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Single Velociraptor vs 2x Samsung F4s in RAID 0

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I'm doing a bit of a reconfiguration of drives in my computer. My current drive is going to turn into a dedicated backup drive for my NAS as backing it up onto my primary drive now means a huge hit in performance.

So I have a $90 budget for the new primary drive. I would get an SSD but I do need a little bit more that 40-50GB of storage for games etc.

The two options I've thought about:

1 x WD Velociraptor 150GB
2 x Samsung F4 320GB (RAID 0)

I think the RAID 0 array should perform better, but I'm not all that sure.

Thanks in advance.
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Spinpoints will outperform the Veloci in terms of raw speed.

Access times on the Veloci will be undoubtedly better though.
   
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post #3 of 5
I believe you would be better off with 500GB F3s instead.
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Well my friend just got an F4 and its fast as heck.

Like the velociraptor should be better in like opening programs or something while the RAID array should load windows faster or something??

I have nothing against F3s but from personal experience, I know the F4s are brutal. Also RAID 0 F3s would be about $15-20 over budget.
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This is going to sound foolish, but does anyone know how to setup RAID in a standard ASUS AMI BIOS? I went to SATA configuration to see if I could try something. I changed it from AHCI to RAID but it gave me no options as to what kind of RAID array...

Would I actually need another drive in there to give me that option?

I've never done RAID before...sorry.
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