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Windows 7: SSD in Raid 0

25 Sep 2012   #1
Apprentrice5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit (Service Pack 1)
 
 
SSD in Raid 0

Hi guys,

I have recently ordered myself a a 2nd ssd and was just wondering if it would be worthwhile having them in RAID 0 or just keeping them as seprate drives.

I have ordered a 60gb OCZ Agilty 3 which is identical to the one i have in my machine already.

Thanks for the advice in advance


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25 Sep 2012   #2
Golden

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Ult. x64
 
 

Hi,

I would recommend keeping them as separate drives.

Regards,
Golden
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25 Sep 2012   #3
DeaconFrost

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

RAID0 has always been about hype and promise...without delivering much in reality. When you add in SSDs to that debate, you can actual negate some of their features and benefits. Early on, drives were put into RAID0, because two 30 GB drives were cheaper than a single 60 GB. Now that has changed, there's no reason at all to consider an array. If it was me, I'd return the second drive and put that cash towards a larger drive (if needed).
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25 Sep 2012   #4
NoN

Windows 7 Professional SP1 - x64 [Non-UEFI Boot]
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Apprentrice5 View Post
Hi guys,

I have recently ordered myself a a 2nd ssd and was just wondering if it would be worthwhile having them in RAID 0 or just keeping them as seprate drives.

I have ordered a 60gb OCZ Agilty 3 which is identical to the one i have in my machine already.

Thanks for the advice in advance
I guess it is better to leave them as separate. I understand either that ordering a larger capacity will make you want to reinstall on the larger one.

If you don't that many data files, should be fine then!
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25 Sep 2012   #5
Apprentrice5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit (Service Pack 1)
 
 

Thanks for the replies,

I purchased the second SSD as i have ran out of space on the first one due to the OS and multiple games being installed so wanted another SSD to install more games, but due to a shortaage or money and a no patience along with an offer on the SSD i decided to go for it.

Again thanks for the advice

Toby
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25 Sep 2012   #6
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Raid0 is a good trick to expand the capacity. It also gives a slight performance improvement. But you get a more risky setup because if 1 drive fails, you lose everything.

As an alternative you can leave them seperate and move some of your user files there - even program files which you have to do during program installation.
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25 Sep 2012   #7
pbcopter

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1, Windows 8.1 Pro x64
 
 

I have used 2 60GB Vertex 2 SSDs in RAID0 to yield a larger drive for Windows 7 x64. It accomplished the goal and worked well. While it benchmarked higher than a single SSD, I really didn't notice much in performing everyday tasks.

Since it is true that if one drive fails, all data is lost, I kept all my data on a standard hard drive and created system images periodically.

I have since gone to 120GB Vertex 3 drives and while I experimented with them in RAID0, I have opted for a single drive for my operating system. It is plenty fast in normal use.

Just my opinion.
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25 Sep 2012   #8
whs
Microsoft MVP

Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by pbcopter View Post
I have used 2 60GB Vertex 2 SSDs in RAID0 to yield a larger drive for Windows 7 x64. It accomplished the goal and worked well. While it benchmarked higher than a single SSD, I really didn't notice much in performing everyday tasks.

Since it is true that if one drive fails, all data is lost, I kept all my data on a standard hard drive and created system images periodically.

I have since gone to 120GB Vertex 3 drives and while I experimented with them in RAID0, I have opted for a single drive for my operating system. It is plenty fast in normal use.

Just my opinion.
I think you summed it up pretty nicely.
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25 Sep 2012   #9
Apprentrice5

Windows 7 Home Premium 64Bit (Service Pack 1)
 
 

Thanks for the help guys greatly appreciated
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