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 Post subject: To RAID or NOT to RAID on Ultra Rig Desktop
PostPosted: Mon Jan 07, 2013 1:07 pm 
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So I am looking to duplicate(ish) the MaxPC Ultra rig build. I am going with an SSD for my OS and Apps drive and a WD Caviar Black for my data drives. My question to you all is what is the general consensus on putting the data drives into a RAID 1 array to protect my data. I also have a 4TB home NAS that I back up to as well.

If I could ask the question more generally: should I RAID 0 my OS/App SSD drives and RAID 1 my data drives?

What have others done and what does Max PC recommend for this?

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 Post subject: Re: To RAID or NOT to RAID on Ultra Rig Desktop
PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2013 5:41 am 
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First and foremost, welcome to the MPC Forums.

If you've never RAID'ed before, you should at least try it. Everyone should! That said if you want to protect your data, a simple nightly backup will do the trick. But it sounds like you already do this with your NAS. Depending upon how many hdd's you have, RAID 5 is the best option. As for your ssd's and OS. Raid 0 provides for some very very impressive I/O rates, just Google for all the posted CrystalDiskMark and AS SSD killer performance scores. But in the real world those benefits are almost [not always] never recognized. So it becomes a risk:reward decision. What will your new rig be primarily used for? Knowing this will dictate your Raid0 efficacy.


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 Post subject: Re: To RAID or NOT to RAID on Ultra Rig Desktop
PostPosted: Wed Jan 09, 2013 8:07 am 
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What do you mean by "protecting data"? If you mean "so I can still run my system when a hard drive fails", then RAID 1 is an appropriate solution. If you mean "I want my data copied over so I have a back up", then no, RAID is not really an appropriate solution.

RAID 0 on the OS stuff though is fine however.


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