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post #1 of 5 Old 10-27-2013, 01:05 AM - Thread Starter
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Looking for opinions here. I'm about to update my server hardware and I'm contemplating how best to manage my storage drives. I currently have 4 HDD's holding my movie collection, non-Raid, just single drives each with it's own drive letter. I then have a matching set of 4 HDD's that I use to backup each of those drives. Yes, it's a bit cumbersome, but it works and I have data security.

So, with the new hardware upgrade (not that hardware has been a limitation), I'm looking at ways of making things easier.

Using FlexRaid, I believe I can use pooling to make the 4 drives appear as a single drive letter. Which makes my current configuration a bit easier to manage.

I'm also considering using FlexRaid with Parity, which I believe will eliminate my need for my current redundancy. My question then (keeping the current number of drives and not losing storage space), is which would you guys recommend, simple pooling with a complete backup/copy or pooling with parity, which even with 2 parity drives should increase my usable space?

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I would personally move to a 2 parity drive setup.

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I would personally move to a 2 parity drive setup.

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What does a two parity drive setup give you that a single parity drive does not?
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The ability to have two disks fail and still lose nothing. If the OP is happy with their current space then I say split the difference on the current 4 drive backup if they move to FlexRaid. Especially if any two of the data drives were purchased at the same time (same batch).

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Thanks for the input.

Decisions, decisions.
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