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Advice on plethora of HDD's & 2 SSD's

  1. #11


    I know its been a while since i first posted this question about Raiding 2 SSD's but I just remembered something on why I am wanting to do this. There are a lot of programs I use (mainly audio) when installing it never gives me the option of where to install! It just automatically installs on what ever drive the OS is on. well, This seriously would not be a issue if I just had a little bit more storage space. My SSD is constantly in the red and the OS is just now recently starting to freeze up or drop to a crawling pace. This is so frustrating! So, You guys are saying it really does not make sense to raid my 2 SSD's to form 1 Large Drive and I would then use the other 6 HDD's to store plugins, Audio Files, And the programs that let me instal in other places besides the drive of the OS. Can you guys explain to me in detail why this would be a move of the retard and inlighten me to the way of the storage space jedi?

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  2. #12


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    I haven't used a RAID array in a long time but the few times I did it ended up being a pain in the but. I didn't find it very reliable or stable, especially if you are striping. The novelty or rebuilding my array, yet again, quickly wore off and I went back to a normal setup. Anybody that's played around with RAID setups can likely tell you a horror story or two. Just my 2 cents.
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  3. #13


    Palm Springs, CA
    Posts : 17
    Microsoft Windows 8.1 Pro 64-bit 9600 Multiprocessor Free


    I have done what you are talking about so can give my experience. If your BIOS lets you stripe the two SSDs then you are able to double the size of your C: which sounds like what you are most in need of.

    However you also double the odds of a failure for the system drive by doing this. So as long as you religiously system image/ backup your RAID to a different drive you can recover.

    In my case I had one of the SATA ports start to intermittently go bad, which caused me to lose my drive set. But since I had a good backup I was able to move to a different port and recover my system.

    In short, remember you are doubling the number of single point failures that can hose your day.
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  4. #14


    Thank you guys for the experience advice. Tell me if this makes sense. What if I install windows on my 1 TB HDD and then install my audio programs (Cubse 7 & Ableton live 9) on my SSD? cubase has always been known to take a while loading up. Would load up time be quicker on a SSD? Ive read more then a few post on others Raiding their SSD's and when they do fail the SSD's are no longer usable. SCREW THAT NOISE!! I decided I rather not risk that. I really do not care about load up time on the OS. I do care cutting load up times on my DAW's (Digital Audio Workstations)
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  5. #15


    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
    Posts : 6,490
    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    If you can afford it I'd just buy a bigger SSD to replace or compliment the one you have now. Just my 2 cents.
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