Raid Hardware v. Raid Software: Understanding the Pros and Cons


RAID arrays come in two different formats: hardware and software. RAID hardware uses a disc controller that physically connects the hard drives in your RAID array. 

On the other hand, RAID software is simply a set of kernel modules coupled with management utilities; no hardware beyond the hard disk drives in your RAID array is necessary. 

If you are setting up a RAID array for your business or even your home, you might be debating whether you should invest in a RAID controller or simply select a RAID software solution. 

Let’s look at the pros and cons of each. 

RAID software:

– less expensive, since there are no hardware components

– requires more power

– may operate more slowly than a RAID array using hardware

– is more complicated to troubleshoot and fix should something go wrong

RAID hardware:

– is faster

– is typically more expensive

– may offer features to help you optimize the performance of your system

– may be more stable

This doesn’t mean that a RAID controller is always the best choice. Your IT department or technology vendor can advise you of the best option for your business.

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Whether your RAID array uses a RAID controller or runs through RAID software, data recovery is no easy business — and it’s not for amateurs or do-it-yourself computer enthusiasts.

Failed attempts to recover data from a RAID array could result in the permanent loss of data. Our data recovery specialists can recover lost data from your RAID array, replace failed drives, and get your business up and running again more quickly.

When one disk in a RAID drive fails, there’s a good chance the others aren’t far behind. Call 24 Hour Data to recover your RAID array before it’s too late. 

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