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Can I install RAID 0 without formatting 1 drive

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I want to install RAID 0 in my computer. I have an 80 gig hard drive that is just about full and I bought a second 80 gig drive and wanted to install a RAID 0 but didn't want to reformat the original drive if not necessary.
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To build a RAID 0 array you need to initialise and create the array.

This will erase the data on both drives, so if you want to use your current drive and build an array on that it WILL get wiped.

Easiest thing to do: Put the new drive in as a normal IDE drive. You'll get as much performance out of it as you would by putting it on a RAID. The speed increase of RAIDing it is insignificant to the point of whether it's worth the effort.
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If you are home user then none of those raid are for you. With all the speeds of those drives come with you would not even see the differece in performance but cost and maintenance in many ways you look at. bad choice.
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