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To raid 5 or not to raid

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What would you do?

Total: 3 votes (2 blank votes)

  • No raid
  • 100 %
  • Raid 0 two of the drives, create 2 partitions, and have the third drive be the third partition
  • 0 %
  • Raid 5, create 3 partitions
  • 0 %
  • None of the above.
  • 0 %
January 26, 2009 11:49:41 AM

I just bought 3 new 1tb hard drives for my new rig. I am waiting on parts so I thought I would see what people think I should do? I am not really storing information that needs to be kept and thought about running vista 64, windows 7 beta 64, and a distro of linux to be determined. So the question comes as to Raid or not to raid? I am not really storing anything if I lost it would be deterimental. This is mostly used for gaming and I do backup important documents, so Raid 1 is not really necessary.

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a b G Storage
January 27, 2009 2:22:44 PM

RAID5 uses a lot of CPU time. If you have a RAID controller, it might be worthwhile. You could transfer your setup to another computer if need be. The controller could handle the extra calculations necessary.
RAID0 is not advisable for home users.
The possibility of failure with RAID is higher than with single drives.


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