Raid Configuration Help Required

March 26, 2013 at 19:28:12
Specs: Windows 7, 3gb
ok, so i want faster speeds on my computer when it comes to load times and moving files. so i decided to do a raid configuration. only thing is i read that you should use identical drives when doing raid. all i have is a 298gb drive which is the one windows 7 is on. a 74gb and 111gb drive. both with nothing on them, i was hoping to raid them but i hear that in this case the other hard drives are partitioned or something to match the size of the lowest compacity drive. this isnt doable as i need my 298gb full compacity cause of all the stuff i download, all my games i buy. and other stuff. so can someone please help me on what raid configuration is best or if its doable with different drives with lowering the compacity of my 298gb THANKS

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March 26, 2013 at 21:51:59
The only RAID configurations commonly used with 3 drives are RAID 0 and RAID 5 and they both have the same requirements. That is all drives must have the same capacity. That means using 74 GB on each drive with the remainder outside the array.

RAID works best with identical drives. I doubt that a RAID array with such different drives as yours would provide a noticeable performance benefit (if any at all). I suspect that the 74 GB drive is old and slow. Any RAID array using it would drag down the performance of your existing 298 GB drive.

Also, when a RAID 0 array is created it will contain nothing. There is no way around that.

RAID is not a practical option with your drives.

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March 27, 2013 at 00:30:12
I very much doubt that you would notice any significant speed difference, for general usage, even if RAID were a possibility with your current drives (which it isn't). The best way to obtain a useful increase in performance would be to fit a faster hard drive, preferably an SSD, to host your Windows System directory and program files.

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March 27, 2013 at 06:54:44
I see you only have 3GB RAM, are you running Win7 32-bit? Installing 64-bit & increasing your RAM amount to say, 8GB, would be helpful. And if you're using integrated graphics, installing an actual graphics card would help too. Make sure to manage all your startup apps (MSCONFIG) & perform regular cleanings (CCleaner).

"If you can't play youtube (320p) on newer computers, then you know you got ripped off"

No, it means you don't have your system/software/drivers configured properly.

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