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Is RAID 0 worth it?

Discussion in 'Storage Drives' started by fire_munki, 6 Mar 2010.

  1. fire_munki

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    I've been given two 80Gb 7200rpm discs.
    My new mainboard ( Gigaybyte GA-EP45-UD3LR) now has RAID. For normal everyday use would I see any boosts running my windows install in a RAID 0 format over these discs?
    One disc is a Maxtor and the other a Barracuda.
    Also silly question how difficult is it to set up RAID if you've never used it?
     
  2. cmndr_andi

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    I'm pretty sure you want to be using the exact same disks when making a RAID array. I don't think combining a maxtor and a barracuda will work.

    Also, what interface do these disks use, IDE or SATA.

    And finally, what is your current system disk?
     
  3. fire_munki

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    Both SATA drives. Currently on a Maxtor 500GB Hard Drive SATAII 7200rpm with 32MB Cache.
    I'd be installing windows Vista HP 64.
     
  4. cmndr_andi

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    Ah, cool. In that case I would certainly stick with the single 500GB drive. It will have a much higher density platters and more cache than the 80GBs, so even if you could get the 80GBs to RAID 0 - the 500GB would still be faster. Also, a system with a single OS disk boots up faster than one using an OS RAID array.
     
  5. jagga

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    raid0 on ssd pwns of course its worth it
     
  6. Tweaker

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    RAID 0 on mechanical hard drives is not going to give a huge boost. The main reason the WD sold the Raptor series was to increase boot time over conventional HDDs, 2 normal 7200RPM drives is not going to benefit you enough for the potential hassle if one fails.
     
  7. kevlar

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  8. mast3r

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    i have always used the rule of never have the same disks in an array, Well same brand disks.

    Never had any issues, but using that rule i have never exp. with two drives of the same flavour.