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I currently have some extra cash since I didn't spend it during the christmas time and I wanted to get a better drive than my current 500GB WD blue that is a few years old now.

A friend of mine recently lost his computer in a fire, but the hard drive survived, after we copied his files over, he gave me the drive as a gift
It's a WD1002FAEX (if I recall properly, the 1TB Black ones) and I wanted to set up a RAID 1 array since I don't need much space but I want faster read times, don't care about writting, it'll be mainly for gaming = read read read.

I looked through all the threads and people always seem to recommend RAID0, I have some pictures on that partition that are not replacable, therefore I don't want to risk a RAID0, especially since I don't need the space... RAID 5 is about as fast as a single drive AFAIK and a lot more expensive...
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RAID1 is not meant for performance, it is meant for redundancy.

This is my AAKS drives in RAID1.


This is them in RAID0.


Big difference!
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Yes. RAID1 isn't for performance, RAID0 is. RAID1 writes the info on both drives so if first drive fails, it only has to look on the second one. xD
    
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I looked through all the threads and people always seem to recommend RAID0, I have some pictures on that partition that are not replacable, therefore I don't want to risk a RAID0, especially since I don't need the space... RAID 5 is about as fast as a single drive AFAIK and a lot more expensive...
RAID0 vs 1 has already been covered.

RAID5 provides the read performance of N-1 RAID0 while allowing 1 disk failure. However, write performance are worse than 1 drive's performance without a hardware controller.
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