Install OS on Raid 5 array

June 14, 2009 at 09:42:26
Specs: Windows XP, Intel i7 950
So I'm building a new computer, and it is top of the line. It has an Intel i7 950 processor, motherboard with built in raid controller, radeon 4870 x2 video card, 6 gigs of ram, the whole 9 yards.

I was planning on setting up a raid 5 array and installing the OS on it (I plan on triple booting with 32 bit XP, 64 bit vista, and ubuntu).

Am I going to encounter significant performance hits because I am installing the OSs on the Raid 5 array? Will it just be small? Anyone with experience dealing with this? I'm looking for some insight.


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June 14, 2009 at 14:19:53
I prefer hardware arrays in almost all uses.

My opinion is that the hard drive is the slowest part of the system. Normally raid arrays offer some level of drive accessl improvement. As to how much is depending on your system and use.

Why would you think a raid 5 is slower? It is faster in all ways that I know of.

"Best Practices", Event viewer, host file, perfmon, antivirus, anti-spyware, Live CD's, backups, are in my top 10

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