Understanding Raid configurations.

April 22, 2011 at 11:06:06
Specs: Windows XT, 4 Gig
I noticed that Darkfriend had stated that you can mirror with two drives, but striping requires 3. Within my own experience of building a system with a striped raid using two disks was troublesome, particularly when booting, but it could be done. Booting was a lengthy process and you must avoid the temptation to abort the boot process and start again.

My documentation did not spell out any other requirements for a third disk. However, having done this, my own theory is that if I had a standard boot C: drive along with a pair striped raid drive, it would have run much smoother and it would have eliminated any boot problems.

I'm still trying to come to terms on raid, so any feedback on this would be appreciated.

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April 22, 2011 at 11:10:56
In case it wasn't clear, the system I built had two drives only and they were a striped array. I intend to try again on a newer system but would like to do something along the line of mirrored and striped, to my best advantage. Any input on this direction would be helpful.

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April 22, 2011 at 13:05:51
Below is a link to a simple explanation of most RAID levels. RAID 0 is not fault tolerant and is not recommended by itself.


Your motherboard manual can tell you what RAID types are natively available on your board

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