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On Tuesday 09 May 2006 15:15, Peter Humphrey wrote:
> Very useful - thanks. Looks like I'll have to try harder with sw raid,
> as I don't think it's worth spending £300 to make the disks go faster,
> and this box has only 32-bit PCI slots so I can't fit a modern card
> (unless you know different).
I also have got a box running plain in-kernel software raid level 1 (with
2x80GB EIDE disks), and I'm very happy with it also. I manage it with
mdadm, and, after the initial setup and the mandatory tests (simulated
failure, etc.) it runs very smoothly and you can really forget about it.
Just follow the directions in the software-raid howto. If you want to
have your / on a software raid, things are a little more complex (but
not too much).
If you have many more reads than writes on your raid array, eg in a web
server, software raid (expecially level 1 and 5) usually performs very
well, since partial reads are performed in parallel (if you set up
IIRC you have only two disks, so raid 1 or 0 are your only choices (be
sure to backup regularly if you use plain raid 0 since it has no
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