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January 18, 2014 8:43:23 PM

I am open to suggestions on my purchase, but here it goes...I need to get rid of this (Current) 5400 rpm HDD for a SSD. My budget is $250-350. Thinking I might get: SAMSUNG 840 EVO MZ-7TE250BW 2.5" 250GB x2 for $175(each). I was thinking I would RAID 0 those SSD and us for boot-up, games and programs. Now my question is it would the RAID 0 with 2X 250GB REALLY be worth the money or should I just go $$for a SSD with larger capacity? Also (I am pretty sure it is) is it possible to use the old 5400RPM HDD for just my media dump such as my music and videos? Maybe even a backup.

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January 18, 2014 9:19:37 PM

Newfron said:
I am open to suggestions on my purchase, but here it goes...I need to get rid of this (Current) 5400 rpm HDD for a SSD. My budget is $250-350. Thinking I might get: SAMSUNG 840 EVO MZ-7TE250BW 2.5" 250GB x2 for $175(each). I was thinking I would RAID 0 those SSD and us for boot-up, games and programs. Now my question is it would the RAID 0 with 2X 250GB REALLY be worth the money or should I just go $$for a SSD with larger capacity? Also (I am pretty sure it is) is it possible to use the old 5400RPM HDD for just my media dump such as my music and videos? Maybe even a backup.


Yes, you could RAID 0 those and use it for everything and run the old HDD as a storage device. While RAID 0 would work for you, there will be some risks associated with it as well. I believe you no longer receive TRIM support when you do a RAID 0 setup. You take an second(s) during boot for the controller to run the RAID 0 up. Should one drive every fail or corrupt, you will lose all information with no way of retrieval.

Most of us would suggest just getting a bigger drive. Bigger drives generally outperform smaller drives (not by much) and are more reliable than a RAID 0 setup. Here are two in your price range:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E168...
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January 19, 2014 9:36:11 AM

Thanks,
for the information. Samsung drives look pretty reliable. The 500GB should be well big enough OS, programs, and games galore.
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