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Old 12-08-2006, 10:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I am building a new computer system and would like to protect my photo collection by using a raid 1 setup. I also will be using it for games. Would the HDD's run much slower on a raid 1 setup then a single HDD?

My old system used a single Maxtor 160GB 7200/8MB/ATA-133 EIDE HDD. The new system will use 2 Western Digital 250GB 7200/16MB/SATA-300 HDD's in a raid 1 array. Will this run slower or faster than the old system? So, I would like the security of raid 1 but am concerned that it would slow down my gaming. Raid 0+1 would give me both, but that would require 4 HDD's, and I won't go there.

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Old 12-08-2006, 11:27 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Go with an external hard drive instead. Its much more reliable than using RAID 1.

PSU fails (does not work properly) kills both drives at once - Electrical storm can kill the PC - RAID controller card can go...

The speed should be the same as 1 drive if you use RAID 1.

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Old 12-09-2006, 02:01 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Good point, thanks
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