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RAID options using WD500GB Black

I'm building a system using an ICH10R-based motherboard (Gigabyte EP45-UD3LR) and I already have a 500GB WD Black SATA drive...

I was thinking of buying another, identical drive for a RAID configuration. I can choose between RAID 0,1, 5 and 10. I think RAID 0
would be out of the question because I wouldn't want to stay worrying about reliability and I'm not that obsessed with speed
either. So what would be the best choice out of the remainder if I were to use just 2 drives? 1 seems to be the simplest option...

PS I'm planning on using a dual-boot set-up (Win XP and Vista Ultimate), mainly for gaming and the usual day-to-day computing.

Never used RAID before, so thanks for any input!
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  1. RAID 1 (mirroring) is the only option with 2 drives for you. You will gain a higher reliability only in this case.

    I'm not sure if you even need a RAID in this case, unless your store some really important (and not easily recoverable-redownloadable) data on it.
  2. Thanks for the suggestion...yeah I guess I could probably just install Vista and XP on the 2 separate drives instead...
  3. Or use one for OS/System, while another one for your data, photos and other stuff.
  4. Yes, that's probably a better option...and use a 'normal' hard drive for the data etc...
  5. Best answer
    If you have to post the question, then you don't need raid of any type.
    I know; smartass remark, but no offense intended.

    There is generally no real world(vs. synthetic transfer rate benchmarks) performance advantage to raid of any kind.
    Go to www.storagereview.com at this link: http://faq.storagereview.com/tiki-index.php?page=SingleDriveVsRaid0
    There are some specific applications that will benefit, but
    gaming is not one of them. Even if you have an application which reads one input file sequentially, and writes
    it out, you will perform about as well by putting the input on one drive, and the output on the other.

    The value of raid-1 and it's variants like raid-5 for protecting data is that you can recover from a hard drive failure quickly.
    It is for servers that can't afford any down time.
    Recovery from a hard drive failure is just moments.
    Fortunately hard drives do not fail often.
    Mean time to failure is claimed to be on the order of 1,000,000 hours.(100 years)
    Raid-1 does not protect you from other types of losses such as viruses,
    software errors,raid controller failure, operator error, or fire...etc.
    For that, you need EXTERNAL backup.
    If you have external backup, and can afford some recovery time, then you don't need raid-1.

    Consider the merits of concentrating on a simple single windows-7 system.
    download the w7 upgrade advisor to check for any issues:
    http://www.microsoft.com/downloads/details.aspx?familyid=1B544E90-7659-4BD9-9E51-2497C146AF15&displaylang=en
  6. Hmmm...yes I see, thanks for the input. It's just that I bought a RAID motherboard and I thought
    I could gain some sort of benefit from using RAID, oh well. The WD Caviar blacks should be more reliable
    than other drives, so RAID 1 is a bit redundant for my purposes I guess...
  7. dgre005,
    None of the drives could be considered as 100% reliable.
    When I need reliability, then I do backups on removable media like DVD or my network storage drive (which is RAID 1). Each of my own PC has one single drive in each, I can always reinstall the software in case of hard drive failure. I backup important and non-recoverable data only.
  8. Thanks for all your answers...
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