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Should I set up RAID

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I have an old Acer 320 Gb and I just recently bought a WD 500Gb. I have it set up at RAID 0 currently but do you think I should do that or should I just use the new WD 500Gb alone or use both drives separately. My total disc space is cut down to like 600Gb in RAID so that's not really helpful. I don't know how good the speed increase is for RAID 0. I kind of want to just get another WD 500Gb or WD 640Gb to RAID that
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Raid 0 would give you a nice performance boost. I’m sure you notice it verse just having your OS on one single drive. The thing with your raid 0 is that you’re losing out on 180GB worth of space because your drives are not matching. If you want to use all your space then grab another WD 500GB and raid the two. Then use your Acer 320GB drive as a storage drive. Make sure to keep all your important stuff on the storage drive because as you probably know, Raid 0 has no data recovery if the array goes bad.

I would also partition Raid as well, around 120GB for your OS partition (if you do get another 500GB HDD)
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RAID 0 will give you a large boost in speed, it is a theoretical speed of 2X meaning twice as fast as a single drive. Though you will lose some space from your 500GB, it is, in many cases worth the speed. Technically you should use 2 like drives (2x 320's or 2x 500's) but it will still work with to unlike, though you will be bottle-necked by the slower of the 2 drives.
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Ook thanks. Then I think I'll get another WD 500Gb and RAID that instead. . I was kind of thinking about getting SSD but then I would have 3 different things and I'll be very confused then. Should I get an SSD? If so, what will I do with the two drives?
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Ook thanks. Then I think I'll get another WD 500Gb and RAID that instead. . I was kind of thinking about getting SSD but then I would have 3 different things and I'll be very confused then. Should I get an SSD? If so, what will I do with the two drives?
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Definately worh doing a raid 0.I noticed a big difference when doing a Raid 0 on my WD Blacks 500double the read speed.Access times went down slightly too.If you want to decrease the access times further just short stroke the raid 0 to about 250-300gb of 1000gb and you will get access times of around 8ms
Worth it man
Another thing considering is getting an Intel 40gb or 80 x25 SSD and use it for the operating system plus the wd black as a storage drive.Maybe sell the other older drive than. My access times are 0.1ms now on the SSD.Windows boots in under 15 seconds now.Huge difference.
Edited by pm1109 - 3/1/10 at 2:56pm
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Ook thanks. Then I think I'll get another WD 500Gb and RAID that instead. . I was kind of thinking about getting SSD but then I would have 3 different things and I'll be very confused then. Should I get an SSD? If so, what will I do with the two drives?
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Yea the raid 0 for the 2 WD 500GB HDD would be the cheaper route and very fast. But if you were to get a lets say 80GB SSD then I would say go for it. You would be able to fit your OS and some games on there easily. That is, if you have the funds for a 80GB SSD. The raid 0 would do pretty well, but like pm109 was saying the access time would be crazy low on a SSD. Then you could use the WD 500GB as a storage drive and try to sell the 3rd drive for a few bucks or use it as a storage drive too.
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Man I guess I shouldn't have bought a 500Gb and bought a 640 instead Oh wells time to go get another 500Gb just for kicks
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Btw, does it make any difference if I get another brand?
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Same speed and size are key. Brands can be mixed.
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