My goals are simple: maximize data retention safety, and maximize read speeds. My first instinct is to do a a three drive software RAID 1. I have only used fakeraid RAID 1 in the past and it was terrible (would have led to data loss actually if it weren't for backups)
Would you say software raid 1 or a cheap actual hardware raid card? OS will be linux.
Could I start with a two drive raid 1 and add a third drive on the fly?
Can I hot swap?
Can I pull one of the drives and throw it into a new machine and be able to read all the data? I do not want a situation where I have a raid card fail and have to try and find the same chipset in order to read my data (which i am assuming can happen)
Please clarify any points on which it sounds like I have no idea what I am talking about, as I am admittedly inexperienced here. (My hardest lesson was fakeraid lol)
Edit: OS will be Windows 7 for one machine, Linux for another. Is three disk hardware RAID 1 possible?