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Should I upgrade my storage to a RAID 1 setup?

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I've been contemplating better ideas for data storage. Right now I have a WD Velociraptor 300GB with my OS, applications, and games. I also have an external WD My Book 1TB drive that contains all my data. I have my most important documents backed up to both drives, but data like movies, tv shows, music, etc is only on the My Book for space reasons. If the My Book were to fail I would lose all my media.

I'm thinking of keeping my Velociraptor for awhile, until 150GB or larger SSDs become more reasonably priced, and getting 2 Samsung Spinpoint F3 1TB for $65 each and running them in RAID 1. This would replace the My Book and that way I would have much better protection for my media files in case of a drive failure. What does everyone think? This would be my first RAID setup.
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I have 2 WD Green 2TB in raid 1 and it's awesome knowing my data is safe.

I say go for it.
    
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Go for it! You'll have faster access with the RAID 1 than the external drive plus the peace of mind that your data is protected from a single HDD failure. How much data do you anticipate saving? 1tb drives are so cheap right now, why not get 3 and run them in a RAID 5? (3) 1tb drives would yield 2tb (minus formatted space) of usable space and if it's just movies, pictures and music, it wouldn't matter about the speed of the array. RAID 5 does have a slight "penalty" when writing to it because of the need to calculate parity. I run RAID 5 in 2 of my computers and I hardly notice any difference.
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I would love to grab 3 and run a RAID 5, but I'm only using about 300-400GB of the storage right now and I think I would be better served saving the additional $65 for a SSD. If I run out of space couldn't I drop the RAID 1 for a RAID 0, and have 2 TB until I can grab a 3rd hdd? I can keep the external drive to image drives to in the event I need to change RAID setups or swap drives.
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It's been awhile since I've looked at hard drives so I had no idea I could get a 60GB SDD for $135. I might go 1x SSD (OCZ or Cruicial?) and 2x Samsung F3 1 TB in RAID 1. Then sell the Velociraptor or maybe keep it as a backup? I would have to follow the directions in the sticky on the top of the SSD forum to move My Documents folder and Programs/Programs(x86) folders to the Samsungs then in order to make the 60GB SSD practical. This is originally why I was saying I wanted to wait for 150GB+ SSD to get cheaper.

So if I went that route I would a Vertex 2 or C300 be a better SSD for me?

One more question, is it possible to image two drives in RAID 1 onto a single drive as long as there is enough space? As in imaging the Samsungs to the external if I ever needed to?
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