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I want to get a new HD setup. I am thinking of getting 2 Barrcuda 160GB in RAID 0 and one 500GB for additional storage and backup. I have terrible HD management and I want to do it right this time. My idea is to have programs, ie. executables, installed on the RAID and files, ie. music and pictures etc., on the storage drive. I will also create an image of my RAID setup once a month and store it on the storage drive. What do you think? I want to hear how other people are setup. I use my PC for general e-mail, web-browsing, media, and LOTS of gaming.
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Help me out guys. If anything, just post how your HD's are setup so I can get some ideas.
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What you've got set up sounds good. Make sure to have the image, like you were saying, and you should be fine. Storing the media off the RAID will keep it from being vulnerable to crashing. Making an image once a month sounds good. Let us know how it goes for you.
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Thanks for the feedback. A co-worker has this setup and I like the idea behind it. I do have a couple questions. How do I load the image? Lets say after a year my PC feels slower and I want to load an image I created the day I setup my RAID, how do you actualy load it from the storage drive to the Bootable RAID drive? Also, if I were to save a file to the desktop, does that automatically get stored on my RAID? It would be a hard habbit to break. The desktop is so easy and convenient for temporary storage.
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Your desktop is going to be wherever the Operating System is installed. So, if it's the RAID, then yeah, it'll save on RAID. As for the image, it depends on what program you're using. If you use something like Norton Ghost or Acronis TrueImage or Clonezilla, you'll create a bootable disc to boot to that will allow you to find your image and load the image. That's what I've done and it works great.
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Thanks for the help. I have Acronis I just never used it . So I will create a bootable image, boot from it, and load the image? Will it basically wipe all the information off the RAID drive and then "install" the image? Will it in any way affect the OS or any other programs? Sorry for all the questions but I want to do it right and loading images sounds a bit hair raising to me.
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It'll give you the option (if you set up different partitions) as to what exactly to make the image (ie - if you wanted to image just C: and not D: and E:, you can click the check next to C: and it will only image C. When you restore the image, the only thing that will be affected is the partitions in the image. Can get confusing if you don't end up imaging one of your partitions and your system crashes and you ended up imaging the wrong one ->I did that once...
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Is it a good idea to install windows on a dedicated hard drive? Example setup, Windows installed on a dedicated 60 GB hard drive, no other files will be stored here (C: drive), RAID 0 drive for installing programs and applications (D: drive), and a storage and backup drive (E: drive). Could that help windows be more stable, boot faster, and help prevent it from slowing down as computers seem to do? Will this work? Do programs have to be installe on the same drive as the OS?
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No, they don't have to be on the same drive. I actually partitioned off part of my hard drive to allow for a small installation of Windows, then have a larger partition for all of my program files and media. Helps out when using other OS too - I tend to switch back and forth between Windows and Linux a lot, so it helps out with having the data and music on one central drive - can't function without my music playing...
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No, they don't have to be on the same drive. I actually partitioned off part of my hard drive to allow for a small installation of Windows, then have a larger partition for all of my program files and media. Helps out when using other OS too - I tend to switch back and forth between Windows and Linux a lot, so it helps out with having the data and music on one central drive - can't function without my music playing...
I think I like the idea I came up with in post #7. Seems like it would be fast, secure, and stable. It does seem like it is a bit overkill though. Would I need a RAID controller to run these four hard drives?
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