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Is RAID 0 worth it?

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I currently have an 1TB drive on the way and a 80 GB drive. Do you get that much improvement with RAID 0? Either way ima have to buy another TB drive or an 80 GB one.
I also know that if one drive dies you lose all your data.
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I wouldn't bother with the 80gb drive (unless you can get another for nearly nothing or if its a 10k rpm drive or something like that) - even in RAID-0 it will still be slower than most modern drives.

With the 1tb drive there's some promise. It will likely be fairly quick and two in RAID-0 will give you almost 2x the speed. Check that your mobo can do RAID if you don't plan on using a hardware controller (very $$$).
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post #3 of 5
As long as you have a standalone drive or a raid1/raid5 array for important data, yes raid0 is great and theres almost always a noticeable increase in performance even with the cheapest of drives/controllers. Of course the better the hardware the more you'll get out of it.

You just have to balance the risk vs performance. You are twice as likely to lose data in a raid0 than standalone due to hardware failure. To me a Windows install and some games are completely expendable. But I wouldnt put anything on the raid0 that i couldn't stand to lose.
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Yep, as with any drive, you should always have a good backup or two. I run all my stuff off my e3 drive RAID-0 array and backup to a single 1tb drive regularly then have a couple loose drives I slip into an external enclosure that I keep more important stuff on and the really importaint stuff (wedding pics etc) I burn to DVD's and mail to parents/friends in different locations in case the house burns down or something.
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Since the current 250G HDD and the 1TB drive are likely the fastest you'll currently have, my Dual or Multi Partition and Why link in my sig should answer how to set one of them up for the best sungke drive performance.
Sure RAID0 is a performance plus, but its a lot of hastle in the long run.
    
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