View Full Version : RAID users, please HELP regarding the block size!!!

03-26-03, 12:50 AM
Hi guys,

I'm planning to use RAID on my system but I have to choose between 2M, 1M, 512k, 256k, 128k, 64k, 32k, 16k. I have done some research on the net about this, and most sites suggest to use 32k or 64k but those sites is testing it with a RAID hardware that can't get higher than 64k, while I can get up to 2M.

What's the size of block size you guys use? anybody care to share their experiences with me?

Any help would be greatly appreciated... thanks!!!

Edit: I'm using Highpoint HPT372 built in EPOX 8K9A2+ btw. With WinXP.

03-26-03, 08:39 AM
Well it depends what you use it for, My Promise Raid-0 setup uses 64k block sizes, i could of used 128k but Promise recommends 128k for more A/V editing and rendering, 64k for everyday use and smaller like 32k or 16k for a file sharing server.

I would think that 128k should be the max for your everyday computer.

03-26-03, 10:22 AM
I use mine in 64K size ... what you have to take into account is what size your data normally is ... if you have a 2k text file, you are wasting a lot of space in that 64K block ... but if you have a few megs worth of stuff it gets split pretty nicely ...

64k is usually the best compromise if you are going to have a lot of varied stuff on your computer.

- mike