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Well, the biggest thing is that I don't NEED more speed or storage at the moment, so it isn't really a question of value, it is more a question of how much money I can afford this month, lol. Since I don't have a lot of cash, I am looking to add something for as cheap as possible, so trying to find a used 80GB drive should be the cheapest thing even if it isn't the best deal.

Eventually, I am going to buy 2 new drives and sell my 2 80gb and my Seagate 400gb (its really loud ), but none of that will happen for a few months. Thanks for the input guys
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Well, if you need neither speed nor storage, then why bother? Just save your money for a larger-scale upgrade then. HD's will always be available, and will always be relatively cheap--you can get one anytime. Makes more sense to do it when you need it as opposed to when you dont, IMHO.
    
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Well, if you need neither speed nor storage, then why bother? Just save your money for a larger-scale upgrade then. HD's will always be available, and will always be relatively cheap--you can get one anytime. Makes more sense to do it when you need it as opposed to when you dont, IMHO.
Only because WANT is a very powerful word with me I have A.D.D. when it comes to my PC. Since I haven't pulled it apart in a month or more, I need (read:want) to do something. Besides, I have never run RAID with 3 drives, so think it would be fun. I I did everything by what I need, I wouldn't have a PC at all, lol.
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You can run 3HDD's in RAID-0 but you will need to whipe the HDDs clean.

The boost from 1->2 to 2->3 will not be as big. but its still an increase

Failure rate of more drives just means that instead of 1 drive going to fail, you now have 3 to worry about. I have 4 drives in RAID0

What are the chances of a drive dieing these days? in reviews, I see one for every 1000 people say they have a bad drive. So you have a 1/1000 chance of getting a DOA drive. Chances of it dieing soon after= pretty slim
    
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its not so much as dieing as being corrupt,witch is more common,imo
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its not so much as dieing as being corrupt,witch is more common,imo
4 months no corruption on Quad RAID 0 array. That was only a problem with 790i chipsets
    
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I was going to do a quad raid-0 with my drives. But I just want to play it on the safe side. Just in case one fails. I have a backup drive with my stuff like pics and music.
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Only because WANT is a very powerful word with me I have A.D.D. when it comes to my PC. Since I haven't pulled it apart in a month or more, I need (read:want) to do something. Besides, I have never run RAID with 3 drives, so think it would be fun. I I did everything by what I need, I wouldn't have a PC at all, lol.
Haha, I got ya. Yeah, need=want for me most of the time with my rig. Though maybe not as often as some...

I think RAID0 with 3 drives should give a noticeable performance increase--read/write speeds should scale linearly with respect to the number of drives on the array assuming your controller is up to it (I think I had 4 drives in RAID0 at one point on my mobo's RAID controller, and it seemed fine--then I dumped it for a dual setup 'cause I didn't need that much single-drive space). So you might as well then. I hope it works out well!
    
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