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What's your view of RAID 0 hard drive configurations?

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December 2, 2013 5:14:13 PM

RAID 0 seems to be touted primarily for boosting speed. But some people think it's not the best for data integrity.
http://www.techsupportforum.com/forums/f16/retreving-da...

I am more concerned about my hard drives ensuring data integrity than speed.
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December 2, 2013 5:21:26 PM

conceptualclarity said:
RAID 0 seems to be touted primarily for boosting speed. But some people think it's not the best for data integrity.
http://www.techsupportforum.com/forums/f16/retreving-da...

I am more concerned about my hard drives ensuring data integrity than speed.


RAID 0 is NOT for data integrity. Lose one drive, or the RAID array, and you've lost everything.

For speed, just get an SSD.
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December 2, 2013 7:52:17 PM

"RAID 0 is NOT for data integrity. Lose one drive, or the RAID array, and you've lost everything."
Thanks, USAFRet. I needed someone who is computer-savvy to confirm what I was sensing.

Please don't take offense, but I didn't intend to choose best solution or close this question yet; it was an accident that also killed my response. I hope there will be more answers.

I will get an SSD on the computer after the one I'm about to get, when big units will be affordable. I'm planning on getting 2TB of hard drive space. If I'm not going to do RAID 0, is there any reason to put four 500GB drives rather than two drives in my new system?
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December 2, 2013 8:01:22 PM

BA deselected. No prob.

A RAID array, be it 0, 1, 5, 10, whatever...is great in certain circumstances. But for a desktop user, almost never. And there should always be another backup.

As far as SSD vs HDD - in my current main system, I have 2 x SSD (128GB each) and 2 x HDD (2 TB and 3TB). All working together, no RAID involved.

1 SSD holds the OS and ALL applications apart from games. The other SSD holds working documents and images. The other drives hold stuff that does not need the SSD speed. Movies, music, etc.

For applications, you might be surprised at what a 256 SSD can hold. My current 128 is only 50GB used space. Win 8 Pro, Lightroom, Corel Video Studio, MS Office, etc, etc.
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December 2, 2013 8:07:32 PM

Thanks for the information. Maybe if I feel prosperous I'll add an SSD later on.
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