Compaq Smart Array 3200 Controller as a SCSI Controller
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Fri Jul 17 13:58:18 CDT 2020
> On Jul 17, 2020, at 2:54 PM, Grant Taylor via cctalk <cctalk at classiccmp.org> wrote:
>> Interesting. Is there an official RAID level for three drive parity?
> I'm not aware of one. But my ignorance thereof does not preclude it from existing.
What is "three drive parity"? "Parity" is the description of RAID-5, and 3 drive RAID-5 is certainly perfectly standard. RAID-1 is not parity, it's mirroring. Is the question about triple mirroring, i.e., 3 drives all having the same data on them? That's pretty rare though not unheard of, I've never seen a RAID-x designation for that.
For high availability, RAID-6 is much more economical (and at this point the standard choice); triple mirroring is of that class, with the difference that it performs better for random short writes.
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