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    Soulwalker
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    Default Pc upgrade. Raid 0 config

    Hey everyone,
    I recently decided it was time to spend some of that income tax return on some nice things, and my storage situation is in dire need of an upgrade.

    just a note, I consider myself somewhat tech savoy (on my 2nd build and no problems), but when it comes to storage and raid arrays im still learning, so bare with me.

    I recently built a new system (specifically for gaming), but carried over my old 500gb WD 7200rpm HDD. I plan(ned) on upgrading it, but with the price of SSD's dropping I'm thinking that purchasing one and running it in raid 0 with my old HDD might be the way to go.


    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16820239049
    Is what im currently looking at.

    my question is, for performance, what would be better? buy a newer faster HDD and just use a single drive? or purchase this SSD and run my OS and a few applications (mostly games, stress test applications, etc) on it and use my current HDD for storage (music, movies, older games, etc)?

    or am I completely off with how I should set this up? any advice is greatly appreciated!!

    thanks in advance!

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    I've tried going Raid 0 with 4 drives, and I'm currently running on ssd. Raid was a slight improvement over 1 drive, solid state blew it out of the water. That said, if you have the money to blow SSD's do scale well in raid 0

    edit: I can't recommend using an ssd+hdd in raid. Raid 0 splits everything in half and pulls from 2 sources... you don't want it to be forever waiting for the hdd.
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    Ideal: 1 SSD for OS, 1 SSD for games, 1 HDD for data, 1 external HDD for backup

    Good enough for most people: 1 large SSD for OS and games, 1 HDD for data

    Don't RAID SSDs, just buy one larger capacity one. Definitely don't RAID an SSD and a HDD together (if that's even allowed by the RAID controller).
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    Really no reason to go the raid route for gaming. Any increase in performance would be minute.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ndrumongell View Post
    just a note, I consider myself somewhat tech savoy (on my 2nd build and no problems), but when it comes to storage and raid arrays im still learning, so bare with me.

    I recently built a new system (specifically for gaming), but carried over my old 500gb WD 7200rpm HDD. I plan(ned) on upgrading it, but with the price of SSD's dropping I'm thinking that purchasing one and running it in raid 0 with my old HDD might be the way to go.
    You're a fool if you're trying to run an SSD in a raid configuration on a home system.

    tl;dr
    Don't.

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