Now I do realize that of course software RAID would be completely unstable, but I don't really keep any important data on my PC, and the few bits of important data are on a few flash drives, so should I lose my data I'd be fine there.
and I do realize that a decent SSD is going to be at minimum twice as fast in raw speed as the RAID 0 array, but am I just crazy for wanting 1TB of overall fast storage vs 240gbs of really fast storage + 1TB of average storage?
- - more of a crazy thought, wondering about others' thoughts. It would be reasonably speedy 1TB's worth of storage at $70 less than the cheapest SSD though right?
I suppose this would have been more relevant years ago when SSDs were still really expensive per GB, though they still kind of are at least compared to hard drives.
I did already order a new WD Black drive after the last one screwed up my PC, must have been one in a million or something that caused the issue, as my current mass storage drive has almost 15k hours on it. Though it's just slow now, it seems to still function fine.
From what I've scrounged around online it still seems that the OCZ nearly doubles what 2 WD Blacks in raid 0 are able to do in R/W performance. Though I wouldn't touch the OCZ with a ten foot poll because its pretty pitiful compared to the rest of the competition.
WD Raid 0
In all honesty I'd save up for a decent SSD doesn't even have to be a 1tb just go for a smaller ssd with a 1-2tb hard drive.
Every RAID Zero I have ever made has failed. Most recently back in December with RAID 0 SSD's. I have tried software raid, Intel raid and PCIe server card raid. Yes, the speed gain is significant. No, I will never ever try it again.
After having RAID SSD and I went back to 2 separate SSD's (setup to be slow and reliable). I thought I would notice a slow down, but a single SATA SSD is plenty fast and (relatively) zillions of times faster than any HDD. It's not the raw speed, it's the response time.
Typically when I have set up a RAID, I had to boot into a special raid BIOS to select which drives are in the raid and what type of raid 0, 1, 5, 10, etc. Then it formats (stripes) all the drives and builds the raid. I may be wrong but I don't think you can assign half the drive partition for raid stripe format and half as normal NTFS. You can partition the finished raid any way you want, but I believe it always grabs the whole drive on initialization. I think it has something to do with the raid is always based on the smallest and slowest drive in the array.