Sep 22, 2010
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What Distinguishes one RAID Level From Another?
The makeup of the different RAID levels is varying combinations of redundancy,spanning, mirroring and striping.
What is Redundancy?
Redundancy is the duplication of data onto more than one physical drive to increasefault tolerance. If one physical drive in a redundant array fails no data is lost and thereis an opportunity to replace the failed device. As long an one drive is functional, data issecure. However, in the case of a failure, the failed device must be replaced and thearray rebuilt onto the new device. In very large data structures this can sometimes takea great deal of time. If there were to be a failure during the process of rebuilding thearray all data would be lost.
What is Spanning?
Spanning is the configuration of two or more physical drives into one ‘logical’ drive.
Thelogical drive is treated exactly the same as a physical drive and will appear as just onedevice. Spanning is used to increase the amount of storage capacity of an array. As anexample: if three 100 gigabyte hard drives are configured as one spanned array, theresult would be one logical drive 300 gigabytes in size.