RAID-0, RAID-1, RAID-5, RAID-10.
This clever group of hard drive fault tolerance technology can seem positively terrifying.
And, while a RAID array does take some planning and work to set up, it’s really not that scary of a system. And it can do you a world of good!
(I write this article having just returned from helping a client recovery from a single-disk failure in his RAID1 array. Boy, is he ever glad he decided to implement RAID, long ago!).
So, what does RAID stand for?
It must be something daunting and technical, right? …Nope.
Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks.
Well, that’s not scary at all!
So, don’t let fear hold you back. Start learning more about RAID, and what it can do for you and your computer setup.
Here are a few good places to start:
- Giz Explains – http://gizmodo.com/5203952/giz-explains-what-a-raid-hard-drive-array-is-and-why-you-want-one
- Make Use Of – http://www.makeuseof.com/tag/raid-storage-home-pc-technology-explained/
- PCWorld – http://www.pcworld.com/article/194360/raid_made_easy.html
(Yes, you’ll notice that there’s actually more than one proposed meaning for the acronym “RAID”. Some think the “I” stands for “Intelligence”, while others think it’s “Independent”. You’ll just to choose your favourite).