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Windows 7: More RAM or RAID 0

25 Oct 2010   #1
wpaul281

windows7
 
 
More RAM or RAID 0

I am getting ready to move from 7 premium 32 bit to ultra 64 bit witch would benefit me more. Hard drives will be WD caviar blue 500gb and I already have 4gb or RAM.


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25 Oct 2010   #2
Zepher

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

you have to tell us what you do with the machine first.
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25 Oct 2010   #3
1Bowtie

Windows 7 Home Premium 64 bit
 
 

And if you go raid 0, if one drive goes you lose everthing on both drives so i'm not a fan of Raid
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25 Oct 2010   #4
Zepher

Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by 1Bowtie View Post
And if you go raid 0, if one drive goes you lose everthing on both drives so i'm not a fan of Raid
that is why you have a backup.
Install your OS and apps on the Raid, image that install to your backup, and re-image your backup drive every month.
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25 Oct 2010   #5
Wishmaster

Windows 7 Home Premium 64bit
 
 

Alternatively, if you don't mind spending a bit of money, invest in a SSD for the OS and Apps.

Use 1 of the 500GB HDs for all User DATA/Files and the other as a back up drive. (If you do not have a drive or external for backups now)

If you do have a back up drive for images already, same thing only you also have the RAID 0 option for the 2 HDs for USER DATA

This would serve far greater performance improvements over adding more RAM.
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25 Oct 2010   #6
wpaul281

windows7
 
 

not reading very good reviews and commits on the SSD's as far as reliability. Great performance and a bit pricey.
I am very good at backing my personal data up so not worried about failure to much. As far as what the machine is used for mainly photo editing some video and web surfing.
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25 Oct 2010   #7
LiquidSnak

W7 Professional x64
 
 

RAM will help you more with editing than RAID will. I would personally start with that.
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26 Oct 2010   #8
wpaul281

windows7
 
 

The down side to doing the RAM is I have 32bit XP as a dual boot so it will not help that at all.
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26 Oct 2010   #9
Dave76

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult x64 - SP1/ Windows 8 Pro x64
 
 

What are your system specs?

For most systems the extra RAM will help with photo editing.
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26 Oct 2010   #10
wpaul281

windows7
 
 

CPU intel dual core 2.93GHz 1066 FSB, DDR2 RAM 4gb 1066 FSB,
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