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i want to increase my hard drive space and the performance of my hard drives

however i am slightly confused with it as i have a 500gb hdd currently installed in my pc and i have used about 300gb of it

now would i be able to buy any 500gb hdd install it and setup RAID 0?

also does the new hdd have to match the specs of the current one?

and what would happen to the data stored on my current hdd
would it be split between the 2 hdd or would it be lost?
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The new HDD can be faster than the current, but you won't benefit from that.
RAID0 will work with 2x the performance of the slowest drive.
After you wire the new HDD in, you have to re-format and build your RAID0 array via the RAID controller BIOS. Read the manual for how to get to that BIOS.

Your files will be lost.
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post #3 of 5
your best bet is to get a matching hdd. that way you don't take a hit in performance from either the old or new drive.

and as stated above you need to format your old drive then "build" the array in your bios.

there are lots of guides online and there should be instructions in the manual for you mb.
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formatting might be a problem then
do you need to format when setting up any RAID?
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formatting might be a problem then
do you need to format when setting up any RAID?

I don't think it's necessary with raid 1 which is just mirrored drives though. For raid 0 it is essential
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