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Buying new HDD. Need help

Last response: in Storage
December 21, 2011 5:59:43 PM

I'm going to buy a new HDD. I already have a Seagate Barracuda 500 GB + WD Caviar Blue 150 GB. Should I get an extra Barracuda and raid 0 it or get a 1.5 TB WD Black? Which would give me more speed? I'm asking in terms of the advantage of Seagate Barracuda 500 GB Raid 0 vs a WD Black 1.5 TB. Would I really see big difference in Barracuda Raid 0?

My specs-

i5 2500k
G.SKILL Ripjaws X @ 1600 Mhz (2 x 4 GB)
GTX 560 Ti
Seagate Barracuda 500 GB + WD Caviar Blue 150 GB

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a b G Storage
December 21, 2011 6:39:44 PM

RAID 0 disadvantages: Double the chances of losing your data. Lose one drive and you've lost all the data on BOTH drives. Relatively complex to set up as compared to a single drive. RAID array is not transferable to a different PC.

All in all, the increase in speed is not great enough to overcome the disadvantages, IMHO.
a c 300 G Storage
December 21, 2011 6:51:07 PM

Buy the WD black. Migrate your OS to it. Be happy.
a c 115 G Storage
December 21, 2011 7:04:00 PM

You will see a speed increase in benchmarks..... other than that, unless you doing video editing, rendering, huge databases etc.....RAID 0 is not what it's cracked up to be.

read down at the bottom here:

Another way to go is a hybrid ....a SSD and HD in a single form factor......just $10 more than the Black but ya give up half the size ....while synthetic benchmarks won't show a great difference, "real world" benchies show the Momentus trouncing the Black or any other standard drive.