Is it possible to set up RAID 5 under Windows XP pro / Windows XP Mediacentre Edition with external USB2.0 drives?
Since you can enable RAID5 support in Windows XP I was wondering whether it would be possible to create a 4 external USB2 disk RAID 5.
Since every drive should show up as a separate drive letter I would imagine this is possible, however has anyone tried this and does it work?
It would save me buying a new mainboard with a RAID controller and new memory, video card etc.
You'd have to get some sort of software to manage the drives and prevent them from showing up in Windows as separate drives, but rather appear as one drive. Software RAID 5 will take up a lot of CPU time.
600 and under US for a hardware raid controller, a GB ethernet, and the internal connections for 4 (or 5) drives in sata 300, using raid 0, raid 0+1, raid 1, or raid 5, and all enclosed, complete with PSU? Seems reasonable to me....
No, as opposed to "I can carry it to work and back up a Solaris /HPUX/ whatever box..." Or, I can replace my whole system and still have the same raid... Or, I can lose a drive and have weeks to replace it.
You, on the other hand, lose your MB (or in some cases just your bios) and your data's done for. Me, I'll still be using the same enclosure (and maybe the same drives) many years from now, and won't have lost a byte. Penny wise and pound foolish comes to mind...
But then again, maybe you have no data that's really necessary to keep?