Building a media server disk aray

February 18, 2010 at 06:20:23
Specs: Windows XP Pro x64, Intel Core 2 duo 2.66Ghz, 2gb ram
I ran out of physical room in my server and I'm looking to upgrade to a new configuration.

Currently Running:
Gigabyte GA-945G-S3 board
Intel Core 2 Duo E6500 2.93 Ghz
2gb DDR2-800Mhz
GeForce 9400GT
Main Drive:
Raptor 74 GB 10k RPM
Secondary Drives
WD 400gb
Seagate 500gb (already failed once, but I rebuilt it)

I was looking into
for the case, and I would also like a new controller card or board, pref with RAID 6. I also plan on buying 3-4 new 1.5 tb drives for the array. I'm shopping on a budget, I was hopping to keep the upgrade at around $600 (less the HDs)

Any suggestions?


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February 18, 2010 at 07:18:44
Looks good. I might stick with getting 2 more WD 1 TB drives that match your other two to keep it under budget. Also, I did not see if you MoBo supported RAID or not. If it does then you might be able to save money there but the nice thing about having a separate RAID controller is that if it goes bad it is simple to replace where with a BoBo RAID it is not.

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February 18, 2010 at 08:47:43
Thanks. I just found an article about a company called BackBLaze, which is using Port Multiplier Backplanes to exponentially increase storage size.

So for $30 for a PCIe Sata card and $60 for a port multiplier I can have access to 5 sata ports.

You happen to know what the space loss on a 5tb RAID-5 array is?

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