Originally posted by Apokalipse
whatever you do, always use a hardware controlled RAID. then, they're going to be pretty reliable.
software is much more volatile, so software RAID's will be less reliable.
Meh, guess I'll argue that. If you use a hardware RAID, you can only use the hardware to rebuild the RAID in case of a drive failure. If your RAID controller dies, you might end up tossing the drives thinking you lost your data, whereas with software RAIDS you just plug the drives into another computer, and (well I do anyway) boot up Knoppix and test it.
With my RAID 5 at work, I can just take the drives and stick them in any computer, boot up Knoppix and rebuilt it.
I've never had a problem with software RAIDs. In fact, the software RAID at work out performs the Dell next door.
Gotta love Linux.