Chosing a SSD and raiding! Sandforce VS Marvell help please

ok so im going to get a Corsair GT 128gb or a Plextor M3 128gb with a black WD 500gb!

Sandforce VS Marvell
So ive heard that Sandforce is glitchly. maybe Marvell is more reliable.


So how does RAIDing work?
Do i need 2 ssd for this, or can one hard drive and ssd be in RAID 0?

Ive done some research saying that hving a ssd in RAID 0 does not help in real world test, but gives you a high rateing.
Is RAID 0 a lovely way to lose your data?
Does it help/ make it faster?


I atill dont know what RAIDing does really after looking at this
http://www.prepressure.com/library/technology/raid


Lastly I was wondering if I should get a haf 912 or NZXT 210??

with the Haf I would have a little more room compared to the NZXT that has 160mm of room for my 159mm hyper212 evo ;D
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  1. there is a RAID FAQ at the top of this forum:

    http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/259807-32-raid

    keep in mind that if you RAID SSD drives you lose the TRIM functionality. You need a minimum of two drives (preferably the same size) to do raid

    yes, raid 0 is a good way to lose data if one of the drives fails.
  2. Raid0 increases Sequencial read/write performance.
    .. How it works. Raid0 uses what are called strips, normally 64 K (16 clusters, or 128 sectors). Say you have a file that is 128 K, then half of the file is on one Hard drive and the other half is on the other drive. When the file is requested the two halfs can be read at the same time. This is great for large files such as 10 meg photos. But has little value for a OS + Program drive. The majority of these files are only on one drive and are spaced randomily.
    PS HDDs deal with sectors/clusters - 512 Bytes = sector and 8 sectors normally equal a cluster (4K cluster is default but can be changed). This makes understanding strips used in raid 0 easy to understand. Default varys but is normally 64K or 128 K). SSDs use what is called a Page, may be wrong but I think a page is either 64K or 128 K

    A single HDD failure renders ALL files Kapout.

    Yes You could raid a 128 gig SSD with a 500 Gig HDD. BUT you LOOSE 372 gigs on the HDD as YOU can NOT use it. Performance is totally unpredictible. Files that are not split would be read at the speed of which drive it was on. For files that are split part of the file would be at the speed of the SSD and the rest of the file at the speed of th HDD.
    DO NOT RECOMMEND.

    For an OS + program drive, do not recommend raid0, as benifits are not that great, IE Sequencial performance is increased, but access time Is not improved and very little improve in the 4K random read/writes. Here, Sequencial is the LEAST important paramter, while 4 K Random are the most important. Also do not recommend trim, with two SSDs prefer using one as OS+ Progem disk and 2nd SSD as a "Working" storage drive.

    Raid0 is still a good choice for Starage drive when required to work with Large file structures.
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