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HDD Upgrade. Need opinions.

Discussion in 'Storage' started by BrooksyX, Oct 18, 2008.

  1. BrooksyX

    BrooksyX

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    Ok so I am planning on replacing my 80gb HDD in my system with something bigger.

    But I am torn at the moment do I add a third 250gb HDD in my raid setup for some kickass raid speed or do I add a 500gb HDD for as a backup drive. If I go the raid option they will be patitioned into two drives so ill have a windows drive and a backup drive but if I get the 500gb hd I will not partition my raid because I only wan't to physical drives in windows. (right now I have 3). I use my computer for homework, internet, light gaming, watching movies, and recording TV via windows media center (over the air HD).

    Here is the 250gb I have (times 2):
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136161

    Here is the 500gb I would get:
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822136073

    So what do you guys think risk my chances with raid 0 or get the 500gb? The prices are so similar that money isnt a factor.
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    sneekypeet Unpaid Babysitter Staff Member

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    raid O is virtually the same as running one HDD except for times. If one HDD gets corrupt in raid) then the whole thing is a wash.

    Personally Id rather have the 500GB of room vs. a redundant 250GB
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    BrooksyX

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    Thats what I am worried about. I have had no problems with my current raid setup but I am worried that it would increase my chances for data loss because only 1 of the 3 drives would have to go down for me lose everything.
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    Ditch the RAID. Buy a single 1TB samsung F1 or WD equivalent and replace your old slow powerhungry drives.

    It's very tempting to recycle old drives (or just keep them plugged in and add another), but TBH, getting rid of older drives is one of the best performance upgrades you can make. And saves a lot of power compared to running multiple drives.

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