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Whats some good/reliable type drives to raid? Only used for games and music, I'm thinking 7200 rpm speed but aside from that I don't know much about HD performance...atleast 2 TB drives...and will I be able to easily transfer my data from my old drive over to the RAID or will I have to do installs all over again. (Please god no!) I have my steam folder, a bunch of games and music media data on the drive I want to transfer. OS is on my SSD. In terms of reliability, is RAID 0 less reliable than just having one individual drive or same? Should I get 3 drives and do a performance/mirroring combo thing? Thanks
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Hey so the firs thing you need answer is, would you like this redundancy(RAID) to be purely for performance or for storage? Or both?

RAID 0 is implemented purely for performance and logically, it would reduce the reliability to half.

RAID 1 is a mirror drive (you need 2) for complete, synchronous backup.

RAID 5, 10: These are a combination of performance and redundancy(parity). They are extremely useful, but require more than 2 drives and can often lead to high CPU overhead.

There is an interesting table here that explains how many drives you need and how they behave.


The Samsung f3 or even f4s are very good performance at a cheaper price.
[ame="http://www.amazon.com/Samsung-Spinpoint-Cache-Desktop-HD103SJ/dp/B001U3S5S0/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1297793160&sr=8-1"]Amazon.com: Samsung 1 TB Spinpoint 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 3.5 inch Bulk/OEM Desktop Hard Drive HD103SJ: Electronics[/ame]


Their 2TB drives are in 5400RPM.



As for your application migration you may use Acronis, a program that will create an image of your files and migrate them over to the new drive.


Hope this has helped you.
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How about using these? Deskstar 7K2000 2TB 7,200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive HD32000 IDK/7K

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0340478

And I was figuring RAID 0 since I would only need to use 2 drives.
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How about using these? Deskstar 7K2000 2TB 7,200 RPM SATA 3.0Gb/s 3.5" Internal Hard Drive HD32000 IDK/7K

http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0340478

And I was figuring RAID 0 since I would only need to use 2 drives.

I cannot vouch for that drive, or the support that company has. If you are planning on going RAID 0, i would recommend going with a drive that has a reputation of being reliable in the long run.

Don't forget to download HD tune and test(error scan) before beginning usage.
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