Category: RAID 101

RAID Levels Explained

Whether you’re looking to optimize a server’s performance or to defend against total data loss on a NAS box, you need RAID. But which level is right? Here is a guide for storage newbies. If you’ve ever looked into purchasing a NAS device or server, particularly for a small business, you’ve no doubt come across […]

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How to set up clustered Windows servers

Setting up clustering on Windows servers is not as difficult as it’s often made out to be. There are some precise steps to be followed and all becomes clear.   I’ve asked a number of people recently whether they’d installed clustering on Windows servers. Turns out that none of them had – though one had […]

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How to setup the software RAID 1 on Window Server 2008 R2?

Step 1: Open the “Server Manager” -> Storage -> Disk Management Step 2: Select the “System Reserved” volume Step 3: Right click on “System Reserved” volume and select “Add Mirror…” Step 4: Press “Yes” to start the disk conversion and mirroring. After the mirroring of the “System Reserved” volume is complete, you will see the […]

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Step-by-Step Guide to Configure Hardware RAID on DELL servers

Expanding the capacity of a server by adding new disk drives is a typical activity for administrator. In this article, let us review how to add two new disk drives to the DELL server and create RAID 1 using “Dell PowerEdge Expandable RAID Controller – PERC” configuration utility. This tool is also called as “PERC/CERC […]

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RAID Levels and Types

In simple terms, RAID is basically a way of combining a group of hard drives together to form a single “virtual” drive. The main benefit is not only to obtain a bigger combined space but also to have data protection by having redundancy. This redundancy is achieved by duplicating the data in the additional drives, […]

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Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks

A short description of each of the six original RAID architectures. Introducing some of the common terminology associated with RAID and computer storage in general. Introduction In the late 1980s those smart folks at UC Berkley gave the world RAID. Known initially as Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks, corporations soon changed this to Redundant Array […]

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Build Your Skills: Know the differences between RAID levels

Mission-critical information, whether it’s your customer database or your Web server, needs unprecedented levels of reliability. One reliable tool that’s become more affordable in recent years is RAID—redundant array of independent disks. RAID combines several physical hard disks into a unit that the host computer identifies as a single drive. RAID can provide several advantages; […]

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