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I'm getting ready to build a small server for my business with some left over parts. I will need some sort of redundancy. It will be running Windows Small Business Server 2011 with Quickbooks Server along with a few other programs. I don't need a lot of space - I've used bout 65gb over the course of 7 years on my current server.

These are the parts that I have left over
Samsung 840 Pro 256gb x4 (would like to use these in a RAID - maybe RAID1?)
Samsung 840 Pro 128gb for OS
3ware 9750-4i Raid Card with battery backup
Kingston 16GB ECC DDR3 ram
Intel Xeon 1230-V3
U-NAS case with 280W PSU
AsRock E3C224DI ITX motherboard when it's released

What Raid would you guys recommend? Also, all data will be backed up to a synology DS713+ and then sent to another DS713+ located in my home office.
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RAID1 or RAID5 would do. You don't need any more performance benefits. Just some fault tolerance would do.

RAID 1 SSD is just such a waste though, but necessary I suppose in a server environment.
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RAID1 or RAID5 would do. You don't need any more performance benefits. Just some fault tolerance would do.

RAID 1 SSD is just such a waste though, but necessary I suppose in a server environment.

Thanks for the reply lacrossewacker. So would you just setup 2 Raid 1 arrays or would you do 2 drives in Raid 0 and the other 2 drives in Raid 1. Backing up the data from Raid 0 to the Raid 1.

It's been a long time since I played with raid arrays!
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Thanks for the reply lacrossewacker. So would you just setup 2 Raid 1 arrays or would you do 2 drives in Raid 0 and the other 2 drives in Raid 1. Backing up the data from Raid 0 to the Raid 1.

It's been a long time since I played with raid arrays!

well are you just using SSD's? I personally wouldn't use any RAID0 unless your ABSOLUTELY needed it. SSD's are already fast enough, and it's not worth the added risk in a server environment.

If you go RAID1, for every 1 hard drive you use, you have another hard drive mirroring it. So everything is replicated, meaning if hard drive A fails, everything is still on hard drive B (and can be used to rebuild a new hard drive A mirror)

RAID5 is a little more advanced in that you still have a fault tolerance of 1 failed drive without the need of wasting 50% of your space for a 1:1 mirror.

here's a quick video explaining this....
What will help the most right now is knowing....
  • how much space you'll need in the near future
  • your purpose for such space (media, applications, dev, production?)
  • budget

    RAID1 and RAID5 are the 2 options on the plate (my opinion)

    Do not worry about RAID0 unless it's benefit outweighs its risk
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thanks again for the thorough explanation. I will do a raid 1 configuration.
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