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I?ve got a brand- new Windows 2000 server and a stack of four identical 25-GB IDE hard drives. I?m paranoid about disk crashes, so I want to be sure that I configure them correctly. Should I set up striped volumes? Mirrored volumes? Or choose the RAID-5 option? Should I even be messing with IDE drives?

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by yorkster In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

I'd say away from IDE drives if I was building the system, with IDE drives the only way to get fault tolerence is through software,resource intensive & slow, depending on what your using the box for I would select SCSI with a hardware controller that supports raid 5.
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by garrettm In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

If you have to use the IDE drives, setup duplexing...mirror IDE0 disk0 to IDE1 disk0 and IDE1 disk1 to IDE1 disk1. You will loose more of your availible disk space but performance will be better than any higher level of software raid. Your best be is to drop IDE for SCSI and get a hardware raid SCSI controller

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by joel In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

Get rid of the IDE drives. They have no place in an important server. Sell them, throw them away, use them as paperweights. Doesn't matter, just get rid of them!

If you are paranoid about disk crashes then you definately want to use RAID-5 with your new SCSI drives. If cost is a factor (RAID-5 hardware can be real expensive) then you can get by with disk mirroring.

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by leo.valmores In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

With marginal investment, I would pursue in getting IDE/RAID cards now available and put it in to the new server. (RAID 10, striping+mirror, is likewise supported, and even hot spare drive can even be employed.)

With it, I would configure to support RAID 1 mirroring.

I believed that new generation of IDE's or Enhanced IDEs now can offer better price/performance ratios (for entry-level servers) compared to SCSI-RAID setups.

If the server is for mission-critical applications, then you'vegot to pay a price for reliability by investing on SCSI/RAID controller + SCSI drives


If this server is for

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by msullivan In reply to Ed Bott's Microsoft Chall ...

The answer is, "it depends". What will you be using the server for? I usually start with a mirror set for the system partition. Then create a stripe set with parity using as many disks as I can for important data and critical files. Last but not least, I use any remaining space to create a striped set with no parity or a volume set for temporary files.

For future refrence, try to stay away from IDE drives for servers, and hardware RAID gives performance benefits over software RAID.

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