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hey there,

I plan to buy the GA-EP45 Extreme Intel P45 motherboard when released, and to go with it I need some HDD's.

Now at the moment I have Windows XP and Vista Ulimate on my Maxtor Raptor 74GB on 2 partitions, then I have my games on a Hitachi 74GB, and all my storage on a seagate 500GB.

Ideally, I require about the same storage for my operating systems, but I need extra for storage and gaming. If I went RAID 0 (same models, same GB, TB) what would you guys advise on doing here?

I do like my Raptor 74GB, its been great for me. So something similar to the speed of this would be ideal.

Any help again would be great!

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well if you want max out use 2 raptors for os raid and then use some decently priced 500gb drives in raid-0....that way you got fast mother OS load and decent fast data speeds also
 
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So you mean 2 x raptors in RAID 0 - one raptor with XP and the other with Vista?

Then 2 or 3 500GB's in RAID 0 - 1 for games (i'd only need 1 for gaming), 1 or 2 for storage?
    
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It's really preference and how much money you want to drop. Instead of buying raptors you could always buy 7200.11 drives instead and save a pretty penny. (But there are cheap raptors in the for trade forum atm)
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Yeah i think that 7200.11rpm drives should be fine. I cant afford to splash out on3 x velociraptors i'm afraid!

Any recommedations for 7200.11rpm drives?

EDIT: what about 3 x Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 500GB SATA-II in RAID 0?
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Yeah i think that 7200.11rpm drives should be fine. I cant afford to splash out on3 x velociraptors i'm afraid!

Any recommedations for 7200.11rpm drives?

EDIT: what about 3 x Seagate Barracuda 7200.11 500GB SATA-II in RAID 0?
Great drives, reliable.
I just bought two of them for $90 @ newegg, I think tiger direct has them for $80 (of course with my luck, the day after I bought them)http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...sku=TSD-500AS5
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Great drives, reliable.
I just bought two of them for $90 @ newegg, I think tiger direct has them for $80 (of course with my luck, the day after I bought them)http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...sku=TSD-500AS5
oh dear, gutted

I am UK based my friend. I can get them for around £45 each.


I'm not too keen on the RAID 0, I just did some more research and if one disk fails, all data on all disks will be lost. Not something I'm prepared to risk I don't think.

Maybe I'd be better off keeping 2 of my old HDD's and buying a larger one for gaming (main one struggling for capacity). Do SATA II ports still support SATA HDD's, or only SATA II HDD's?
    
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I'm not too keen on the RAID 0, I just did some more research and if one disk fails, all data on all disks will be lost. Not something I'm prepared to risk I don't think.
If you has the money, you can set up a RAID10 array. All the benefits of RAID0 with the benefit of redundancy.

I personally have two separate RAID0 and RAID1 arrays. Keep all my important stuff on the 400gb RAID1 array and programs on the RAID0 array. I know it can cost a lot, but, it would sort you out for a good number of years.

Although, i got one of my hard disks free when City Link and Ebuyer refunded me because they lost the parcel and then 2 weeks later it turned up. Free disk
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If you has the money, you can set up a RAID10 array. All the benefits of RAID0 with the benefit of redundancy.

I personally have two separate RAID0 and RAID1 arrays. Keep all my important stuff on the 400gb RAID1 array and programs on the RAID0 array. I know it can cost a lot, but, it would sort you out for a good number of years.

Although, i got one of my hard disks free when City Link and Ebuyer refunded me because they lost the parcel and then 2 weeks later it turned up. Free disk
Ah right I see, RAID 10 hey. How much would you be looking at for that?

Can I ask what HDD's you have in your RAID config's?
    
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Get two 500GB Barracuda's or Western Digital AAKS drives and put them in RAID 0. Then you can partition as you see fit.

The speed will destroy what you currently have.

Failures rates.... pfft... I have never had my RAID 0 fail, I have even uplugged one of teh drives whilst in windows. All it did was freeze and work fine again once I plugged it back in.


Just back up your data.
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