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    RAID arrangement

    This one is for you tech-heads out there.

    I'm (finally) going to do a clean wipe of my desktop and give it a fresh install of XP, something it's badly needed for a long time. When I reinstall, though, I want to incorporate a RAID setup from the get-go. I have a custom-built machine. It has 6 separate 250GB SATA-300 drives inside, and I have an additional 500GB SATA-300 in an eSATA enclosure.

    I built this machine piecemeal, so I've only used 3 of the 7 drives so far. I know for sure that I want to keep 2 of the 6 as standalone drives, and I'd like to use the external drive as a backup since I can physically disconnect it from the tower. That leaves me 4 more 250GB drives to work with. Obvious choices would be a RAID 0+1 or 10 (10 seems like the better choice) but I could also do a RAID 5. If I went with 5, I could either do a 4-drive arrangement, or a 3-drive arrangement, using the 4th (C:) for just the OS and related system files. If I did that, hopefully the computer would run better for longer.

    This is just a home computer; I'm not running any crazy professional software or anything, but it does sustain fairly heavy use. Anyone have suggestions for or against the above choices? Any input would be appreciated.


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    Re: RAID arrangement

    I would definitely use separate drives for the OS and your data. If something happens to the system drive you can just reinstall and have all your data. Keep your data on the RAID. I would go with a RAID 5 since you have the drives.

    I bought a Drobo for backing up my machine and it works really well, although a little expensive.



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    Re: RAID arrangement

    Dang..that is sure a nice set up for a "non tech" guy.
    Raid 10 seems like such a waste of space for what you are probably doing.
    I would just Raid 5 that sucker and call it a weekend.



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    Re: RAID arrangement

    Quote Originally Posted by HandSanitizer View Post
    Dang..that is sure a nice set up for a "non tech" guy.
    Raid 10 seems like such a waste of space for what you are probably doing.
    I would just Raid 5 that sucker and call it a weekend.
    Lol, I never said I wasn't a computer nerd myself, I just realize that there are bigger ones than me here on CF... I'm no Comp E, but I know my fair share about hardware. I wanted to build a computer that would last me a long while with minimum necessary upgrades, and I pretty much succeeded. This is really the last step, aside from getting a good TV tuner card.


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    I also remember a game with Kansas when Cy (wore a huge suit then) went out to center field, squatted, and "pooped" a couple of chickens that had been dyed blue then chased them around.
    Quote Originally Posted by DJK15

    God I hope so, even if it's not the right thing to do, KF needs to do it.
    Victory before honor.

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