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Windows 7: converting existing install to raid 0

12 Sep 2011   #1
fruitbat

home premium 64bit
 
 
converting existing install to raid 0

i want to change my existing install too raid0 i currently have install/programs on one 1tb drive and media/games on another 1tb drive, i have a spare 2tb drive unused
what are your suggestions so i reduce the amount of lost programs etc
running 7 64bit
many thanks
kevin


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12 Sep 2011   #2
kegobeer

Windows 7 Ultimate x64 SP1
 
 

First, I'm not certain what you mean by "reduce the amount of lost programs etc". RAID 0 doesn't utilize a parity drive, so there's no redundancy/backup in the event of data loss, so if one of the drive fails you lose data.

Second, why do you install programs to different drives? IMHO, all programs should be installed on the C drive, and data should ideally be saved to a different partition or drive, to preserve the data in the event of an operating system re-installation.
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12 Sep 2011   #3
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

Fruitbat,
Raid 0 won't buy you anything but troubles.

I recommend you do some basic research on Raid configurations.

Wiki will do fine for such info.

If you really want a performance boost, then get a SSD for your operating system and programs.

128 GB SSD is plenty.
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13 Sep 2011   #4
fruitbat

home premium 64bit
 
 

I don't have programs on separate drives all programs are on c drive and media and games are on a separate drive
I've raided my drives before on a old system just trying to see if there's a way off doing it so I don't have to clean install and lose my data and programs
Ive had bad experience with ssd's before hence why I'm raiding
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13 Sep 2011   #5
karlsnooks

MS Windows 7 Ultimate SP1 64-bit
 
 

You are going to want to consider backing up your system.

Whether you use ssd or hdd (and incidentally recent data indicates the ssd to be the more reliable solution, although both are subject to failure) you are going to want to backup.

There are only two types of people:
Those who make backups and
those who wish they had made backups.
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