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redundancy ?

And yes, I do care about my data - I lost too much precious stuff and too many souvenirs over time...

I was considering the Western Digital 500 gb. (WD5000AKKS) or the Raid ed. (but it doesnt seems to be the same HDD, its not a Caviar SE16 but an RE - WD5000ABYS (Western Digital RE2 RAID Edition 500GB SATA2).

I don't know which one is faster , but i was going for the WD5000AKKS. One HDD, but now RAID looks nice. but 4x150$... EEEEEEEEEEEEK.

Plus, im worried about the windows installation and RAID installation in DOS before installing the OS. Ive read the DS3R manual, it looks simple enough, but I don't know..never done that.
The AAKS series is the fastest that WD has to offer in the 7200RPM category. Installing RAID is simple, you just press a certain key during installation(It'll be in your manual), plug in a floppy disc with the drivers on it, and follow the instructions on the screen.
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Yeah, i'm not sure about the RAID 0+1...4 HDD is alot of cash.

the Raid 0 must be nice for the photo editing i guess. I would prefer having Raid 0 + 1x750 gb for the backups
     
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well thats what the manual says

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5-1 Configuring SATA Hard Drive(s)
To configure SATA hard drive(s), follow the steps below:
A. Install SATA hard drive(s) in your computer.
B. Configure SATA controller mode in BIOS Setup.
C. Configure a RAID array in RAID BIOS. (Note 1)
D. Make a floppy disk containing the SATA RAID/AHCI driver. (Note 2)
E. Install the SATA RAID/AHCI driver and operating system. (Note 2)
Before you begin
Please prepare:
• At least two SATA hard drives (to ensure optimal performance, it is recommended that you use
two hard drives with identical model and capacity). If you do not want to create RAID, you may
prepare only one hard drive.
• An empty formatted floppy disk.
• Windows Vista/XP/2000 (Note 3) setup

C. Configuring a RAID array in RAID BIOS
Enter the RAID BIOS setup utility to configure a RAID array. Skip this step and proceed to the installation
of Windows operating system for a non-RAID configuration.
Step 1:
After the POST memory test begins and before the operating system boot begins, look for a message
which says "Press <Ctrl-I> to enter Configuration Utility" (Figure 2). Press <Ctrl> + <I> to enter the RAID
Configuration Utility.
theres the raid configuration utilidy and the 'raid bios.'
etc.

http://asia.giga-byte.com/FileList/M...35c-ds3r_e.pdf

page 76-77

But like most things it only LOOKS easy.... lol
     
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Just so you know, you don't need a floppy disc for RAID in Vista, it is detected correctly by itself.
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ok, that's good.

The manual refers to two method: RAID BIOS and the RAID configuration utility. I guess they do the same job.
     
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But, like you said, I need 4 disk or more to see performance gains ?

Well, that's what im worried about : if i do RAID-0 with 2 HDD, will it really improve performance... that is the question
     
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But, like you said, I need 4 disk or more to see performance gains ?

Well, that's what im worried about : if i do RAID-0 with 2 HDD, will it really improve performance... that is the question
You will cut off 1/5th of your load time for almost everything. The purpose of RAID is so you can have huge storage space without having to create single hard drives that have all that space. (Two 500GBs is usually cheaper than a single 1TB) It does improve performance, but not by much.
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ok. I'll see if i want to do it or not. It sure looks like a little benefits for high-res photo editing, but for 100-150$, I don't know if it's worth it.
     
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Just wanted to add, that RAID 1 will only save your data if one of your drives fails, if you corrupt a file, it's gone.
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i understand.... i guess i would be better off with RAID 0 + 750HDD and a ghost image.
     
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