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  1. #11


    Quote Originally Posted by mrsfaith View Post
    Hi Wullail
    I prefer to build a backup pc ONLY for my BACKUPs, I experienced problem using external hdd/usb, it is a matter of luck !.
    I remember years ago there was cross serial port, I do not know if it is available in market and if it support win 8 AND software I need to operate. If this is possible I will be HAPPY & LUCKY.

    AND maybe local network will help.
    please advice.

    Thank a lot.

    Quote Originally Posted by Wullail View Post
    Buy a cheap external USB2/3 drive enclosure (500MB -> 1TB) and backup your drive image there....only plug it in when you want to update your backup , you can even keep the drive elsewhere locked away between backups if you want.
    And I don't like this approach unless the second pc is kept off-site. If you have a fire, or somebody breaks in and steals everything you have lost your data and its backups.

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  2. #12


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    @ jimbo45:
    I'm thinking you are completely missing the point of my RAID0 array? I get 1,2 GB/sec I/O ...windows spanned volume is never gonna get that type of raw performance. Other then that i prefer an Intel hardware RAID over other solutions any day...
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  3. #13


    Quote Originally Posted by NessPJ View Post
    @ jimbo45:
    I'm thinking you are completely missing the point of my RAID0 array? I get 1,2 GB/sec I/O ...windows spanned volume is never gonna get that type of raw performance. Other then that i prefer an Intel hardware RAID over other solutions any day...
    benchmarks always look good, but I question how much actual difference there is with the OS and game load times. The benefit of the SSD is low access times, this doesn't get better with a raid array.
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  4. #14


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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    benchmarks always look good, but I question how much actual difference there is with the OS and game load times. The benefit of the SSD is low access times, this doesn't get better with a raid array.
    Actually what you really want is high random read speeds, but not only on 4K...you want everything from 4 to 256K (and the increase in read speed when raiding SSD's is incredible, benchmarking will show you 4K speeds...but thats only the tip of the iceberg). Yes, the speed increase is noticeable and can shave of many seconds especially from modern day games.

    Anyway all of this was besides the point of this topic. I was just sharing how i maintain my data integrity at all times (whether it is a single disk or raided OS solution doesn't matter). I use RAID1 for some redundancy and external backups on a 'cold-spare' which is only used for syncing data.
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  5. #15


    Quote Originally Posted by NessPJ View Post
    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    benchmarks always look good, but I question how much actual difference there is with the OS and game load times. The benefit of the SSD is low access times, this doesn't get better with a raid array.
    Actually what you really want is high random read speeds, but not only on 4K...you want everything from 4 to 256K (and the increase in read speed when raiding SSD's is incredible, benchmarking will show you 4K speeds...but thats only the tip of the iceberg). Yes, the speed increase is noticeable and can shave of many seconds especially from modern day games.
    In all of my testing, going from HDD to SSD resulted in very noticeable speed improvements. The difference between an SSD and a RAID0 SSD was far more noticeable on paper and in theory than real world. My OS load times went from 15 seconds to about 14.5. I saw no tangible gains from loads of Battlefield3 and Diablo3 with a stopwatch. As a scratch drive for video editing, I saw a noticeable difference, but that was in handling very large files.

    A true enthusiast will want any performance gain they can get, so I understand your configuration. But I think people imagine these gains, but have trouble quantifying them with a stopwatch. In theory, the difference would be massive, but in real world use, we aren't pushing the I/o enough to benefit.

    Like anything this is simply me opinion based on my experiences...your mileage may vary.
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  6. #16


    Please mind my intrusion and the possible ignorance aswell.If OP wants to make sure of his OS ,he mentioned Windows and not data,why not create an equal partition on a second drive,i believe we all have two or more,clone the operating partition to that second one,set as active and if anything goes THAT wrong,he will be back in a few BIOS keystrokes and clone back to his primary disk.Considering he will clone regurarly,not much,if nothing is lost.Of course keeping Windows backup or Macrium or whichever utility makes him feel "safe".
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