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July 15, 2010 1:35:02 AM

Hi
I'd like to build a Alienware Aurora ALX.
First a general question,
as we know, one normal 2.5" to 3.5" HDD converter can contain two 2.5" HDDs,
Alienware Aurora ALX has four 3.5" HDD bays.
Does it mean I can install 2*4=8 2.5 HDDs in the Alienware Aurora ALX ??
then how do I make RAID0 for them?
thx for helping

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July 15, 2010 4:09:39 AM

Technically speaking yes you could have eight HDDs in the area where your regular four HDDs would have been. If you want to set up RAID 0, you'll have to set it up in the BIOS. Are you planning on RAID 0 all 8 SSDs/2.5" HDDs? Because I heard somewhere that RAID 0 isn't as good with more than two or three drives.
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July 15, 2010 4:18:01 AM

Lmeow is right, the more drives you have in a RAID 0 setup the greater your chances of catastrophic failure are because if one disk goes down all data will be lost. For arrays that size do RAID 5 if you can, it has distributed parity and can survive a single disk failure without losing data.

Since its a dell you might not be able to setup a RAID array depending on how much they locked up the BIOS, so even if you get all the disks in, you still might not be able to get them setup like you want.
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July 15, 2010 5:49:25 AM

Lmeow said:
Technically speaking yes you could have eight HDDs in the area where your regular four HDDs would have been. If you want to set up RAID 0, you'll have to set it up in the BIOS. Are you planning on RAID 0 all 8 SSDs/2.5" HDDs? Because I heard somewhere that RAID 0 isn't as good with more than two or three drives.


the 32GB or 40GB SSD is very cheap now
therefore i'm gonna buy 8 32GB SSDs
RAID 0 for ALL of them
raid 0 is good for 2 to 4 drivers, exactly it's correct
but it doesn't mean 8 SSDs will have a poor performance

what i wanna make sure is
is it possible to make raid 0 for all of them?
because 1 converter's speed is unchangeable
one HDD bay is designed for 1 HDD, not two
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July 15, 2010 5:54:52 AM

hunter315 said:
Lmeow is right, the more drives you have in a RAID 0 setup the greater your chances of catastrophic failure are because if one disk goes down all data will be lost. For arrays that size do RAID 5 if you can, it has distributed parity and can survive a single disk failure without losing data.

Since its a dell you might not be able to setup a RAID array depending on how much they locked up the BIOS, so even if you get all the disks in, you still might not be able to get them setup like you want.


thank you
your consideration is also mine

in fact, i don't have important data or document. so it doesn't matter.
what i need is speed only. :D  :D  :D 

i don't know if dell locked the bios or not.
does anyone own alienware and check it for me?
thx
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July 15, 2010 7:27:30 AM

The Intel 40 GB SSDs have a relatively low sustained write speed, you'd be better off with two 60 GB/80 GB SSDs with much better sustained write speeds.
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July 15, 2010 5:56:16 PM

^ Or the 64GB Crucial C300s.
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