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First off, I do alot of data read/write. Winrar compress & extract, etc. Audio & Video files moving here & there. I would surely benefit from added read/write times on my storage..

I have 2 WD Blues, 500GB each. Will be keeping them for storage, but dont need all 2 x 500GB, 1 would be fine so I was thinking setting them up in a RAID0 for performance reasons.

Will it be worth it? I have read its close to double the speed...

But I have literally never even tried setting up RAID. Would doing it with onboard be wise, or would I need a raid card??

Thanks in advance for the help
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if you have alot of files on your pc i'd be careful with Raid0 as it is unstable and might end up loosing your data... im no expert on Raid but i'v done my research.
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Originally Posted by 10acjed View Post
First off, I do alot of data read/write. Winrar compress & extract, etc. Audio & Video files moving here & there. I would surely benefit from added read/write times on my storage..

I have 2 WD Blues, 500GB each. Will be keeping them for storage, but dont need all 2 x 500GB, 1 would be fine so I was thinking setting them up in a RAID0 for performance reasons.

Will it be worth it? I have read its close to double the speed...

But I have literally never even tried setting up RAID. Would doing it with onboard be wise, or would I need a raid card??

Thanks in advance for the help

Well first off, putting them in raid0 (stripe) would give you 1tb of space, whereas putting them in raid1 (mirror) will reduce it down to 500gb.

Raid1 will decrease write speed (due to controller overhead) and increase read speed, but it means if 1 drive fails, it will automatically fall back to the other, and will automatically populate a new drive if you plugged one in.

Raid0 will increase read and write speed (and it will increase read speed more than raid1) but there's double the chance of losing your data. But tbh, the chance isn't exactly high anyway, and I've been using my 2x500gb array for years now.
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I'm literally doing the same thing. RAID 0 will be great for your purposes and I use the onboard RAID controller and it works fine for me. RAID 0 all the way man!
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If they're only for storage, you won't notice much of a difference. Hell, I buy 5400 RPM drives purely for storage purposes.
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If they're only for storage, you won't notice much of a difference. Hell, I buy 5400 RPM drives purely for storage purposes.
Op does alot of extracting moving etc, thats when you'll notice the difference.
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Thanks for the feedback..

THe reason I would do it would be purely for speed reasons, so RAID0 seems what I would want..

I understand the risk of data loss.

Now what about data on the drive, should I remove it all? I do have a spare 320 laying around I could temporarily move it to. Or will it be ok on 1 of the two drive when I set up the RAID??

nevermind, found that answer...

As I said, I do quite a bit of rar & extract, I use quickpar to repair & extract, and these programs are all based on read/write speed. When I archive an 8GB file winrar is capped by the write speed of the new files...
Edited by 10acjed - 4/25/11 at 6:19am
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if you have alot of files on your pc i'd be careful with Raid0 as it is unstable and might end up loosing your data... im no expert on Raid but i'v done my research.
No. It's completely stable. Put it this way, if you had two computers and both of them had the same hard drive in, the chance that one out of two of the hard drives would fail is the chance you are taking that both of your drives will fail.

It's the same as having one hard drive but you have double the chance that you will get an error and lose everything. It's still an extremely small chance, though, if you have two good hard drives.
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