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im slowly piecing together the build in my sig. now i am going to reuse two old 160gbs. will speed effect gaming, online surfing? i read raid 0 is the fastest, but if i lose my itunes stuff because of it - about $500 down the drain (yes, $500). so raid 1 is sorta fast and it spreads the data out evenly so if one fails you will have the data? wouldnt that make the two 160s a total of 160g because its an exact copy, thus only increasing speed? im confused- should i just forget raid? also i think my hdds are 70mb/s
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Raid1 offers no performance increase at all and it mirrors the data from one drive to the other. What this won't protect is a file system failure.

To be honest, if you're running that rig. I would be more inclined to replace the drives. They will slow down the rest of your machine. I'd move over to a samsung F3 1TB drive for your system and games and a 2TB Samsung "Blue" drive.
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hmm yeah if you want to speed it up and willing to spend some money
go for a small ssd like ocz vertex 2 60gb for your os
and then wd caviar black 1tb or seagate barracuda 2tb, depending on your needs, for storage.

if you dont want to spend money raid 0 is your choice, but this includes the risc of dataloss as you already figured yourself^^

edit: something i think i remember from itunes.
you bought your stuff via itunesstore? doesnt it save the music you bought in kind of a log on your store-account and you can re-download all the stuff for free?
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Raid1 offers no performance increase at all and it mirrors the data from one drive to the other. What this won't protect is a file system failure.

To be honest, if you're running that rig. I would be more inclined to replace the drives. They will slow down the rest of your machine. I'd move over to a samsung F3 1TB drive for your system and games and a 2TB Samsung "Blue" drive.
i am going to go with the 500gb (unless i get more cash) cause right now on my pc i only have about 70gbs. also can i use those two as backup? thats what i use my second 160gb for. will it slow it down if its JUST for backup?
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hmm yeah if you want to speed it up and willing to spend some money
go for a small ssd like ocz vertex 2 60gb for your os
and then wd caviar black 1tb or seagate barracuda 2tb, depending on your needs, for storage.

if you dont want to spend money raid 0 is your choice, but this includes the risc of dataloss as you already figured yourself^^

edit: something i think i remember from itunes.
you bought your stuff via itunesstore? doesnt it save the music you bought in kind of a log on your store-account and you can re-download all the stuff for free?
ok thanks didnt know itunes had that i thought they would try to make u rebuy everything . also is there much difference beetween the spinpiont f4, f3, caviar black, 7200.12 ect. if theres a small un noticable difference ill get the cheapest
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If you're running your 160Gb drives Purely for copying files to for backup reasons, it won't slow your machine down.

If you however start installing apps on them, it will become slow for those apps in question. Also, the 500gb f3 is really nice. I didn't think there was much of a cost difference between the two though.
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Raid1 offers no performance increase at all and it mirrors the data from one drive to the other. What this won't protect is a file system failure.
RAID1 offers some read performance gains at higher queue depths.
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True, but the performance is negligable. If you were looking for data redunandancy you'll nearly always be better off with a RAID5 array since you get more of your storage space, So it's cheaper per GB.

However to confirm, I would not recommend putting an OS on a RAID5 array. OS/System drive RAID1, Data storage RAID5. Pure unadulterated system performance RAID0
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If you're running your 160Gb drives Purely for copying files to for backup reasons, it won't slow your machine down.

If you however start installing apps on them, it will become slow for those apps in question. Also, the 500gb f3 is really nice. I didn't think there was much of a cost difference between the two though.
yeah theres a $15 dif im gonna go 1tb for a few resons - 1) Its much faster than the 500gb
2) it will have much more extra space so it wont slow down too much.
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