[SOLVED] Question about RAID0-ing existing drives

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Hello, I have 2 NVME m.2 SSDs. One holds the Windows install and one I use for games. Am I able to put the 2 drives in a RAID-0 at this point? My understanding is that the drives will need to be wiped to configure RAID. The 2TB one I use for games I can easily wipe it. But I'd rather not wipe the Windows drive if I can help it, since I'd rather not reinstall bunch of drivers and tools and re-organize start menus and whatnot.

What's the best path forward?

My specs:

ASUS X570 ROG Crosshair Dark Hero
AMD Ryzen 7 5800X
Seagate Firecuda 520 1TB (Windows drive)
Seagate Firecuda 520 2TB (games drive)
Gigabyte RTX 3070 Visions OC


Thanks in advance!
 

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  1. RAID 0 + NVMe is NOT a good idea. Gives no user facing benefit
  2. RAID 0 for the OS drive was never its intention, no matter what drive type
  3. No, you can't just make them a RAID 0. It will require a full format and reinstall.
  4. You can't RAID 0 a 1TB and 2TB. RAID 0 +1TB + 2TB = 2TB RAID 0 array.

"What's the best path forward? "
Leave them as they are.
 

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  1. RAID 0 + NVMe is NOT a good idea. Gives no user facing benefit
  2. RAID 0 for the OS drive was never its intention, no matter what drive type
  3. No, you can't just make them a RAID 0. It will require a full format and reinstall.
  4. You can't RAID 0 a 1TB and 2TB. RAID 0 +1TB + 2TB = 2TB RAID 0 array.

"What's the best path forward? "
Leave them as they are.
 

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Thanks for the recommendation guys, appreciated!

Are there ways to "virtually" combine the two drives as a single volume without RAID? Really just for clealiness reasons more than anything else.
 

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Thanks for the recommendation guys, appreciated!

Are there ways to "virtually" combine the two drives as a single volume without RAID? Really just for clealiness reasons more than anything else.
Combining them is the opposite of "cleanliness".

Currently, you have 2 drive letters.
1 for Windows and applications, 1 for games.

Merging at this point would be a major pain, and to me....far too clunky. You never know what lives on each physical drive.
In case of a needed reinstall or drive replacement, its gets messy very quickly.
 

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Combining them is the opposite of "cleanliness".

Currently, you have 2 drive letters.
1 for Windows and applications, 1 for games.

Merging at this point would be a major pain, and to me....far too clunky. You never know what lives on each physical drive.
In case of a needed reinstall or drive replacement, its gets messy very quickly.
Understood, thanks very much!
 

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