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I have a Western Digital 320gb Caviar SataII and I was wondering, what Raid setup would give the best performance increase, I don't need it for space. Also is it worth it?
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Raid 0 will give you the best performance, at the cost of reliability (if one HD goes bad the entire array fails)
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Raid 0 will give a performance increase as well as almost double up on space. Will you notice? Not really sure... But if one drive has problems the other drive is affected and needs to be wiped.

I should mention that I run Raid 0 and I do notice an increase. Vista even reports a better drive score while running in Raid 0.

Like "funkycasey" said: "the load time difference" is really what I notice.
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You will notice very much smaller load times...I am about to post a thread about my RAID 0 experience sometime in the near future. I was really amazed....speeds almost exactly doubled in everything except random seek time in the HD Tach program.

You'll really notice the speed difference if you play games...the load time difference i mean. And also if you edit movies and such i'm sure.
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Originally Posted by honahursey View Post
Raid 0 will give you the best performance, at the cost of reliability (if one HD goes bad the entire array fails)
How do you mean cost of reliability? Surely its just as (un)reliable as having ONE disk and that disk failing?
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How do you mean cost of reliability? Surely its just as (un)reliable as having ONE disk and that disk failing?
no, think of it logically.

For every drive you add to raid0 array the chance of failing doubles.

Because if one fails, they all do.

I once had 4 Raptors in Raid0 and two failed consecutively, now I just have two.
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as the post above me said, the more drives you have, the more risky it is.
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