To RAID or not..Advice Please

  PO79 15:05 11 Jan 2008

My new PC will have 2x150GB Raptor X 10000 HD's for a dual boot XP SP2 and Vista 32 bit, my builder advises to RAID 0 these drives and partition 40/60 % respectively for a performance boost. I am inclined to install as stand alone drives with an OS on each, as I think that would be safer, and I think the performance gain from a RAID config would be negligible. Your opinions please.

  keef66 15:25 11 Jan 2008

If you're spending the money on Raptors, then speed is obvoiusly your aim, so I'd go with his suggestion and use them in Raid 0 to squeeze that extra bit of performance out of them.

But make sure you do regular backups to an external drive since with Raid 0 if you lose one drive you've lost the lot.

  PO79 15:32 11 Jan 2008

Precisely my point, if one OS goes down and requires a re-install/re-format then I lose the other as well. I chose the Raptors because they were there and the best that fell within my budget, so speed is not the main issue but safety. I have Acronis TI 11 and will back up both OS's to seperate USB drives. What I would really like to know is the performance hike from RAID overated or does it offer a real performance boost that makes configuring worth the risk. Any more opinions please.

  anskyber 15:34 11 Jan 2008

There ia a theoretical speed advantage click here but keef66's warning is well placed.

  anskyber 15:36 11 Jan 2008

As a belt and braces I run in RAID1 and I have Acronis.

A recent power cut led to my RAID configuration being verified and repaired automatically.

  bluesbrother 16:08 11 Jan 2008

I've never seen the point of raid on a home pc. Much easier to use your fastest drive for OS and games and any other drive for backup and storage.

  keef66 16:12 11 Jan 2008

If safety is your main concern then Anskyber's approach of Raid 1 plus Acronis backups to an external drive would be the best approach

  PO79 16:22 11 Jan 2008

I think I have enough food for thought so I will tick as resolved, if anyone else wants to add the tuppence worth I will continue to monitor the thred for a while. Many thanks to you all.

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