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I was planning of doing a RAID 0 set-up and buying another set of the same drive. But I dont even know what my HDD is apart of. Caviar Blue or Black, Etc? I got this HDD off off my old computer an HP Elite m9XXX(forgot)


I'm planning of getting the drive below(See link) because it has the same name as my HDD "WD6400AAKS",

[ame="http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Caviar-Drive-WD6400AAKS/dp/B0017XUX7O/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1296188656&sr=1-1"]http://www.amazon.com/Western-Digital-Caviar-Drive-WD6400AAKS/dp/B0017XUX7O/ref=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1296188656&sr=1-1[/ame]

But the picture and name of my old HDD is totally different than what my Device Mangers says:

"WDC WD6400AAKS-65A7B0 ATA Device"

(This is what my drive almost looks like, but same label layout; no colors or anything.)
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Will my HDD and Caviar Blue be compatible because it has the same name? or Would I need to start fresh and buy two HDD's =/
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If they are both AAKS drives, then they are the same thing. WD Black AAKS or WD Blue AAKS. They are the same drive wink.gif. The difference is the AALS Black drives are faster than the WD AAKS Black drives. The AAKS is an older "Black" drive, which was replaced by the AALS. But that's why the Blue is still an AAKS, because its still a good drive.

Anyway, yes it'll work fine smile.gif.
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OMG Thanks ! biggrin.gif I was quite worried that it wouldn't be compatible. I think I saved myself about 50 bucks. >.<<br />
But quick question. Would two WD6400AAKS in RAID 0 beat a single WD1002FAEX?
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Originally Posted by Defend808Hawaii;12171562 
OMG Thanks ! biggrin.gif I was quite worried that it wouldn't be compatible. I think I saved myself about 50 bucks. >.<<br />
But quick question. Would two WD6400AAKS in RAID 0 beat a single WD1002FAEX?

Yes. The EX is just a 1TB 64MB cache WD Black. It's plenty fast for a platter drive, but it's still a platter drive in a single drive config. Having 2 "almost as fast" drives in RAID0 will be faster.
 
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Originally Posted by Defend808Hawaii;12171562 
OMG Thanks ! biggrin.gif I was quite worried that it wouldn't be compatible. I think I saved myself about 50 bucks. >.<<br />
But quick question. Would two WD6400AAKS in RAID 0 beat a single WD1002FAEX?

Yes.

WD5000AAKS RAID0, 64k stripe, onboard ICH10R controller
HDTuneRAID0-3.jpg

WD1000FALS, single drive. Only difference between this and FAEX is 32MB cache vs 64MB cache.
1TBBlack.jpg

Definitely faster. You could improve the speed of the RAID array by experimenting with stripe sizes, short-stroking or buying a dedicated hardware RAID controller.

Just remember that RAID0 with two discs is twice as prone to failure as a single drive. And if that failure does occur, all the data on the array is gone.
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Definitely faster. You could improve the speed of the RAID array by experimenting with stripe sizes, short-stroking or buying a dedicated hardware RAID controller.

I was thinking short-stroking since its a + in performance. Anyways, ill place my order and wait for my HDD to arrive. Ill update this thread if anything. Much thanks to you who replied =)
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