On the 3rd disk failure you lose all your data, so you can have 2 disks fail, right?Raid 0+1 - total capacity is cut in half, you need a min of 4 disks can have up to 3 disks fail.
Think of it that RAID 0 (zero) has no Redundancy.I keep mixing the raid 0 and 1 up (which one is the stripe or the mirror)
I recently got reminded so for now i remember.......
Most ASUS boards come with reasonable raid controllers.I may be wrong, but I know that many raid setup are only worth the effort when they are done on a controller that does not rely on native motherboard processing like onboard raid and sata channels do. Some low-end cards only offer controllers and channels, so be sure to consider the external card with decent chipsets like adaptec or lsi.
I had 3 of those in a 5 array, and just switched over to 5, 250G models of the RAID class disks in my main server at home.since it looks like your a new egg kind of guy,
yes Virginia, they cost more. they also have 16M of cache and 1M MTBF. you read that right, 1,000,000 hours, they are near line drives. RAID 0 them and install XPPro x64 in 20 minutes.
Yeah, I wish I had known about them when I setup the files server at home but those Samsung 250's in 5 have got me to respect those drives as well.I had 3 of those in a 5 array, and just switched over to 5, 250G models of the RAID class disks in my main server at home.
This may be a bit of a stretch but has anyone thought of RAID 5EE as a possible solution for this guy? I mean yeah it's a lot more expensive to get a controller for this kind of RAID considering only top-level controllers use it but if he's concerned about data protection and throughput it might not be a bad idea if he can find a refurbished controller that supports RAID 5EE.
Again this might be a stretch and I might just be blowing steam but hey, just thought I'd throw that in for you guys.