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  2. I bought a ZBOX Mini PC and added a old 128GB SSD and a old 4 GB of RAM. Perfect setup for a small Windows-alike plattform. Main purpose is a running Windows 2012 R2 server for .Net / AD / IIS stuff. I really like the fan-less build and the low-power footprint of this bare-bone. But I would like to add a SATA based raid with two 512GB Sata3 drives (which are currently idling on my desk). The box does have an external e-Sata port so my guess would be that it might be possible to connect "something" on that port that would be able to handle 2 or 3 SATA drives. But I did not find anything below my hobby-190$-limit. Sharkoon does have a e-Sata raid box: https://en.sharkoon.com/product/1689/11353 but that is a oversized 5-bay solution. Maybe someone is allready working with a low-budget Raid-1 solution.
  3. You can view the different levels and their various pros and cons @ http://www.ibeast.com/content/tools/raidcalc/raidcalc.asp
  4. There are some common misconceptions on RAID levels with their level of redundancy, etc. I thought I would write a quick guide with some information on them. RAID0 Striped data. There is no level of redundancy, any loss of a drive will result in a loss of the array. Striped data incurs no storage overhead, you get access to all of the raw storage. RAID1 Mirrored data. Data is mirrored across all devices so all devices contain the same data preventing data loss from the loss of a device. As long as one device is in tact, the data is safe. Most RAID1s consist of a 2-drive mirror, therefore they can withstand 1 drive loss. RAID10 A RAID10, also known as RAID1+0, is a stripe of mirrors. The loss of any mirrored pair will result in the loss of the array. Examples: 4-drive Typical RAID10: RAID0 Stripe RAID1: 2 Pair Mirror RAID1: 2 Pair Mirror 6-drive Typical RAID10: RAID0 Stripe RAID1: 2 Pair Mirror RAID1: 2 Pair Mirror RAID1: 2 Pair Mirror 6-Drive Safe RAID10 (Not typically used due it the storage loss): RAID0 Stripe RAID1: 3 Drive Mirror RAID1: 3 Drive Mirror Typically data loss can occur on the loss of two drives in a RAID10. This is because when one drive is lost in a mirror, the drive left in the mirror is used more heavily (especially during the rebuild) which gives it the highest chance of failing next. If you lose both drives in a mirror, you lose the array. RAID0+1 Less commonly used, the opposite of a RAID10, a mirror of stripes. More complex to manage and rebuild therefore RAID10 is recommended. RAID5 / RAIDZ / RAID-1P A parity array with 1 parity calculation. Parity arrays use calculations to allow for the failure of any drive in the array. One parity calculation allows for one drive failure before the loss of the array. RAID5 is generally no longer recommended due to larger drives and therefore longer rebuild times. The chance of an unreadable error or second drive failure during the rebuild is high which would result in data corruption or the failure of the entire array. RAID5 may still be reasonable for small drives (SAS/SSD). Example: Drive 1: Block 1 Block 2 Parity 3 Drive 2: Block 1 Parity 2 Block 3 Drive 3: Parity 1 Block 2 Block 3 A RAID5 can consist of 3 or more drives and has only a storage overhead of one drive. The higher number of drives, the higher the risk of failure. RAID50 A stripe of RAID5s. Loss of any RAID5 array will result in failure. Contains the same high risk of failure during rebuilds as RAID5. RAID6 / RAIDZ2 / RAID-2P A parity array with 2 parity calculations. Parity arrays use calculations to allow for the failure of any drive in the array. Two parity calculations allow for any two drive failures before the loss of the array. A RAID6 can consist of 4 or more drives and has only a storage overhead of two drives. The higher number of drives, the higher the risk of failure. RAID60 A stripe of RAID6s. Loss of any RAID6 array will result in failure. Can withstand a loss of two drives in each RAID6. RAID7 / RAIDZ3 / RAID-3P A parity array with 3 parity calculations. Parity arrays use calculations to allow for the failure of any drive in the array. Three parity calculations allow for any three drive failures before the loss of the array. A RAID7 can consist of 5 or more drives and has only a storage overhead of three drives. The higher number of drives, the higher the risk of failure. So which is the safest RAID level? It depends on circumstances and how they are configured. RAID1 with more than 2 drives is probably the safest but also contains a huge storage overhead. A RAID10 with 6 drives (3 mirrors) could withstand 3 drive failures but it could also fail if 2 drives in the same mirror fail. RAID6, RAID60, and RAID7 are the only typical configurations that can withstand the loss of any two drives. RAID60 and RAID7 are becoming the recommended configuration for very large storage systems. This is due to the fact that when a drive fails and you attempt to rebuild a large array, it can take a very long time and adds stress to the other drives in the array. Therefore you want to be able to withstand multiple drive failures within the same array.
  5. I am a software guy, not hardware one. Please forgive me if my question sounds stupid :) I'm thinking about renting one of those 3xssd soyoustart servers, but what I know about raid can be resumed in: raid1, 10 and that 5 is a no no for ssd. That said and looking for data integrity, what raid options can I use in that server? Why that raid level x you recommend is the best one? I don't need mb/s neither iops porn, what ssds give by default is good enough for me. I am looking for a soyoustart server with hardware raid, but don't mind to use soft raid if that is the best option. Almost forgot, I plan to slice that server in a few KVMs (maybe 3-6 vms)
  6. Looks like TPB was raided again. No doubt it will come back up as it always does. But is this signs of a possible end of TPB? Ref: http://gizmodo.com/swedish-police-raid-the-pirate-bay-1668902014
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  9. I understand that a lot of people think hardware raid is superior to software raid, but is this still true with the advancements of modern servers? What are the benefits of hardware/software raid?
  10. Does anyone have any experience in using these cards from Highpoint? It looks interesting, reviews look good on desktop, and most importantly it's not tagged with a sky-high price. Now what I'm not sure is whether they are suitable to be installed on a server that runs a couple of virtual servers. http://www.highpoint-tech.com/USA_new/series_RC3240X8.htm