RAID set up SSD


Silly Fool
Jun 20, 2010
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Ok here goes. I am new to RAID, but have been reading up a fare bit abut it and I am seriously thinking of going down this route. At the moment my main rig has 2 x Western Digital 1.5 TB drives in it.
I also have 2 x Excelstar 160 gig drives which came out of an old machine. They are about 2 years old and to be honest were never really used. The machine they cam from was built, but been away at work I very rarely used it. The MoBo on said machine died, hence me having 2 spare drives.
Ok here is my plan. I am not a big gamer. I play a bit of Doom, Quake, C.O.D and GTR Evolution. My main vice if you would like to call it that is music. At a rough guess I would say I have 6o gig of music on my main machine.
Now as the title might show I want to go down the route of RAID and would also like to have a look at using Solid state Drives.

What I would like to do is use 2 of thesedrives set up in RAID as the main drives for the OS ( Windows 7 Ultimate dual Linux Mint)
Then I would like to use the two Western Digital Caviar 1.5TB as the main storage for all my music, videos and when I get into gaming properly as a space for game saves.
Then I would like to use the two Excelstar 160 drives for any programs I have. eg Photo shop, Rapid CSS, Rapid Php and a few other Siemans programs which are work related.
I will be using a LSI LOGIC SER523 6 Port RAID controller card.

Your thoughts and views are more than welcome. What do you think of the SSD's I have chosen ? Yes they are small, but will only be carrying the OS. And then there is what RAID set up do I go for ? 1, 2 , 3, 4, 5, 6 etc.
There is also the posibility in the future 4 more WD Caviar 1.5TB drives might be added. I am working on that deal as we speak. Private sale through a friend. And he be talkng his time deciding what he wants for each drive etc, and that's if he will sell them.

As I said earlier, thoughts, comments and advice setting up RAID and which is the best to use are most welcome. Thank you for taking the time to read this message




Jan 31, 2005
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Is it still the case that TRIM and GC dont work on RAID SSD's? That was what put me off going down the same route.

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