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I have HP WHS Raid5 & Need Help on Computer Raid 5 ?


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I have a HP Windows Home Server that has 7TB and it’s a Raid 5 Enclosure. This does storage and backups of our Video Editing Machine and other network resources.

My situation is that I now have 3 1TB Western Digital Blacks and 2 1TBWestern Digital Blues available for use.


I am building a new Computer for Video Editing.

Since I have a home server that has storage and backups of our files do I still need to do a Raid Technology on the new computer build/Video Machine? I want the fastest work space available? It needs some reliability or fault tolerance.


Please help me with some great ideas!


3 x 1TB WD Blacks (SATA)

2 x 1TB WD Blues (SATA)

Windows 7 Ultimate

Corsair Vengeance LP16GB DDR3 PC3 12800

Radeon HD 7950 3GB 384-Bit GDDR5

ASUS Crosshair V Formula AM3+ Mother Board

AMDFX-8150 Zambezi 3.6GHz

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RAID 5 is out of the question since all drives need to be the same size. You could possibly look at WHS v1 which will allow you to create a drive pool of mixed drive sizes, such as you have. Or, you could test "Storage Spaces" in either Windows 8 or Server 2012 which is the newest iteration of the old Drive Extender technology in WHS v1.


Lat option would be to look at a Drobo which will allow you to add mixed drives and is an external device.

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You have backup. And you have 5) 1TB drives for a new build. RAID 0? You want the fastest? That's it. You know the risks but you said you have a server for backup. You could do a RAID 5 but the writes aren't all that great due to the parity writes. But that'd give you some data security and the reads would be fast.

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With plenty of good backup you could get away with a RAID 0. That certainly would be the fastest, short of using all SSDs of course (but who can afford that for video editing files?)

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