barracuda 300GB SATAII w/ 16mb cache hard drives and setting up a raid 0. I would then get a Nexstar external HD enclosure with eSATA for the 500 GB maxtor. To be honest, I havent used raid since my Intel 850 board with the Promise raid chip. So I guess what I need to know is, a). will I gain significant performance, and b). are the Seagate Barracuda HDs a good choice for RAID 0?


edit: By the way, my current WD Drive is the WD2500KS. Should I just get a second one and use those if I choose to go with RAID?

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post #2 of 11
a) you will notice a significant boost in windows load times, a bit in game load times. why can I say this? I have Raid 0.
b) I've been seeing talk about the seagate 7200.10/7200.11's link. I'm not shure which is better as there's also a 7500.10.
If not I can't say anything in the way of how good they are sorry!
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It would be worth adding another drive like the one you have, unless you can use it elsewhere and really want the new kit.
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post #4 of 11
Don't get the external enclosure, unless you intend to move it between computers frequently.

All you need to do is knock the enclosure on it's side (assuming it's in upright position), and your drive is done if it was reading/writing to it at the time.

Your hard drives are better off INSIDE your machine rather then outside of it. In fact, I have a drive I'm not using, but I stuck it in my box anyway w/o any cables attached to it. I do have antistatic bags, but if I keep the thing laying around, there's a much greater chance that I'll break it then if it's sitting in an unused hard drive spot inside my box.
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Don't get the external enclosure, unless you intend to move it between computers frequently.

All you need to do is knock the enclosure on it's side (assuming it's in upright position), and your drive is done if it was reading/writing to it at the time.

Your hard drives are better off INSIDE your machine rather then outside of it. In fact, I have a drive I'm not using, but I stuck it in my box anyway w/o any cables attached to it. I do have antistatic bags, but if I keep the thing laying around, there's a much greater chance that I'll break it then if it's sitting in an unused hard drive spot inside my box.
The only reason I want to get the enclosure is because my case only has room for 2 hard drives because of my mater cooling and air flow. In fact I removed the hard drive cage and mounted the drives with 3.5 to 5.25 adapters in the CD bays to make room. I might not even use the 500GB hard drive for anything other then backing up the computer and storing/archiving my data.
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Another question...
Can I make a backup of my VISTA system currently running on non-RAID, then build a RAID 0 and reload with my backup? I would be using the Drive backup function in Nero 7 Ultra.

Or would it be better just to do a fresh install?

I only ask because I have Vista Home Premium upgrade (as a college student I got it for $69.00) which will only allow me to upgrade from an already installed version of XP. Which means I would have to create the array, load the drivers via floppy and install XP Pro. Then from there I would have to load Vista.

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I think you better with a fresh install.
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I think you better with a fresh install.
OK, Thats what I'll go with.

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