Have you a pointer to the said article(s). Would be interesting to read, 'cause I can think of no earthly reason for the assertion that "green" disks shouldn't be entered into a RAID set.
- improving performance by spreading the I/O load over multiple drives (much like a multi-core CPU). This is what RAID-0 does for you.
The only reason a green drive might be an issue in a RAID array is if you're trying to use RAID to get better performance. In that case, since green drives have generally poorer performance it would make more sense to choose a higher-performing drive (such as the WD "black" series).
But if you have some green drives sitting around already, then you'll get better performance out of them by putting them into a RAID-0 set. It just won't be as good as the performance you'd get out of drives that perform better in the first place.
I have an alternative proposition for you though. Why not leave your poor old XL2 alone and build a Media Server instead?
I was given an old Dell OptiPlex 745 and have turned it into a Windows 8 Server. It has 3 * 2TB data disks and loads of PCI slots so I could easily add more sata cards and drives should I need more.
It stores all my media (DVDs, Blu-Rays, MP3s and Photos) which I stream to the XL302 on demand. I also use it to stream DVDs and MP3s to my Sony TV, in the kitchen, using DLNA. The connectivity between the XL302 and the Server is via Gigabit LAN, because I'm not a great fan of wireless and avoid it where I can. However, I stream to the Sony TV is wirelessly, which works fine. Finally, the server is in my loft/ attic, so well out of the way with no noise implications.
Using Windows 8 as a Server has been dramatically assisted by some brilliant software by Michael: http://homeserversoftware.com/
This allows you to control the wakeful state of the Server. For example allowing a lightsout client (e.g. the XL2) to wake the Server from sleep, when the client wakes up, and keeping the server awake as long as client is awake.
I also use it to run Crashplan for offsite backups. But that's another story...
So just a thought...
Great idea, and I do have a WHS (Windows Home Server) running the older version of WHS.
Separate of the WHS, my VGX-XL2 is presently managing sixteen (16) drives:
- Seven (7) internal: 2x 80GB SSD's, 1x -32GB SSD, 3x -HDD's 'RAID5', 1x -Blu-ray optical drive, and ...
- Nine (9) external drives: 2x -4-Drive SansDigital TOWERRAID Boxes, 1x -additional Blu-ray slot-load slimline optical drive
At this point I am wanting to gain an extra 5TB (gross, unformatted) inside the XL2, rather than adding it to the WHS or the external SansDigital boxes. The primary issue is having the part of my media collection which I want to be able to easily access remotely at any time copied to storage inside the XL2, rather than having to leave not only the XL2 running, but also have to leave the WHS and external boxes running.
I have everything backed up to the server, but I like to simplify remote access by just leaving one device (my XL2) always running. Make sense?
The 2.72TB (net, formatted) capacity I now have with my 3x 1.5TB 'RAID5' volume is nearly maxed-out, and there is nothing there I wish to remove in order to free-up space. At home I wirelessly stream everything (DLNA) from the WHS and the XL2 to televisions in other rooms. But I don't want to leave everything turned on when I'm in the room with the XL2 (master bedroom), or accessing it remotely when I'm away from home.
Jim, thanks for the info link. I'll look into the Windows 8 server management. I own a copy of Windows 8 Pro, and I have twice installed it in the XL2 (and then removed it again when my frustration threshold has been crossed). But I hadn't considered using it as a home server OS. Do you consider Windows 8 superior to the earlier addition of Windows Home Server?
Edited by REnninga - 5/31/13 at 12:11am