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Two Samsung 200gb HD's
Two Western 200gb HD's

RAID 0.

320GB HD for backup/storage.

Do I get an external enclosure to hold them, and use SATA to eSATA cords to plug into an eSATA RAID controller? Or put them inside, cram up more space, and plug into a SATA controller.

Any other thoughts?

Oh, and I have no floppys.
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I don't recommend RAID 0 to anyone, it will quadruple the likelyhood of failure, it decreases your disk space, and it isn't a big deal.

It may decrease game loading times, but don't forget, you might have the worlds fastest disk drive capable of 1 gb/s write or read speeds, but it won't matter if the entire planet is still at 100 mb/s disk drives.
    
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if you run 4 hdds, use raid 5. If you want some redundancy, go with a 5 disk raid 5 and your golden...

remember, it works out the best if all the hdds are exactly the same. but having them all the same size is good also....
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I don't recommend RAID 0 to anyone, it will quadruple the likelyhood of failure, it decreases your disk space, and it isn't a big deal.

It may decrease game loading times, but don't forget, you might have the worlds fastest disk drive capable of 1 gb/s write or read speeds, but it won't matter if the entire planet is still at 100 mb/s disk drives.
It decreases disk space? It combines all of them so 4x200GB = 800GB and theoritically quadruple performance.

Though there is also 4 times as much rate of failure, which is quite low already.
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I don't recommend RAID 0 to anyone, it will quadruple the likelyhood of failure, it decreases your disk space, and it isn't a big deal.

It may decrease game loading times, but don't forget, you might have the worlds fastest disk drive capable of 1 gb/s write or read speeds, but it won't matter if the entire planet is still at 100 mb/s disk drives.
Uhh... NO. I had Raid-0 for 2 years without a problem. It increases your disk space, because it makes two physical drives into one drive.

I had 2x 300GB and in Raid-0 that was 555GB that ran much faster. I sold one drive because I'm going to get 2 Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 500GB Drives in Raid-1 for security (I have pictures and important documents on my PC).
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It decreases disk space? It combines all of them so 4x200GB = 800GB and theoritically quadruple performance.
Yes I was wrong, sorry about that.

I know it increases the theoretical read and write speeds and there are plenty of benchmarks to back that up, but one thing they do not address, is there an actual, noticeable difference in performance?
    
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Why not run RAID 0+1? You get speed and backup. I have a RAID 0 with 300GB and I only install programs on it. I leave all my big files on my 500GB storage drive. I've never filled it.

*off-topic* in the middle of writing this, my power browned out. Man I love having a UPS. =)
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Yea, maybe RAID 0+1 is a better option, but I'm only going to be using the RAID setup for Gaming really. I'd run it on XP for now, and maybe put Vista as a second option just to play around with. Maybe put Vista on another drive.

I found those 4 HD's for a total of 200 dollars altogether.. so .. yea.. that's why I chose those 4.

I was looking at benchmarks for quad RAID 0 as opposed to dual0, and single drive, and the read speeds are a ton faster. If I can run Quad RAID 0 for less than 500, I'm going to do it, even if it only makes my games load 4 times as fast. I still want to be the only person I know who can log into WoW or load BF2142 in a matter of seconds. And Boot into XP in a fraction of a second :-D.
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I'm going to do it, even if it only makes my games load 4 times as fast. I still want to be the only person I know who can log into WoW or load BF2142 in a matter of seconds. And Boot into XP in a fraction of a second :-D.
good luck with those feats!
    
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