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I recently went through setting up a new home server (back in December-January) and settled on Server 2012 and Storage Spaces instead of a hardware RAID controller. With Storage Spaces, you can carve up your storage into separate storage pools with varying degrees of redundancy. For example, in my server, I have 4x 2TB WD Reds and I have "some" of those disks allocated as thinly provisioned striped space for unimportant things like backups of other home machines, and "some" of the space allocated as 4-way mirrored space for critical but small files like my personal certificates, financial data, QuickBooks backups, etc. I also have some "parity" space set up, which roughly equates to RAID 5 level protection, for my DVD/Blu-Ray rips that I'd be upset if they were lost, but is not critical to tie up mirrored space for them. The entire Server 2012 system is backed up to an external NAS weekly.

The RocketRAID you listed is pretty slow for RAID 5/50. I wouldn't rely on this for a high performance application. It's one step above software RAID as far as I'm concerned. If you're looking for a good performance solution, check out the LSI 9266-8i with a battery backed cache option.

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I recently went through setting up a new home server (back in December-January) and settled on Server 2012 and Storage Spaces instead of a hardware RAID controller. With Storage Spaces, you can carve up your storage into separate storage pools with varying degrees of redundancy. For example, in my server, I have 4x 2TB WD Reds and I have "some" of those disks allocated as thinly provisioned striped space for unimportant things like backups of other home machines, and "some" of the space allocated as 4-way mirrored space for critical but small files like my personal certificates, financial data, QuickBooks backups, etc. I also have some "parity" space set up, which roughly equates to RAID 5 level protection, for my DVD/Blu-Ray rips that I'd be upset if they were lost, but is not critical to tie up mirrored space for them. The entire Server 2012 system is backed up to an external NAS weekly.

The RocketRAID you listed is pretty slow for RAID 5/50. I wouldn't rely on this for a high performance application. It's one step above software RAID as far as I'm concerned. If you're looking for a good performance solution, check out the LSI 9266-8i with a battery backed cache option.

Greg

I'm curious, if one of your drives dies... aren't you screwed?

That RAID card has nice stats but WAY over the budget. I'm looking to spend a few hundred on it. (>$300)
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thats the same wd se as i suggested lol
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Whoops tongue.gif

Ok so I think I'm set on a HDD. No one replied to my RAID card thread frown.gif....


thoughts?
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I'm curious, if one of your drives dies... aren't you screwed?

That RAID card has nice stats but WAY over the budget. I'm looking to spend a few hundred on it. (>$300)

That's why we have something called "backups". LOL.

If you lose a drive, the Mirrored Spaces, and Parity Spaces will remain online and 100% functional. Any Striped Spaces will go offline. The key difference between Storage Spaces and traditional RAID is that with most hardware RAID controllers, your RAID configuration will use the entire disk and with Storage Spaces, you can allocate portions of a drive to different sets. Some RAID controllers do permit splitting physical drives into logical volumes, then layering RAID on the logical volume, e.g. HP SMART Array Controllers, but some don't, like LSI.

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This is not a discussion about what RAID is and what a backup is... Clearly I know what they are. I'm just trying to keep to a certain budget.
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In case anyone stumbles upon this thread...

I got 5x WD SE 3TB Drives. I'll buy 5 more in a few weeks.
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