To RAID, or not to RAID? That be the question.

Postby Caladus » Wed Jul 05, 2006 11:01 am

Ok, I already have a WD 120G SATA drive as my "C" drive. Along with 2 WD 120G IDE drives for storage. So the other nite we're in Fry's and this 500G Seagate SATA finds its way to the check out aisle with me. Don't ask me how, it just did. :dunno:

I've never set up a RAID array before but have readup a little online. (dangerous, I know :rolleyes: )
1. - Is it easy enough for a noob like me to set up?

2. - Is it even possible with 2 drives of different size?

3. - Also my 120G drive is SATA-150 me thinks, the new one I know is SATA-300. Does that make a difference?

4. - Anyhoo... I know theres RAID-0 and RAID-1, etc. What are the benefits of each and which would you recommend?

Thanks! B)
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Postby [MXG]Deimos » Wed Jul 05, 2006 12:48 pm

I'm pretty sure the drives need to be the same size in order to raid them.
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Postby Invid » Wed Jul 05, 2006 2:03 pm

All about RAID
<a href='http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Redundant_array_of_independent_disks' target='_blank'>http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Redundant_arr...dependent_disks</a>

You pretty much break down RAID into performance of security.

Mirrored Raid is where each disk are exact replicas of each other so that if 1 fails there is still 1 good one intact that is usable.

Striped Raid is where each hard disk holds half the information. Information is drawn from each hard disk simultaneously (sp) for faster transfer times since each only has to transfer half the info of what is requested.
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Postby jalapeno » Wed Jul 05, 2006 2:12 pm

i thought this was going to be about warcraft
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Postby Caladus » Wed Jul 05, 2006 5:45 pm

Kewl, thanks for the input guys!
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Postby Iceman » Wed Jul 05, 2006 6:45 pm

[MXG]Deimos wrote:I'm pretty sure the drives need to be the same size in order to raid them.




This is true. Needs to be the same size drives.

At a minimum, if you RAID and you are doing it for data protection, then you at least want to go with mirroring.
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Postby KdL » Wed Jul 05, 2006 6:50 pm

jalapeno wrote:i thought this was going to be about warcraft


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Postby Octane » Thu Jul 06, 2006 8:33 pm

Needs to be the same size, model and brandname I believe.. I just played it smart and didn't take a chance. Its really not that difficult.
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Postby Caladus » Fri Jul 07, 2006 3:38 pm

Yeah, from the feedback here and at dacrue that I've been getting. I'm prolly just going to set it up for storage at this time.

Thanks again all! ...even you WoW nerds! :P
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