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Hey guys, I have filled up my current storage drive, and am looking to upgrade to a RAID solution as I would feel better with some redundancy. I am new to the whole RAID idea, so I just want some clarification from the experts!

I currently have the following drives:

Crucial M4 64GB SSD - OS
Western Digital Caviar Blue 640GB HDD - Storage/Apps
Western Digital Digital Caviar Black 1TB HDD - Games

This is my motherboard: Gigabyte GA-Z68A-D3H-B3

What I would like to do is add a couple HDDs in RAID1 for my storage. I was leaning towards the WD Red drives, as they seem to be designed for NAS/RAID solutions. A pair of them in RAID1 would be my goal. Are there any drawbacks to the various size drives these days? Should I avoid the high capacity 3TB/4TB drives? The WD Blue drives seem to be good choices, but I would prefer more than just 1TB of space. I will mainly be using this to hold movies/music/pictures, and access most of this content via Plex in another another room.

Is there any other more advantageous RAID system to use? Also seeing as I only have 2 SATAIII ports, which the OS and Games drives use, will I be hindered by only having SATAII ports available?

I appreciate any and all help!
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No problem using SATA II ports, an HDD can't flood the bandwidth of SATA II anyway. Highly recommend the WD Reds for RAID array. Just be aware that software RAID arrays have a nasty tendency to fail and rebuilding the array can be problematic, but do-able. Press on with your idea -- good choice.
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No problem using SATA II ports, an HDD can't flood the bandwidth of SATA II anyway. Highly recommend the WD Reds for RAID array. Just be aware that software RAID arrays have a nasty tendency to fail and rebuilding the array can be problematic, but do-able. Press on with your idea -- good choice.

Thanks for the help. Is it worthwhile to invest in an inexpensive RAID controller for peace of mind? I would imagine just about anything is better than software solutions, and I am of the belief it's better to be safe than sorry thumb.gif
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Naw, not worth the bucks -- good hardware RAID cards are expensive. Busting a RAID1 array is no big deal as you've not lost any data. It can just be a PITA sometimes rebuilding the array. Press on ...
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Went and picked up two WD Red 2TB HDDs, just finishing setting them up and am in the process of transferring! Thanks again for the help, hopefully they have a long and healthy life.
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Sounds good -- hope things go smoothly.
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Since I am using software mirroring, if I ever go to upgrade my motherboard, I can remove the mirror and reestablish it later without data loss?
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Given you remain using a MS OS, most likely yes.
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