RAID - worth it with non-boot drive(s)?

Hey guys,

I have a Seagate SATA 160gb as my boot drive.

I just got a great deal on two Seagate SATA 300gb drives at Fry's ($110 each), so I picked up two.

Anyway, I was wondering if I should put them in RAID or leave them seperate? They would not be my boot drive, I would use them mostly for storing .avi files for video and editing. However, I would probably have some games installed on there, as well (although most all my applications are on the C:\ drive).

Would I see much benefit having RAID for this? Or would it be better to have them non-RAID, in case on fails I haven't lost all my data?

Thanks for the advice...!

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  1. I would keep them as separate drives, but if I wanted extra performance I would RAID 0 them.

    Since you're doing AVIs and such, the transfer rate of RAID 0 would be useful.


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  2. I can't help but laugh at you wusy for that comment. Not that I think it's a bad idea on his case, but purely for the fact that every other time I've seen RAID 5 mentioned, you've shot it down without a $200 card being included as well.
  3. No sense in stripping, but if you are worried about losing data when one of the drives fail you can mirror then.
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