by Jimmy Greystone - 8/22/11 5:44 PM
In Reply to: RAID by mkaynan1
No. The closest you could come is having a disk image of the array, but if one drive failed, you'd still need to recreate the array before you could restore that disk image. There's no fault tolerance of any kind in RAID 0. One drive craps out, it MUST be replaced and everything reinstalled. Even using a disk image, you would have to recreate the array before laying it down or the results would be unpredictable, but probably unpleasant. You want any kind of fault tolerance, then RAID 1 is the best you can do on a Mini unless you buy some kind of external drive rack.
One other thing that came to mind, is Apple's software RAID controller can be a little buggy at times. One time at work, had a Mac Mini Server in with the 2x500GB drives set up as a 1TB RAID 0 array, and no matter what I did, the stupid thing refused to let me delete the array so I could restore the OS. Ultimately had to rip the thing apart, physically disconnect one of the drives from the MLB, then boot up the installer again so I could access Disk Utility, format the still connected drive, then essentially rinse and repeat with the other drive now that the array had been forcefully broken. It may be a rare occurrence, but it's REALLY annoying when it does happen.
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