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Edit: The drives are already bought so please no more "waste of money."

Ok so I picked up 4 Raptor X 150GB and 2 Hitachi 1TB drives.

So what I originally had in mind was raid 0 + 1 on the raptors and a raid 1 on the hitachi drives. (I doubt I'll ever need 500GB+ yet alone 1300GB in that setup).

The raid 0+1 would be for applications and commonly accessed files and the raid 1 for music, videos, backups, and other junk.

Then I started looking at some benchmarks, particularly these.




So what I'm thinking now is a raid 0 with all 4 raptors and a raid 1 with the hitachis (still) and just doing frequent backups to the bigger drive. So am I crazy or you think this is pretty cool because I sure do!
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well for starters you can fill out your system specs and second your best opsion would be raid 0 all the raptors and keep one of your 1T hardrives for storage and backup sell your other one and upgrade on your computer
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Wow, that'd be a pretty ridiculous setup.. I doubt anything would need that much speed. You'd be able to write a massive amount, or read a massive amount of information at once. Loading games would be hardcore, you'd definitely be the first one into games. However, having 600gb on 4 raided drives isnt what one calls safe, if one drive goes, it all goes. So Unless you really want to backup 600gb of files every now and then, having 4x raided raptor Xs isnt great. It depends on what you use them for, but I would say its a waste of money. Buying 4x of the smaller 75gb would make more sense, but even then it is a lot of high risk storage. At that point, Im not sure it would have any gain anymore. However, If you're writing massive files to disks, then you may want to.
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well for starters you can fill out your system specs and second your best opsion would be raid 0 all the raptors and keep one of your 1T hardrives for storage and backup sell your other one and upgrade on your computer
Soon, I'm putting together a new system that I'll be putting on soon.

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Wow, that'd be a pretty ridiculous setup.. I doubt anything would need that much speed. You'd be able to write a massive amount, or read a massive amount of information at once. Loading games would be hardcore, you'd definitely be the first one into games. However, having 600gb on 4 raided drives isnt what one calls safe, if one drive goes, it all goes. So Unless you really want to backup 600gb of files every now and then, having 4x raided raptor Xs isnt great. It depends on what you use them for, but I would say its a waste of money. Buying 4x of the smaller 75gb would make more sense, but even then it is a lot of high risk storage. At that point, Im not sure it would have any gain anymore. However, If you're writing massive files to disks, then you may want to.
I doubt I'd ever have more then 100gb written on this array so I wouldn't be backing up 600gb (especially if in my original post i mentioned i wanted 0+1 originally which is half the space), besides i'd read all this data pretty quickly so it wouldn't slow anything down during the backup.

Also I already bought them and for a few reasons. Why get 74GB when a 150GB is out (other then financial reasons?) especially since the raptor 150gb outperforms the 74gb one?
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It all depends on which raid card you plan to use. you might be better off spending a little more on a decent raid card than on those drives. Most of the MB Intergraded SATA controller has raid size limit of 2TB. Your setup may even slow your system down on Intergraded raid card.

you may see a little or if any performance gain when using 4 raptor RAID 0 on a raid card that do not offer hardware acceleration.
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1)Go RAID 0 with the 4 raptors and RAID 1 with the 1TB drives...GREAT speed and good storage.
2)Back up the bootable array with RAID 10 (or 0+1) with six raptors (speed/capacity of 3 and all is backed up). And RAID 1 the 1TB drives.

It seems like money is not an object for you, so you probably would consider #2 much more than I would!
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1)Go RAID 0 with the 4 raptors and RAID 1 with the 1TB drives...GREAT speed and good storage.
2)Back up the bootable array with RAID 10 (or 0+1) with six raptors (speed/capacity of 3 and all is backed up). And RAID 1 the 1TB drives.

It seems like money is not an object for you, so you probably would consider #2 much more than I would!
I like the way you think but then I'd be tempted to do 6 raptors in raid 0 but even with the first one I've never had a hard drive fail on me and my data on those drives is not absolutely crucial, and if it is, it's backed up daily onto the storage.

I hate installing and reinstalling windows but I think I'll do it to do some benchmarks and I'll switch from 0+1 to 0 to see what happens.
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