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ANDYSUDS

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have managed to get my hands on another 2 maxtor 250gb sata drives,the same as i have running in my machine as it stands.what i am asking is,as raid is all new to me
1,would it be worth installing these drives
2,would i see any increase in performance
3,if the answer to these 2 questions is yes then how do i set it up being a virtual novice..i keep alot of pictures and videos,would it be better to use them as just storage drives...cheers ANDY

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Well you see an advantage to having two drives as you can write from one and read from the other so careful disk management lets you get better drive performance, however while a RAID array essentially automates the process to maximise performance the little extra you gain is often not worth the risk in a RAID array, the RAID 0 striped array increases performance but if the array colapses or a single drive fail the data over both is totally corrupted and unrecoverable, the only way to get data security with a striped array is to do it with 4 disks minimum in a striped and mirrored array.
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But by the time you get a mirrored array up and working with four disks, it's usually far quicker and far cheaper just to do a striped array and utilitise an old computer for backup of the most important stuff on a regular basis.

But RAID in a home sytstem is nothing to get excited about as you won't notice much if any performance increase. Therefore over what you've got at the moment, you'd do better off hooking one of the new drives up every once in a while and just copying the essentials to it as a sort of backup.
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