I’d basically like your input on what I should do with my 4, brand spanking new, SATA (3.0Gb/s) 250 GB Hardrives.
This will be my first RAID setup and I’m a little confused as to what would be the best setup for me. I’ve also heard that it’s not a cakewalk setting up a RAID system to run properly with Windows XP, so any suggesiton on setting it up would be very welcomed!
My original plan so far was:
2 seperate arrays. One type 1 array would use two of the drives to set up a secure place to store my mp3’s and family pictures. Coupled with a DVD backup every 6 months or so I thought this would provide some very decent data security (Array type 1 is data mirroring, right? See why I need help!?).
The second array would utilize my other two drives and it would be setup as a type 0. I’d have my transitional files there (anything I have to edit/modify before sending it to the other, safer array) the OS (windows XP SP2) and my games. This would give me great performance with the caveat that should either hardrive fail I’d loose everything in those disks (am I right?).
Does this sound good to you?Do you have a better suggestion? Also, can two different array types be used at the same time? I’m using the RAID controller of my motherboard fwiw (It’s a new ASUS board - ATI Xpress 3200 Chipset).