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i currently have a raid 0 2X320 seagates, but i have a spear 500gig wd that is just sitting, would a raid 0 with the 2 seagates and the 500 wd be faster? i know i would lose the storage of the 500 but i would be ok if it would be fater.
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RAID(0) would be faster. why not use the WD drive as a storage drive and install games/apps/OS on the RAID setup?
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The more disks you add to a stripe set, the more performance you can get (if the drives are fast), but also, the higher your risk of losing your entire array (if one disk dies out of your RAID-0 array, all of your data will be lost)...
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hrmmm i think i didn't get my question across correctly. Currently i am running "Raid 0 2x Seagate 320GB" i am wondering what adding a 500gig drive to the raid 0 would do. I know your supposed to try and use the same type/model/size drive, because the slowest from them will slow everything down. So i was just wondering if you guys think it would be worth it adding a 500gig i have just sitting around.
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You can't add a 500GB drive to a raid 0 array with 2 320GB drives.

Edit: maybe you could make a partition on all 3 drives of equal size, but I think you wont notice a big difference between that and 2 320GB in raid 0.
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Originally Posted by zaeric19 View Post
You can't add a 500GB drive to a raid 0 array with 2 320GB drives.

Edit: maybe you could make a partition on all 3 drives of equal size, but I think you wont notice a big difference between that and 2 320GB in raid 0.
I could be wrong but i thought it would just hack off the extra space (500 - 320 = 180 wasted)
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I could be wrong but i thought it would just hack off the extra space (500 - 320 = 180 wasted)
It will. You can RAID drives of different sizes.

I would just follow Microsis's advice and use the 500GB for storage, while putting OS/Apps/Games/etc on the RAID array.
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