[mythtv-users] OT: help selecting drives for server

Nasa nasa01 at comcast.net
Mon May 18 17:00:46 UTC 2009


I'm sure questions like this come up all the time -- so I was hoping someone could give me some advise on this...

I have a server that has a hardware raid card (I already had it, so plz no flaming on hardware vs software raid) which has 8 SATA ports.  I presently have 2 RAID-5 arrays setup for a total of 2.8T of space.  I have managed to come close to filling up the space and am looking to upgrade.  One array is made up of 3 drives (2x750GB, 1x1TB) and the other is made up of 4 500GB drives.  I would like to keep the number of times I have to rebuild this to as few as possible and the fewer the drives the better.

I would like to use drives larger than 1TB, however, the 2TB drives are pretty pricey right now.  I'm not sure I trust the Seagate 1.5TB drives (any one have comments on them?) and WD says it's desktop edition drives are not appropriate for RAIDs (they suggest the Raid Editions for more $$$).  And I don't really now much about the Hitachi drives...

So I was hoping someone out there has some suggestions on which way to go...


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