Hi all, I am about to do a fresh rebuild and windows install of my PC. I currently have a lot of internal drives and am sure there is a better way I could set these up. I am looking for reliability and performance. The Main purpose of this system is gaming and Plex media server.
The current configuration looks like this: -
C: Boot drive - 500GB M.2 SSD Samsung EVO 960 (stuffed with OS/Programs & Games). It's always full, I tend to put most demanding games on here but not many at once.
D: Video Drive for Plex Server - 10TB Seagate Ironwolf Mech HDD (I have 2 of these which I originally mirrored RAID in bios, however they separated themselves, I didn't notice that happen, I noticed separate drives in windows explorer. Ever since then I have been manually backing up which is a pain).
E: Personal files - 2TB WD GReen drive - All my important stuff such as photos, docs, dl's, music. (I have 2 of these which were mirrored and are not anymore - exactly the same situation as above).
F: Games - 250GB Samsung EVO 850 2.5" - More Games
G: Backup of drive D: - 10TB Seagate Ironwolf Mech HDD (see notes next to drive D)
H: 4TB Seagate - Use as 3rd backup for important stuff and use for random stuff
I: Backup of drive E: - 2TB WD GReen drive (see notes next to E
J: 120GB HyperX SSD 2.5" - I use this for my Plex Media Server Data
I just kept adding drives so I am certain there is a better way, I don't know. I think performance could be better. I would like to get the drives which were raided before back to being mirrored but I don't think the bios way is reliable. Should I hardware mirror these or software? Performance not important on this drive I just want to make sure there is 2 copies in case of failure.
I am thinking having the EVO 850 250gb as the boot and OS drive and the EVO 960 purely for demanding big games? Do you think I would notice any difference in windows performance? I might get rid of the 4TB and the 120gb SSD too and get a 2TB firecuda for more games.
Does this sound more sensible: -
C: Boot OS/Programs - 250GB EVO 850 2.5"
D: M.2 EVO 960 - Demanding big games
E: 2TB Firecuda - GAMES
E: 10TB VIDEOS - 2 x 10TB raided or mirrored in some way.
F: 2TB Personal files - 2 x 2TB raided or mirrored in some way.
If anyone has any tips, suggestions or experience I would be grateful. I've been thinking about this for ages but not done anything about it and now it's time for a fresh windows install. Also any actual windows settings to improve performance would be welcome.
My PC specs: - ASUS Rampage V Anniversary Edition 10, i7 - [email protected]
4200MHz, Kingston HyperX RAM 32gb Quad Channel 3000MHz, Asus Strix 1080Ti, 1000W be quiet Dark Power Pro 10 PSU, be quiet Dark Base 900 Pro, be quiet Silent Loop 360 CPU cooler, Win 10 Pro.