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i already have one 250g installed and i just brough another 250g harddrive
can i just hook it up and use it as a second harddrive??
or how do i do it?? i want the max speed out of these 2 harddrive!!
so raid 0 or raid 1??
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post #2 of 7
For max speed, go with RAID 0. RAID 1 mirrors your data on the other drive and gains you no space. However, to raid those two drives, they will need to be set up in an array and most likely reformatted. Or, you could just use it as a secondary drive if you want - won't be as fast as RAID 0 though.
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post #3 of 7
You can hook it up as a second hard drive without any problems. Just install the drive, plug up the power and IDE cable, verify the jumper is set to cable select, and boot up. You'll have to format the drive, but you can do that through Windows. All in all, it's a pretty simple process.

If you want to use RAID, however, you'll have to set up your drives as an array and reinstall everything. RAID0 will increase performance by striping data on to both drives. RAID1 provides identical copies of the same data, so the loss of one drive does not compromise your data. The choice is yours, though if you either don't have much critical data or back up your critical data frequently, RAID0 can provide a nice performance boost over a single drive.
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The only problem with RAID 1 is that you only get the space on 1 drive. So if you have 2 300GB drives raided, you would only get 300GB with RAID 1 versus 600GB with RAID 0. However, in RAID 0, it is all essentially 1 big drive and files are nonlinearly spread among them (this is called striping). Increases speed, but the possibilty of data recovery is low.
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post #5 of 7
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icic so i could just connect the sata cable and set the jumber on cable selet and use it as a second drive??
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post #6 of 7
Correct. Although I don't believe SATA drives have jumpers, as they have a single channel all to themselves. Just plug it into whatever the higher numbered open SATA port is, as you want the boot drive (your current) to be on the lowest. For example, if you have 4 sata ports numbered SATA0-SATA3, then make sure the boot drive is on the lowest (SATA0) and the new drive is on one higher (SATA1). Good luck
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post #7 of 7
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i boot into windor but i cant use the drive!!
when i open up "my computer" it only show the old harddrive!!
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