SoftRAID: How Are the Modes Different?

Created on: May 1, 2013
Last updated: March 1, 2016

Generally, the different RAID modes available in SoftRAID offer trade-offs between speed and data redundancy. For example RAID 0 trades all data protection features for the maximum possible data rates, while RAID 1 trades all speed gains for a complete set of redundant data. RAID 5 (the default mode on our ThunderBay products) takes a hybrid approach; its parity data scheme provides a means of recovering data from a single failed drive (if two or more drives fail the data can't be recovered), while still providing speed gains compared to RAID 1. 

To learn more about common RAID modes and how they differ, please check out this detailed explanation from SoftRAID.