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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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