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RAID stands for the Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks. The RAID technology is system of the linked hard disks which combine together in order to provide with a huge capacity of the data storage solutions. Redundant Array of Inexpensive Disks offers with an array of advantages over those standard device drivers including performance, redundancy and at greatly reduced costs.

RAID would allow a room for the errors. For instance, if the disk in array happens to fail, data would also be found in remaining disks and would allow a replacement for failed drives without even loss of any data. Moreover, the hot swappable RAID would allow swapping of the disks without a need to power off the system. This system comes in with three primary configurations- RAID 0, RAID 1, and RAID 5. The RAID 0 doesn’t provide with any redundancy. If a disk happens to fail then data would get damaged. Therefore, RAID 1 uses a particular process known as mirroring, which would provide with redundancy. The RAID 5 needs a minimum of three disks also would provide with an increased performance and storage.

In RAID 0, the data is mostly written to the two drives and the process is known as striping. This means that half of data would be written in one drive and the remaining half would be written on another one. Just because data is split up into two halves, there wouldn’t be redundancy. Only advantage of using RAID 0 configuration is that it would offer with an increased storage capacity.

In RAID 1, one drive would act as the main drive and the second one would act as the mirror. When the data is written on the main drive, one copy of the data also would be written on the second drive at the same time. This means even if one drive happens to fail, there would be a back up on the second drive. However, the storage space wouldn’t be increased by any chance.

In RAID 5, the data would be written on multiple drives by using the parity blocks. This would offer with redundancy so also there would be an increase in the performance level. The RAID 5 configuration drive is mostly managed by the controllers. If the disk happens to fail then the data from other remaining disks would be pieced back all together.

Many variations of the RAID are found and blending various features of the RAID 0, RAID 1 and RAID 5.  For instance, RAID 1 and RAID 0 would blend the striping with the mirroring for it to overcome shortfalls of the RAID 0 also for providing redundancy. First patent for the disk array the subsystems would go to the IBM back in the 1978 but wasn’t before 1990s that the usage of RAID became all widespread. Now, IBM is one of the leading manufacturers of the RAID. Promise Technology is the creator of the ATA RAID and is the leader in the industry. It has found a niche. EMC is also a leader when it comes to the RAID devices. It provides with a large variety of the information infrastructure technology also the solutions that include RAID devices.

One needs to use the right RAID driver for various types of devices. Make sure that the drivers are updated regularly for smooth working of the devices.

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