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post #11 of 19
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Ahh. Ok. Are those four drives raided?

I'll be putting them in raid 5. I have 2 of them in raid 1 in my desktop at the moment and the other 2 have been sitting on my desk for months. It will be nice to move all of my storage to one place instead of spread out on a couple different ones on two machines.
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I had the same idea and thoughts that you do. But I haven't quite figure out how to fit 4x2TB hard drives in my Silverstone GD05B which is almost if not identical from the inside. I was able to mount 3 by having 2 hugged together, but they I was concerned about heat. Also I have a full 5770 graphics card which gives me less room.
My specs are:
AMD 960T @ 3Ghz unlocked to 6cores
ASUS M5A88-M AM3+ 880G SATA 6Gbps and USB 3.0
Patriot low profile DD3 1600 1.5v
2xHitachi Desktars 7200rpm (Figuring how to mount/fit 2 more)
Asus 5770 (might replace for a 560 if I can't sell it)
Antec Neo Eco 620w
Samsung 12x Blu-Ray Rom
It works great for Blu-ray playback and Mid/high Gaming.
Yours will work great for for what you plan to do. I just have extra stuff since I want to have my wife game at some point with me. If you figure out how to mount 4x HDDs let me know how you did it.

The GD06B has room for 4x 3.5" drives and 1x 2.5" drive, should be no problem.
post #12 of 19
If you have 4 drives you should do 10... Can you even raid 5 4drives? I thought it was muiltples of three
post #13 of 19
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If you have 4 drives you should do 10... Can you even raid 5 4drives? I thought it was muiltples of three

3 or more drives and you can do raid 5. Additionally with 4x 1.5TB drives in raid 10 you can store 3TB and raid 5 can store 4.5TB.
post #14 of 19
Ok i see. But unless your using that space right away, raid 10 seems to have better performance and reliability.
post #15 of 19
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Performance and reliability are more or less a wash in this case, raid 5 will have slightly slower write speed but I'm not concerned or I would have used faster hard drives to begin with. Raid 5 will be able to store 50% more data and they can both sustain 1 drive failure without losing my data. Not to mention if I put it in raid 10 and fill it up I'll need to find somewhere to store 3TB of data to convert it to raid 5.
post #16 of 19
Remember RAID 5 rebuild times are pretty poor on ICH10R, Marvell and most other built in MB controllers after a failed drive. As long as you can live with that RAID 5 will be the better option for a media pc where storage space is normally pretty key!
     
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post #17 of 19
Hadnt thought of where to offload 3tb of stuff if you were changing the raid. Raid 5 does look good. I dought rebuild times are that much of an issue as if one does fail youll just be thanking yourself you pit them in raid
post #18 of 19
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??? Hes not taking about the e-350, hes taking about the a6, witch is more then enough for netflix

I didn't say he was talking about the Zacate/E-350, I was merely saying the knock on using it for HTPC is Silverlight support for Netflix. Depending on what your doing Zacate is enough, A6 is more than enough.

Which is what I said.

At the end of the day I chose A6-3500 for my HTPC rebuild. I already have WHS 2011 on a Dell GX-280 and 4TB of space. I stream ***** all the time over 802.11n too.
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post #19 of 19
Have you looked into Flex-RAID? There many people running Flex-RAID and WHS 2011.

Here's a step by step build of a MythTV Front End and Ubuntu Server Back End in one box - http://www.havetheknowhow.com/default.htm
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