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Alright well for a while now I have this RAID setup and I have been questioning its usefulness as to weather or not it helps to partition RAID

this is my current config:

1TB RAID partitioned to 3 parts: 125GB for "Core" (Windows and drivers), 300 GB for "Applications" (Game installs, Program files), and 500 GB for "personal" (movies, game ISO's, music, documents, etc)

Is there a benefit to what I did with 3 partitions? Or was that just stupid and pointless?

Should I still make 2 partitions (1 for windows, 1 for other)

FYI: I DO NOT HAVE PAGEFILE, its disabled!
    
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Well...I think you kind of lose performance this way. I mean, say you load a game, and that game has to go and load some windows drivers, and then read some content. The heads will have to go back and forth over all that free space between the data.

Then again, you don't have to worry about saved games and some reinstallations when reformatting. So who knows.

Also, you do lose performance by not having a pagefile. Even a tiny 200mb or something is good enough, its just that windows is optimized in many ways to have one.
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Well...I think you kind of lose performance this way. I mean, say you load a game, and that game has to go and load some windows drivers, and then read some content. The heads will have to go back and forth over all that free space between the data.

Then again, you don't have to worry about saved games and some reinstallations when reformatting. So who knows.

Also, you do lose performance by not having a pagefile. Even a tiny 200mb or something is good enough, its just that windows is optimized in many ways to have one.
Well I back up my data automatically every 3-4 days

and if RAID dyes, ALL partitions are dead, so Should I just EFF the multi Partitioning?
    
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In a RAID 0, I personally think that partitioning is kind of a waste, and removes some of the performance of using just a single drive. If it seems fine to you, then I'd say keep it, but I think I would only set up multiple partitions if I were running RAID 1. I didn't even really think you could partition up a RAID 0, but I never really tried it either. So really, if it's working for you, and you are pleased, then keep it.
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Well I back up my data automatically every 3-4 days

and if RAID dyes, ALL partitions are dead, so Should I just EFF the multi Partitioning?
Well, theres no real harm to keeping it. I mean we are only talking about a marginal performance difference here. I say just go with whatever needs the least effort on your part.
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Well I am reformatting this coming week due to issues with the original install and a bunch of driver installs

I think Im just gonna go with 1 fat partition this time... I cant justify having to manually set each program to go somewhere... esp with no benefits at this point
    
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Well I am reformatting this coming week due to issues with the original install and a bunch of driver installs

I think Im just gonna go with 1 fat partition this time... I cant justify having to manually set each program to go somewhere... esp with no benefits at this point
Yeah, the only thing they are really good for in your case is organization. Maybe for your data, like movies and stuff. But yeah keeping the programs separate from your OS even though you are doing backups is kind of pointless.
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Yeah, the only thing they are really good for in your case is organization. Maybe for your data, like movies and stuff. But yeah keeping the programs separate from your OS even though you are doing backups is kind of pointless.
Alright sounds good

Time to kick partitioning I guess

I might just make a ~50 GB partition for a linux install if I ever decide to use it but yeah having to redirect app installs gets anoying every now n then
    
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Alright well for a while now I have this RAID setup and I have been questioning its usefulness as to weather or not it helps to partition RAID

this is my current config:

1TB RAID partitioned to 3 parts: 125GB for "Core" (Windows and drivers), 300 GB for "Applications" (Game installs, Program files), and 500 GB for "personal" (movies, game ISO's, music, documents, etc)

Is there a benefit to what I did with 3 partitions? Or was that just stupid and pointless?

Should I still make 2 partitions (1 for windows, 1 for other)

FYI: I DO NOT HAVE PAGEFILE, its disabled!
Lol. That's exactly how I have my HDDs set up:
  • 75GB for Vista (on RAID0)
  • 225GB for games and big programs (on RAID0)
  • 200GB for ISOs, music, pictures, videos (), and other files (on a third HDD)
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