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Thread: Have 2 WD 160Gb drives what is the deal with RAID?




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    I don't understand what a RAID array is. I have two 160GB Western Digital ATA 100. If I put them in a RAID array will it make them faster? Is it worth it? What the hell is a RAID array anyways?

    Also, why the hell do I have 320GB of harddrive space, what am I going to put on them? Help.
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    Here is a nice little link I found for ya. Quick google search turned it up, first result.

    http://www.uni-mainz.de/~neuffer/scsi/what_is_raid.html

    320GBs? Hmm.. I would say use some for backups, as well as something I like to do, make legit images of my CDs to play without actually needing to swap each CD. Trust me, now you think you wont fill it, but once you start goin, you wont have difficulty finding things to fill it.

    I also tend to keep all the game updates I download just incase I ever need them, and they come in handy at LANs.

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    I cant even fill my 120GB HDD as I burn everything immediatly

    anyway, for performance: use raid 0 (makes 2 disks to be seen as one and gives a minor performance boost, if 1 disk fails all data is gone)

    for safety: use raid 1 (the 2nd disk makes a copy of the first disk, if 1 disk fails you'll always have a backup)
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    AID 2+3+4 isnt really interesting
    Raid 5 is, but takes more HDDs and prolly a seperate RAID card
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    Quote Originally Posted by dawizza
    and gives a minor performance boost
    minor? it almost doubles disk speed as the two disks can work at once. Also, yah, I have a 160GB and I havent even filled 20GB yet, so, gl trying to fill 320GB. May I suggest hording DVD's? :thumb: : peace2: Mista K6
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    Try the first post of this thread. It lists some good links for info on RAID.
    Best Sites About RAID
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    I have a 160GB drive, divided into 4 separate partitions, and I push filling it all the time. Of course, like Dyck15, I also run images of my game CDs to help the speeds and to save wear and tear on the original media. I'd have to go with the suggestion of a RAID1 setup. If you're not overly concerned with speed already, then the redundancy will be the ticket. It'd be nice to never have a drive problem again....at least one that loses all your data.
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    I have 340gigs on my main system, as well as about 80gigs scattered throughout my other 3 systems, and I'm *always* out of room.. picked up a DVD-RW back in November, which helps a fair bit, but I fill it faster than I can burn it off, even at 4.7gb/15mins.. of course, I'm a packrat, and most of the stuff I download most people wouldn't have a use for anyway
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    Quote Originally Posted by Zaltec
    and most of the stuff I download most people wouldn't have a use for anyway
    Im the same way. Who needs about 4 different version on Linux ISOs? I dont even use them. I dont even have Linux installed actually, as Im investigating P.H.L.A.K. right now.

    I used to have a 10GB from my old PC just after I built this one, so I guess since I bought my 120GB I have been in HD Heaven and just keep everything I d/l, something I couldnt do before.

    I would recommend a RAID 0 setup too. I have personally never used one, but the theory behind it does suggest a performance increase. It would be neat to run PCmark with the 2 of them non-RAID then setup a RAID 0 and run it again just to see how much performance you really would get.

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