Parts for my new DAW computer are on their way, but I can't decide how to configure my hard drives. What I know is that I will get four 320 GB Samsung SATAII disks and a HighPoint RocketRAID 2310 4-port RAID card. Mirroring for the audio drive (RAID 1, 5, 10 etc) is a must for me. I have had too many crashes in my life...too many IBM drives...
Which configuration is best:
1. Disk 1 for System (non-RAID), and disk 2-4 for audio (RAID 5)
2. Disk 1-4 (RAID 5) for both system and audio (separate partitions)
Or maybe I should go for one big RAID 10-configuration? Or two separate RAID 1 configurations (if supported by the RAID card)?
Thanks for the suggestions. I think I'll go for that.
In fact I already have an available 120 GB Seagate Barracuda 7200.10 PATA disk, and since it will be the only drive on the IDE channel (the DVD is on SATA) I could just as well use it as a system drive.
I've been a bit sceptical about RAID 5 all the time, but since I decided to skip the typical ICH9R controller on the mainboard and get a dedicated controller instead I thought it would be OK. Is RAID 5 really ever a good idea? Disks are cheap today and my common sense tells me that RAID 10 must be considerably faster...