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ASUS P9X79 WS RAID with 3X SAMSUNG 840 PRO SSD's and 2X WD CAVIAR BLACK HDD's. Possible or Dual RAID?

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Greetings All:

Its been a while since I have been here to post, so please bear with me. Since my initial first build, my rig has been running effortlessly to my liking. However, I never set up RAID because I only started with 1 SSD 256 GB and 1 HDD 2TB (Samsung 840 Pro and WD Caviar Black). I have purchased 2 additional SSD (identical to the first) and 1 additional HDD (identical to the first as well). Here is my question: Can I set up all these drives as a RAID 5 or 10? Or do I set up, or can I set up DUAL RAID volumes? One for the SSD's and one for the HDD's? Reason being is because my original SSD is full. By the way, I have also have DUAL 2 TB WD External drives for safe storage. Can anyone advise on this or the best solution based on these parameters? Thank you in advance.
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I wouldn't recommend setting up a raid array spanning all of the solid state and all of the platter hard drives together. That seems counter intuitive to me because you're not only spanning the volume across fast / slow drives, but also spanning the volume across SATA 6Gb/s and SATA 3 Gb/s controllers.

Seems to me like that is a waste of good solid state drives.

If it were me (and assuming that you just have to run RAID);

1. I'd set two of the three Samsung SSDs in a RAID 0 array on the SATA 6Gb/s controller

2. I'd sell the oldest of the remaining Samsung SSDs and buy two more WD Black 2TB drives

3. Take the 4 WD 2TB Black drives and create a RAID 10 volume on the SATA 3Gb/s controller
Edited by wevsspot - 8/19/13 at 11:58am
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The spinners would throttle the SSDs.
   
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I wouldn't recommend setting up a raid array spanning all of the solid state and all of the platter hard drives together. That seems counter intuitive to me because you're not only spanning the volume across fast / slow drives, but also spanning the volume across SATA 6Gb/s and SATA 3 Gb/s controllers.

Seems to me like that is a waste of good solid state drives.

If it were me (and assuming that you just have to run RAID);

1. I'd set two of the three Samsung SSDs in a RAID 0 array on the SATA 6Gb/s controller

2. I'd sell the oldest of the remaining Samsung SSDs and buy two more WD Black 2TB drives

3. Take the 4 Samsung 2TB Black drives and create a RAID 10 volume on the SATA 3Gb/s controller

Why do the drives have to be new?
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Why do the drives have to be new?

Because the chance of failure increase as drives age. Up to you if you want to risk it, of course.
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2. I'd sell the oldest of the remaining Samsung SSDs and buy two more WD Black 2TB drives

3. Take the 4 Samsung 2TB Black drives and create a RAID 10 volume on the SATA 3Gb/s controller

I think you are bit confused with samsung and wd

there isn't any samsung black drives smile.gif
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Fixed my post. Thanks for catching that smile.gif
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