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

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


    Let me first list my HDD'S & SSD inventory

    I have 6 HDD'S 4 of the 1TB Each so that's 4TB & 2 more @ 500GB = 1TB= (in total 5TB) in HDD storage.
    I also have 2 SSD's @ 120GB each = 240GB
    ....So
    If anyone has ever dabbled in home studio recording and on top of that uses "Virtual Instruments" (not the cheap kind either) will know that you need a heck of a lot of storage space. Virtual instruments alone can have a massive sound library and if you have a lot of instruments, then it is a good idea to buy storage. Especially how cheap it is these days. The way I have it set up currently is, on one SSD I have win7 and this past Sunday I purchased win 8 and put it on my second SSD. I labeled both accordingly.
    My current setup for my HDD's is setup as the following. I have a 1TB HDD that is labeled "Dedicated to sound library's and drum loops" the next one is a 1TB labeled dedicated to studio recordings. Then another 1TB labeled "location backup" (backup is done by crashplane, both online and physical backup) then I have a 500GB labeled "saved documents & videos"
    So I'm left with 1TB HDD & 1 500GB HDD.

    My question is this. First, is it possible (if so would it make sense) to Raid configure 2 SSD's? And is my current setup any good? I'm trying my best to keep as many installed programs on other HDD's and keep my SSD'S with the OS only. I'm just curious how you guys would do it. Without a doubt it's you guys here on this forum give the best ideas and the smartest of all on windows and all things computer tech. Thank you for taking the time reading this and appreciate anyone's advice. Cheers my friends.

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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
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    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Do you have this set up as a huge Array? If I were you, I would keep the drives separate, because if one drive in an array goes bad, it's a COMPLETE data loss.

    I would at least set up a mirrored array, so that nothing will be lost even if one drive goes bad.

    I use Pro Tools, and I have a LOT of drives I use for storage for this stuff. I've lost drives before, so I keep important files on more than one drive.
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    I don't see much value in doing a RAID 0 on the SSD's for the OS. The biggest bang you get with SSD's is ultra low random access times. This won't improve with a RAID config. You will get more throughput, but you probably don't need anymore throughput than you get with 1 SSD for running the OS.

    I would recommend keeping your other data drives separate as suggested above and for the same reasons.
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    Pparks can you do that, I've never tried to Raid any SSD drives.
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    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    Pparks can you do that, I've never tried to Raid any SSD drives.
    Sure, you can raid an ssd.
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    I suppose there would not be any reason why I couldn't do it. But the question would be, why, do SSD drives fail that much?
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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by XweAponX View Post
    Pparks can you do that, I've never tried to Raid any SSD drives.
    Sure, you can raid an ssd.
    I have not had one fall. Got lots of Intel and Samsung drives at work, 0 failed.
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    Sloe Deth, Californicatia
    Posts : 3,908
    Windows 8 Pro with Media Center/Windows 7


    I've been considering switching over to all SSD drives, cos I have lost too many important files over the years. If I had good drives, I would not have to worry much about losing data - I keep at least 3 backups of files and programs
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    Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada
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    Windows 10 Education 64 Bit


    @XweAponX If you have deep pockets go for it. The price has come down but its still more expensive to buy an SSD over a spinner. Especially large capacity drives. I went all SSD in my laptop but it only has two drives, a 128 gig and a 256 gig. Still it cost me about 400 bucks to go that route.
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    The easiest way to do it is to have an USB (preferably USB3) docking station and plug the drives in it as needed, that way they could be stored safely when not in use, not clutter pc with them and be available in a minute or two. There are some with ports for both 3.5" and 2.5" drives
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