Studying Simple Pooled Storage and Striped Sets

An introduction to storage

Logical				       Physical

500GB - Boot drive (C://) <== 500GB SSD A

1TB - Movies and TV Shows drive (D://) <== 1TB HHD A
Logical				       Physical

500GB - Boot drive (C://) <== 500GB SSD A

1TB - Movies and TV Shows drive (D://) <== 500GB HHD B + 500GB HHD C

What are striped sets?

Why you shouldn’t do this

So what is this post actually about?

The Methodology

On to the testing!

Individual Drives

Synthetic Benchmark: Higher is better.

Drive Pairs

Synthetic Benchmark: Higher is better.
Real Life Benchmark: Lower is better.

Getting wild with Pooled Storage

Drive Pairs with SSD

Synthetic Benchmark: Higher is better.
Real Life Benchmark: Lower is better.

Other Pooled Arrangements

Synthetic Benchmark: Higher is better.
Real Life Benchmark: Lower is better.

Conclusions

Are they actually faster than a normal disk configuration?

Which one should you choose?

Wrapping up with a few notes

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