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    Why RAID5?

    I know disks are cheap, but level 5 requires at least 3 disks for every logical drive. Do you have a lot of concurrent read/only users? I cannot think of any reason to run RAID5 at home? I run RAID1 everywhere because its cheaper to buy 2 disks than to loose data, which the mirroring of level 1 provides. I have had disks die on me and I would swap in one of the spares and it will sort it self out over the next few hours, unattended...

    I run a consulting business, so my home office machines need to be highly reliable.


    Quote Originally Posted by Enforcer
    I have all my MP3's stored on my server at home, which is set up with a RAID 5, any that go onto the carPC are just copies, so if the HD crashes I haven't lost anything.


    NB I have a Ghost image of the system partition on that server as well, and on the backup partition on the drive in the CarPC.
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    With RAID 5 though you actually get more capacity in the OS. I use a small standalone RAID 5 box at work with 6 14GB HDDs in it. With it running at RAID 5 Windows sees it as one drive at ~67GB. If I just did RAID 0 or 1 (using just 2 drives) Windows would only see one drive at 14GB. The only drawbacks I see with RAID 5 are cost, and if in the invent 2 drives failed you're could be screwed.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dodgetimes2
    The only drawbacks I see with RAID 5 are cost, and if in the invent 2 drives failed you're could be screwed.
    with raid 0 or 1 if 2 drives failed, you are definitely screwed

    Quote Originally Posted by mobileh1
    Really? Wait until it happens until you realize how much time you spent tinkering with XP and getting all the apps installed and putting the right skin files on and getting the external apps just right and the audio settings.... etc etc
    there are actually two images of the system partition. 1. is just a base XP install with all the service packs, patches, and antivirus installed. 2. has all the apps, skins and preferred settings.

    Quote Originally Posted by mobileh1
    Why RAID5?

    I know disks are cheap, but level 5 requires at least 3 disks for every logical drive. Do you have a lot of concurrent read/only users? I cannot think of any reason to run RAID5 at home? I run RAID1 everywhere because its cheaper to buy 2 disks than to loose data, which the mirroring of level 1 provides. I have had disks die on me and I would swap in one of the spares and it will sort it self out over the next few hours, unattended...

    I run a consulting business, so my home office machines need to be highly reliable.
    see dodgetimes2 's answer.

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