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SSD's, Raid 0, SATA-300 laptop HDD's - questions.

Hi, I just got a gaming PC with a 120 gb Samsung SSD.

I'm running out of space, and I am trying to figure out which solution would be best for me.

I have been thinking about buying another 120 gb SSD and do this Raid 0 thing, and then use a couple of old-ish laptop HDD's for backup and storage of music, documents, movies etc.

My questions are:

1. Is it possible to use standard HDD's from laptops in a stationary PC? I got two drives, and I'm pretty sure they are both SATA-300 (one is from a Sandy Bridge laptop bought 2 years ago, the other is from an old 2nd generation Macbook). Would I need adapters for power supply etc.? I'm aware of the brackets needed to fit a 2.5" disc in a 3.5" bay.

2. Would I actually benefit from doing the Raid 0 thing, or would I be equally well off just using the two drives individually? I got an Asus P8B75-M motherboard, and I think it doesn't have a built in Raid controller (and I don't think I'll be shelling out to get one, unless they are cheap and they greatly boost performance).

3. Is there some sort of automated backup thing when doing Raid 0 so that all data is stored to an internal SATA-300 HDD and I can rebuild in case one of the SSD's fails? Will it slow down the system/hog resources to the point that it cancels the speed benefits of Raid?


Thank you for any advice.
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    Peder_dingo said:
    Hi, I just got a gaming PC with a 120 gb Samsung SSD.

    I'm running out of space, and I am trying to figure out which solution would be best for me.

    I have been thinking about buying another 120 gb SSD and do this Raid 0 thing, and then use a couple of old-ish laptop HDD's for backup and storage of music, documents, movies etc.

    My questions are:

    1. Is it possible to use standard HDD's from laptops in a stationary PC? I got two drives, and I'm pretty sure they are both SATA-300 (one is from a Sandy Bridge laptop bought 2 years ago, the other is from an old 2nd generation Macbook). Would I need adapters for power supply etc.? I'm aware of the brackets needed to fit a 2.5" disc in a 3.5" bay.

    2. Would I actually benefit from doing the Raid 0 thing, or would I be equally well off just using the two drives individually? I got an Asus P8B75-M motherboard, and I think it doesn't have a built in Raid controller (and I don't think I'll be shelling out to get one, unless they are cheap and they greatly boost performance).

    3. Is there some sort of automated backup thing when doing Raid 0 so that all data is stored to an internal SATA-300 HDD and I can rebuild in case one of the SSD's fails? Will it slow down the system/hog resources to the point that it cancels the speed benefits of Raid?


    Thank you for any advice.


    RAID 0 will not increase the storage space. RAID 0 is 2 or more identical drives that split the information to give you faster read and write speeds.

    You can get a second SSD drive if you want to install more programs and want the speed benefit of an SSD. If you just need space for storage, get a big HDD and install it in your computer.

    Your laptop drives will work in your computer, it will just be hard to mount in the case.
  2. Alright, thanks for clearing that up:) RAID won't do anything for me then.
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