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Question Would a RAID-0 SSD array significantly increase loading speed of an older laptop?

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I'm currently using an older ASUS G75VW laptop with an 860 Evo SSD drive and have noticed that certain programs like Photoshop, Premiere Elements and larger games take quite a while to load (8-15 seconds). I already own a second identical 860 Evo SSD and was wondering if I would see any notable speed increase from installing the 2nd drive and running in RAID-0.

Also, if it does make things faster, would I be able to back up the partition onto a single backup HDD in case one hard drive fails and have it be recognized by Windows as a single partition?

Thanks for your time!
 

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I'm currently using an older ASUS G75VW laptop with an 860 Evo SSD drive and have noticed that certain programs like Photoshop, Premiere Elements and larger games take quite a while to load (8-15 seconds). I already own a second identical 860 Evo SSD and was wondering if I would see any notable speed increase from installing the 2nd drive and running in RAID-0.

Also, if it does make things faster, would I be able to back up the partition onto a single backup HDD in case one hard drive fails and have it be recognized by Windows as a single partition?

Thanks for your time!
SSD RAID 0 is essentially useless for other than benchmarks. No real world benefit and the increased risk of data loss. I advise against it.

If you have a second SSD, use at least a part of it for an Adobe scratch disk, which will vastly improve program performance.
 

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I'm currently using an older ASUS G75VW laptop with an 860 Evo SSD drive and have noticed that certain programs like Photoshop, Premiere Elements and larger games take quite a while to load (8-15 seconds). I already own a second identical 860 Evo SSD and was wondering if I would see any notable speed increase from installing the 2nd drive and running in RAID-0.

Also, if it does make things faster, would I be able to back up the partition onto a single backup HDD in case one hard drive fails and have it be recognized by Windows as a single partition?

Thanks for your time!
You actually mean decrease, not increase.
But no. SSD + RAID 0 is NOT the magical speed benefit we all would like it to be.
https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ssd-raid-benchmark,3485.html

What are the rest of the specs of this system?
 

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SSD RAID 0 is essentially useless for other than benchmarks. No real world benefit and the increased risk of data loss. I advise against it.

If you have a second SSD, use at least a part of it for an Adobe scratch disk, which will vastly improve program performance.
Thanks for the info! I think I'll avoid trying the RAID-0. I haven't heard of an Adobe scratch disk, I'll have to look into it as I'm planning lots of Adobe work in the future with Premiere and Photoshop.
 

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You actually mean decrease, not increase.
But no. SSD + RAID 0 is NOT the magical speed benefit we all would like it to be.
https://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/ssd-raid-benchmark,3485.html

What are the rest of the specs of this system?
Thanks for the advice, that benchmark article really makes the case against the RAID-0! I think I'll avoid trying it. Since you asked, the computer has an i7-3610qm, GTX 660m, 16gb of 1600mhz RAM and the 512gb SSD with a 1tb data HDD in the second bay.
 

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I use Adobe Lightroom daily.
Settings in Preferences:


Photoshop and Premier has similar.
Is your K: drive a separate SSD than your boot drive? It seems that I have my scratch disk settings now to save in the "project file" folder and the media cache in the Appdata/Roaming Adobe folder.
 

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Thanks for the info! I think I'll avoid trying the RAID-0. I haven't heard of an Adobe scratch disk, I'll have to look into it as I'm planning lots of Adobe work in the future with Premiere and Photoshop.
HERE is a lot of detail on Adobe Photoshop scratch disks. They also have details for Premiere. Bottom line use the fastest separate disk from the OS disk that you can. I usually use old SSDs that are still in good working order but on my last build I added an extra smaller NVMe drive.
 

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HERE is a lot of detail on Adobe Photoshop scratch disks. They also have details for Premiere. Bottom line use the fastest separate disk from the OS disk that you can. I usually use old SSDs that are still in good working order but on my last build I added an extra smaller NVMe drive.
Thanks for the link! I recently found out I can replace my barely-used optical drive on the laptop with a third SATA drive so I'll look into getting a cheap small SSD for the scratch disk.
 

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