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Windows Server® 2008 Administrator’s Companion by Charlie Russel and Sharon Crawford

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Disk Arrays

The most common hardware malfunction is probably a hard disk failure. Happily, it’s one of the easiest to protect against. Even though hard disks have become more reliable over time, they are still subject to failure, especially during their first month or so of use. They are also vulnerable to both catastrophic and degenerative failures caused by power problems. Disk arrays are the norm for most servers, and Windows Server 2008 includes software redundant array of independent disks (RAID) as well supporting a wide range of RAID-specific hardware. The choice of software or hardware RAID, and the particulars of how you configure your RAID system, can significantly affect the cost of your servers. To make an informed choice for your ...

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