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This is a thread to go with the blog post where:

 

My objective was to install Windows Server 2012R2 (“S2012R2”) on a single drive RAID0 SSD attached to the ODD SATA Port (SATA II 3Gbps) on the System Board and four 1TB HDD’s in RAID10 located at the main drive bays (Bays 1 & 2 are SATA III 6Gbps ports while Bays 3 & 4 are SATA II 3Gbps ports).  It went very well!

 

More to follow................

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Hi Joe, you are reproducing my installation, except that I used 4TB drives. I am really curious to see your findings and optimizations. My power consumption is somewhere at 60W.

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I still need to do some performance testing with the drives then I'll start changing things and see how that impacts

 

What kind of performance are you seeing on the Samsung RAID0 and your RAID10?

 

60W with 4 4TB reds isn't bad in my opinion -- later I hope to try some bigger HDD's to see what happens

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I haven't done some benchmarking, but I copied a lot of data from/to the RAID10 drives and I had somewhere at 100MB/s which is decent for my LAN (cat 5e / Gigabit Ethernet). The SSD is limited to the SATA2 speeds so I guess that I will have a maximum write of 275MB/s.If you make some tests, I will repeat them using the same tools and we will make a comparison. What I have done in addition is to Team my NICs.

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OK. I made some READ tests with HDTune. It did not allowed me to make some WRITE ones. Please suggest a test software.

 

1) Samsung 850 PRO 256GB in RAID0 on SATA2 port 5:

 

HDTune_PRO_5_6_256_GB_Samsung_850_PRO_RA

 

2) 4 x 4TB Western Digital Red in RAID10 (in the 4 HDD trays):

 

HDTune_PRO_5_6_4x4_TB_WD_Red_RAID10_read

 

I will try to see what other tests I can do.

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Excellent!  I expect your Samsung and Red's will beat my Corsair and 2.5" HDDs

 

I'm planning some testing this weekend and get some numbers posted -- got diverted last couple of days doing some work on my main desktop and some other stuff

 

Free programs that I've been using to test drive performance have been

 

ATTO

CDM ("Crystal Disk Mark") -- but be very careful loading CDM -- they've become too aggressive in trying to load crapware along with CDM

and HDTune Pro -Trial Version -- you can download a 14day free trial which makes it really useful for a new system to test out

 

Let me know if you see anything out there that looks interesting!  :)

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I want to make some WRITE tests on both the SSD and the HDDs. But HDTune gives me the following error when starting the test:

 

HDTune_Write.jpg

 

I think this error is related to the B120i or the RAID configuration.

 

I will try to see how I can solve this problem.

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I didn't want to mess with trying to do a READ with HDTunePro figuring that CDM and ATTO are giving me enough Info................

 

Here's my Logical Drive 01

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and Logical Drive 02

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and I have a 3TB USB3 external Seagate drive attached:

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My Firmware is still

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With BIOS set on INCREASED COOLING my fans are running 26-27%

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and my iLO4 Temps are:

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and my reading from OHM and Core Temps are:

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and my LAN Speed Test Results are

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