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Using an SSD with an HDD

I am building my first PC and going with a pretty standard storage choice, using an SSD for OS and applications, and HDD for other files.

I am using an Asus Strix z270e which has raid support 0, 1, 5, 10.

Will I need to use raid to get the best performance? And if I do, how can I do that?

Thank you
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  1. SSDs already have great performance.
    The best performance RAID config is RAID 0 if I recall. You need atleast 2 identical drives for it to work.
    Here is the guide that I recommend usually:
    http://www.pcworld.com/article/132877/RAID.html
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    no do not raid an ssd and a hdd. only raid ssds with ssds of exact same amount of storage space and hdd with hdds with exact same amount.

    e.g. samsung 950 ssd 250gb raid 0 with samsung 950 ssd 250gb raid 0 to make a storage drive of 500gb. or 2 wd 1tb in raid 1 to make a mirror 1 tb in storage.

    tl;dr. do not raid ssd and hdd together.
  3. @Darthutos is right. As I said before, the 2 or more drives used need to be IDENTICAL.
  4. GamingEnthusiast420 said:
    SSDs already have great performance.
    The best performance RAID config is RAID 0 if I recall. You need atleast 2 identical drives for it to work.
    Here is the guide that I recommend usually:
    http://www.pcworld.com/article/132877/RAID.html


    Darthutos said:
    no do not raid an ssd and a hdd. only raid ssds with ssds of exact same amount of storage space and hdd with hdds with exact same amount.

    e.g. samsung 950 ssd 250gb raid 0 with samsung 950 ssd 250gb raid 0 to make a storage drive of 500gb. or 2 wd 1tb in raid 1 to make a mirror 1 tb in storage.

    tl;dr. do not raid ssd and hdd together.


    Thanks

    As I said, I am new to PC building so I am kinda considered a noob lol.
  5. Darthutos said:
    no do not raid an ssd and a hdd. only raid ssds with ssds of exact same amount of storage space and hdd with hdds with exact same amount.

    e.g. samsung 950 ssd 250gb raid 0 with samsung 950 ssd 250gb raid 0 to make a storage drive of 500gb. or 2 wd 1tb in raid 1 to make a mirror 1 tb in storage.

    tl;dr. do not raid ssd and hdd together.


    Thanks

    From what I understood, it is something pretty similar to SLI in GPUs right?
  6. The concept is similar, although there can be exceptions when it comes to GPUs (look up SLI and Crossfire in the same PC)
  7. Honestly, I wouldn't RAID SSDs at all. Putting them in RAID 0 has little impact on real world performance while increasing chance of failure. RAID 1 also has little impact on performance, and if you're doing it to protect from drive failure you're probably better off just having a normal backup.
  8. TJ Hooker said:
    Honestly, I wouldn't RAID SSDs at all. Putting them in RAID 0 has little impact on real world performance while increasing chance of failure. RAID 1 also has little impact on performance, and if you're doing it to protect from drive failure you're probably better off just having a normal backup.


    Oh alright.

    Thanks!
  9. GamingEnthusiast420 said:
    The concept is similar, although there can be exceptions when it comes to GPUs (look up SLI and Crossfire in the same PC)


    Alright.

    Thanks!!
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