Which is better RAID 1 or RAID 5 ? Can i have the difference?


Which is better RAID 1 or RAID 5 ? Can i have the difference?


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Which is better RAID 1 or RAID 5 ? What is the difference?


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Re: Which is better RAID 1 or RAID 5 ? Can i have the difference?

The simple answer to which is better is "it depends" ...

RAID 5 is seen by many as the ideal combination of good performance, good fault tolerance and high capacity and storage efficiency. It is best suited for transaction processing and is often used for "general purpose" service, as well as for relational database applications, enterprise resource planning and other business systems.

• RAID-5: includes a rotating parity array. All read and write operations can be overlapped. RAID-5 stores parity information but not redundant data (but parity information can be used to reconstruct data). RAID-5 requires at least three and usually five disks for the array. It's best for multi-user systems in which performance is not critical or which do few write operations.
• RAID-50 (or RAID-5+0): This type consists of a series of RAID-5 groups and striped in RAID-0 fashion to improve RAID-5 performance without reducing data protection.

For write-intensive applications, RAID 1 or RAID 1+0 are probably better choices, as the performance of RAID 5 will begin to substantially decrease in a write-heavy environment.

• RAID-1: also known as disk mirroring and consists of at least two drives that duplicate the storage of data. There is no striping. Read performance is improved since either disk can be read at the same time. Write performance is the same as for single disk storage. RAID-1 provides the best performance and the best fault-tolerance in a multi-user system.
• RAID-10: Combining RAID-0 and RAID-1 is often referred to as RAID-10, which offers higher performance than RAID-1 but at much higher cost. There are two subtypes:
o RAID-0+1, data is organized as stripes across multiple disks, and then the striped disk sets are mirrored.
o RAID-1+0, the data is mirrored and the mirrors are striped.

Re: Which is better RAID 1 or RAID 5 ? Can i have the difference?


You can obtain more detailed information about RAID concept in the following site: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/RAID