Big Storage Question .

        This mite seem like  stupid questions , but considering the fact that I am a newbie too the computing feild, and have little know how, I am forced too ask these questions. And I am very satisfied with the results from this website!!!!!.
         1. What is the advantage too having a raid array vs a typical IDE setup.?
         2. I have a ASUS A7N8X Deluxe. What would be the prformance gains (generalizations) if any?
         3. With 2 hard drives @ 80 Gigs ea. What would be the amount of storage lost too this configuration ?
         4. What does a 0\1 stand for in a raid description?
          One reason That I am asking such questions is I had asked the person whom had built my first system and my questions were never awnsered( except when hounded) over a span of several weeks  and the awnser was" I would loose a considerable amount of diskspace, therefore it would not be too my benifit to configure raid." After dealing with such a person I finally decided that with the know how I have,(And help from resources such as this site over the internet ) it would be benificial for me too dump him and build my own. And so far so good, No problems as of yet!!!!!!! . Just questions. Thank for your help in advance!!!!!!!!!.
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LucFEMEA Server EngineerCommented:
Hi bobber129,

All questions can be essentially captured in just one: "What is RAID and what can it do for me?"
Please visit for some general information about the different existing levels or RAID.
You'll notice that your board only supports level 0 and 1 (maybe 0+1 or 10 also, but those are not very interesting for home use normally)
You need to decide what you want, redundancy or speed.
RAID-0 (striping) will give you and awsome performance compared to a single disk (nearly twice as fast) but when one disk is lost, all data will be gone.
RAID-1 will give you almost the same performance as a single disk, but one may fail, and you will still have everything.



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Just some more info to what LucF already gave you:

Raid 0 doesn't amount in lost storage, so you get 160GB as 1 disk. this is often used for video applications where you need a lot of throughput and the filesize is big.

Raid 1, another name for this raid system is "disk-mirroring", that may be easier to understand...

The mainboard itself isn't relevant.
bobber129Author Commented:
Thank you both very much, I have come too understand that this board function is absolutely useless to me, LOL. And thanx for the link it was a great help. I have now come to understand the only value this will have is probably to my sons gaming applications. Thanx again Bobber.
LucFEMEA Server EngineerCommented:
You're very welcome bobber ;)

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