My question might seem a bit stupid, but i don't know to much about software...
Well here it goes. i have a raid 0+1 set in my computer and the other day i was going to defragment it, but a friend of mine told me that the option to defragment hard drives is default by windows and that maybe because of the way that the raid stores data this could end up in me screwing up the whole thing. Is this true or i can defragment my hard drive (or better said my raid system) without worries??
You shouldn't have any problem defraging an array. Though I don't see to much reason to, it is so fast anyway there isn't much of a point
Of course I reformat my machine so often I really never notice any slowdown, lol.
I admit my strong point is networking not computer hardware but my raid0 raptors show no signs of slowing down no matter how fragmented they get. My current install is the longest one I've had, almost a year. I have HL, HL2 and every mod installed as well as lots of other games. I also do a fair ammount of photoshop work and that causes tons of fragmentation. I think my raptors are around 80% fragmented or so right now and they are just as fast as my freash install.
well it does depend on the files that are fragmented. could also be that your freespace is fragmented. that doesnt affect too much. but my hl2 problem was due to the map pack file (at least i think that was it was) was fragmented into close to 1800 fragments rofl. if it were on a single drive the game would have been unplayable.