Jump to content
RESET Forums (homeservershow.com)

RAID Drive choices


krom
 Share

Recommended Posts

I'm getting ready to finally build a WHS 2011 server. I'm going to go with a RAID solution and so I will need a collection of new hard drives. Newegg has these Hitachi 3TB drives for $110:

 

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822145493&nm_mc=AFC-C8Junction&cm_mmc=AFC-C8Junction-_-na-_-na-_-na&AID=10440897&PID=404255&SID=214789

 

Any thoughts? Should I go with a 7200 RPM or 64 MB cache choice instead? Or should I get an enterprise class drive made for RAID? Or has anyone heard anything horrible about Hitachi?

 

Thanks in advance for any help.

 

One more thing more WHS related. I'm going to put the OS on a separate small mirror. Does WHS 2011 need 160 GB on the OS drive and what's a good choice for the OS drives?

 

Once again thanks.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I would definitely go with 7200 RPM. I don't feel the 64 MB cache is required. You definitely don't need enterprise class drives.

 

Hitachi is all I bought until WD bought them. First two Hitachi drives I bought after WD bought them ber DOA. May just have been my bad luck, who knows. If you are using raid 5 it probably isn't an issue as long as you buy a spare with them.

 

Yes, 160 is the minimum according to MS.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Probably diffucult to find drives around 160GB...most here have used an Icy Dock with two 250GB laptop drives or similar. Most prices up to 500GB are around the same.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

IIRC, there is a way to use a USB stick to make the install think it has 160GB when the drive is actually smaller. After install, you remove the USB stick and it's still OK. Anyone remember this, and maybe which thread it's in?

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Here is my two

I'm getting ready to finally build a WHS 2011 server. I'm going to go with a RAID solution and so I will need a collection of new hard drives. Newegg has these Hitachi 3TB drives for $110:

 

http://www.newegg.co...4255&SID=214789

 

Any thoughts? Should I go with a 7200 RPM or 64 MB cache choice instead? Or should I get an enterprise class drive made for RAID? Or has anyone heard anything horrible about Hitachi?

 

Thanks in advance for any help.

 

One more thing more WHS related. I'm going to put the OS on a separate small mirror. Does WHS 2011 need 160 GB on the OS drive and what's a good choice for the OS drives?

 

Once again thanks.

 

Here is my two cents. I can not comment on Hitachi drives as I have never really owned one. My personal preference is WD followed by Samsung. I would not waste the money on an enterprise level drive as the only real difference is the TLER. Since I have never seen a timing problem with current day drives and a good controller, I would say save your money and put it towards a controller instead of buying enterprise drive. You did not mention what type of raid solution you are considering as that will influence which type of drive I would use. As for your comment on 7200/5400, and 64/32, I guess it will depend on what you are doing with the system and the raid type. The 7200 drives will be faster but will draw more power but I would choose that for a mirrored data drive as the performance will count. In a raid 5/10, I would just use the 5400 as the read speed of this array will be in excess of what your network will handle so other than benchmarks, the end result will not buy you much. Also since a 5/10 will have more drives, the power savings also comes into play. Hopes this helps a bit.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I'm using the Seagate 2Gb Barracuda Green drives for my raid 5 with a Dell Perc H700 raid card.

I was getting network copy speeds of 110m/b... not too bad.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Thanks for all the great input. I will be using a RAID 5 array and have a Highpoint 2680SGL that will act as my primary storage pool. I think I'm also going to go for one of the Lian-Li EX503B boxes as a backup. So with the Info. here and that being said I think I'll go for some of these Hitachi drives for my server.

 

Thanks again you guys always have great feedback.

Link to comment
Share on other sites

I remember it but I don't feel it is worth the effort so I don't recall where it is.

 

BTW, what does IIRC stand for?

I've never tried the USB trick, but just wanted to mention it so he knows it exists.

 

And, yup, IIRC stands for If I Recall Correctly :)

Link to comment
Share on other sites

Create an account or sign in to comment

You need to be a member in order to leave a comment

Create an account

Sign up for a new account in our community. It's easy!

Register a new account

Sign in

Already have an account? Sign in here.

Sign In Now
 Share

  • Similar Content

    • Giuseppolino87
      By Giuseppolino87
      Hi everyone, today I wanted to install esxi 6.7 to try out the various functions, my question is the following, I have a server where I have installed esxi in an SSD and I have two other 4 tb disks so 8 tb total.  I would like to make sure that when I create a virtual machine in this case I will install the various virtual machines in the SSD and use the two disks for data.  So how can I do this?  Thank you very much for those who can help me.
    • E3000
      By E3000
      Looking for a quick answer here from someone in the know...
       
      I upgraded some of the internals of my Gen8 server and at the same time I did a BIOS reset as I had forgotten the password that I had set years ago. When booting back up the upgraded hardware was detected and fine but I received Error 1784 - Drive Array - Logical Drive Failure. I believe this is due to a setting change in the BIOS and not anything hardware related. I have gone into IP/SSA and see the array needs to be rebuilt. I had all drives configured as single RAID0. It says all data will be lost if I reconfigure this but I remember reading somewhere on here that the data will be fine if I reconfigure as RAID0.
       
      I do have a backup of course, but it’s not a high availability mirror and will take some time to get back the way I had it, so just want to know if it’s safe to reconfigure the RAID0 without erasing the drives. I have tried pulling the drives out and connecting them to another PC and they are fine. Can anyone tell me which options to choose to get these back to normal and remove the flashing red light?
       
      Thanks 😶
    • Mark Belanger
      By Mark Belanger
      Greetings,
       
      I'm new to the HPMSG8 world and so far I'm loving it. I have a stock Xeon with 16G of aftermarket memory with iLO patched to 2.70. Next up is adding a RAID card, so I can put my boot SSD on the onboard RAID. I picked up a LSI SAS9211-8i on Amazon, but am struggling to flash it to IT mode on the MicroServer. Is this even possible? Unfortunately, the only other system I have with PCI slots is 32-bit.
       
      Any pointers would be greatly appreciated.
       
       
      -MB
    • TakiBot
      By TakiBot
      I've got my hands on a HP N40L.
      Can i use raid 1+0 on my 4 2TB WD RED or only 1 and 0.
      Thanks for the help.
    • arefiev.dm
      By arefiev.dm
      Hello! I put P222 on my Gen8 server, but I can not use RAID6. Can someone share the key?
×
×
  • Create New...