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SSD + Non-SSD in raid 0,can it be done?

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December 2, 2011 8:12:04 PM

so i had 3 mushkin 60gb SSD's in raid0, one of them failed, and i have no money to replace it, and its out of warrenty. but what i have is a 120gb hard drive.

the problem here is that i need to know if it will work, as i need to recover my system using windows system backup and restore. i'm screwed if i cannot recover it. windows system backup and restore will only recover to a hard drive larger than the original drive or the original setup, as i no longer have the original setup its why i need to put the 120gb in. i know many of people say recovering to raid 0 doesn't work, but i have done it before ad i've seen others do it. i think it depends on the drive.

anyways i don't need to hear about that, i just need to know will a 120gb drive work in the same raid 0 with 2 ssds or not?

i don't really want to mess up my pc if it doesn't work. so thanks in advance for any honest replies :) 


Edit: if it doesn't work, is there anyway to restore files and programs from the backup without restoring windows? i can just reinstall windows on the 2 drives instead.

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December 2, 2011 8:20:25 PM

1. No
2. If it did, the speed of all the units would be brought down the speed of the slowest unit....which should immediately be seen as a really unwise idea.
December 2, 2011 8:20:39 PM

no... raid 0 requires identical disks...
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December 2, 2011 8:21:56 PM

well is there any way to restore my files to a new copy of windows? the reason i need the third drive is because i need to restore my files but i dont have a larger hardrive other than the possibility of raid0
December 2, 2011 8:28:45 PM

pharrow said:
so i had 3 mushkin 60gb SSD's in raid0, one of them failed, and i have no money to replace it, and its out of warrenty. but what i have is a 120gb hard drive.

the problem here is that i need to know if it will work, as i need to recover my system using windows system backup and restore. i'm screwed if i cannot recover it. windows system backup and restore will only recover to a hard drive larger than the original drive or the original setup, as i no longer have the original setup its why i need to put the 120gb in. i know many of people say recovering to raid 0 doesn't work, but i have done it before ad i've seen others do it. i think it depends on the drive.

anyways i don't need to hear about that, i just need to know will a 120gb drive work in the same raid 0 with 2 ssds or not?

i don't really want to mess up my pc if it doesn't work. so thanks in advance for any honest replies :) 


Edit: if it doesn't work, is there anyway to restore files and programs from the backup without restoring windows? i can just reinstall windows on the 2 drives instead.



no. The data written to ssd is different from a HD. If it does work, the raid will be unstable.

Restore to a single drive 250GB HD.
December 2, 2011 8:35:46 PM

are you sure you're running raid 0? because raid 0 stripes data across disks... in your case it would break up all the data 3 times... and alternate writing to disks... RAID 0 is actually a misnomer because RAID is a REDUNDANT Array of Independent Disks and RAID 0 offers "0" redundancy... if it were to be recoverable it sounds more like it's RAID 5 which is block level striping with a parity spread across all the disks... the parity would allow for recovery if one of the disks failed
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