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By Patrick Schmid JUNE 20, 2003 11:02 AM

3. RAID 15 And RAID 1.5 In Detail


First things first: HighPoint does not operate "true" RAID

15. As its name indicates, a

RAID 15 array is made up of several logical drives, each of which is comprised of RAID 1
arrays. This is called a "nested" RAID setup:

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RAID 15 is made up of at least three logical elements


(the minimum requirement for RAID 5) that are in turn
comprised of RAID 1 arrays. RAID 51 is exactly the
opposite: it mirrors two RAID 5 arrays.
It's not difficult to see that combining two RAID modes greatly enhances
data security . With a RAID 15 array, one drive can crash in each RAID 1 block without
bringing the whole system to its knees.
So HighPoint should be aiming for something similar if it wants to hawk its product with
the RAID 15 label. The manual for DFI's LANParty 875 Pro and LANParty KT400A
motherboards contains the following table:

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This makes it abundantly clear that RAID 1.5 offers optimum performance and data
security (oval on the right) - without having anything to do with real RAID 15. So far, so
good. What doesn't quite cut it, though, is the claim that it supports both striping and
mirroring. The answer to this question is simply the dot between the 1 and the 5, as we
are talking about RAID 1.5. Both RAID 1.5 and RAID 15 does nothing else than
combining striping (read access over two drives

simultaneously) and mirroring (data is

written like in RAID 1).


In fact, although the controller does handle physical striping - i.e., data are alternately
written (or read) to one disk and then the other, maximizing the data stream because
both drives are being used - that's still not enough: it would basically be nothing more
than plain old RAID 0. The capacity available with the RAID 1.5 array equals the capacity
of a single hard drive, leaving the other half of the total capacity for parity data."

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