Hey guys, I have a couple of questions for your tech-savvy minds to mull over, if you're so inclined
I'm looking to format my machine this weekend and get a fresh start. At the moment, I have two 160GB drives in a RAID-0 array, and I'm looking to stop using RAID (as the performance gain is, supposedly, very small on a desktop machine). I'll be installing a new motherboard at the same time. Since my OS is on a seperate 40GB Raptor, is there any way to 1) dissolve the partitioning system that exists on this array and 2) go back to two independant drives, on a different mobo, without losing the data stored there?
My second question involves Windows x64. Basically, is it a worthwhile performance gain on a 64-bit CPU given that 64-bit apps (vanguard) will be coming out? I had planned on not upgrading till Vista, but since it is not due out till December, and thus not stable for a good 16 months at least, I'm really looking at a different 64-bit OS solution. Unfortunatly I don't know anyone who owns the OS, and I'm certainly not going to try using a cracked OS from an unreliable source. This means that the performance gain would have to be fairly significant to merit the $150+ I'd need to spend on the new OS.
I'm appriciative of any help or insight you might have