Originally Posted by ilovepcgaming
Live life on the edge, beyond belief and beyond control. Your data can't live forever anyway.
I don't think I've ever heard data insecurity hailed in this way. I'd probably just throw the drive in or jbod since there's no performance advantage; it's in my server (sig).
Originally Posted by tompsonn
In my time of using RAID 5, I've never had two drives fail. Doesn't mean it doesn't happen (have heard stories where a second drive fails during a rebuild), but the chances of it happening are low and the probability of two drives failing at the same time given enough time, versus a single drive failing given enough time is significantly low.
WD Blacks are great drives, but if you are considering RAID you might like to consider Hitachi Ultrastar or WD Red drives. Not that it matters so much as WD is manufacturing Hitachi's drives now, however WD Red drives are built for NAS storage and RAID (much like WD RE drives, just with a lesser price tag).
You might also consider unRAID or simply buying two large drives and using RAID 1.
Thanks, I haven't seen unRAID before. The only problems are 1) that I like OSX because it has AFP sharing with very easy setup, and 2) I'm running some filesharing/streaming applications that I'm not sure would work on it. Other than that it sounds awesome. I might want to look into virtualizing it or something, it looks really good.
And yes, I have heard the good news about WD Red drives
I'd probably get 4 2TB or even 3TB drives and hook them up to my sil3124 card. But I've heard horror stories about how slow and problem-prone RAID5 is, as well. I'm not sure that RAIDZ is any better, either. I should really see whether the 3124 is a real "hardware RAID" card...
EDIT: looks like it's just a SATAII controller, which is about what you'd expect for $40 Edited by jamdox - 5/8/13 at 2:47am