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January 10, 2011 1:02:01 AM

Hello, I'm looking for advice on upgrading my hard drive. I currently have WD 7200 rpm hard drive. Debating if I should add a SSD for windows files and games and keep the HDD for storage or if I should upgrade to 2 HDD in Raid 0, maybe the 1T Spinpoints.


Any advice would be appreciated. Thanks.

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a b G Storage
January 10, 2011 2:17:18 AM

I've never used it, but I've always heard raid 0 referred to as deathwish raid, if that means anything :) 
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a c 349 G Storage
January 10, 2011 3:27:06 AM

Any decent SSD will be MUCH faster than any HDD or RAID0 array. (Well, that assumes that you connect by SATA 3.0 or 6.0 Gb/s ports, and not by the earliest SATA (1.5 Gb/s) system.) Cost per GB is higher for the SSD, but if you want speed that's the way to go.

What elel is talking about is a well-known caution on RAID0 systems. They are TWICE as likely to fail as a single HDD because BOTH drives in the RAID0 array MUST be error-free. If ONE of the drives fails, you lose ALL the data on the entire array. RAID0 users NEED to get religious about backups!
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April 20, 2011 4:40:37 AM

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