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Sorting out kinks in upcoming sandy bridge build(i5 2500k). For storage I plan to use a C300 128BG SSD for a boot drive, and 2 SpinPoint F3's in Raid0 for pagefile,vram,game's and all that jazz and a F4 2TB media drive. Going to use two external drive's to back up the whole shindig up.

I'm starting to question if I should use say two of say these in Raid0 or...that numb feeling is back lol...lost, looking for a "uber" storage set up for the rig Thanks for your help and time.
Edited by KhaoticKomputing - 4/24/11 at 5:36am
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Sorting out kinks in upcoming sandy bridge build(i5 2500k). For storage I plan to use a C300 128BG SSD for a boot drive, and 2 SpinPoint F3's in Raid0 for pagefile,vram,game's and all that jazz and a F4 2TB media drive. Going to use two external drive's to back up the whole shindig up.

The question is: If you where to build a "uber leet leet" gaming rig, what would you use for storage?? I need SSD+Spinny disk idea's as I'm not going to mess with trying to afford a full array of SSD's From what I can find and know, the above set up would crazy fast, no?
If you are putting your games on mechanical drives, there is NOOOOOO reason for you to need a 128GB SSD just as a boot disk. Even if you have the entire Adobe CS5 Master Collection and a slew of other things that ONLY install to C:/, you would only need a 60/80GB SSD.

With the money you save, you could afford to do 2 in a RAID0, although i do not suggest it atm as you will lose trim which is a deal breaker imo.

Instead, you could afford to upgrade your F3s to WD RE4 drives. It might not be a big deal for speed, but IMHO, reliability is a much bigger concern when it comes to HDs and the RE4s are a much higher grade drive. You could even use 3 and even possibly make a RAID5 instead of 0.

Just my . Dont waste money on stuff you will never use. Spend it somewhere more practical instead.
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I dissagree with your SSD size. I have to have a 128gb drive. When I had the OCZ VertexII 60bg, I couldnt fit the programs I wanted to on it, had it pegged at 53.8BG used space out of 55BG formated Not that I will have a 128BG drive full, but i need closer to 90GB and still have the drive under 85% full.

So, givin that. Same question lol
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I dissagree with your SSD size. I have to have a 128gb drive. When I had the OCZ VertexII 60bg, I couldnt fit the programs I wanted to on it, had it pegged at 53.8BG used space out of 55BG formated Not that I will have a 128BG drive full, but i need closer to 90GB and still have the drive under 85% full.

So, givin that. Same question lol
Just out of curiosity did you have the Windows restore feature disabled? How about the size of your page file?

My Raptor is at only 48.9GB with Windows 7, tons of programs, and 2 games. When I got my storage drives I slimmed the Raptor down of all my media and documents just to see what it would be like getting an SSD in there soon.
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When I set up the SSD I moved the Page File to the 1 TB drive. The SSD boot drive will be holding: Win7 64bit,Microsoft office2010,Adoby,Photoshop,and a few Automotive based programs I use for work related. I'm not trying to be a dip, but there is no way I can get away with using a 60GB drive and have all my heavy duty programs on it.
The SSD is for OS, and I like to stick my heavy load programs on it

So to recap, RE4's would net better results than the F3 1TB short stroke Raid0?? I'm realy new to this kind of thing, so forgive the noobness here

What about Raid5? I need to use 3drive's for that array? I gess I need to go hone my google Foo on raid5 vs raid1 Agin, all input is greatly appriciated! Thank you guys so much!

EDIT: Also, I have always kept at least 10-15% free space on drive's, I have been under the impression for year's that this helps keep drive's alive longer, even more so for SSD's. Is this false? If it is...I suppose I could use a 60BG SSD, and toss the work related programs and such on what ever raid arry I settle on if the performance is good enough
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RAID0 = Performance, basically doubles your read/write throughput. Failure of either drive means you lose the whole array and your data.
RAID1 = Redundancy, mirrors the drive. Little or no performance increase (depends on the controller and only read speed). If you lose one drive your data is still in tact. Since you are mirroring the drive you also lose half of your storage space.
RAID 5 = Redundancy and Performance, Requires at least 3 drives, you can lose one and still have your data in tact.

If I were you I would get either 3 drives and RAID5, or get 2 drives in RAID0 and back them up regularly to an external of equal size. I do the later. Don't bother with short-stroking a storage drive.
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RAID0 = Performance, basically doubles your read/write throughput. Failure of either drive means you lose the whole array and your data.
RAID1 = Redundancy, mirrors the drive. Little or no performance increase (depends on the controller and only read speed). If you lose one drive your data is still in tact. Since you are mirroring the drive you also lose half of your storage space.
RAID 5 = Redundancy and Performance, Requires at least 3 drives, you can lose one and still have your data in tact.

If I were you I would get either 3 drives and RAID5, or get 2 drives in RAID0 and back them up regularly to an external of equal size. I do the later. Don't bother with short-stroking a storage drive.
Perfet! Thank you for that sir!
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Perfet! Thank you for that sir!
No problem, good luck with your new build!
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I have mine setup like this:

1x 180Gb SSD - OS, Games, Apps that i want to be snappy, Swap File (I get stuttering in games if i move swapfile to another disk)

2x 640Gb WD Black Raid 0 - All other programs, Downloads, FF cache, IE Cache, Junk ect...

It's been working out extremely well for me so far! With 2x 1TB disks and an Esata docking station i can keep regular backups with Syncbakpro and Acronis True Image.
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