Q: I’ve heard the term RAID thrown around recently. I’ve inquired about what it is, but people usually tell me that it would be of no benefit to me. Could you provide me with a simple explanation?

A: RAID stands for Redundant Array of Inexpensive (or Independent) Disks. It’s basically a method of setting up multiple hard drives as if they were one. This means that the data will be spread among the various drives, and not just placed on one drive. What are the benefits of this method? Well, in a one hard drive setup, if the drive dies, you’ve lost all of your data. With RAID, you have data spanned across all of the other hard drives, which means that things can continue to function under a certain level of efficiency if a drive goes kaput. Along with this benefit, your access times and performance will be increased.

If you’d like to learn more about RAID, make reference to this page. It’s true that RAID is most often seen in a server environment, but this doesn’t prevent you from learning about it. Who knew that something that killed bugs so effectively could also be used with computers?

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