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hey guys so ive been looking around and since my green drives dont play nice with my perc 5i I have been looking into software raid like Flex raid or ZFS I will be running 5 2tb drives along side 2 1tb drives set up in raid 1 for the most important data.

I know alittle about flex raid but nothing really about ZFS and raid Z. Does flex raid actually allow for multiple drive sizes or does it limit you to the smallest drive size like raid 0 does.

if anyone is running these or prefers one over the other please let me know which and why
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current server set up

Biostar 890gx matx
phenom II 945
4gb ddr3
5 WD green 2tb drives
2 WD green 1tb drives
32gb SSD OS drive
Windows Server 2012
 

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I run ZFS with Raid Z on (5x) 2TB drives, the implementation works very well, and i like the idea of being able to increase the storage pool as I go on. I do know though it is fairly resource intensive (with FreeNAS) and is recommended ~ 1GB memory per TB (I currently have 8GB which runs the system quite well, not bottlenecks). I'm not really sure if the requirements would be different for Windows Server 2012.
 

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Originally Posted by appleg33k85 View Post

I run ZFS with Raid Z on (5x) 2TB drives, the implementation works very well, and i like the idea of being able to increase the storage pool as I go on. I do know though it is fairly resource intensive (with FreeNAS) and is recommended ~ 1GB memory per TB (I currently have 8GB which runs the system quite well, not bottlenecks). I'm not really sure if the requirements would be different for Windows Server 2012.
how do you share your files over the network is the pool available as a large drive or is there something special you have to do to share the files
 
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