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Windows 7: Hard Drive arrays - Best Combo?

18 Aug 2013   #11


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by kbrady1979 View Post
Save up and grab 3-4TB drives and set them up in RAID 5 so you have redundancy and 8TB of storage.
I'll consider that, although it would add up to 526.95.. which is quite a bit above my budget, so I'd have to wait a while.

Just so you know I'm on my last 182GB out of 3TB here, & I'm not sure how long that'll last...

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18 Aug 2013   #12

Windows 7 Professional 64bit SP1

I know how you feel, i was just about to run out of space on my 2TB drives before I got my 4TB drives.......had less than 100GB left
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18 Aug 2013   #13


It seems when it comes to drive cost, 4x2TB is the cheapest, at 255.84, followed by 2x4TB, at 267.26, followed by 3x3TB at 269.85...

The obvious winner, then, should be 4x2TB, seeing as it's redundant & cheap, however, the problem arises when I look for an enclosure, I can find a 2-Bay enclosure for 40-60, whereas I can't find a 4-Bay enclosure for less than 125, which brings 2x4TB into the competition.

Now the question is: Do I save 60 or so, & get a larger, riskier 2x4TB RAID 0 array, or spend more, & get a smaller, but safer 4x2TB RAID 5 array?
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19 Aug 2013   #14


It seems I'll be having an unexpectedly large amount of money this week, so I've decided to get a 9TB 4x3TB RAID 5 array, adding up to quite a bit under 500.

Marking as solved.
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