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Well, sounds stupid, but ive never had RAID, so.. if i start with one HDD, and wants RAID later, i need to format, i guess ? Since the data are shared.. is it the case for all raid (0,1,etc.)
     
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thats correct, and you'll need at least 2 drives exactly the same
    
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*sigh* expensive...

I heard HDD was a major bottleneck in games. I also heard that you can gain 10-30 fps in game with RAID ?
     
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For Raid 0, you need the same exact drive with the same size. For Raid 1, you can have one bigger than the other (the mirrored one should be the bigger one).

Raid 0+1, then you will need the same exact drive with the same size, as well.

Your motherboard's manual usually gives you steps into how you can achieve raid.

To me, I don't think you will see much difference.
    
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you probably wont see an increase in fps, but you will see an increase in load time and other i/o operations
    
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post #6 of 37
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oh, so theres no real performance gains ?

errr..........raid 0+1 = 4hdd ? 2 for r0 and 2 for r1...... lol, even more expensive.

I would prefer do RAID 1 + a 750gb HDD for backup.

But portioning a RAID drive must be a pita, it sees the system as 1 hdd but need to split it in two or more..
     
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post #7 of 37
no, there are performance gains - they are mainly in i/o operations where disk read/writes are concerned - you're just not going to notice them during something like game play
    
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post #8 of 37
It's not really a pain in the ass. It depends on what you want to do and need.
Doing Raid is expensive, but some people say it is worth it. I think it is worth it.
People will usually tell you to buy three 500GB and raid them, instead of buying 1TB.

To me it does not really increase the death of a hard drive. Why? Because a hard drive only has x amount of years to live, so whichever fails, then the whole thing fails. It resembles just like one.


I want to ask you, but what are you plans of using Raid?
    
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post #9 of 37
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oh ok. Would you recommend it ? My next built is mostly for games and basic stuff, except for photo-editing (DSLR). I don't know if it would benefits that, and/or if its worth the cost.
     
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post #10 of 37
i would recommend it for photo editing since there is some heavy i/o there. you would definitely notice an increase in load time for large pics with a raid 0 configuration. hdds are relatively cheap and raid 0 doubles your capacity so its a good way to go. the down side is there is no redundancy.
    
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