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RAID 4: Independent Data disks with shared Parity disk


Each entire block is written onto a data disk. Parity for same rank blocks is generated on Writes, recorded on the parity disk and checked on Reads.

RAID Level 4 requires a minimum of 3 drives to implement





Characteristics/Advantages

Very high Read data transaction rate

Low ratio of ECC (Parity) disks to data disks means high efficiency

High aggregate Read transfer rate

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Disadvantages

Quite complex controller design

Worst Write transaction rate and Write aggregate transfer rate

Difficult and inefficient data rebuild in the event of disk failure

Block Read transfer rate equal to that of a single disk





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