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Windows 7: Raid question

02 Nov 2009   #11

Windows 7 Ultimate x64

RAID0 can make a large difference if you do a lot of file manipulation of really large files. Generally speaking, I find that it makes very little actual difference in boot times, game loads or general application use. I've never felt the risks associated with RAID0 are worth it for home users. Today, I'd much more likely recommend a single SSD drive for the OS and apps and 1 large drive for storage space.

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02 Nov 2009   #12
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Vista, Windows7, Mint Mate, Zorin, Windows 8

There is a 2TB limit for boot partitions because of the capabilities of the MBR. As far as I know that is a NTFS limitation.
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05 Nov 2009   #13

Windows 7 64-bit

No, you are likely not going to see any difference at all with raid on a home computer.
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05 Nov 2009   #14

XP, Vista, W7 64bit Home Premium

If you use the intel chip the following applies :

It depends whether you enabled raid in the bios before you installed the OS - if you didnt you will have to reinstall the OS - otherwise the PC will blue screen when you try to boot the OS. Unlucky if you didn't enable raid because the below applies.

Intel’s RAID configuration utilities offer the flexibility to upgrade from a single Serial ATA (SATA) hard drive to a two drive RAID 0 or RAID 1 configuration when an additional SATA hard drive is added to an existing PC.

Desktop Boards - Troubleshooting Serial ATA / RAID issues

From my experiences using raid and 2 disc's there isnt that much gain in speed you really need for 4 disc's before it fires up. If you could wait till you could afford an SSD at least you would be getting value for money.
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