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I have 4 old Maxtor Sata II Drives, 300GB each. So far i have been using 2 of them Non RAID, one for OS and one for storage. Dhould i format these 2 drives and create a 4 drive RAID 0 along with the other 2, or will that be too dangerous in case of a fault? Also i genuine dislike splitting my filesize so i dont consider RAIDS like 0+1 where you get half the size.

BTW What would my speeds be on this 4 RAID? Now i get something like 60+ average on single drive. Maybe even more, nut no more than a hundred.
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if you have nothing to lose go for it, if you dont like it you can always switch back
not sure if the amd raid controller will handle 4 drives well, you will lose like 10% performace but you wont even notice it
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RAID 0 scales fairly linearly, so assuming all four drives are from the same generation, you should see around 210-220MB/sec. Theoretically the peak sequential rate should be 240MB/sec (based on your 60MB/sec per drive), but it's an imperfect world.
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If this is for storage, why not RAID5?
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If this is for storage, why not RAID5?
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U got 2 SSDs, use the HDD for redundant storage.
    
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Thiss

U got 2 SSDs, use the HDD for redundant storage.
It's for my other System. The SSD's are for my Server. As i said there are no SSD's in the system i'm talking about. How will i benefit from a RAID 5? Actually i dont want storage on this PC, mostly i need the greater speeds i can get, since i already own 4 sata drives, and it could save me from having to buy yet another SSD.
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post #8 of 18
raid 5 will allow your setup to run like Raid 0 but it uses parity bit for redun so if a drive fails in your array you can still use the system and restore it back to normal when you replace the hard drive that failed. But I hear writes are slower then fudge because of the overhead it takes to make the parity bits on the hard drives especially if your using onboard raid.
 
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So what do you guys reckon? Make it 0, make it 5, or do nothing?
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If you're using it for storage, go RAID 5. If you're using it for the OS, go RAID 0 with two drives, and use the other two for something else. Or, if you really want to you all four drives for your OS, go RAID 10.
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