> Greetings,
> I need to build a file server for our marketing departments documents
> and images.  I want to use Freebsd.  Since the data is large, and
> backups would be difficult I was wondering if RAID would be a solution.
> I thought that RAID 5 would be the ticket, but after reading up on it,
> maybe not.
> Isn't RAID 5 the one where if a disk fails, you plug a new one it and it
> regenerates the lost data ?
It does that through the use of some checksum data that's spread across
the disks. Reads on raid 5 can be significantly faster than single disk
because data is striped across multiple disks, but writes don't get as
much of a boost because for every write, there are several operations,
including the recalculation of a checksum, and the writing of both the
checksum and data, then a re-reading of them. Writes are usually faster
than single disk writes, but the gain is not nearly as much as with reads.

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