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Should I consider RAID 1 ? Need opinions.

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Built a new rig and my HDDs are getting old so I bought a WD Red 3TB on a 1/customer great deal. I'm considering RAID 1 to get some degree of backup for my mp3 collection (<1TB). Currently getting by with two 5 year old 1TB HDDs (Spinpoint F1, SATA 2), one for music and other for video, storage and bigger software too big for the SSD. I'd be running onboard RAID on Sabertooth Z77 if I decide to get a 2nd WD Red drive. Some sort of cloud storage/stream for the music would be ideal but I don't know of any services that would host that much for cheap and I need to seed torrents from the collection at the same time. I really need to find a better solution for my music needs but as long as products like Spotify don't have all music available and can guarantee to stay in service forever I need to stick to oldskool local HDD tech. Losing 8k albums to drive failure would really ruin my day.

Does RAID 1 offer the safety I look for and is it worth the double storage price?
Is onboard RAID safe enough?
Can RAID setups be more hassle than benefit?

What's your opinion, should I take the risk and just keep on storing on a single drive or go RAID 1 or do you have a better suggestion?
post #2 of 4
Raid1 is the most expensive option, you'll be better off getting 3 drives of the same model and then do RAID5 which will allow for a single drive failure, you'll end up using parity to rebuild the failed disk when you replace it.

It's more expensive to start but you get more disk space.

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Originally Posted by compuman145 View Post

Raid1 is the most expensive option, you'll be better off getting 3 drives of the same model and then do RAID5 which will allow for a single drive failure, you'll end up using parity to rebuild the failed disk when you replace it.

It's more expensive to start but you get more disk space.

Comps

If I go RAID 5 with 3x3 TB I end up with 6TB space which I can't see myself needing. also I will be running out of SATA 3 ports. I have one for my SSD so there's 3 left and I might want to add another SSD. "the most expensive option", I understand how you view it but If I end up needing a hw controller on top of 3 disks then no, too expensive.

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Intel® Z77 chipset :
2 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), brown
4 x SATA 3Gb/s port(s), black
Support Raid 0, 1, 5, 10
Supports Intel® Smart Response Technology, Intel® Rapid Start Technology, Intel® Smart Connect Technology *4

ASMedia® ASM1061 controller : *5
2 x SATA 6Gb/s port(s), gray
2 x eSATA 6Gb/s port(s), red

*4: Supports on Intel® Core™ processor family with Windows 7 operating systems.
*5: These SATA ports are for data hard drivers only. ATAPI devices are not supported.
post #4 of 4
Nah, if you go with 3x3tb RAID5, you end up with 5587.37mb of usable space.

And whilst you might be right, you'll not use this all up, using your method you're loosing 3tb straight away in a 2 disk array... My way you're looking 3TB still but in a 3 disk array, it's more cost effective. Both will work though.

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