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Okay I will be having 2 computers attached to eachother through a gigabit connection and to a LAN 100Mb connection as well (2 ethernet ports).

Anyways, my problem is with the Hard drives.
I have 4 320GB SATA hard drives now and am thinking of buying a 1TB

Comp 1: will be used as my main PC to download a bit, games, and everything else.

Comp 2: will be used as a HTPC/NAS and Server as well

My Question is how should i spread out my hard drives

1. Should I do 4 SATAs in comp 2? in Raid-5 and the new 1TB in my new comp

2. 2 320s in each and the 1tb in comp 2

3. buy 3 1TB drives and Raid-5 them in the NAS and ... 320s in the new comp? (this would be costly though and i'm thinking it will be too much)

or... anything else?
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I'd setup comp1 with two 320's in raid0, and comp2 with the other two in raid1. If you decide to get the 1tb, I'd backup the raid 0 array to that.
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raid 0 = if i lose it all my drives are gone.... why would i do that...
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raid 0 = if i lose it all my drives are gone.... why would i do that...
That's why I said this: "If you decide to get the 1tb, I'd backup the raid 0 array to that."
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If your down with buying some storage drives, I would put 1 320 in your main desktop, buy X amount of drives (750, 1TB, 1.5TB whatever have you) for storage. Use 2x 320's in raid 1 on your server for your OS/apps and use the last 320 in your server for a page file drive. (I know a waste of space, but its an option.)

OR

take the page drive from the server and go raid 1 array for OS/Apps or JBOD and use 1 for temp local storage/page on your main desktop.

Personally I don't use raid 0. Yes its fast, but I would rather sacrifice some speed to have the piece of mind that I won't have to worry about reconfig'ing the system after a drive failure. If I had the money, raid 6 FTW.
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New option
Computer 1 - Split the 1tb into a 200gig OS and programs volume, divide the rest up how you feel (as far as storage goes)
Computer 2 - RAID 5 the 320's and store your movies, music, etc... on it.

As far as RAID0 goes... it's no less reliable than a single disc. I read this arguement on here all the time. I have my 74gig Raptors in RAID 0 and will continue to. Everytime i make a major change to my OS (service pack, install a new game), I let acronis image the partition to my server so that i can recover if I have to. My email, documents, etc are all stored on another drive in my main system (which is mirrored every night to the server) I can (and have) restored my entire computer from the image files on the server and it matched up 100%.
    
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