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2 SSD's, RAID 0, but multiple partitions?

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July 31, 2014 5:13:32 PM

Hi
At the moment I have a 120GB SSD and have to money for a second 120GB but not a 256GB.
I want to run linux or MacOSX in a dual boot with WIndows 8.
However, I only want to use about 50GB for the second dual boot, and the rest for the windows 8.
Is it possible to RAID 0 two SSD's but then create two partitions so I can make them the sizes that I want?
I'm not really sure what happens with RAID as I have never really tried it before. Does the computer only recognize the two SSD's as one SSD?
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July 31, 2014 11:17:51 PM

Well, SSDs are blazing fast. And RAID 0 is the most unreliable storage medium - either drive fails and you're toast, so essentially the probability of a failure is twice as high as running a single drive. SO why make your system less relaible for a small increase in speed?

Install Windows on one SSD. Then partition the second, install bootmanager and your second OS. Use what is left for data.
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August 1, 2014 4:56:57 AM

I'm not doing it for the speed, i'm doing it because I have never done it before. The probability of failure is relatively low anyway.

Now back to the question at hand, if I raid 0 the drives am I still able to partition the drives? Does the PC see the two SSD's as one SSD?
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August 1, 2014 10:20:12 AM

JackST said:
I'm not doing it for the speed, i'm doing it because I have never done it before. The probability of failure is relatively low anyway.

Now back to the question at hand, if I raid 0 the drives am I still able to partition the drives? Does the PC see the two SSD's as one SSD?


Windows will recognize drives in any level of hardware RAID as 1 physical volume.
You can then partition it into as many logical volumes as you would like.

Also, 2 SSD's in RAID0 will have failure rates FAR higher than any Hard Drive, so i would keep system image backups on top of backing up your important documents(which you should be doing anyway) in this case.
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August 1, 2014 3:41:19 PM

This was the answer I was looking for. Brilliant thanks.
And the only data that I actually keep on my computer is the programs, all documents are on cloud storage so the reliability doesn't really bother me too much.
Thanks though
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