Hello everyone, First post here and I am seeking your knowlege about a raid setup for when I build my pc later this month. I was planning on getting (2) 150gb raptors and a 400gb caviar se16. The motherboard will be the Asus A8N32-sli-deluxe with a X2 4800+ proc. I was wanting to install my OS and games on one of the raptors and have the other raptor and 400gb caviar for storage. Ok, now this is where I need help, correct me if I am wrong, but would all my programs and games have to be installed on the drive that has the OS, what I mean is, after you installed them on that drive, could you move the files for the program to one of the storage drives or could the programs be installed from one of the other drives. I know that is a ultra-noobie question, but like I said, I have never dealt with raid. Thanks for any help, I really appreciate it.
If you want pure performance and don't care about data security use RAID 0 ( striping ).
If you want reliability use RAID 1 ( mirroring ).
A word of caution RAID 0 is N times more likely to self-destruct. N = the number of drives in the array. So if you have 4 drives in the array it would be 4 times more likely to fail than a single drive. RAID 0 has no redundancy whatsoever.
Thanks for the link linux, that was helpful. I think I will go with raid 0 with the 2 raptors and just have the 400gb for storage. I back up everything quite often so I wouldnt worry about a drive failure anyway.
Correct me if I am wrong, but would all my programs and games have to be installed on the drive that has the OS, what I mean is, after you installed them on that drive, could you move the files for the program to one of the storage drives or could the programs be installed from one of the other drives.
I believe your RAID question is answered, but in answer to this the answer is yes and no. You don't have to install your programs to the C rogram Files directory if you don't want. If you have two drives (not in RAID, one C: with OS and one D: for example) you could install the programs to the D: drive. You wouldn't be able to move the program's installation directory after installing it though. Well, it's technically possible but not just a simple cut and paste.
USED MY 2 WD RAPTORS ON RAID 0 CAUSE ITS THE FASTest
with windows xp plus they have 5 year warranties
then used the 3rd hard drive as a storage but also with the windows xp installed. because if my raptor got screwed up by a virus or windows craping out etc i could use my 3rd drive to boot up and be ok
i can also go to the bios and make the 3rd drive boot up first so then i could see all the drives and copy files over from 1 to another
i normally only have my raptors installed at 1 time if i needed to transfer files across i would just connect the 3rd drive with the cable and power plug which took only 30 seconds
ps games will not work by copying from 1 drive to another you have to installed them from scratch