Originally Posted by iwanrs
I need a big capacity HDD Array for my HTPC.
Capacity: Minimum 20TB upward (bigger better)Raid 05Is this a good option, $/TB ?
Any better (cheaper) suggestion?
Originally Posted by Dropkick Murphy
...@ 2TB each that's 20TB total. If I bumped it up to 3TB drives I could have 30.
Originally Posted by lockdown571
The only internal 4 tb newegg has is $370.
Originally Posted by Lars99
Cheaper to do 2x2TB drives.
Here is just one of the problems with RAID5/6. You need to determine what you want to buy, and buy them all the same. But HD pricing is always evolving. Locking yourself in to a certain drive size, and getting the best $/TB, don't go hand in hand. I started my WHS server several years ago with a few old leftover 250GB & 400GB drives, and soon added some new 1.5TB drives (which were the biggest at the time). Since then, all the small drives have since died, and now I have about 40TB worth of drives, comprised of those 1.5TB drives, but now mostly 2TB drives. I have the flexibility to add whatever size drive is the best value at the time, and the server has gradually grown over time, as needed. No sense in buying more storage than you need at the time, because it will likely be cheaper in the future (especially now).
Hardware RAID is so much more restrictive. It's ironic to me that people look to RAID as a solution to protect their data, then choose a method that scrambles their data across multiple disks, making it nearly impossible to recover should something go terribly wrong. RAID5/6 is a great solution for a high load multi-user enterprise where the extra bandwidth is needed, and they have the budget and staff to keep it maintained. But IMO, it's not a good solution for a home media server. A RAID4 based solution such as unRAID, FlexRAID, SnapRAID, etc., is much more cost effective, energy efficient, easier to upgrade, easier to migrate, and easier to recover from fatal errors. And for the average user, it's safer. You can always get data off of a drive just by connecting it to another computer.