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Ok, well I have never experimented with RAID before, but I think I would feel better if I did.

I know RAID 5 is for security and RAID 0 is for speed, I have no idea how to initiate it. lol

I am a little paranoid that my HDD will go on me, and I will be unprepared.

So what do I need to do.




PS. RAID would be for my new build.


2nd question: For my Sig Rig, can I just slap in another HDD, format it, and then save my music and games to it? I think I can right?

There are only 2 things I don't really know much about in computers, 1 is wireless networking the other is RAID.
post #2 of 4
For the first question:

You'll have to build the array through an option in your bios.

RAID 5 requires at least three drives, so go either RAID 0 for speed or RAID 1 for security.

While it is true that in a RAID 0 array, if you lose one drive, you lose all the data, it doesn't make the drive any more likely to fail.

You're taking only a slightly smaller risk when you use only one drive.



Second question = yes
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I would use as many RAID-5 five drives as you can afford. If two out of my drive die my array can still be recovered. Also checkout this read and write speed.

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RAID-0 Stripes the data beween 2 or more drives giving you more speed and the combined size of the number of drives X the size of the smallest drive so if raid 2 320GB drives you will have 640GB but if you raid 1 320GB and 1250GB you will only have 500GB , but if any 1 drives dies then all of your data is gone
RAID-1 mirrors the data between 2 drives giving you the same speed and size of 1 drive but if 1 drive fails you still have a backup of all the data
RAID-5 stripes the data across 3 or more drives and provides data parity you will have more speed and if 1 drive fails you can still use the rest until you can rebuild the array with a new drive
you second queston. yes you can throw in another drive but to use it you will have to partition and format it like this start>contol panel>admin tools>computer management>disk management
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