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post #11 of 18
Don't forget that the older SCSI drives had a relatively low throughput.

Your new 7200 RPM drives nowadays would be significantly faster
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I wouldn't use RAID6 at all mainly because the write speeds are terrible, incidentally RAID-5\6 would hit his performance.

If you really want you could do a RAID10 setup which would give you better redundancy coupled with excellent performance, this is costly however and you will loose 50% of your disk space to the mirror.

How many network cards do you have in that machine, if you have 2 you can get some teaming software (Normally broadcom or intel) and give it a 2GB network link over your current 1GB.

Lastly, how many hard drives do you have and what RAID controller are you using, if you're using the PERC5i card then you should be able to throw in some more disks and expand your array. Remember to take a solid backup before you do any work.

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Thanks for your feedback. The Raid 10 setup sounds like a decent option, get an extra 2 hard drives for it, the server uses sata 7200rpm drives as far as I know-you can slide them in the front. Now we typically use the server to store and retrieve files like photos and spreadsheets with small file sizes, does adding extra drives in a raid 10 configuration slow down this?

Also the server does have 2 built in ethernet ports, so I can increase performance by utilizing both at the same time?

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Hi,

I would also say go for a raid10. But one small thing is that you need a managed switch with support for LACP before that will be possible.

You can get pretty budget freindly switch from Netgear's PROSAFE Series. I got the GS724T-300 myself and love it.

My two cents.
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One thing to remember is a T300 only holds four drives...unless you shoe them into a 5.25 bay and add a controller card with more ports. I typically see them set up for small businesses that use them for file storage with a regular SATA drive (SSD or HDD) as an OS drive and then a RAID 5 of SAS drives for storage. Some times a RAID 0 with back up to external hardware. RAID 10 is hard unless you put the OS on the RAID(which I don't recommend) or have a Raid card so you can hook up more drives.
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post #15 of 18
This is a very small deployment.

Run a 3 disk RAID 5 with newer 7200RPM drives such as the Seagate Constellation CS. Next utilize both 1Gbit NIC's on that box, team them and run them into a switch.

Server then has 2Gbit/s of bandwidth to the network and each client has a 1Gbit pipe.

Like I say, this looks like a small, non demanding deployment so theres no need to go over the top.
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post #16 of 18
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Hi,

I would also say go for a raid10. But one small thing is that you need a managed switch with support for LACP before that will be possible.

You can get pretty budget freindly switch from Netgear's PROSAFE Series. I got the GS724T-300 myself and love it.

My two cents.

You don't need an LACP switch for RAID10.
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You don't need an LACP switch for RAID10.

This makes no sense, at all. LACP has nothing to do with the RAID level you have. LACP is useful when you have multiple connections to a server, and allows for redundancy. RAID 10 gives the best performance with the best redundancy, but at the highest disk cost.
post #18 of 18
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This makes no sense, at all. LACP has nothing to do with the RAID level you have. LACP is useful when you have multiple connections to a server, and allows for redundancy. RAID 10 gives the best performance with the best redundancy, but at the highest disk cost.

Did you actually look at the post I quoted? No? maybe you should in future...
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