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Windows 7: Raid 0 Ssd intel 520 240gb

06 May 2012   #11
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by f1andy83 View Post
Should I setup two Ssd intel 520 240gb in raid 0 mode in order to extract maximum performance?
I don't think so. Not worth taking the risk of losing all of the data in the event that one of your hard drives fails. The biggest advantage to an SSD is extremely low access time. You don't really need 500MB/sec performance unless you want to fill the drive completely in just a few minutes.


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07 May 2012   #12
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

If it was me, I'd probably return the second drive, or use it in a separate system. RAID on a desktop was all myth and hype...and thankfully has died out. Using it with SSDs can actually negate some of their advantages.
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07 May 2012   #13
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

I don't think RAID 0 on a desktop is a 'myth'. However, it has to be used in a various specific method in order to get the benefits out of it.

For example, lets say you do hardcore video editing. If you are copying a 20GB file from D:\folder1 to D:\folder2, and D:\ is a RAID 0 array, you will get a significant gain in performance during that file copy. If you were to do this type of I/O operation all day long, having a RAID 0 array helping you out would be immensely valuable.

If on the other hand, you build a RAID 0 array simply to have an "overall" faster system, which benchmarked better, or provided a faster gaming rig experience....chances are likely that the risk of data loss from drive failure was not worth the actual performance gains experienced.
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07 May 2012   #14
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

The reason I refer to it as a myth is because the vast majority of people who try to use it or actually do use it, are doing it for the wrong reasons, chasing after wild performance gains that don't exist, as you described. Call me jaded on the subject, but I still recall people arguing intensively on other performance computing forums about how their frame rates in games would go way up when using two 36 GB Raptors in RAID0. I still cringe when I read the word RAID0.
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07 May 2012   #15
alphanumeric

Windows 10 Education 64 bit
 
 

Color me jaded too. I don't know if its any more reliable these days but years ago when I ventured into RAID you didn't need a drive failure to muck things up. One or two windows hiccups or a power bump and you had the pleasure or rebuilding your array again. =(
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07 May 2012   #16
pparks1

Windows 7 Ultimate x64
 
 

@Deacon: Exactly, they are using it for the wrong reasons. Just because a benchmark goes up, doesn't mean performance is going to increase based on what you do with the computer.
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