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RAID or keep drives separate?

Hey y'all, 

So upgrading my PC this week, and have ordered 2 2tb HDDs, as I use a lot of storage for gaming, and also photo/video editing. Am I better off RAIDing these drives for faster performance and seeing them as 1 drive in the OS, or leaving them as is?

Haven't ever RAIDed a drive before, so this field is basically completely new to me, so would highly appreciate some feedback.

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27 minutes ago, brad.i.j.m said:

Hey y'all, 

So upgrading my PC this week, and have ordered 2 2tb HDDs, as I use a lot of storage for gaming, and also photo/video editing. Am I better off RAIDing these drives for faster performance and seeing them as 1 drive in the OS, or leaving them as is?

Haven't ever RAIDed a drive before, so this field is basically completely new to me, so would highly appreciate some feedback.

Raid0 makes things faster but more fragile.   The problem is HDDs are pretty slow and even near doubling speed raid0 still leaves them really slow. I think an SSD cache, even a tiny one, would do more good speed wise than a raid.

Life is like a bowl of chocolates: there are all these little crinkly paper cups everywhere.

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33 minutes ago, Bombastinator said:

I think an SSD cache, even a tiny one, would do more good speed wise than a raid.

So would I be better of doing like a 50gb partition from my NVMe or my spare SATA drive to speed it up? And what software would I be best of using? (on a Ryzen 3600 on B550)

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26 minutes ago, brad.i.j.m said:

So would I be better of doing like a 50gb partition from my NVMe or my spare SATA drive to speed it up? And what software would I be best of using? (on a Ryzen 3600 on B550)

The system for ryzen is called storeMI.  It has minimum requirements you seem to meet.  

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