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Old January 18, 2010, 08:41 PM
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Default Unsure of how to arange hard drives...

Hello.
I am unsure how i should arrange my hard drives.
I have six 1tb Seagate ES.2 drives and an Asus P5k64 ws has six sata ports (mobo is good with RAID i believe)
I have Windows 7 currently intel q9550 4870 1gb 8 gb 1333 ddr3 ram (not sure if this info is needed)
I am thinking of putting RAID 0 in somewhere but not sure
Have ~150gb games ~650gb movies

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Old January 19, 2010, 08:28 AM
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The way I see it you have a few good options;
RAID 0 would be VERY fast, but the failure rate would be pretty high. I'd avoid it.
With RAID 1 you would still have only 1TB of space, but the chance of losing data is dramatically low.
With RAID 5, you would get 5TB of space, pretty damn good read speeds, and if a drive fails you don't lose data (though you need to replace the drive quick). However, write speeds will be lower even than a single hard drive.
With RAID 10, you would have 3TB of space, good reads, good writes, and everything is backed up. However, you have 2 fewer TB of space than RAID 5.

I'd recommend RAID 5, since it's the best balance of speed, capacity, and backup. However, if your motherboard supported RAID 6 (would have 4TB and less speed but better backup) I would recommend it. If you were to get a discrete RAID controller, that's what I'd recommend for RAID.
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Old January 19, 2010, 01:26 PM
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I did forget to mention something.
The max amount of HDD's that i could have would be 5 b/c of the Sata optical drive.
4 would be ideal because my HDD cage holds 4.

Would i notice noticeable performance differences with RAID 0 in gaming? Other stuff?

How high of failure rates are we talking about...
Would it matter since i would be backing up the data?

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P.S. In raid 2 5 and 10 if a drive fails do i just shut off the computer, put a new drive in and the array will rebuild itself?

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Old January 19, 2010, 01:32 PM
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Forgot something in the last post
Would this work?
2drives raid 0
1 drive backup
1 for movies?????


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