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RAID 1 + SSD?

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April 1, 2011 2:25:17 PM

Hello, I have a question. While i am a techie, i am not enough of one to answer this. Is it possible to install my OS on my SSD, and then RAID a partition of my traditional drive together to create a backup so i will not have to worry about the SSD failing a week or 2 into buying it? Will this defeat the purpose of using a SSD? Will i need something specific on any motherboard i buy besides RAID support? Any information will help, thanks.

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April 2, 2011 10:43:47 AM

A RAID 1 would work, but write performance will be at the speed of the hard disk. All you need is a motherboard that supports RAID.

If you're using an OS like Windows 7, why not perform daily backups to the hard disk?
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April 2, 2011 3:03:25 PM

Raid SSD and reg HD not good idea,

You can use backup software to synch the drives.
for example install windows and all u want on ssd, then clone it to same size partition on other reg HDD, then set it to update maybe once a day or auto,
this way you get speed of ssd+complete backup, even if ssd fails u can simply boot from other drive and have all your stuff.

here is example of program u can use to set it up
http://allwaysync.com/
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April 3, 2011 8:41:23 PM

I'm running something like this and am very pleased with the results. I'm using a Vertex2 60gb as my boot drive, and then a pair of 2TB drives in RAID 1 as my primary storage drive. I set up windows 7's backup feature to back the system drive up once a week to the 2TB mirrored array. Performance is good all around, the 2TB drives these days easily push 100MB/s transfer rates and I still trust their reliability better than any SSDs being made now.

Actually, I re-read what you were originally asking and yeah as duxducis said that's probably not a great way to go. Use the SSD as a standalone boot and use HDD's in a RAID 1 array for big storage.
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