>Gentlemen (and Ladies), lets clarify something here. I might be
>wrong, but the initial portion of this thread was talking about
>a HARDWARE RAID 5 setup, not a Windows NT Software RAID setup.
>I believe we are getting things mixed up here and thats why there
>is so much confusion. Hardware RAID solutions do not have the
>limitations of mirror only and such, since it is completely
>transparent to the operating system.
NT Raid 5 is not limited to mirror only, it is full striping with parity, with
hot fixing (SCSI only). There is some overhead added to the OS but, I doubt
if it's anymore then you would add with the drivers required for the
hardware version (although I've never set up a hardware based Raid, never
needed to). I don't know if NT Raid 5 supports hot swapping though, which
would be nice to have in some cases.
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