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Just been given 4 IDE 20GB HDDs, first time RAID assistance please.

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My friend gave me four IDE hard drives in return for a copy of Half Life 2, because he was throwing them out. Here they are:

Seagate Medalist 8641 - can't find it's total memory anywhere.

Quantum Fireball ST - also can't find the size of the drive.

Seagate U6 20GB (Guessed at the name, hard to tell what it's really called).

Magnetic Data Technologies Enhanced IDE Hard Drive 20.5GB.


-Which two drives, if I can't get four into my cause because of IDE cable reasons, should I pick?

-If I could use all four drives, which would be the fastest/best RAID for me to go with? Looking for all speed for boot.

-How do I set it up as a RAID array? Do I get them all hooked up and then start some sort of program from Windows?

Sorry for all this information, but seeing as though I have had to build PCs on a budget I've never gotten more than one hard drive at a time, other than when I built my dad's PC and that wasn't in RAID.
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Your current HDD will most likely outpreform them all in RAID due to response times, delay, adn the age of the drives. IDE's are like dinosaurs
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