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Ok so i want to build a home media server and i have everything except the Harddrives for the storage..i have a 320GB OS drive already but my question is what drive should i get for the server
i only want to get 2 drives and i want to raid 1 them for redundancy and right now i only need 1TB andi will increase it later...its mainly for a media server. so can i use WD Blue in 1 TB or should i go with WD Red drives in 1TB? or is there anyother 1TB drive that would be good...i want to try and stay at $80.00 or below per drive

this is going to be running a plex media server and possibly a minecraft server
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WD Reds are generally what are used in a server type application, however, if it will save you a few bucks to get the WD Blues, I am sure they will work just fine.
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The Blues will be fine with what you want to do but 1 thing I would recomend is get 3 and use the 3rd one for a removeable back-up... Raid 1 is good for hard drive failure but it dose nothing for system going bad. and may not take drives out but could corrupt them. especially if you are using the raid on the M/B..
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The Blues will be fine with what you want to do but 1 thing I would recomend is get 3 and use the 3rd one for a removeable back-up... Raid 1 is good for hard drive failure but it dose nothing for system going bad. and may not take drives out but could corrupt them. especially if you are using the raid on the M/B..
ok cool...so would the 3rd be part of the raid or just have it as its own volume and have it be backed up to that? also are there anyother 1TB besides Western Digital that would be good for a media server?
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First, what OS? Standard RAID is starting to fall out of favor for better file system implementation of redundancy.
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^^^ This.

Windows 8 and Server 2012, or Linux with ZFS can spread your critical data across multiple physical disks without using actual RAID on whole disks. As an example, in my media server running Server 2012, I use Storage Spaces to store "unimportant" stuff like backups of other computers in the house on striped, non-redundant spaces across multiple drives. For important things like backups of critical files, my QuickBooks data, etc., I use "mirrored" spaces that span the data across all 4 drives. Chance of data loss is virtually zero unless the PC catches on fire and all 4 drives are destroyed. To top it off, the Storage Spaces themselves are backed up to a external HDD array in another part of the house.

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^^^ This.

Windows 8 and Server 2012, or Linux with ZFS can spread your critical data across multiple physical disks without using actual RAID on whole disks. As an example, in my media server running Server 2012, I use Storage Spaces to store "unimportant" stuff like backups of other computers in the house on striped, non-redundant spaces across multiple drives. For important things like backups of critical files, my QuickBooks data, etc., I use "mirrored" spaces that span the data across all 4 drives. Chance of data loss is virtually zero unless the PC catches on fire and all 4 drives are destroyed. To top it off, the Storage Spaces themselves are backed up to a external HDD array in another part of the house.

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Personally, my issue is that I want my backups on a parity space. However, the write performance is stuck at <36MB/s. To boost performance, I have to either turn off checks or use mirrored SSDs for journeling.

Note, Server 2012 R2 will have caching and tiered storage!!!!


Here's a paper proving that RAID for redundency will die: http://www.intel.com/content/dam/www/public/us/en/documents/white-papers/big-data-amplidata-storage-paper.pdf
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well i have two OS that i can use and i want to be able to use plex media server
the two OS i have are win 7 ultimate 64bit
and windows home server 2011
i just didnt know if i could use plex on windows home server 2011 so thats why i installed win 7 first
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ok cool...so would the 3rd be part of the raid or just have it as its own volume and have it be backed up to that? also are there anyother 1TB besides Western Digital that would be good for a media server?

I would have it as its own volume.. also WD Blue is about the best price for a 1TB HD but if you can find one cheaper get it.. I dont think you will see any differance except for your wallet..
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