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Hey there
When I bought my computer I had the money to buy only one hard drive, so I picked a 1Tb one. Now I've got some savings and I'd like to use it for a hard drive because my 1Tb one currently has my main OS installed on it and I don't like that cause it makes it work a lot and I don't want it screw up too fast.

So now I have two options: I can get a second 1Tb hard drive and use RAID, or get something like a 500Gb hd just for the OS and applications.
Is any of these solutions better than the other?
By better I mean one that would lower the risk of data loss and of having to buy new hardware.

Thanks

-PS: is it possible to use RAID when one of the two disks has already data written on it? Will it work if I just raw copy it to the other?
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I'd seriously consider going SSD for a dedicated O/S drive and use the 1TB for storage.
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I can't afford SSD unfortunately :/
Anyway, thumb up for Grim Fandango
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Im no raid expert but I would recommend the Western Digital Caviar Black 640gb drives, they are quite the performers for the price point and do well with raid 0, cant recal other raid config's though, best of luck though!
    
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Samsung Spinpoint F3s are the fastest 1TB drives on the market, and for a great price. I have used them in a number of builds and I love them.
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So 1Tb RAID would be the best option?
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So 1Tb RAID would be the best option?
Get a 30gb SSD instead of another 1tb drive... then use NTFS junctions to point everything to the 1tb drive other than the windows folder.
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So now I have two options: I can get a second 1Tb hard drive and use RAID, or get something like a 500Gb hd just for the OS and applications.
Is any of these solutions better than the other?
By better I mean one that would lower the risk of data loss and of having to buy new hardware.

Thanks

-PS: is it possible to use RAID when one of the two disks has already data written on it? Will it work if I just raw copy it to the other?

If you want a RAID 1, yeah you could just copy over. If you want a RAID 0, you will need to copy everything over to an external, set up the raid, and then copy it back, but it should work. Raid 0 however will double the failure rate as opposed to reducing it, and raid 1 will hive you absolutly no aditional storage and very little performance benefit. Raid 1 will only protect you from a single drive mechanical failure... although that might be what you are looking for.

If you do a RAID though, you would want to use two of the exact same drive... and thats not exactly a good drive you are using so its not worth it to begin with.

Best course of action is to get a cheap fast drive... F3 or WD Black AALS perhaps and migrate your OS and other load intensive stuff over to it. Maybe even shortstroke it if you wont need the extra space much and want a bit more speed.
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If you do a RAID though, you would want to use two of the exact same drive... and thats not exactly a good drive you are using so its not worth it to begin with.

Best course of action is to get a cheap fast drive... F3 or WD Black AALS perhaps and migrate your OS and other load intensive stuff over to it. Maybe even shortstroke it if you wont need the extra space much and want a bit more speed.
Convincing
I might go for WD's Caviar Black 500Gb as it fits my budget, and my retailer doesn't have the F3.

Thanks a lot for your help
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Convincing
I might go for WD's Caviar Black 500Gb as it fits my budget, and my retailer doesn't have the F3.

Thanks a lot for your help
NP. Glad I could help.
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