RAID is a technology that allows computer users to achieve high levels of storage reliability via the technique of arranging the devices into arrays.
There are various combinations of these approaches giving different levels of protection against data loss, capacity, and speed. RAID 0, RAID 1, and RAID 5 are most commonly used and cover most requirements. And among all the RAID levels, RAID 5 is more preferred by server users.
Advantages of RAID 5
Unlike the now well-established RAID 0 and RAID 1, which offer either faster performance or increased security in the event of hard disk failure, RAID 5 offers both performance and security benefits. RAID 5 needs some powerful logic processing capabilities to control the simultaneous operation of several hard disks and to write data and parity information across all disks in the stripe set. The latter function does not require a particularly complex architecture, but as transfer rates increase, the process of writing parity data on the fly increases CPU overhead accordingly.
As mentioned above, considering both price and reliability, RAID 5 is most commonly used on Windows Server.
How to Partition RAID 5 on Windows Server
I've been looking for the safest solution to partition RAID 5 on my Windows Server 2003 on for quite a long time since unreliable partition software might destroy the valued data on my RAID partition. After comparison, I find EASEUS Partition Master Server Edition which allows me to partition RAID 5 with only several clicks while all the data are completely protected.
Compatible with all types of hardware RAID and Windows Server 2000/2003/ 2008 and desktop 2000/XP/Vista 32 & 64 bit systems, EASEUS Partition Master Server Edition is absolutely easy-to-use which provides both basic and advanced functions, including: Resize and Move partition, Copy partition, Copy Disk, Format partition, Convert partition, Explore partition, etc.
If you need to partition RAID, especially RAID 5 on your server computers, I recommend EASEUS Partition Master Server Edition.