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1 TB wdc black or 2x seagate 500gb raid 0

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September 22, 2009 3:08:13 AM

Hey guys dont know to much about raid but is it better to do a raid 0 with 2x Seagate Barracuda 7200.12 500gb 110$

or should i just go with a 1TB Western digital caviar black 95$

Or would the speed gain be worth the extra money for 2x wdc black 640gb 150$
September 22, 2009 4:06:14 AM

I would go with this...

2x Samsung F3 500GB in RAID 0 - $100

But make sure you dont have any important data on the RAID drives as they have higher failure rate than single config drives...
So I would say - 3x Samsung F3 for about $150 -
2x in RAID 0
1x For data backup
September 22, 2009 4:19:20 AM

Thanks looks like i will pick those up.
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September 22, 2009 7:11:46 AM

Just check if this coupon works - EMCLXLW22
Might bring the price down to $45.

And before going with RAID 0, just make sure its performance is worth it...
September 22, 2009 7:15:03 AM

performance at all cost my friend. Sadly code does not work any more.
September 22, 2009 7:22:12 AM

^ Hmm...Even I would go with performance ;) 

But just make sure you backup your data regularly...
September 22, 2009 7:52:12 AM

I second gkay09 :)  "Performance" increase and a "No compromise [aka regular] Backup process" go together (especially with RAID 0) to give peace of mind to the user in the long run ;) 
a b G Storage
September 22, 2009 8:17:51 AM

The problem with motherboard RAID implementations is that if you change motherboards, you cannot just move the disks over to the new motherboard. You need to have backups and rebuild the array. With a relatively small array, that's not much of a problem.

On another thread, a poster wrote in about the problems of moving two 2 TB arrays to a new motherboard. That's why I pretty much decided against using RAID.
a b G Storage
September 22, 2009 8:25:28 AM

What RAID controller will you be using? The actual benefits of RAID 0 are so situational that I would advise against it. Why are you interested in RAID
September 22, 2009 9:35:29 AM

@jsc - Yes it is very difficult to move RAID drives from one mobo to another...
It would only be successful if both the boards(Current one and the mobo that you are changing to) have the same RAID controllers...
a b G Storage
September 22, 2009 1:00:30 PM

Whether or not RAID will benefit you is dependant on what you do, and where you are looking for a speed increase. If you move around a lot of large files, if you would like your PC to boot 3 seconds faster, and some programs to load 2 seconds faster, then RAID may be for you. Be sure you run a good backup. Be sure to run a good backup. Oh, and be sure to run a good backup. You also will actually suffer a slight overall hit in performance as latencies on a RAID setup are longer than on a single fast drive, but it is not a big noticable amount. Also, be sure to run a good backup.

If you are a normal user who stores pictures, plays an occasional game, loads up your MP3 player, and checks email, maybe a little Photoshop or other application, you do not need RAID. Period.