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Hi,

 

I have just placed an order for the core components to build a server to replace my aging EX475. I will provide some detail on components later.

 

What do I need for a system drive? Should I use a large drive and partition it? Is speed an issue or can I use green drives. Based on all the builds I have looked at it seems many are using 160 2.5 drives and separating the data to larger drives. I assume green drives are still fine for the data drives. I have been streaming no problem with my WD greens already.

 

Thanks in advance.

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Hi,

 

I have just placed an order for the core components to build a server to replace my aging EX475. I will provide some detail on components later.

 

What do I need for a system drive? Should I use a large drive and partition it? Is speed an issue or can I use green drives. Based on all the builds I have looked at it seems many are using 160 2.5 drives and separating the data to larger drives. I assume green drives are still fine for the data drives. I have been streaming no problem with my WD greens already.

 

Thanks in advance.

 

I am using 2 WD Scorpio Scorpio Black 500GB drives in a RAID configuration with an Icy Dock SATA HDD Converter (MB982SPR-2S). Quite a few here are using this as it takes up one SATA connector / one HHD position and provides a backup of the OS. The OS is the only data on these drives. I use WD green drives for my data storage.

Tim

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I use a dual WD Black Caviar setup which is composed of dual 250 gig drives. I choose that size because frankly there was a minimal cost difference between that size and the minimal requirement of 160 gig drives.

 

I take the position that its the OS, you want your best performance there followed by reliability of either a RAID for data or some sort of drive extender solution. The ICY Dock adapter works great with a simple instruction.

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Hi,

 

I have just placed an order for the core components to build a server to replace my aging EX475. I will provide some detail on components later.

 

What do I need for a system drive? Should I use a large drive and partition it? Is speed an issue or can I use green drives. Based on all the builds I have looked at it seems many are using 160 2.5 drives and separating the data to larger drives. I assume green drives are still fine for the data drives. I have been streaming no problem with my WD greens already.

 

Thanks in advance.

 

 

I am also using the WD black 250 in an icydock. If you are using a multidrive setup, do not bother with a large system drive as you should not use for much.

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Thank you for the responses. I will read the articles today and get familiar with the setup. This looks like a very robust way to set the system drive up. The only negative is cost. Having just spent broke my piggy bank on parts I will have to wait a month or so to complete the build, but it will be worth it.

 

Thanks for the information.

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So - I have read the two above links and am looking for some confirmation for a raid 1 config. I am planning on 2 WD 250-500 depending on what the value is at the time of purchase.

 

Do I need to essentially install WHS twice? Meaning 1) install WHS on a temp drive, then install the icy dock configure it, 2) remove the other drives and install to the icy dock raid and re install the WHS OS? Can I do this in another PC and then install it?

 

One of the reviews mention not using their software. To accomplish the proper setup do I need to use need to use their software?

 

Thanks again.

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NO. Set the RAID configuration on the device with the switch and the system will only see one drive. The RAID is being controlled by the software (J-Micron) on the Icy Dock device.

 

You could create a VHS image of your current configuration and then restore it once the new drive is installed.

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NO. Set the RAID configuration on the device with the switch and the system will only see one drive. The RAID is being controlled by the software (J-Micron) on the Icy Dock device.

 

You could create a VHS image of your current configuration and then restore it once the new drive is installed.

 

Ok - I think get the first part, set the switch and forget it. Or are you saying I need to use there software first to create it. But if there is no OS to boot the computer to, then how can I run the software? Sorry for the newbie questions.

 

Could you explain the second? What is VHS and why would I want to do that, and what is the benefit.

 

TIA

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Typo: should have been VHD image

 

Once that image is created, you can restore from the installation disc and the install process will find the locally stored image. A process akin to using Ghost, Acronis, etc

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