Compaq Smart Array 3200 Controller as a SCSI Controller

Paul Koning paulkoning at
Fri Jul 17 13:58:18 CDT 2020

> On Jul 17, 2020, at 2:54 PM, Grant Taylor via cctalk <cctalk at> 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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