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Wats RAID? Do I have Raid? Should I Have RAID? Do I need RAID?

all i know is from some1 that RAID is there u make more than 2 hard drive 1
well make the comp think its one hard drive

This is my setup Below
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RAID is when the hard drives are link together as 1 drive (as windows sees it).

Types of RAID:
RAID0: splits data across 2 drives to make faster and increase space
RAID1: Mirrors the first drive for data security.

There are other kinds, but they are based off of RAID 0 and RAID 1

RAID will allow you to have all your data on one partition (even if spread across multiple drives)
You need to have the same size drive. You could do a RAID with those 68GB drives. You would probably want RAID 0 to get the performance increase.

Wiki article that explains it well
Edited by mortimersnerd - 7/4/08 at 1:10pm
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post #3 of 30
RAID is essentially Redundant Array of Independent Disks or something...
Basically the computer recognizes 2 or more hard drives as one which increases the speed and performance of the drives.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAID

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post #4 of 30
You don't need raid but its nice to have. Iddo a RAID0 to inprove speed. Its liek overclocking the HDD's
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raid0 is pretty nice when moving large downloaded files from on folder to the other foldre on the same partition
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To answer one of your questions: No, you don't have RAID right now, but you could.

I would suggest Raid 0 for faster access. I'm using it right now and I love it. I have two 320GB hard drives set up in Raid 0, which makes disk accesses about twice as fast.

However, if either one of these drives fails, then I lose all of my "data". That's why I have a third 750GB drive where I store my data. The 2x320GB Raid 0 is just for my Operating System and programs, so that things like booting and loading games will be faster.
    
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So even with Raid 0, windows will see one 640 gb HDD but the data will be split into two(2x320).
     
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Originally Posted by Cr4zYH3aD View Post
So even with Raid 0, windows will see one 640 gb HDD but the data will be split into two(2x320).


Yeah, it stripes the data between the two so that it can theoretically transfer twice as fast.
    
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Originally Posted by Cr4zYH3aD View Post
So even with Raid 0, windows will see one 640 gb HDD but the data will be split into two(2x320).
yes thats correct!
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So if i put raid 0
it will see my paritions as 1 drive
and not 2

so it might install some important system files on 1 hard drive and some on the other thinking its to same

so if 1 hard drive fails that program or os fails too if the files are on both hard drive?

thats wat i am afird of
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