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Windows RAID (Black $349ea) VS Intel RST (RE $479ea)

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Looking at three or four 4TB drives. Asking about Windows Raid for Black drives or Intel RST RAID with the RE drives.

Three(Intel RST RAID5) 4TB RE's $479ec total of $1437 at 7.4TB usable storage.

Three(Windows Raid) 4TB Black's $349ea total of $1047 at 11.1TB usable storage

Would be foe media/file sharing. Would add this to my upcoming workstation, along side 2 SSD's for the OS.

Whats the pro and cons here, besides cost? ANd would the almost $400(for the RE's) difference be worth it?

KS
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From my experience RE4s (Enterprise) are meant for RAID and continuous operation, while blacks are more for single drive uses. They have similar performance and same warranties.

The biggest difference is the RE4s TLER (time limited error recovery).
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Error_recovery_control
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I personally wouldn't use any onboard raid controller for Raid 5 that is over 6TB or so, and that is a personal preference thing in response to URE encounters during a rebuild, and non-enterprise drives (drives without TLER/CCTL). I also don't care for the blacks because they don't have TLER.

Personally...if you are going for enterprise drives (such as the RE4), I would put them on a real raid controller...but you would need something recent (probably running an LSI SAS 2108 ROC or newer).

I wouldn't really trust Windows Raid either, but that's just me. If you are looking for a storage pooling option on top of windows, and don't want to go hardware...check out FlexRaid or something similar. FWIW, I would rather wait for the 4TB WD Red than use the Blacks in a raid. Better yet, I'd prefer to wait for the Toshiba DT01ACA400 (which could be a while), or try to find some Hitachi Deskstar or Ultrastar 4TB drives (both have CCTL).

Just my two cents.
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Thanks guys! Looks like there's no shortcuts for the real thing.

Im now looking at a separate server/render system from my workstation (and home media/files) and later add the raid card and 4x RE drives, good greif, some some crazy cash when ya add the total, LOL........
Edited by knightsilver - 12/13/12 at 9:02pm
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I would never use onboard raid... Get a controller
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