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RAID 0: worth it??
G-relk 
20/8/08 9:24:30 PM
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so, once i get my new motherbaord and cpu, im thinking of changing my current config again, and setting up some RAID 0 with my current HDD's. i have 2 seagate 320gb's, one with XP x64 (which i never use) and the other with Vista home premium x64 OEM (dont worry, i have another PC with XP pro 32bit and PClinuxOS on it), so instead of having the second HDD wasted i thought setting up a RAID array would be a fairly easy (and free) way of getting that little bit extra out of my rig.

my only real concern now: is it worth it?? the only sensitive data that will be stored on the computer is my save games, so losing my data to a single dud disk isnt too much of a problem, but is the initial setup, and the fact that i may void my vista lcense key in the process going to be worth all the extra hassle instead of just wiping my drivers, installing the new parts, and continuing to waste my second HDD.

cheers
g-relk

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tantryl 
20/8/08 9:38:11 PM
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No, no real advantages.

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G-relk 
20/8/08 9:47:22 PM
Champion

slightly bigger e-wang maybe :P

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Mac Dude 
20/8/08 9:47:41 PM
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I benchmarked my setup when it was clean, and there were improvements in boot times and program load times, but no improvement during games, etc.

Another benefit was not having to worry about balancing what should be installed where, because you have one logical disk.

Of course, you increase the likelihood of system failure due to a disk crash...

3 out of 3 of my home PCs run RAID 0.


Edited by Mac Dude: 20/8/2008 9:48:42 PM

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discoInferno 
20/8/08 9:52:54 PM
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I reckon if you've got a second disk just sitting there, and there's nothing you're terribly concerned about losing on the RAID drives then why not give it a go. I wouldn't go out and buy a second drive just for a RAID0 setup, but in your case I say go for the e-peen like you said. :)

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G-relk 
20/8/08 9:55:27 PM
Champion

yeah, i have a fair few programs that load on boot, plus its a bit sluggy on boot anyway. as i said, its not like the disk is doing anything so its not going to cost me money to set it up, and if i have to call up to activate my legal oem vista license, i can just tell them it was struck by lightning or something like that >:)

or crack it, but id prefer not to do that if i can.

thanks for the info tho mac dude :)

EDIT: thats my reasoning exactly discoinferno


Edited by G-relk: 20/8/2008 09:56:05 PM

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wilsontc 
20/8/08 10:23:58 PM
Guru

how many of your computers are regularly backed up?

I'd be using it to back up your stuff. Even if it's just music, pics and your favourite goat porn, and store it somewhere safe.

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G-relk 
21/8/08 8:20:06 AM
Champion

i already have an external HDD for doing that :)

even then, my sisters is the only computer that will have any sensitive data on it, and thats just her schoolwork.

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Cpt. Lock 
21/8/08 9:30:01 AM
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meh Just run RAID 0 with a third drive for backup.

Say for instance you could run two 640gb drives in Raid 0 then a 1TB drive for mirroring. Kinda like Raid 10 but not. If it's not critical that you have zero down time it will work as well as Raid 10 and give you more storage space then either Raid 10 or Raid 5 as well as the raw performance of Raid 0 without having to worry about a parity or mirror being done at the same time as striping

with how cheap disks are if you don't have anything thats critical to be up 100% of the time it makes the most sense


Edited by Cpt. Lock: 21/8/2008 9:35:06 AM

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drago13666 
21/8/08 2:21:35 PM
Titan

oh buy a third disk and do raid 5

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osama_bin_athlon 
3/9/08 1:14:33 PM
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Quote by drago13666
oh buy a third disk and do raid 5



+1

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2SHY 
5/9/08 10:16:07 AM
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Quote by osama_bin_athlon
Quote by drago13666
oh buy a third disk and do raid 5



+1



+2

Redundant Data is useful. Especially the cost of storage is so cheap.

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bu14-1 
5/9/08 11:58:28 AM
Primarch

Do the backup thing regardless (preferably off site, at least sometimes). I would only do the RAID thing if I actually needed more space on the one logical drive. I can be seriously problematic to move a RAID to another PC.

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iamthemaxx 
5/9/08 10:51:27 PM
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RAID 5 on a desktop is a waste really.
Just go a normal drive with backups, or if you *really* want RAID go RAID1, it should give a little improvement - though likely as much as RAID0.

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I)ickie 
7/9/08 12:15:33 PM
Initiate
I didn't notice a big difference with raid 0.
Personally I would say its not worth it. To all those doomsayers though I had raid going for a few years on a few different discs and never had an array crash.
The biggest problem is that if one disc goes both lots of data is lost.

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