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Hi,

Looking to build a small form factor high capacity silent WHS 2011.

The Silent part, and I mean silent not quiet, limits choices basically to the HFX PowerNAS box:

http://hfx.at/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=421&Itemid=176

It is just what i am looking for, but one thing that is bugging me is that the 2,5" system disk looks like it can not be put in a RAID configuration as it is stuck into a small "pocket" on one side of the case.

My question is: How important in system disc RAID?

Thanks,

Server Grunt

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It is not imperative for the System disc to ve put into a RAID configuration, but most of the builds you see in this forum are with mid-ATX and full ATX cases and the room is available. A very small form factor such as the above case does not allow for an extra drive to put the system drive into a RAID 1 configuration. Not a deal breaker as you can always create a VHD image of the installed OS and store it on the data RAID 5.

 

Just my thoughts....I like the look of that case BTW, but at 995 Euros.....thats a lot.

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It isn't a requirement to have RAID for the system disk. I used it as it wasn't expensive, fit easily in the case and was a nice protection in the event it is ever needed.

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RAID isn't required for WHS2011 on the system OS as long as you store no data on that disk. When it fails you can replace it and reload the OS without having data loss issues. But it is highly recommended to maintain uptime of your central storage.

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Hi,

 

Looking to build a small form factor high capacity silent WHS 2011.

The Silent part, and I mean silent not quiet, limits choices basically to the HFX PowerNAS box:

http://hfx.at/index....=421&Itemid=176

 

It is just what i am looking for, but one thing that is bugging me is that the 2,5" system disk looks like it can not be put in a RAID configuration as it is stuck into a small "pocket" on one side of the case.

 

My question is: How important in system disc RAID?

 

Thanks,

 

Server Grunt

 

 

With built in server backup, you do not have to raid if you can have your server down long enough to pick up a new drive and do restore. The reason for mirroring the OS is to eliminate that time.

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Hi,

 

Thanks for the replies - I will have to emember not to stuff it with 3TB drives only, but add a 2TB for teh server back-up.

Reg. the case and price. The €995 is the price in a pre-configured i3-based system. The case itself is around €249, not cheap but circumstances dictates this kind of choice.

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