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jmwills

With regard to the OS drive, an alternative to using a RAID-1 mirror is to instead utilize WHS 2011's built-in backup. I prefer doing it this way, since with a backup you get the ability to roll-back to a point in time. More downtime of course since if you're main OS drive dies you need to put in the replacement and then do a restore, but for a home/hobbiest user (like most of us are) that's probably acceptable.

 

I agree but the RAID 1 provides redundancy and zero downtime.

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ikon

With regard to the OS drive, an alternative to using a RAID-1 mirror is to instead utilize WHS 2011's built-in backup. I prefer doing it this way, since with a backup you get the ability to roll-back to a point in time. More downtime of course since if you're main OS drive dies you need to put in the replacement and then do a restore, but for a home/hobbiest user (like most of us are) that's probably acceptable.

 

How bout mirroring AND an external backup drive? That's what I do. It gives me redundancy and the ability to roll back.

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eagle63

How bout mirroring AND an external backup drive? That's what I do. It gives me redundancy and the ability to roll back.

 

Good point, no reason you can't do both.

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ikon

Good point, no reason you can't do both.

 

The price of one extra drive. Since the OS partition is less than 100GB, I just used some older drives I had on the shelf. Net cost: $0 :)

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jmwills

About a year ago we were all on this IcyDock adapter than can hold two 2.5" drives in a RAID 1 configuration. Several including me installed a server with it and mine has performed flawlessly (as he reaches for a piece of wood to knock on).

 

The OS partition can only be less than 160 gigs unless you modify the install.

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eagle63

As I'm thinking about this, I realize I have a Rocket Raid card sitting in my basement that I got somewhere months ago. (can't even remember why, it came free with something I bought once on newegg) It's just a small PCI card with 2 sata ports on it so I assume it's a RAID 1 card. Any reason I couldn't stick this in the HP Microserver and use it to do RAID 1 on the OS drive?

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ikon

The OS partition can only be less than 160 gigs unless you modify the install.

 

Yeah, forgot about that. I used older 250GB drives so it wasn't an issue.

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jmwills

None whatsover, I think the two expansion slots are a 16x & 1x

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eagle63
None whatsover, I think the two expansion slots are a 16x & 1x

 

fantastic. That means I don't need to use the e-sata port. I could use the raid card for the mirrored os drives, and then the 4 "normal" sata ports for my data drives. The only thing is I'd need to find a place in the microserver to stick a 6th drive. (I've got a bracket to convert the optical bay into a fifth drive slot)

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jmwills

Stick a 2.5" drive beneath the ODD slot. More than enough room under there. Joe Miner might even send you some of his patented blue tape to hold it in place. :lol:

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