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Windows on non raid 0 HDD, and applications on Raid 0 storage still benefit?

Hey,

I'm curious to see if there's a benefit to having my windows on a single SSD, while having applications on a raid 0 or 5 SSD combo. I want windows to be a on a non raid platform because I don't want to increase failure rate for actually running my computer, and in case the raid 0 fails I can at least still use my computer to reconfigure everything around.

Seeing as programs get loaded into RAM, and also cache on hard drive would I still see a performance boost even with windows running off a single ssd?

For example, Autocad loading or games loading?

Thank you in advance
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  1. Don't run SSDs in RAID. Nobody recommends that and for good reason. While you do get increased sequential throuput, you also add latency. And it's not sequential throuput that determines a good computing experience but random access speed. To simplify, you will see no benefit from raidong SSDs in autocad or games loading.
  2. Best answer
    RAID 0 + SSD. Read this all the way through:
    http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ssd-raid-benchmark,3485.html

    tl-dr: Don't bother.
  3. Ok then I'll just make them spanned. I thought maybe it would help maybe even in games like open World games where the HDD load matters:) I wish i could choose both your answers but I'm going to go with USAFRet because of source.
  4. L1qu1d said:
    Ok then I'll just make them spanned. I thought maybe it would help maybe even in games like open World games where the HDD load matters:) I wish i could choose both your answers but I'm going to go with USAFRet because of source.


    I wouldn't even bother with 'spanned'.
    Just individual drives.

    I have 4 SSD's in my main PC. No spanning involved. Just individual drive letters.
  5. USAFRet said:
    L1qu1d said:
    Ok then I'll just make them spanned. I thought maybe it would help maybe even in games like open World games where the HDD load matters:) I wish i could choose both your answers but I'm going to go with USAFRet because of source.


    I wouldn't even bother with 'spanned'.
    Just individual drives.

    I have 4 SSD's in my main PC. No spanning involved. Just individual drive letters.



    I chose to span them just so I have all files, documents and running projects on one hdd partition because I don't want to manage project pathways especially when working on a big project (Unreal 4 engine project for example), I'll be backing them up to cloud anyway.
  6. SSD for O/S and apps + Raid-10 HDD's for storage.
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