Hi ive got a custom gaming rig and i was wondering now that my 300gb hdd is close to being full should i buy 1 2tb hdd or 2 1 tb hdd's? Im also curious if my mobo can use raid 0 since i cant seem to find it in my user guide, its a Asus P8Z77-M. Ive also read that the samsung spinpoint f3 is the best hdd i can buy so any opinions on that would be greatly appreciated! Thanks
If you are looking for speed, get 2x1TB and RAID0, if you are looking for fault tolerance, then 2x2TB in RAID1 (mirroring) this way if one drive fails, the second drive in the array will be accessible. However some systems will format all data once the failed drive has been replaced, so in essence you should still have a backup to any array regardless.
The misconception that people have is that having a RAID system is for backup purposes but it is not.
RAID is short for redundant array of independent (or inexpensive) disks. It is a category of disk drives that employ two or more drives in combination for fault tolerance and performance.
A good practice is to have a backup to a RAID system.
I have 2x1TB drives as RAID0 within a RAID enclosure, but all the data on the RAID0 is backed up to 2 external 2TB drives, that is how much my data is of value to me.
I also vote for a speedy SSD and/or a single 2TB HDD.
I am glad that ELMO is out busting the myth that RAID is a backup solution!
Another RAID myth is that RAID 0 will speed up everything you do...
RAID or no RAID you are still limited by the access times of the HDD (which have always been slow), small files see very little advantages from RAID 0. You start seeing speed advantage for large files (movies, photo editing and video editing). So if you are expecting RAID 0 to decrease your boot times or speed up checking your email or playing games, you may want to rethink your reasons for doing a RAID.