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i have a western digital caviar blue that i got from a friend (i fixed his pc and then he bought his son a new hdd to upgrade his pc but his son got a new pc and its over its 30 day return, so he gave it to me as a thank you)

as you can see i have caviar blacks in raid0 and i dont really want to reinstall windows and everything to add another drive to my raid array, my mom has a 320gb caviar blue that is more than good enough for her uses so now im confused... oh and i dont want to sell it because of the hassle and i know i cant get much for it!

so what should i do with it? might start a poll in this thread if i get a few common suggestions
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Give to me please. LOL
 
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post #3 of 10
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Originally Posted by snoball View Post
Give to me please. LOL
i wouldnt be able to do that because
1. i dont like dealing with shipping so it would be local pick-up if it was a freebie
2. worst case scenario ill put it in my moms rig and save this one for a later rig (slowely accumulating parts for an htpc or server)

note the local pick-up only if i was to give it away, it is a thought

oh and is their any way to get 2 raid0 drives onto 3?

edit: like move the partition(2 drives) onto another drive and then transfer it onto 3?
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post #4 of 10
Just keep it as storage or put it in an external enclosure and use it like a massive USB drive?

Here's an example, but there are lots of styles on the market.
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16817182154
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If it were my system, then I would install it as a secondary/storage hard drive. This way you can keep stuff on it like My Documents, the Desktop, setup files, driver setup files, etc. The benefit of this is that you can format and start over almost at the drop of a hat without worrying about losing anything.

So you would also keep like a "Backups" folder that contains certain things from the C:\\ drive that you want to keep - such as maybe all of the files in the %appdata%\\Mozilla\\Firefox\\Profiles\\62679pwn.de fault folder so that when you install Firefox on the fresh reinstallation of Windows, all you have to do is copy/paste these files over to the new %appdata% folder, restart Firefox and then everything will be the way you had it before.

Well, there is one exception for this: the Plugins. Things like Shockwave Flash and whatnot must be reinstalled, but your Extensions and Themes come back (except you have to open the Extensions window up and click "Find Updates").

Either way though, this is why I have a VelociRaptor in my system. I can reformat almost any time I want and be back up and running very quickly without losing anything. I have screenshots of the way things were, a bunch of files that I put back where they belong more or less, and even a .txt file containing instructions for certain things just in case.
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post #6 of 10
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its too late for that, i already have too much stuff on my current raid... next time i crash or something ill do it, i dont have anything that is of vital importance on this pc lol
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post #7 of 10
Use it as a backup drive. Throw it in a cheap eSATA enclosure and store all your important data on it as well as your main rig.
post #8 of 10
Hell, put it in this and be done with it.

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc..._-17173042-L0D
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post #9 of 10
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ill be using it as either an external enclosure or using it on a new rig, whichever comes first, thanks for the help
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post #10 of 10
Another vote for use it as a backup drive if you don't have one. Always good to have.
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