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Old 10-17-2002
Take a look at the Software RAID howto for lots of useful information.

But basically Raid-0 is no better, reliability wise, than a single harddrive. It just provides better performance because it is writing to multiple drives.

Level 1 mirrors between the drives so that when one finally fails the data is still on the other drive(s).

# 9  
Old 10-18-2002
Raid - pick a number

Hi again people,
I certainly appreciate the comments this thread has generated. I understand most of the Raid levels. Initially I was going to go with level 5 as it provides the best security (redundancy factor). But I have to multi-boot for compatability/work reasons and then I got interested in the Penguin (to go beyond the boundaries of Gotham City). So Raid 5 went out with plan A and I scored an 80GB for Linux learning. I only considered Raid 0 as it offeres significantly faster access times, and I had trouble with the card I fitted to control the third drive - I figured my motherboard's Raid capability may as well get used. As Auswipe pointed out, though, if one drive fails (under Raid 0) they all fail. Thus, with multibooting a necessity, the best option for me seems to be to give the Penguin its own drive and get another card (one that works!).

My down load limit is well over so I'm anxiousl;y waiting on the Penguin's CD arrival for blast off. I'm looking to Mandrake as a familiarising distribution and have read a number of Penguin articles to prepare, but can anyone suggest a book/article to help me decide which distribution I should build from kernel up? I'm not interested in an XP look-a-like.

Regards to all
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Old 10-18-2002
Raid instructions

Excellent article! I'll order 'pizza and make my favourite [non] caffeinated beverage' (vodka) and read again. Thank you.

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