Originally Posted by stamina1914
I think I will dabble with both. But from what others have said, MB is just easier to navigate than XBMC. I figure the wife and kids would migrate to MB first. Why do you ask BTW?... anything special that I should know? Thanks
As far as the 3TB for back up. This is where the softward RAID comes into play and where one HDD needs to be Larger than the other HDD. I do have one question about the MOBO because I know it does have RAID "something" and by something I mean I see the word RAID pop up in the manual. I have really paid to much attention to it but does it mean it is predisposed to do software RAID and or hardware RAID? I know you (Mfusick) are a big proponent of software RAID.
Having said all of this, I still want to get the OS first before I purchase extra HDDs.
I do like software RAID. I've used HARDWARE RAID as far back as the late 1990's when I had a 40GIG system drive in windows 95 and two 40GB storage drives in RAID 0.
It used to provide a nice boost in speed with mechanical HDD's. I did dual Raptors in RAID0 before SSD was available. But hardware RAID is a performance solution or enterprise solution. It's not a very good solution for a media server for the reasons Renethx explained.
You only get a performance boost- at the expense reliability with RAID 0. It's a good option when appropriate. I use two 1TB HDD's in RAID 0 as a download storage drive in my main desktop. They get tons of use daily. But nothing on that drive is critical - it all gets moved to the server for that. If I lose a drive at any time, I'll live. I mainly do this here only because I already owned the two identical samsung 1TB's and to me 1TB is too small to be a single drive these days anyway- so why not double the size of the drive to 2TB and make it faster ????
I would totally stay away from hardware RAID in a media server. To do RAID with security you end up needing double the amount of drives- which can increase cost.
I think I explained in PM why I thought FLEXRAID made sense.
You only need 1 drive for parity. So one drive can back up your 5 storage drives. You would need 10 HDD's with RAID5. That's $400 about in extra drives.
Flexraid is pretty easy to set up. It allows you to pool your drives into one drive. I do this. I'd rather have one 20TB drive than 10 different 2TB drives where I need to know and navigate to go find what I am looking for.
With flexraid- You can set it up on windows 7 or WHS2011 OS... it works great. And- You can add HDD's that already have data on them. I had a decent collection of movies before I upgraded to flexraid so wiping my drive clean or losing my data was a concern for me. You can also remove a drive from flexraid and your data is still on that drive too.
Just a note:
Your parity drive is called your PRU. For this "backup" drive it must only equal your largest drive. It does not need to be bigger. So if you have 3TB data drive, you would need a 3TB Parity Drive. usually you use the biggest drive you own, or buy one that is as large as you plan on installing in the future. For me this was 3TB. Next rebuild I'll probably upgrade that to 4TB but now there is not enough value there for me. I'm not buying 4TB drives yet.
You can remove a Parity drive in flex raid or replace it with a larger anytime. Only you lose protection against failure until your rebuild is done. It can take a while with 3TB drives. (hours and days)