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    I currently have a western digital 120GB and I can get another one really cheap. Is it worth it set up a raid? All I really care about are load times.

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    Nope. For a million reasons that I won't go into, I'll just tell you what you want to know.

    Raid is only substantially faster for WRITING data, and load times are simply how fast the drive can read.

    You might see a slight speed improvement if you got a second drive and installed the game on it, so that as the game loads, it gets the game from a game only drive, and various drivers and interface files from your OS drive.

    But remember, any good deal on a drive today, will get smoked by a good deal on a drive twice as big in six months.
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    No reason to go raid PERIOD.
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    thanks for the replies. I guess I won't be stting up that raid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by hydro123456
    I currently have a western digital 120GB and I can get another one really cheap. Is it worth it set up a raid? All I really care about are load times.
    Not to start a flame war here but......

    Personally I think you will LUV a RAID0 setup specially for gaming !!!
    Games WILL load alot faster and run smoooother with a RAIDO setup .
    Ive been using RAID0 for the past 4 years and have never looked back to using a single drive (and never will).

    I have yet to have loose a RAID0 array .

    If you have the $$$ to do so , GO FOR IT ; speacially if your planning on using 8mb cache drives .

    I think you'll be very happy with a RAID setup .

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    What kinds of benefits do you think you have with a RAID setup as far as gaming is concerned?
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    personally, I've been *very* happy with my RAID Stripe... it does speed up load times, and especially on games that are load-intensive (Half-Life, Postal2, etc), I've noticed quite a time difference from having them loaded on my RAID'd vs my non-RAID'd drives, and I do a bit of video editing/conversion which is significantly speeed up... I also run an FTP, so for simpilicity's sake, I like having a single large 160gig volume...

    but again, there's the one-dies-lose-both problem... but with the reliability of today's hdd's, that *shouldn't* be too likely... but I keep backups of the important stuff, nonetheless
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    it does speed up load times
    When compared with what?

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    You are right about video editing, a RAID setup is much quicker at Writing data.

    I have a 2000JB, and I like having one 200 GB partition. But I also like having it as one drive, which makes it very easy to move around from computer to computer.
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