I plan on setting up a RAID5 array running on a windows server 2008 R2 box. It is for my home network so i will not be backing up data (i am aware of the risks...). Since i will be depending on RAID5 i have a few questions.
1)Can software raid 5 be transferred between machines? If this PC or motherboard dies i want to be able to move the array to the replacement PC without having to rebuild it or lose the data.
2)What if i format the PC, will the array still be accessible when i reinstall the OS?
3)Is hardware raid a better idea for this situation? I am nervous the raid card will fail and i will not be able to get anything else to recognize the raid array.
Thanks for any help. Basically i am just looking for a raid5 solution that will not require me to rebuild the array in case hardware failure occurs, or to lose any data. Thanks!