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    Setting up a Raid array

    Hi Guys,

    I have some critical data that can't be lost.

    I want double parity I think. Raid 6.

    I'm thinking 6 x 1TB for now for a useable total of 4TB.

    I want to be able to upgrade disk size as I go along (1 disk at a time, auto volume changes).

    Someone suggested to me ZFS would be better for this but looks like its only supported via Linux.

    What is my best bet?

    I want to use my existing hardware if possible (asus Crosshair Hero VI) and avoid buying a raid card if possible and be able to read and write to the volume via Windows 10.

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    Should go without saying but make sure you're still backing up your critical data appropriately outside the RAID array.

    Is performance of any importance?

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    If you have critical data you dont want to lose I would get backups sorted and not rely on software RAID.
    RAID 10 on hardware RAID for critical data along with backup at frequencies you can afford to lose the data.

    If you are expecting to upgrade disks go and spend the money on larger disks now.
    Its hard to make changes to RAID with mixed size disks and often best to just setup another RAID setup and transfer data over.
    I wouldnt rely on Storage Spaces for critical data.

    Maybe something like RAID1 6TB+6TB in your PC you work to with a two bay RAID1 NAS with 6TB+6TB you make regular backups to?
    You could even just have two RAID1 setups on your PC that you use one to work to and one you do backups to.

    Many ways to do it but for critical data definitely backups are what you want to be making sure is robust.

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    I've heard ZFS arrays you can easily upgrade disk sizes?

    Or is ZFS fairly non-standard.

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    ZFS is good but would need linux although just because you go with ZFS or RAID doesn't negate the need for backups.
    It would be better to have RAID1 + single disk for backups than just ZFS on its own.

    If you wanted to use ZFS I would get it running, break it and rebuild it to try fully understand it before putting critical data on it.

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    I hear ya. So i shouldn't rely on Raid. Mind you I don't want to over-engineer the solution. I suppose , how much is my data worth to me.

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    What operating system? and will the system being running as a dedicated server or will it also need to have desktop functionality?

    ZFS is good, but there are limitations e.g. its not easy to grow the array later if you want to add new/larger drives, and depending on who you listen to you need ECC RAM and lots of it. Before going the ZFS route I would suggest thoroughly researching it.

    On Windows you could look at something like DrivePool or SnapRAID etc.

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    I sync to Onedrive for any non-replaceable information.

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    But how much is Onedrive subscription right. Its quite expensive in the terrabyte range no?

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    Better off getting a NAS, imo. RAID 1 (2x WD Red 4TB) with regular scheduled backups to a single drive will provide the same if not more redundancy (think one power surge) than a single RAID 6 array.

    At least 2-3 years down the line you don't need to deal with the hassle of migrating the RAID array if you decide to upgrade your CPU and subsequently your motherboard. This can be a royal pain in the butt especially if you are moving from an AMD chipset to Intel or vice versa. Most times people actually end up moving the data elsewhere first then build a brand new array.

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    sweet thanks guys. NAS may be the easiest albeit priciest way to do it.

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    Synology's hybrid RAID is actually fairly easy to increase the size on the drives without having to build a new array too

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    Hate to say it but I wasted a lot of time with u raid etc before grabbing a synology 1817+. Have to say its been my best purchase in a long time. The backup options are amazing.

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    Mike Patton wrote:
    Hate to say it but I wasted a lot of time with u raid etc before grabbing a synology 1817+. Have to say its been my best purchase in a long time. The backup options are amazing.
    I talked into getting a basic bitch WD Nas which then changed into 918+ by the time I got to purchasing currently got two 8TB drives in Raid 1 but will migrate to Raid 5 once I run install a third drive. I was a complete noob to Nas and setting it up was a piece of cake,

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    raid isn't a backup solution, it's for data integrity and hardware failure

    get a seperate solution to backup the data if its that critical, in addition to raid

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    So before I managed to get my act together my hard drive partition corrupted and my only copy of all my shit is not accessible.

    Trying my luck with EaseUS recovery....

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    I would use paragon hard disk manager to image the disk as is, and then attempt to repair it. (its on the most popular warez sites).

    It's a much faster program, and I've had better results from it.

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    I have been running FreeNAS for years now, never misses a beat. Xeon box with 6x3TB WD Red in i think RAIDZ2 and HP ProLiant something something with 4x1GB in some raid set up that isnt being used atm. I haven't tried any other OS but I have never needed to try since FreeNAS does everything I need and is pretty easy to use once you read a few tutorials on jails etc. HDD failures are easy to deal with, I have it set to email me on any issues and its just a matter of swapping and rebuilding..

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    Paid for an EaseUs license and managed to recover all my files.

    All the other solutions I tried however were too messy during recovery.

    EaseUs categorized all the files nicely.

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    Glad to hear your porn stash is safe!