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New storage setup for first computer

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Posted · Original PosterOP

Hi

I need help with my storage.

I was building my first computer and I picked a 120 GB SSD, and a 1 TB HDD and I have a 1TB External USB Drive for extra stuff, but mainly as a backup for my Mac. I have used most of the space SSD with programs and files and the HDD as a back drive, but mainly for other HDD's I have laying around. I have a few games on a 240 GB 2.5" HDD, but it is on Windows 10 and I have my main computer drive which is on the 120GB SSD is on Windows 7. I am thinking of a few setups that I could do:

1. get a 240-480 GB SSD for my Windows 7 Drive and transfer/reinstall the games to the main drive and keep the 1TB HDD as is.

 

2. get an extra HDD or NAS that is 1-3TB to use exclusively as backup and combine the 120GB SSD and the original 1TB for the Windows 7 computer.

 

3. you suggest whatever you would do.

 

I would like to down the road with the HDD, whether as a backup or secondary stage drive, have a RAID 1 array with a second HDD.

Thanks for any suggestions/help.

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2 minutes ago, Fox-Man20 said:

Hi

I need help with my storage.

I was building my first computer and I picked a 120 GB SSD, and a 1 TB HDD and I have a 1TB External USB Drive for extra stuff, but mainly as a backup for my Mac. I have used most of the space SSD with programs and files and the HDD as a back drive, but mainly for other HDD's I have laying around. I have a few games on a 240 GB 2.5" HDD, but it is on Windows 10 and I have my main computer drive which is on the 120GB SSD is on Windows 7. I am thinking of a few setups that I could do:

1. get a 240-480 GB SSD for my Windows 7 Drive and transfer/reinstall the games to the main drive and keep the 1TB HDD as is.

 

2. get an extra HDD or NAS that is 1-3TB to use exclusively as backup and combine the 120GB SSD and the original 1TB for the Windows 7 computer.

 

3. you suggest whatever you would do.

 

I would like to down the road with the HDD, whether as a backup or secondary stage drive, have a RAID 1 array with a second HDD.

Thanks for any suggestions/help.

I would suggest running windows on just the 120 ssd and a few of your Favorite games and just have the rest on the 1 tb i dont have an ssd and it still runs fairly fast


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I personally prefer at least 240 for my OS, applications, and a couple games that I play a lot (Warframe in my case). Then, I have a 2 TB internal drive for all my mass storage needs. I will add more of I need it, as I don't have NAS capabilities due to my living situation. But, if I could have a NAS, if that HDD started filling up, I'd leave it for only games, and put things like music, movies, etc on a NAS. 


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Posted · Original PosterOP

Thanks for the suggestions. Here is another setup I just thought of:

A 240GB+ SSD for OS, programs, and some games and a 500GB+ HDD for media and other needs. I have a case (Corsair Carbide 200R) with 4 of 2.5" and 3.5" bays each, so I can configure it as I need, while leaving space to have a RAID array. What do you think?

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Hi @Fox-Man20!

 

The last configuration you mentioned would suit best for your needs IMO, but the only change I'd suggest is to get at least a 1TB HDD because 500GB could fil up pretty fast, especially since your mass data will be stored on it as well.

 

Other than that, do you have any specific RAID in mind and for which drives do you want to set it up for - the SSDs or the HDDs? I'm asking because if it's for SSDs I would prefer to set them up as a separate storage locations because unless you need the raw speed for a professional environment (importing/exporting/encoding 40 GB files for instance), then there really isn't a point in setting up a RAID array. For the average user/gamer there is no practical reason to go RAID 0 SSDs. Another important thing to have in mind is also the fact that there is no redundancy of the data stored on it whatsoever, so I would suggest to make regular backups of any important data.

 

Another popular option would be to setup a RAID 1 with the hard disks and this will give you some additional redundancy, but noentheless RAID is not a proper substitute for backup because there are a lot of risks that it can't protect against like:

 

  • If you accidentally delete a file, it will instantly be removed from both mirrored copies.
  • If your disk is corrupted by a software bug or virus, the corruption will be done to both mirrored copies simultaneously.
  • If you're hit by a bad enough power surge, it'll probably fry both disks at the same time, etc.

 

Hope this helps a bit and feel free to ask any questions you may have. :)


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