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I currently have a seagate 320gb drive, model ST3320620AS. I have been debating getting a second one and going raid. Now, my question is this, should I get a second seagate, or get two new drives and have the seagate as additional storage? I currently have a seagate 500gb for my backup. I noticed that new egg no longer carries my drive, but it is still available at other places. If I decided to go the other route of getting two drives for the raid, I wouldn't want to spend more than $80 for both drives. What are your thoughts on this, and any suggestions?
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I upgraded my hdd today (2xWD6400AAKS) with a raid 0. I don't have any real data worries so my old hdd went to my wife's pc. Where I plan to set up a raid 1.

Anyway, I guess what I'm saying is do it.

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did you have a WD6400AAKS before the raid? If so, how was the performance increase?
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This is kinda off topic, i set my Western digital and my seagate 500gbs to raid 0, Would this cause a conflict in performance?
    
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For a while I had only 1 WD1600AAJS, and it was good. I got bored and decided to go buy another for a RAID0. I saw very minimal improvement in things other than benchmarks.

If you really want to see noticeable improvement in your computer save up for a better video card.

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This is kinda off topic, i set my Western digital and my seagate 500gbs to raid 0, Would this cause a conflict in performance?
You can RAID them together, and you'll see some improvement, but optimally you want two of the same drives.

With two different models of drives, the faster drive will work as slow as the slowest drive. Basically it's double the performance of the slowest drive.
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No, I was running 2x250gb hdd one WD and another SG. Real world increase was nuts. I just ran HD Tune and it looks like the 6400aaks raid 0 smoked 74gb raptor in raid 0.
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aighty then, thanks for the input!!! I just was wondering if that would help increase my boot time, as it takes around 10 min to boot vista ultimate 64bit, Never did this until i set up raid 0, now it does it even if i take them outa raid0. If any one has more input, i would greatly appreciate it!
    
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seriously, 10 minutes? I would check that drive for failure if that was the case. Vista takes around 1-2 minutes to load with my single drive, I'm hoping raid will speed that as well as other things up. I'm curious as to what to expect going from a single drive to raid 0. Also, I want to know if the drive I have would be worth getting a second one of it, or if there would be better choices out there without breaking the bank.
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I have tested all my drives with different programs, and they all say they are good, even wrote 0's to them to completly erase the crap on them, and still have this issue, i had a pc built from dell about 3-4 years ago that i had raid 0 in with 2 wd 320gb drives, and that thing ran like a raped ape, but was damaged in a electrical storm we had here, so i had to get a new one! It is deffinitly worth the raid 0, but just make sure you have a Back up drive as the raid 0 drives are not as redudant as a single!!! I learned from this one!!!
    
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raid 0 is not redundant, a single drive is not redundant. It sounds like raid 1 is somewhat redundant; but not sacrifices performance. I have a backup solution but it's only 500gb. If I went with a raid configuration I would make sure I would have a scheduled backup. So it sounds like going from a single anything to a raid 0 would help performance? How much should I expect? It sounds like it helps booting times, how about video encoding, would it affect that as well?
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