deciding on RAID/IDE

at the moment ive got a 120Gb IDE drive and a 4Gb IDE drive. the 120 is filling up (11% left [no mp3's at all]), and the 4Gb im using to backup some work.
i was thinking about getting another 200Gb (or thereabouts). i mostly use my PC for gaming, programming etc. i like the idea of getting better performance using RAID.
first a few questions:
would it be worth my time using RAID 0?
could i use my exisiting drive?
my motherboard doesnt have RAID, so i need to get a RAID pci card right?
any recommendations?

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  1. If you get another 120GB drive you could put it together with your existing 120GB drive to make a RAID0 array. However, you will need to have somewhere to put the 100GB of data in the meantime? You have to totally wipe the drive to make a RAID0 array.

    If you don't have 100GB of backup space available while to make a RAID0 array then I'd just get another 200GB drive. Always nice to have 2 drives anyway. Then you could maybe get another 120GB and a Highpoint PCI raid card sometime in the future if you feel the need. RAID0 only really increases continuous read/write speed though, so unless you do video editing or alot of file copying it might not help you that much.

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  2. well.. i was going to reformat my drive anyway (fresh for xp sp2). but 2 big hard dives would be nice to have. i think i'll just get another 200Gb (non-raid). thx for the infomation - helped a lot :)

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    Creative Audigy 2ZS
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  3. when you have driver on a RAID do they need to be IDE or SATA or can they be either. also can you use an IDE and SATA drive on the same RAID controller?

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  4. The hard drives must both be IDE, or both SATA. I imagine you could use a SATA to IDE converter, but doesn't seem to be much point in doing that, just buy whatever you already have.

    As for a PCI card, really anymore motherboard may be a better option. The nicer RAID cards are twice the price of a new motherboard, while the cheap ones are half to two-thirds the price of a motherboard.

    Also I am to paranoid to use RAID 0, I've never had a drive fail, but I don't think I want to push my luck. You do realize that when your two drives in RAID 0, if one fails, you lose all your data, not just half.

    Like above, this is really only going to help you with continous read/write stuff, so unless you really need it, just pick up another drive and don't worry about it.

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