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Just a quick question about RAID 0. Will I have to format to setup RAID 0? I was thinking of adding another 500gb drive to my rig putting it in RAID 0 with my current 500gb.
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Yes, because RAID 0 stripes your data, sending it to two HD's instead of one, so in theory part of your data would be on one HD, the other half on your other.

That is why when your RAID config fails (if it does), it is damn hard to get your data back because it's not all on one drive.

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It actually depends on your SATA driver. Intel Matrix Storage Console does not require you to erase all your data changing to RAID 0, just choose "create raid volume from existing hdd" in the menu.

As for the failure rate, its not a big deal. Most RAID controller has some type of recovery feature which detect failture and then rewrite data. Some HDD manufacture has their own features such TLER to further help dealing with failture in Raid. Basically, increasing risk of Raid 0 can be safely ignored in desktop system.
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