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RAID Calculator and RAID design tips

There are lots of RAID calculators out there but some intuitive guidance is important when picking the right RAID mode for yourself. This can also depend on whether you are using hardware RAID or software RAID. 

Our RAID calculator is here: https://www.icc-usa.com/raid-calculator/

There are several modes to consider from the outlet: RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10 (1+0), RAID 50 (5+0) and RAID 60 (RAID 6+0) and they all have pros and cons. The pros and cons can depend on the I/O level you are trying to achieve, the redundancy levels you need and how many disks you’re willing to put inside of your server deployment. We are happy to discuss these with you

Below you can see our guidance for RAID design:

RAID 0:

  • Minimum number of drives required: 2
  • Performance: High
  • Redundancy: Low
  • Efficiency: High

RAID 1: 

  • Minimum number of drives required: 2
  • Performance: Average
  • Redundancy: High
  • Efficiency: Low

RAID 5:

  • Minimum number of drives required: 3
  • Performance: Average
  • Redundancy: High
  • Efficiency: High 

RAID 6:

  • Minimum number of drives required: 4
  • Performance: Average
  • Redundancy: High
  • Efficiency: High

RAID 1+0:

  • Minimum number of drives required: 4
  • Performance: Very High
  • Redundancy: Very High
  • Efficiency: Low

RAID 5+0:

  • Minimum number of drives required: 6
  • Performance: High
  • Redundancy: High
  • Efficiency: Average

RAID 6+0:

  • Minimum number of drives required: 8
  • Performance: High
  • Redundancy: High
  • Efficiency: Average

Enquire today by using the form below, and one of our expert team will be in touch to discuss your RAID requirements.


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RAID Calculator and RAID design tips

There are lots of RAID calculators out there but some intuitive guidance is important when picking the right RAID mode for yourself. This can also depend on whether you are using hardware RAID or software RAID. 

Our RAID calculator is here: https://www.icc-usa.com/raid-calculator/

There are several modes to consider from the outlet: RAID 0, 1, 5, 6, 10 (1+0), RAID 50 (5+0) and RAID 60 (RAID 6+0) and they all have pros and cons. The pros and cons can depend on the I/O level you are trying to achieve, the redundancy levels you need and how many disks you’re willing to put inside of your server deployment. We are happy to discuss these with you

Below you can see our guidance for RAID design:

RAID 0:

  • Minimum number of drives required: 2
  • Performance: High
  • Redundancy: Low
  • Efficiency: High

RAID 1: 

  • Minimum number of drives required: 2
  • Performance: Average
  • Redundancy: High
  • Efficiency: Low

RAID 5:

  • Minimum number of drives required: 3
  • Performance: Average
  • Redundancy: High
  • Efficiency: High 

RAID 6:

  • Minimum number of drives required: 4
  • Performance: Average
  • Redundancy: High
  • Efficiency: High

RAID 1+0:

  • Minimum number of drives required: 4
  • Performance: Very High
  • Redundancy: Very High
  • Efficiency: Low

RAID 5+0:

  • Minimum number of drives required: 6
  • Performance: High
  • Redundancy: High
  • Efficiency: Average

RAID 6+0:

  • Minimum number of drives required: 8
  • Performance: High
  • Redundancy: High
  • Efficiency: Average

Enquire today by using the form below, and one of our expert team will be in touch to discuss your RAID requirements.


General Enquiry