Question Raid 0 with only one sata cable?

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Hello and thank you for taking the time to read this thread!

I have absolutely no idea how to raid but I have 2 HDD one with 2tb and one with 1tb and I want raid 0 for faster speeds, I know the disavantages of it but still that's what Im going for the reason I only have one sata port available is because my gpu is two big and it takes up a lot of room and just blocks the sata ports, so Is it possible to raid with only one sata cable? I have the other power cable, but I'm guessing I need to buy a special sata cable please tell me what do I need to know.

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have absolutely no idea how to raid but I have 2 HDD one with 2tb and one with 1tb and I want raid 0 for faster speeds,
  1. You really really need to read up on RAID 0.
  2. You can't do a RAID 0 with those drives. Well, you can, but you'll lose 1/2 the space of the larger. 2TB + 1TB + RAID 0 = 2TB RAID array.
  3. Each drive needs its own SATA cable to the motherboard. No "special cable'...just one for each. There is no "splitter".
  4. HDD + RAID 0 is vastly slower than an SSD.
 
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  1. You really really need to read up on RAID 0.
  2. You can't do a RAID 0 with those drives. Well, you can, but you'll lose 1/2 the space of the larger. 2TB + 1TB + RAID 0 = 2TB RAID array.
  3. Each drive needs its own SATA cable to the motherboard. No "special cable'...just one for each. There is no "splitter".
  4. HDD + RAID 0 is vastly slower than an SSD.
So Basically get another sata cable and try to plug it into the motherboard, what raid type would you recommend for storing data and not losing speed?
 
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I usually use it for gaming and working, but mostly gaming,

2 hdd
2 sata cables,
2 power connector cables
 
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RAID makes sense when you have production work or a specialized server that has sequential transfers of large files.

I see absolutely no reason, in the use case you present, to think that there's even the remotest purpose for any kind of RAID here.
So how about I just connect the other hdd to the mobo with no raid and format it for the extra space?
 
You have installed windows on 2TB Seagate Barracuda drive. I wouldn't do that.
Seagate Barracudas are all SMR drives. Really bad for installing windows onto it. Usable basically only for archives, backups, mass storage.

Install windows onto 1TB WD blue instead. Or better get an SSD for your windows, if you can.
 
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You have installed windows on 2TB Seagate Barracuda drive. I wouldn't do that.
Seagate Barracudas are all SMR drives. Really bad for installing windows onto it. Usable basically only for archives, backups, mass storage.

Install windows onto 1TB WD blue instead. Or better get an SSD for your windows, if you can.
I noticed my system was a little bit slower than before! When I finish Watch dogs 2, I will install Windows on the 1TB HDD and leave the 2TB HDD for games and stuff. Also thank you so much everybody for your help

HDD's SETUP

Also, is this how it supposed to look my HDD's supposed to look?
 
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  1. You have the OS (and everything else) on a slow SMR 2TB drive.
  2. That drive is almost full
As I said when I finish Watch Dogs 2 or have time to migrate all my saves I will install the things I use most on the 1TB HDD that has these specs 1TB HDD 7200rpm 64MB and then the other stuff my other least played games I will install on the 2TB HDD that has always been a wee bit slower. Sounds good?
 
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I'd get SSD instead.
I would like to get an SSD but I don't have money for one at the moment :(
I only have these 2 HDD's and yes the speeds can get a bit tedious sometimes comparing to SSD's but it still 3TB (ish) of space and throwing it away would be a shame imo.
 

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I would like to get an SSD but I don't have money for one at the moment :(
I only have these 2 HDD's and yes the speeds can get a bit tedious sometimes comparing to SSD's but it still 3TB (ish) of space and throwing it away would be a shame imo.
No reason to get rid of the HDD's.
A SATA SSD for the OS and applications will do wonders.
 
I only have these 2 HDD's and yes the speeds can get a bit tedious sometimes comparing to SSD's but it still 3TB (ish) of space and throwing it away would be a shame imo.
No need to throw anything away. Use each drive for the purpose, they are designed for.
SSD - for windows.
CMR HDD (WD Blue) - for user data and games.
SMR HDD (Seagate Barracuda) - for backups, archives, video/music libraries.
 
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I would like to get an SSD but I don't have money for one at the moment :(
I only have these 2 HDD's and yes the speeds can get a bit tedious sometimes comparing to SSD's but it still 3TB (ish) of space and throwing it away would be a shame imo.
You would be surprised how affordable an SSD is. You can find a fast 120Gb drive for $30 new easily, and if you don't mind a used drive then as little as $15.

120GB is not very large but if all you place on there is Windows and applications, then that doesn't really matter.
 
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You would be surprised how affordable an SSD is. You can find a fast 120Gb drive for $30 new easily, and if you don't mind a used drive then as little as $15.

120GB is not very large but if all you place on there is Windows and applications, then that doesn't really matter.
You would be surprised how affordable an SSD is. You can find a fast 120Gb drive for $30 new easily, and if you don't mind a used drive then as little as $15.

120GB is not very large but if all you place on there is Windows and applications, then that doesn't really matter.
Still its a longshot I study full time and have no job, but I would want to keep my HDDs also here are the prices in my country

https://prnt.sc/1222xf8
 
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Still its a longshot I study full time and have no job, but I would want to keep my HDDs also here are the prices in my country

https://prnt.sc/1222xf8
Try eBay the prices are much better on used drives. A lot of people sell the smaller drives which have had not too much use because they upgraded to a larger one. As long as you don't buy anything too old it's completely fine, more or less ;)

Of course you can keep your HDDs, just install windows to the new SSD and juggle around your stuff so you can reformat your HDDs one after the other and use them as storage drives.
 
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