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WHS 2011 - Advice on HDD Configuration


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Hi All,

 

Long time reader - first time poster, so please bear w/ me :) I just ordered a copy of WHS 2011 along with an additional 160 GB HD and plan on installing on my home built HTPC. I've been using my HTPC as my primary media center (running Win7) for the past few years to stream movies and music, but just bought a WD TV Live Hub with a built in 1 TB HDD, so I am migrating all of the data over and intend to repurpose my HTPC primarily for backing up data.

 

Here is what I have:

Lanbox Lite VF6000BWS Micro ATX

AMD 2.16 GHZ Quad Core Processer

4 GIG RAM

160 GIG Western Digital HDD x 1

500 GIG Western Digital HDD x 2

 

I've read through several of the forums and trying to determine what the best config is for my purposes. It's a shame the DE is no longer available, and I really don't want to invest in a RAID Controller.

 

So here are the options that I'm considering (open to thoughts/recommendations)

Option #1:

Install the OS on the 160 GIG HD (system drive)

Mirror the 500 GIG HDs

Add External HD to backup system drive

 

Option #2:

Install the OS on the 160 GIG HD

Software Raid 0 the two 500 GIG HDs

Add a 1 TB External HDD for backing up the 500 GIG HD x 2

 

Feel free to share your thoughts/ideas/recommendations!

 

Thanks,

Sam

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RAID 0 is not a mirror, just stripping accross the two drives for speed. You will not have any parity were one of the two fail. However, as long as you have the external, you should be okay.

 

Server 8 will (hopefully) allow you to do what you wanted to do with Storage Spaces.

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Thanks for the quick reply! Yep, I realize that Raid 0 is not a mirror. If I was to go down the Raid 0 route, I would add an external 1 TB HDD and back it up. I'm leaning towards option 2 (mirroring both drives). One last question - does WHS 2011 treat backups as an image file? Or does it back up each file individually? Or do you have the option? Also, is there any compression involved? Thanks!

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Backup of data or the server? The data is out there in a flat file format as long as you can access the backups from a client or the server.

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Do not Stripe (Raid 0) your dries on WHS. Go with Option 1 and loose the external drive and switch it to an internal.

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Thanks for the advice, PCDOC. Unfortunately, the case that I'm using can only support up to 3 internal HDDs (technically only 2, but I'm using one of the 5.25" bays to install the 3rd). I plan on putting the OS on a 160GB, and then mirror the 2 500 GIG HDDs. My intent for using the External HDD was simply just to back up the system drive (160GB HDD).

 

Just curious - why the recommendation to not use the External HDD? I'm assuming that it would be slower transfer rates?

 

Thanks!

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Transfer rates are poor. If you have an extra blank 5.25 drive nay available, you can get an adpater for a 3.5" drive for about $10 or so.

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Thanks for the advice, PCDOC. Unfortunately, the case that I'm using can only support up to 3 internal HDDs (technically only 2, but I'm using one of the 5.25" bays to install the 3rd). I plan on putting the OS on a 160GB, and then mirror the 2 500 GIG HDDs. My intent for using the External HDD was simply just to back up the system drive (160GB HDD).

 

Just curious - why the recommendation to not use the External HDD? I'm assuming that it would be slower transfer rates?

 

Thanks!

 

Transfers rates are very slow (assuming a USB 2) and overall tend to less reliable than a direct connection. Since you are building, you might want to consider spending $60 and getting an improved case. Might be worth the time in the long run as it will allow you to expand.

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Got it. I will definately consider it. Since this is my first WHS build, I plan to experiment around with it and will likely upgrade the HDDs and the case in the near future. So, I'm sold now on the drive mirror configuration (as opposed to my initial thoughts around Raid 0). Thanks to all for your input and advice!

 

One final question :) Does WHS 2011 support the ability to restore a client backup to a specific date? In other words, assuming I schedule nightly backups, and I realize that one of my clients was infected with a virus, if the scheduled backup already ran, would I be able to restore an older version of that image?

 

Thanks

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Got it. I will definately consider it. Since this is my first WHS build, I plan to experiment around with it and will likely upgrade the HDDs and the case in the near future. So, I'm sold now on the drive mirror configuration (as opposed to my initial thoughts around Raid 0). Thanks to all for your input and advice!

 

One final question :) Does WHS 2011 support the ability to restore a client backup to a specific date? In other words, assuming I schedule nightly backups, and I realize that one of my clients was infected with a virus, if the scheduled backup already ran, would I be able to restore an older version of that image?

 

Thanks

 

Absolutely. You can go back as far as your backup go.

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