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

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  • Laptops
  • NAS / RAID
  • SSD
  • Hard Drives
  • SATA
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April 12, 2013 2:22:59 AM

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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April 12, 2013 2:48:55 AM

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.
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April 12, 2013 2:54:49 AM

Alright, thanks for clearing that up:)  RAID won't do anything for me then.
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