23rd October 2007
I'm probably going to get alot of "Its not worth it", but for me, it is, even if its 1 FPS increase in any application, so me being stubborn and ignoring the "Don't do it" comments, what Raid Level would you guys recommend? I was using Raid 0, and that was fine, performance was excellent, however after having my motherboard replaced and loosing my mod as the raid array was destroyed by having a different raid controller, I thought I would do a different raid level.
I have 3 Hard Drives, No matter what raid I do I'm going to loose substantial amount of space, thats unavoidable unless I fork out more money, which at this point in time I just don't and can't get.
My HDD sizes are as follows... 250GB 250GB 320GB
All Seagate, All Sata with Jumpers Removed.
I'm leaning towards Raid Level 5, but would you chaps recommend? In addition, what partitions should I set up? I'm thinking a System Array partition of 40GB (For Windows), and a "Data" array partition of 425GB for games and other programs etc. Or possibly, a 40GB "System", 380GB "Data" and a 35GB "Shared"
Just for a note, I rather Shared partitions, I find it easier on networks, instead of having crap load of files and folder shared everywhere. Doesn't really matter I suppose, but still nice to see in 'Computer'
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6th April 2000
If you're using only one version of windows (XP Pro, not home or the Vista Enterprise or Ultimate) then why not use the dynamic disk function? It could combine all 3 drives without the worry of a hardware failure in the raid array.
The downside is that it's incompatible overlapping multiple versions of windows.
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22nd December 2003
I forked out extra money for extra drives for the RAID 5, but that was when I built the new system, so I was hemorrhaging money to begin with. The way I partitioned my disks was 35gb for windows, 120gb for programs, and the last 1.21tb for music, movies, pics, and other files.
I would say keep a good 30 for your windows install, and drivers, then another 80 for programs, and the rest for data.
23rd October 2007
I used Software Raid once before, that was more unstable, and introduced way more lag then extra performance it provided.
For the time being, I think I'll go with 5