connecting 2 SATA HDD's to an Abit IC7 motherboard, should I use Raid or not ???
Posted on 2004-08-19
P4 2.66GHz (533 FSB)
1GB DDR 400 (4X 256MB)
Ge-Force FX 5900 Ultra (256MB)
SounBlaster Audigy 2
Windows XP SP2
I am currently building a new PC which I mainly use for playing games and can't decide which HDD configuration to go for. The two options I am considering are as follows;
opt 1: connecting 2 drives to SATA1 & SATA2 as IDE Channel 1 master & Slave drives. I am thinking of having an 80GB drive as the master for installing the O/S and programs etc & then having a 200GB as the slave for installing my games and storing all my media etc. That way if I need to reinstall my O/S I can just format the 80GB drive and leave all my media intact on the 200GB drive.
opt 2: connecting 2 identical 200GB drives to SATA3 & SATA4 as raid drives but this is where I get a bit lost as I have never used raid before. which type of raid should I use? will the two drives be seen as one large one? what do I do if I need to reinstall my O/S? what happens if a drive goes down, will I lose all the data on both?
So what should I do folks, connect them both as standard drives or as Raid? which is fastest and by how much? any input would be greatly appreciated !!!
Many thanks in advance...