RAID 0 Partitioning for best Win7 performance

Microsoft Windows 7 professional 64-bit
February 8, 2010 at 19:56:18
Specs: Windows 7 - 64 bit, i7920-2.67GHz-/12GB
I am using a RAID 0 setup with 2 - 1TB hdds. Should I have several volumes (partitions), i.e., one for OS and programs, one for games, one for data, or should it all be on one big volume for best performance?

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February 9, 2010 at 04:14:46
If you decide to use RAID1 then you are only going to have the size of one hard disk to work with, however if you do decide to use it then you will get double the performance (theoretically).

using RAID on your drives also increases security, because if one of the hard disk's fail you still have the other hard disk with all of the information

My personal configuration would be to have the hard disk's seperate and use them for specific tasks, but that is just me. Choose what you feel is nessicary for your computer.

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February 9, 2010 at 07:52:52
For best performance, you'd split the RAID, have the OS and programs on one disk, and have the swap file on the second disk.

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February 9, 2010 at 10:45:25
Saving data on a RAID 0 array is a risky business. RAID 0 is a misnomer because unlike all other versions of RAID there is NO redundancy when using RAID 0. I recommend against using it at all.

As for as partitioning strategies are concerned look at the link below for some ideas.

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February 9, 2010 at 13:14:15
Two words seem to upset people here is raid and partitions.

I use raid 0 all the time but I use backup's and images to protect my work. It is risky to some extent. All hardware fails.

I also don't think there has been any proof of read time and write time access to suggest any partitions can improve speed. A drive boils down to a location. Data tends to be one of two types. One is the data that almost never changes like the OS and program files. The other is data that changes all the time like temp files and page files.

It is really up to you in the end. Set it up a few ways and see how you like it. If you want do some tests to see what is faster. There are plenty of diag suites can could be used.

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Les Paul (1915-2009)

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