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Hey All,

I'm trying to find a way to store around 8TB's of video that my non-profit organization has stocked up (alas, it consists of interviews and talks, not pirated dvd's and games).

I've considered getting a cheap Dell server and loading it up with 2 TB drives, but is there a better way? It's mostly used for serving files up on a small network, so the "server" bit wouldn't really come into play.

I'd cobble something together myself, but I don't want the liability in case something fails. Much better to pass that on to the Dell SMB people.

Thanks!
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Hey ya,

Well using a server is a bit overkill. I'd say get RAID card capable of taking around 12 drives and use 2tb raid5 array's and throw it in an i3 system or something. You might need an external disk chassis

You can't make an array bigger than 2tb IIRC. EDIT - it's a partition bigger than 2tb

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http://www.newegg.com/Product/ComboD...t=Combo.618882

there is a start and add in a 2 more internal HDs and some external ones for the whole shebang. If you do redundancy you'd need all 17TB it supports. Like someone else said a raid 5 array in a cheap computer would probably be the best, but to retain cheapness you'd have to be the builder. Or find a cheap local computer builder that's willing to provide warranty service.
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I've had a similiar case at work a few weeks ago, whats your budget? We went with a HP ProLiant as well, because of obvious liability issues if it dies.

The setup was: HP Proliant ML330 G6 with E5504 and 2GB ram. (pretty much the cheapest ML330, it doesnt need performance anyway) Why an ML330? Cause you can get them with the HP P410 controller with 512 cache and battry module for pretty cheap.

The base server comes with 2x 160gb HDDs for system drive. You cant place your system drive on the same logical drive as the huge raid5 array cause it needs to be partitioned differently (MBR partitions cant be bigger then 2tb, for 2tb+ you need a GPT partition)

Anyway, the p410 supports 8 drives (-2 for system raid1 array) leaves you with 6x 2tb in raid5 for a 10tb array.

This particular server is about 850euro without the 2tb drives, pretty decent price for what you get. If you need more space in the future you can buy the HP SAS Expander and you can plug 32 HDD into that, the epander is about 200euro, plugs straight into the p410.
Edited by tomaskir - 3/18/11 at 4:24am
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