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August 11, 2012 at 15:06:14
Specs: Windows 7
Build a server for home storage using RAID5 with multiple harddrives?

I want to build a home server to store all my media and such.

I basically just need to know exactly what I need to build one.

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August 12, 2012 at 05:08:50
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You need:

- a computer with enough room for the following:
- A good quality hardware RAID card
- 3 or more HDD's

Alternatively, see the following thread:

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August 12, 2012 at 10:41:58
You don't need hardware RAID anymore. Due to the algorithms that it uses, ZFS RAID is actually faster and more reliable than hardware RAID. So just build a computer with a few hard drives, install FreeNAS, and away you go.

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August 14, 2012 at 07:58:38
I am with ijack. Hardware RAID is not needed anymore. I would suggest a FreeBSD or Solaris-based filer with a ZFS RAIDz1 pool. I use FreeNAS myself. Make sure you have plenty of RAM if you go with a ZFS solution. Also, get a processor with high clock speed if you intend on using CIFS because it's not a multi-threaded protocol.


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August 14, 2012 at 08:10:28
Now if you don't know CentOS or Solaris or any of the other *nix OS's you may want to consider a sata raid card and 4 drives. 3 drives would be in the raid5 array and the 4th would be a hot spare for failover if a drive in the array failed.

Even with Raid you still need to backup. Always remember that. Anyone who tells you different does not know what they are talking about.

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