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Will adding another drive and setting up RAID 0 wipe data on 1st drive

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October 20, 2010 3:15:48 AM

Hello,
I currently have a 1tb WD Caviar black SATA III 6GB/s HDD, and I just ordered another for RAID 0 and an SSD on Newegg. When I install the 2nd drive and configure RAID, will my data be erased from my first drive? Also, will I have to transfer data from my first drive to my second drive in order to make it striped and have optimal performance?

Sorry for the noob question, my google searches yielded no useful data.

Thanks!
Pudgy Chicken

System Specs:

Intel Core i7 980X @4.0ghz
Asus Rampage III Extreme
12GB Corsair Dominator DDR3 1866
Corsair Hydro H-50
Asus ENGTX 480
1TB WD Caviar Black SATA III 6GB/s
1x BluRay, DVD, CD read/write
1x DVD, CD read/write
Coolermaster HAF 932 Blue LED Edition (with minor mods)
ABS Majesty 1100w modular PSU
October 20, 2010 3:33:59 AM

The drive will need to be formatted in order to create a RAID array. So simple answer is yes, it will wipe the drive.

Back up all your data that you need to a separate disc, create the RAID array, and put your data back.
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October 20, 2010 3:59:51 AM

+1 Pyroflea

Any time that you are creating a RAID array you will need to format the disks

Currently running RAID 10 (or 0+1) on 4 X 75GB Raptors (Stripes on two mirrors)
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October 20, 2010 8:43:06 PM

Hmm... Well that sucks. Guess I have to start moving my files on to a USB external HDD before my new drive comes. Because it's gonna take that long =P
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October 21, 2010 12:30:41 AM

PudgyChicken said:
Hmm... Well that sucks. Guess I have to start moving my files on to a USB external HDD before my new drive comes. Because it's gonna take that long =P


Generally it's easier just to buy the amount of drives you need to build your new array. Mind you, most people don't want to spend the extra money if they don't need to :D 
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