Originally Posted by The Sandman
When you mentioned the Linux software RAID are you referring to FreeNAS?
I've been researching this as well but haven't decided which path to take yet.
Technically, isn't FreeNAS based on FreeBSD? That's a *nix flavor but not exactly Linux.
As for Linux software RAID, I'm referring to the one built into the kernel. Kinda like how Windows also offers software RAID support.
Mind, for media storage, I generally prefer to use JBOD+parity solutions (e.g. unRAID, FlexRAID, SnapRAID). Saves on heat, power consumption and noise since data is not striped so it doesn't require all drives to be spinning. Another thing, beyond the fault tolerance level, data loss is limited to the drives that have failed unlike striped RAID where you can lose all your data. Since it can be cost prohibitive to do a 1:1 backup of, say, a 20TB server containing Blu-ray rips, JBOD+parity might be a better option. Caveat with this is you don't get the performance benefit of striping. Then again, most modern, single HDD's can easily saturate a gigabit connection, anyhow.Edited by rui-no-onna - 4/27/14 at 7:54am