Recommendations for a New RAID setup

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    Recommendations for a New RAID setup


    Good morning all-

    I have another thread where I posted my story about my Windows Storage Space crashing. I do have a very recent back up of all my data ready to be restored to a new setup. Here is my other thread is you are interested: Link

    I am just an average guy that knows a little about of lot of different things, I am not the PC guru I was 25 years ago. That being said I am not too lazy to do my own research I just feel I don't know enough about modern RAID systems to even decide on the best route go. I am looking for some hand holding to get me pointed in a firm direction.

    This is just my personal PC running Windows 10. My files are lots of photographs from when I was deep into photography, 25 years of data from my professional career but the real data hog is my movie and TV collection which is around 18 TB now and growing.

    I am looking to spend say $800 dollars to purchase additional drives and maybe a hardware RAID controller if you all feel that is the best route to go. Right now I have my backup on (3) 10 TB disks and it is pretty full about 90%. So I am thinking RAID level 5 with (5) 10 TB disks for my main storage would keep me going for a few years. I really need some suggestions on "if I was you I would do this"

    Then what is my solution to keep a backup of this main storage.

    I look forward to your thoughts,

    Axis
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  2. Posts : 6,393
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  3. Posts : 8,124
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    Does your mothboard have raid controller?
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  4. Posts : 10
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    Not much of one, it can do like (2) drives in a RAID of some sort

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    I am sorry if I was asking you all to do my homework for me, just my little bit of research i ran into things like NAS boxes, Synology, unraid; things I am not familiar with. I don't think NAS is what I want.

    At this point in time I am thinking of just hardware based RAID 5 with cache memory and battery backup. Probably (6) 10 TB drives in the main. 5 of them active with the 6th as a hot spare.

    And unless there is a reason not to do so the exact same setup for my backup but maybe minus the hot spare for now.

    Any thoughts?
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    I just saw in a swedish community, someone just had ordered this to use an old PC as NAS with TrueNas
    LSI 6Gbps SAS HBA 9220-8i P20 IT Mode ZFS FreeNAS unRAID + 2* SATA Cable - Newegg.com
    I do not know anything about that manufacturer.
    Then this disk-bay
    Athena Power BP-15827SAC an 1 x 5.25" External Drive Bay to 8 x 2.5" SSD / HDD Hot-Swap SAS / SATA Backplane Module - Transfer Rate Up to 6 Gbps SAS (I, II) / SATA (I, II, III) - Newegg.com

    I saw they had 4disk bays for 3.5" drives.. two of them gives 8bays of hotswap
    Athena Power BP-TLA3141SAC 3.5" HDD Trayless Hot-Swap Backplane Module - Newegg.com

    Someone in here might know more about that card-manufacturer as it was cheap with only $35.94 for a 8-channel Raid card.

    I have only experience with HP, Dell integrated Raid
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  6. Posts : 10
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    Good stuff Marie, I am eyeing that exact same RAID card and yes I have to think about how to handle the drive enclosure.. pricing is not bad at all!
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    AxisCat said:
    Good stuff Marie, I am eyeing that exact same RAID card and yes I have to think about how to handle the drive enclosure.. pricing is not bad at all!
    I just passed on what i did read in there.
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  9. Posts : 10
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    Yes sir Megahertz, I do understand the difference between SAS and SATA. In all honesty I was just trying to be considerate of Marie's help and the links he provided me. My short time on this forum has taught me that I am completely on my own with this, it is up to me to do the research and insure whatever solution I go with is compatable with all my needs. And of course face any consequences of a poor choice in equipment. I am not going to blindly take anybody's advice unless I know them first hand. Also, I boycott anything 'google'

    Anyway, I know what I have to do... thanks for everyone's help
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