I just finished reading an article where a guy took a cheap 4 port usb 2 hub and 4 cheap usb 2 flash drives (identical) and created a striped raid array using lvm. He did in fact achieve results 4-6 times faster than with a single drive alone. He got patchy reliability but he seemed to think that was down to poor quality usb drives and did not have the cash to redo the test. To test his theory of poor drives he used a single drive on its own and got alot of errors.\n\nNow I am thinking this is worth exploring for my internal usb mod that I was planning to do. I was going to buy 16gb ocz rally2 which has a 20 mb/s write and a 25 mb/s read. It is around £35 on amazon. Now the same make of drive but 4gb is £9 4x9=£36 so the cost is not much different. Throw in a compact usb2 hub strip all the covers of everything tape it all up. \n\nThen my plan was to tap the hub off the touchpad usb port using a male female home made lead (no soldering required). As for that I just need to find out what those connectors are called. Thinking of it I would need a 5 usb port hub so I could reconnect the touchpad but that's a minor detail.\n\n1) Is there someone out there who has 4 identical good quality usb2 drives who could test their performance and reliability?\n\n2) Does anyone know what the connectors that the touchpad uses are called?\n\n3) Would there be enough space inside the one for a usb hub and 4 usb pen drives (covers removed of course)\n\n4) If one wanted to use the array as a primary drive how would you boot from it?\n\n5) Have I missed anything obvious. I am keen to give this a go maybe with just 2 ocz 8gb drives if 4 is not possible.\n\nedit: there are a few sites about creating usb stik raid arrays but none of them seem to load. Oh and 2gb dual channel usb2 drives are £4.95 on amazon! Freecom 2gb usb2 are £1.95. 2 4 port hubs 8 sticks I know it would never fit in the one but it has great potential in my media centre as the os drive. With that many usb sticks I doubt wear would be an issue.