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October 10, 2013 4:07:56 PM

Hello people,

I plan on upgrading my system storage but I got a general question.

I got two OCZ VTX3 that i plan to put into raid zero and i got a Samsung 840 Evo both of which are 120GB and a Seagate Barracuda 3TB

Now which should i install Windows 8 on? The raid or the evo?

My first plan was to install the Windows 8 on my evo and then install all my major more popular games like MMO's and some games from steam on the raid and then keep other programs and games on my barracuda.

Also another question... Where should I install my main system drivers? Things like nivida drivers and others.

Thanks!

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October 10, 2013 4:10:35 PM

SSDs in RAID 0 is pretty much a no gain scenario.
More fail potential, zero performance gain.
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October 10, 2013 4:37:27 PM

I see now why SSD's are little gain as I'm here looking into it more.

So I will flip the question,

Would I get a better gain if I install my games or OS onto a HDD in raid zero?
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October 10, 2013 4:38:19 PM

Memorize said:
Hello people,

I plan on upgrading my system storage but I got a general question.

I got two OCZ VTX3 that i plan to put into raid zero and i got a Samsung 840 Evo both of which are 120GB and a Seagate Barracuda 3TB

Now which should i install Windows 8 on? The raid or the evo?

My first plan was to install the Windows 8 on my evo and then install all my major more popular games like MMO's and some games from steam on the raid and then keep other programs and games on my barracuda.

Also another question... Where should I install my main system drivers? Things like nivida drivers and others.

Thanks!


Well I'd agree with USAFRet that you'll probably not want to use it in a RAID: http://www.newegg.com/QA/QuestionDetail.aspx?questionID... <- second response
"One of the limitations of SSD is that it's memory can only be written to a finite number of times before it "wears out". For this reason the firmware for the drive has a wear limit indicator beyond which the warranty is void regardless of the age of the drive. For this reason they are not recommended for storage arrays in a server."
I'd put the EVO as your primary - IE: OS exclusively, then put a game or two on the other SSD's (maybe make one of the other SSD's a 'second OS/programs' drive), then have the 3G for your System Storage and maybe a game or two. What I also like to do is to copy each and every disk that I used to install software onto that primary - therefore a copy of the OS, and any other 'programs' that you've installed (IE: Office) with YOUR codes in text doc's. But being at 120GB - won't take long to fill that up... That way I got anything and everything I need for upgrades, reinstalls, etc on that primary drive and don't have to go looking around for anything! But as I noted 120GB isn't much. I would go with one of your 4 SSD's as your swap file drive, with your primary and swap file drives on SSD's you should see some increase in performance. :) 
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October 10, 2013 8:36:53 PM

While it, raid0 ssd's, might slow you down slightly compared to a single SSD its still much faster than an HDD. you're not building a server so theres no need to worry about wear. it take something like 20GB's of writes per day to wear out a drive in 10 yrs. I myself have had 830's in raid0 for almost 2 yrs now.

Raid is much like any pc, sometimes they lose sync and a power off reboot might fix it or you might have to reinstall so backups are your key which is what you should have been doing all along anyways. never trust 1 device, and an array is still 1 device no matter what type or size, to keep your important data safe.

unlike a PC, a raid0 can be difficult to find a bakup program that can actually restore to a raid and be bootable.

If you're willing to maybe needing to reinstall, maybe not as I haven't, then IMO go ahead and and raid0 the ssd's
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