Linear is not RAID0...not a stripe set. Linear is JBOD. I configured each drive to only have 1 parition each...not extending to any other existing partition and/or drive...so 3 drives and each drive having their own independent partitions. So in case I lose 1 drive, the other 2 drives should not be affected...in theory.
The thing that's bugging me more is, I called support...and it looks like I know more about the product that the support person. At first the guy was insisting that the SS4000-E can only do RAID0 and RAID1...and that it can't be configured as linear ...we were back and forth for a good hour until he admitted that indeed it can do linear. I explained my setup to the guy, and he said he was going to setup his test unit the same...and he never called me back!
I knew this guy was some sort of rookie so I asked whether he can just forward my case to a level 2 tech person...he said they don't have any level 2 techs. Anyone know if this is true?!
You're absolutely correct - the User Guide says "For example, in a linear configuration, when you remove a disk or a disk fails, the data
associated with that disk is no longer available, but the data on all the other disks remains available." (http://www.intel.com/support/motherboards/server/ss4000-e/sb/CS-022215.htm)
Sorry, it was a thought off the top of my head.
Anyone else have an idea?