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Hi OCN I've got a question about something that has being bugging me for a while now.. I have a WD caviar blue (wd5000aaks) and I was thinking about getting another one for doing a RAID 0 my question is: will I see an increase in performance like boot up times and most important is it worth it? I mean they're only like 50$ a piece but still I'd ratter get another 1TB in case it doesn't improve a lot biggrin.gif Thanks
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The increase in performance would be noticeable, as would boot up times. I remember hearing something about WD drives in RAID suffering untimely failures because TLER can not be enabled for consumer drives, so you may not actually want to try it.
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you will see improvement in some cases, but with raid 0 you will have a higher chance of disk errors and no redundancy as a failsafe.

see here http://tweakers.net/reviews/515/9/raid-0-hype-or-blessing-conclusions.html
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Great +Rep thanks for the info... I actually don't care too much about data loss since I have a Drive just for storage so my main concern is Performance without having to spend 150+$ on a SSD wink.gif

PS:Has anyone found any benchmarks or comparisons? from non RAID to RAID because the I can't frown.gif
Edited by CloudCR - 1/31/11 at 10:21am
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You can actually occasionally find ~60GB SSDs for around $100 and they are much faster than a pair of Blues, more reliable, and have blazingly fast access times. The Crucial C300 64GB was on sale for $100 about 3-4 days ago actually and I picked one up. It's insanely fast tongue.gif.

If you run RAID with two hard drives, you should expect somewhere from ~50-75% increase in read/write performance, but the access time may actually increase. It also depends on the RAID controller.
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Cool thanks biggrin.gif I'm starting to consider a SSD mainly because I usually just have the OS and Games on that HDD Right now my 500GB has only that stuff (OS and games) so I might as well get a 60-120GB SSD and leave the 500GB for storage... Still don't know what to do frown.gif
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