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Hey guys, I have 2 Seagate 320GB 7200.10 16MB AAE firmware HDDs in RAID0 at the moment. I was planning on getting:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822136218

for back up storage. Right now, I have a 100GB partition on the RAID0 setup that is currently not being used. I hear installing your primary OS on the smaller partition will increase performance by reducing access times.

#1. Should I change my primary OS from the larger partition to the 100GB partition and use the remaining 540GB for music/video/multimedia?

#2. Should I purchase the HDD in the link to use as a back up and keep the RAID0 array or should I just dismantle my RAID0 and use the 2 HDDs separately and not purchase the extra 640GB?

Of course, I'm asking this because of budget. I could get the 640GB WD HDD, but if it's not necessary, then I'd rather save money.

Any other comments and suggestions welcome!
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Well what i would do is use your Raid 0 and buy a backup drive.

As to you question about the partitions. first you want to put you operating system on the first partition this will allow fastest access times. Also you will want the Operating system to be a small gb partition and use the rest for files. I personal run 50Gb partitions for my OP system. But its depends on how many programs you like to keep installed all the time.

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I'm not throughly versed on what you're asking, but I don't see how just moving your OS to another partition on the array is going speed anything up. It's still on the same array. I would say, if anything, purchase a backup drive for your array or go 0+1.
    
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To use the AAKS HD for backup storage seems waste. I would say keep tthe RAID0 and but a cheap one for backup.
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I see I see, well the HDD in the link is almost $0.20 per GB so I thought it was pretty cheap. It just happened to be a solid performer.

Is my access time so high because my OS partition is so high? Am I seeing the speeds I should be seeing?
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