RAID Level 0:
RAID level 0 offers no redundancy, and is sometimes
called striping. This RAID level offers a very high level of performance
compared to the other RAID levels. It also offers the lowest cost
per megabyte, as no extra storage is required for fault tolerance.
A minimum of two hard disk drives are required, and you can have
as many drives in the RAID 0 array as are supported by the RAID
RAID Level 1:
RAID 1 is sometimes referred to as mirroring. RAID
1 is almost always implemented with two and only two disk drives
(if four drives were available, RAID 10 would be used). RAID 1
arrays are fault tolerant, since if one drive fails, the other drive
still has the data to keep the system going. It is easy to rebuild
a degraded RAID 1 array, as the data is available on the remaining
RAID Level 5
RAID 5 uses block level striping and distributed
parity. The RAID 5 parity is used for fault tolerance. If one of
the disk drives in the RAID 5 array goes down, data can be recovered
from the remaining drives. In this case, the RAID 5 array is said
to be "degraded". A degraded RAID 5 array is not fault tolerant
until the failed drive is replaced and the RAID 5 array is rebuilt.
RAID Level 10
RAID level 10 is a combination of RAID levels 0
and 1. Drives are striped first (RAID 0), then mirrored (RAID 1).
A RAID level 10 array can sustain multiple drive failures, but
only if the right drives fail.
Performance is very good with RAID 10 arrays, and
redundancy is very high, but it comes at the cost of additional