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Going from Single Drive to RAID0?

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August 21, 2006 4:38:58 PM

Pretty simple question, and just wondering if it's worth the trouble...

I have a P4 3.2GHz northwood and a Seagate 120GB SATA I along with a WD 120GB EIDE drive. The latter being for storage only.

Is it worth the trouble of adding another 120GB Seagate SATA drive and configuring in a RAID 0 to boost performance for Apps and O/S? And if so, how much performace would I gain in booting, App access such as Photoshop CS2 and so on? Not much of a gamer, although I do like to mess around in Q4/DOOM3 every now and then. It's mostly used for Photo/Image Editing and Video Editing and opening new files takes a bit of time.

I also would like to point out that the files being opened are on the Seagate drive.

Thanks in advance. My full system specs are in my sig.

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August 21, 2006 6:59:21 PM

Eh... IMO, not really. Your money would be better spent on a single 10,000 rpm drive.

RAID 0 is great, if you do stuff to take advantage of it. For example, I'm usually doing extremely intensive read/write tasks and RAID 0 comes in handy for that.

As far as load times go, RAID 0 won't do much for you. As I said, you'd be better off w/ a 10K drive.
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