I have a file sharing "workstation" (not server) with following config:
4 x 200GB ATA100 HDD (8MB cache)
On broad 4 x USB 2.0 ports
PCI card Promise FastTrak SX4000 (4 channel Ultra ATA adapter)
Which method you will use to form a 2 x 200GB mirror disk?
1. Connect 4 HDDs to the USB 2.0 (install externally), then form a software mirror by using W2K server.
2. Connect 4 HDDs to the RAID controller (install internally), then form a hardware mirror.
My supervisor's concern is the ease of faulty disk replacement. (Hot swap removable rack for RAID controller are too expensive, compare with the price of external USB HDD box).
I'm found there is many description about USB 2.0 & IDE RAID statndard. Any URL contains their comparsion under the same environment? Please advise.