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Hey guys, so im currently working on a small home server.

What would be the best raid to use that gives me ~3-4TB of data (using Samsung 2tb F4's) and redundancy? i was thinking raid 5 with 3 HDD but if theres a better options (i can go up to 5 4 HDD i think) i would go with that.

Also what are some good controller cards that i could buy off of newegg, tigerdirect or amazon, I heard dell perc is good but those seem more towards performance (and i dont think i can get them on those sites), which i wouldn't really need, suggestions?

Thanks
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Hey guys, so im currently working on a small home server.

What would be the best raid to use that gives me ~3-4TB of data (using Samsung 2tb F4's) and redundancy? i was thinking raid 5 with 3 HDD but if theres a better options (i can go up to 5 HDD i think) i would go with that.

Also what are some good controller cards that i could buy off of newegg, tigerdirect or amazon, I heard dell perc is good but those seem more towards performance (and i dont think i can get them on those sites), which i wouldn't really need, suggestions?

Thanks
Since raid 5 has parity as well as striping, 3 hdd's would be fairly slow and not enough hdd's to make it worth the redundancy. It's when you have a lot of them that you need to be concerned about failure, I would go with 5 hdds.
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Since raid 5 has parity as well as striping, 3 hdd's would be fairly slow and not enough hdd's to make it worth the redundancy. It's when you have a lot of them that you need to be concerned about failure, I would go with 5 hdds.
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Ah okay, so the more HDD the better. would other raids like raid 10 or 0+1 be better then 5? or about the same?

Hmm.. also would it be better to run it off of the onbord intel ICH (which i just noticed had only 4 SATA ports so max hdd to 4) or would a external control still be better?
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Ah okay, so the more HDD the better. would other raids like raid 10 or 0+1 be better then 5? or about the same?

Hmm.. also would it be better to run it off of the onbord intel ICH (which i just noticed had only 4 SATA ports so max hdd to 4) or would a external control still be better?
Raid 5 > Raid 10/0+1

On raid 5 you can pop drives out and the array will extrapolate and rebuild itself upon re inserting an empty hdd. Of course there is a limit to how many drives you can lose before you lose data.
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