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To Raid or Not to Raid? 500gb x 2

Dec 17, 2005
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System Name The Green Lantern Core
Processor X5675@4.8Ghz|Intel Core i7 920 2.66 @ 4.48Ghz
Motherboard ASUS P6T Deluxe LGA 1366 Intel X58
Cooling Thermalright True Black Ultra-120 Extreme | pk-3
Memory 16Gb Trident DDR3 2400Mhz@2095Mhz | 10-9-10-20
Video Card(s) X1800xt | BFG GTX 280 Fact. O/C
Storage 3XVertex 4 128gb RAID 0
Display(s) 3xDell fpw 2005 20.1" 3150x1680
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Power Supply XION AXP Lan-Party Edition 1000w modular
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ok so ive taken my secondary pc and put in in an HTPC case, Thermaltake Tenor, to hookup to my movie theater. I will be taking all of our DVD's and decrypting them to the 2 Seagate 7200.10 500 gb hard drives. Should i put all the movies on a Raid 0 array, or install the 2 hard drives seperately. ive also gotten new RAM, Gskill 2gb ddr400 2.5-3-3-6 for it. what do you guys recommend i do? THX for replies!


To infinity ... and beyond!
Dec 11, 2006
8,086 (2.01/day)
System Name Absolute Zero | M.A.S.S
Processor Intel i7 4770k | i7 920
Motherboard Gigabyte Z87X-UD4H | EVGA X58 FTW3 SLI
Cooling Phanteks ph-tc14pe | CM 212+ Push Pull
Memory Mushkin 16Gb at 2400Mhz | Corsair Vengence 6x8Gb=48Gb
Video Card(s) EVGA SC GTX 770 2Gb | Nvidia 7300GT
Storage Sandisk 256Gb Ultra Plus x 2 raid0 + 72.12 500Gb | Intel 320 80Gb 2x1.5Tb, 2x2Tb 2x.5Tb + 3 x6Tb
Display(s) Samsung 245BW + Asus PB278Q + Samsung 40" 650A | None
Case NZXT H630 |Rosewill 8bay 4u server chasiss
Audio Device(s) Asus Xonar HDAV + GTX770 | Onboard
Power Supply Silverstone DA800 | Rocketfish 700w aka fsp
Software Windows 7 ultimate X64 | Debian 7 wheezy
if all it is for is movies and stuff like that, i think either will do. personally i would raid, that way you don't deal with 2 partitions.

thats just my opinion


Sold my stars!
Jul 16, 2007
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Processor Amd Athlon X2 4600+ Windsor(90nm) EE(65W) @2.9-3.0 @1.45
Motherboard Biostar Tforce [Nvidia] 550
Cooling Thermaltake Blue Orb-- bunch of other fans here and there....
Memory 2 gigs (2x1gb) of patriot ddr2 800 @ 4-4-4-12-2t
Video Card(s) Sapphire X1950pro Pci-E x16 @stock@stock on stock
Storage Seagate 7200.11 250gb Drive, WD raptors (30/40) in Raid 0
Display(s) ANCIENT 15" sony lcd, bought it when it was like 500 bucks
Case Apevia X-plorer blue/black
Audio Device(s) Onboard- Why get an sound card when you can hum??
Power Supply Antec NeoHe 550-manufactured by seasonic -replacement to the discontinued smart power series
Software Windows XP pro SP2 -- vista is still crap
raid 0 will give you double the rate of hdd failure so be careful there..


My stars went supernova
Aug 3, 2006
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Motherboard MSi GD70
Cooling OcZ Phase/water
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Video Card(s) CrossfireX 2 X HD 4890 1GB OCed to 1000Mhz
Storage SSD 64GB
Display(s) Envision 24'' 1920x1200
Case Using the desk ATM
Audio Device(s) Sucky onboard for now :(
Power Supply 1000W TruePower Quattro
I have two 500Gigs in Raid-0. It is fast, and so far no crashes....knock on wood.
Jul 12, 2005
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System Name Ummmm...Mine
Processor I7 920 @ 4.2ghz @ 1.29v's load
Motherboard ASUS P6T Deluxe V2
Cooling Custom 1/2 inch H20
Memory 3x2gb Patriot Sector 7 @2008Mhz 27-9-11-9 1T
Video Card(s) EVGA GTX 580 SC 900/1800/1090
Storage 1-Mushkin 60gb SSD 1-500GB WD Black and 2-1TB 32mb WD Black
Display(s) 25 inch Hanns-G 2ms
Case Custom
Audio Device(s) Turtle Beach Catalina
Power Supply Corsair AX850 Pro Series-Modular
Software All Kinds...and then some.
Benchmark Scores 3dMark 11 P7066 Compare Link- http://3dmark.com/3dm11/251153
That much data In a Raid 0 setup Is asking for trouble.....I run Raid 0 with 2 36gig Raptors for my main OS drive and love it....I ghost backup every 2weeks and this way has proven to be the best for me....but where the hell would you ghost 500x2gbs worth of data.

Bottom line....Raid 0 Is for extreme performance.....not watching movies. ;)

Hope It helps. :)