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I am looking for a drive(s) for a WHS box.

Affordable but not at the expense of reliability.

I'm lookin at you OCN members for your experiences to help me make a wiser decision.

Should the OS be on its own drive?
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post #2 of 11
You need to be more specific than that. How much space are you looking for? The os should be on its own drive if you are putting in more than two terabytes iirc.

For reliability, I would go with raid 1. With only one drive, you will have no real security.
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post #3 of 11
if going mech pick up 1 or more Samsung Spinpoint F3 1 Tb
can usually be had from Newegg for 55-65 bucks
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post #4 of 11
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Forgive my newbie-ism!!

RAID 1 was the plan. Still need to learn some more about RAID. (I have 2 C300's 64G in RAID 0 in my main box.)
Can I RAID 1 be set up in multiples, ie 1 pair of 2 drives, multiple times?

Was think a small fast drive for OS. (How much is performance an issue in a WHS Box?)

I am thinkin 3T for the 1st set\\pair so I have enough space for my movies, pics n music collections, (What about back-up for that?) and 1T for the other 3 puters in the house for back-up. But am flexible and open to suggestions.
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post #5 of 11
instead of multiple arrays on 1 you could us raid 10 for striping and backing up but you need a minimum of 4 drives going up in increments of 2 if you want more space. so if you want 4t of space left after backups i would get 4 X 2TB drives and use raid 10.

here is a link to some western digital drives. they are $140 with 5 years warranty from manufacture
http://www.canadacomputers.com/produ...item_id=035360
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post #6 of 11
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Should I get a controller card for that or is the MOBO adequate?
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post #7 of 11
for raid 10 mobo is fine if you do a controller card you can do more kinds of raid like 5 or 6. if you go with the card i suggest using raid 5. with raid 5 you loose 1 disk of space since it splits the back across all the disks while also stripping your data. you will need better hard drives that are destined for raid if you are using a card unfortunately. an example of this is western digital re3 or re4 drives because they have a set time to error check which stops them from locking up and being dropped from the raid.
    
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post #8 of 11
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Im trying to contain myself and not get that extreme.!! Not yet.
I would like to build a basic WHS box, at least for starters. How much is performance an issue? Will low end components (drive, cpu, ram or board) become an issue? I would think fast drives bc you're just moving data mostly......
And how much ram is adequate?
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Any thoughts....?
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post #10 of 11
first thing to sort out is 'which version of WHS?'
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