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    Internal or External RAID Setup??

    Okay here I am again trying to figure out what would be the most effective use of hardware as I continually re-arrange things.

    I currently have 4 x WD 1TB WD1002FAEX SATA 6GB/S hard drives that need a home for server / storage duties. As stated in several places the idea is to run RAID1 (mirrored?) which I guess would be using two drives for each. Now I need to know if there is any advantage to doing a stand alone box such as a Sans Digital TowerRAID TR4M-B - 4 Bay (http://www.sansdigital.com/towerraid/tr4mb.html) or some thing like a “ICY DOCK MB454SPF-B 4 in 3 SATA I, II & III Hot-Swap Internal Backplane Raid Cage” (http://www.icydock.com/goods.php?id=50) or even their 5 in 4 unit.

    With the big switcharoo that I’ve done with which WC’ed box is doing what, if I go with the internal option if would be in the old full tower build I’m calling Celtic Spirit. The basic specs for that would be:

    MOBO: MSI 890GXM-E65
    CPU: 1055T w/ EK-Supreme HF High Flow – Nickel-Plex
    GPUs: 2 x XFX GTX 285 w/ EK-FC285 GTX - Nickel / Plexi
    MEMORY: G.SKILL F3-16000CL9D-4GBPIS 4GB 2X2GB

    So some things to consider are:

    1. The external box I’m looking at is only rated at a SATA II (3Gb/s) transfer rate while the WDs are SATAIII (6Gb/s).
    2. I believe the mobo’s RAID controller is rated at 6Gb/s.
    3. However as it now stands there would be 1 x optical drive, 1 x 32GB SSD, and one other SATA HDD of some sort. The mobo has six SATA ports.
    4. The external box has a “Host interface: eSATA with Port Multiplier” to allow for eSATA or usb 2.0 interface.

    So there you have it, any suggestions?

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    Re: Internal or External RAID Setup??

    Oh boy just remembered a very important part of this deal……as a server would the HDDs in the external be accessible on a network through the computer it is attached to??

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