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Windows 7: Should I Buy A NAS or RAID Hard Drive Enclosure?

21 Nov 2013   #11

Linux CENTOS 7 / various Windows OS'es and servers

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Lady Fitzgerald View Post
Thanks for setting me straight on some details. One, however, still concerns me about using spanned disks: a loss in a volume could cause loss of the entire "Data space". That's the same risk one incurs from Raid 0. True, as you stated just before that, a solid backup scheme will enable one to recover from such an event but I prefer to avoid the event in the first place.

Libraries also aren't supported any more in Windows 8 / 8.1 is just another reason in the large number of reasons I will keep using Win 7 to its last dying gasp in early 2020. I only can hope and pray M$ will come to its senses now that Ballsmore (sic) is finally gone (and they don't replace him with a heartless moron like Melissa Mayer).
Hi there.

It's rumoured that Libraries are being brought back in the next update - possibly around Mar 2014 (windows 8.2 or whatever they will call it). However there is a lot wrong with the Ms implementation of Libraries which DOES require you to keep track of where stuff physically resides -- in spanned volumes you don't have to bother with that -- also just back up your data by FOLDER - you don't need to regularly dump the entire say 5TB space. Things like Music folders don't change very often either which is why professional backup solutions work well as you can take INCREMENTAL backups.

RAID 0 is totally redundant for home PC's and a waste of money - windows handles this functionality as shown in the posts without needing any special controllers or MOBO support.

RAID 1 is a different issue but even here I doubt whether it's worth sacrificing 50% of the volume space just to get a small improvement in data access speed and greater reliability - only if you are running high end commercial servers where you can hot swap drives without having to re-boot or stop the system is this type of approach necessary.

IMO it's MUCH BETTER bang for buck to have an SSD for the OS and application programs - and REGULARLY take backups. For desktop users having another SSD for say things like Photoshop scratch space etc will pay far better dividends than RAID 1 with spinners - especially with slow consumer grade one's --High end fast SCSI HDD's are EXPENSIVE. !!!

It always amazes me how people these days STILL don't realize that often the biggest bottleneck on a computer is SLOW disks (especially 5400 RPM disks with a small cache). Anybody who has ever used an SSD for the OS in even an OLD computer will probably say that they wish they had installed it earlier.

Of course we have to assume sufficient RAM but that's not normally an issue any more. Even a quite modest processor is probably more than adequate for typical users needs too - so improving the I/O will yield the best performance improvement.


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