What do you need to setup a RAID configuration?

By Andrew Young
Oct 18, 2011
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  1. It comes a time when you get bored by the usual computer set up (Primary HDD for OS and Backup HDD for all your media).......

    Currently I have some unused hard drives lying around so I decided to have some fun.......unfortunately, I KNOW NOTHING ABOUT SETTING UP RAID CONFIGURATIONS......so please start from the basics

    1. What hardware do I need?
    2. How do I set it up?
    3. How do I test?
    4. .....Just random but is it worth it? Pros and Cons

    Feel free to recommend hardware, I might do some shopping!
    Thnx in advance.
  2. Tmagic650

    Tmagic650 TS Ambassador Posts: 17,244   +234

    1. You need a motherboard with RAID capability or add-on RAID controller
    2. I suggest you Google for types of RAID Arrays, and Data redundancy
    3. The RAID controller will do this for you. You will have to reload the operating system if you change or add a RAID array drive if you don't use an array with data redundancy.

    I have a stripped RAID array with no data redundancy. This is for maximum data access speed. It is made up of 3 500GB drives, giving me 1.36TB single drive. You think it would be 1.5TB, but because of "overhead" the total usable space is 1.36TB. I have a 4th 500GB drive for back up that's not part of the RAID array

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