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With a SSD for OS/Apps, is there a point to try and RAID the storage drive?

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If I have an SSD for my OS/Apps and a storage drive such as a 1TB F3 for games and media is there any point in trying to RAID 0 the F3 with another F3 to increase performance? And if not then would it be worth RAID 1 if I have a network drive available to back things up to?

Thanks in advance.

PS - This is assuming I can do such a RAID without having to do any RAID with the SSD or screw it up.
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There's no point RAID0ing a storage drive. It is a good idea to have a RAID array with redundancy (e.g. anything but 0).

And yes, you can do it without having your SSD in RAID.

I have

SSD - Windows + Programs
RAID0 - Games and photos backup
1TB - Media

Planning a file server build next month though.
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There's no point RAID0ing a storage drive. It is a good idea to have a RAID array with redundancy (e.g. anything but 0).

And yes, you can do it without having your SSD in RAID.

I have

SSD - Windows + Programs
RAID0 - Games and photos backup
1TB - Media

Planning a file server build next month though.
I assume for your RAID is with two 500GB drives? And is it RAID1? I only ask as you said it was a good idea to have a RAID with redundancy and you listed RAID 0 for your games and photo RAID.

Also, once you have your file server up will there be a point to having a redundant RAID? And if it is just files/media why bother with a server as opposed to an NAS?
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I assume for your RAID is with two 500GB drives? And is it RAID1? I only ask as you said it was a good idea to have a RAID with redundancy and you listed RAID 0 for your games and photo RAID.

Also, once you have your file server up will there be a point to having a redundant RAID? And if it is just files/media why bother with a server as opposed to an NAS?
There's no point, i'm just really cautious lol. I've ripped loads of DVDs to my computer to stream, and it took weeks of work.

RAID1 is mirrored raid. If you have 2 1TB hard drives in RAID1 the total size would only be 1GB. But both drives are a perfect copy of each other, so if one fails you've still got all your data safe. There is no speed increase though.

My 500GB Raid is 2x250GB drives. It's just for games, but i have that much space i keep a spare copy of my photos on there too.

Back to your original question. If i were you i wouldn't bother putting your 1TB media drive in RAID0, as it's twice as likely to fail and you'll loose all of your data. Just keep it as 1 disk.
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There's no point, i'm just really cautious lol. I've ripped loads of DVDs to my computer to stream, and it took weeks of work.

RAID1 is mirrored raid. If you have 2 1TB hard drives in RAID1 the total size would only be 1GB. But both drives are a perfect copy of each other, so if one fails you've still got all your data safe. There is no speed increase though.

My 500GB Raid is 2x250GB drives. It's just for games, but i have that much space i keep a spare copy of my photos on there too.

Back to your original question. If i were you i wouldn't bother putting your 1TB media drive in RAID0, as it's twice as likely to fail and you'll loose all of your data. Just keep it as 1 disk.

Would you just back it up to a network drive or server as opposed to putting money into another drive to do a RAID1 with the storage drive on the PC?

Also, some things mentioned such as the Drobo FS @ $655 (one person pointed it out to me) seems quite expensive if you ask me and there must be cheaper better solutions. This is OCN and of course a whole lot of knowledge and DYI.
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Would you just back it up to a network drive or server as opposed to putting money into another drive to do a RAID1 with the storage drive on the PC?

Also, some things mentioned such as the Drobo FS @ $655 (one person pointed it out to me) seems quite expensive if you ask me and there must be cheaper better solutions. This is OCN and of course a whole lot of knowledge and DYI.
There are much cheaper soloutions to a drobo. I have so many spare parts i can almost put a file server together. I'd imagine a lot of members on here are the same.

When i get round to building this file server i'll use it purely for storing my music and videos. Streaming to my PS3 downstairs and my PC. I'll also put a backup of my photos on there. I plan on doing RAID1 on that.
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There are much cheaper soloutions to a drobo. I have so many spare parts i can almost put a file server together. I'd imagine a lot of members on here are the same.

When i get round to building this file server i'll use it purely for storing my music and videos. Streaming to my PS3 downstairs and my PC. I'll also put a backup of my photos on there. I plan on doing RAID1 on that.
Given you will also have RAID 1 on your server will you keep a copy on your PC's?

Also.... is the Drobo nothing more than a file server with multiple drive bays? It seems that way and yet at $650 it does not even seem to stream things.

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Originally Posted by RoddimusPrime View Post
Given you will also have RAID 1 on your server will you keep a copy on your PC's?

Also.... is the Drobo nothing more than a file server with multiple drive bays? It seems that way and yet at $650 it does not even seem to stream things.

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The drobo's selling point is that it can automatically reconfigure itself between raid modes, depending on whats on there and how much space is available.

For example, if you have one 1TB drive in with 200GB of data, then add a second 1TB drive, it will configure as raid1 (mirrored). If you add 2 more it will change to raid5.

To be honest it just automates a lot of stuff you can do yourself.

And when I say that I plan to stream stuff. I just mean it'll be on a networked drive and I'll access it from somewhere else.

Yeah, I plan to have as many copies as I can. Even with raid1, if there's some freak occurrence like a power surge, both drives will probably fail. It's just a backup of a backup really. Also, I'm running out of space in my sig rig.
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