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Old 15-04-14   #1
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RAID 1 or 10 Help


I need help in buying/building a new PC. My budget and requirements are as follows:
  • Budget:

Not sure how much I will need, of course want to try to minimize it
  • Existing hardware setup:

Intel G3420, Intel DH87MC, Corsair SSD
  • Components from the existing setup that you intend to keep:

All
  • Components that you have in mind for your new PC:

HDD, not sure which I need, regular drives will do or need a proper NAS or Raid drive like WD RED
  • Plans to upgrade in the future:

None
  • Places from where you will buy components along with your location:

Online only
  • Are you comfortable with buying secondhand components from the Erodov market? :

Not need full warranty
  • Intended use of the PC [gaming/office use/rendering/HD playback etc] :

Manage database using wamp, excel sheets
  • Brand preferences:

Least care of brands, but RMA easiness and reliability are topmost priority.
  • Monitor resolution and size:

1080p
  • Will you be overclocking your setup?:

No
  • Which OS will you use?:

Windows 7 64 bit

Alright guys, I am tired of losing data all the time and due to system failures for multiple reasons and now DOA, I have decided to settle it once and for all and go for a proper RAID system. I know we can use normal drives for Raid but what do you guys recommend? I mean there are speciality Raid drives for some reason. I am sorry am very new to this topic hence do not know much.

I was considering WD RED. But after reading a lot, I found its a lottery system nowadays. Some drives were good and some are just bad.
Before they used to be like tanks. So WD has reduced quality I guess. Theitdepot.com told me that they have had several complaints regarding that 1 TB WD red so they are no longer selling it. But there is no cheaper alternative with good warranty. Wd has decent warranty here. Takes almost a month but they replace it easily.
Tried looking for a 500Gb but least I found was 750 Gb on Amazon.com and I guess minimum RED is 750 Gb from their website.

Also Raid 10 can be very expensive I guess as you need 4 drives. So I guess only option I have is Raid 1 ?

Please note: I do not wanna go overboard or overspend, I just need something that will do that job with respectable reliability.

Thanks for your time
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Re: RAID 1 or 10 Help

Nobody uses Raid?
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Re: RAID 1 or 10 Help

First of all you haven't mention, what kind of data you want to store..

Now a days, there is a very easy steup available for the beginer...
You just buy an external HDD and use any backup software, which 'll continiously watch your data partition and make a copy to the external HDD..

Secondly you have to use same size 2 HDD and make a raid 1 drive...

For first option, go with Seagate BACKUP PLUS or else..

For second option, go with WD Black..

RED is only required, if you need to run 24x7, I guess!!!
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Re: RAID 1 or 10 Help

Thanks for the reply,
its going to be all sorts of data. Multimedia, word files, etc.

Which software do you recommend? Well the main advantage of an hardware RAID is it almost uses nil or at max, minimum processing power.
Does not disturb your regular usage. I guess if I use some software, I will have to keep time aside everyday to copy files right?
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So you are going to store data files only, not the system files..

So you don,t need hardware backup (you may use),

every software has a option for automatic backup, you 'll not waste your time..


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Originally Posted by prosenjit View Post
So you are going to store data files only, not the system files..

So you don,t need hardware backup (you may use),

every software has a option for automatic backup, you 'll not waste your time..


Oh sorry, yes obviously the OS and the installed softwares also.
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If you want to recover your OS at anytime..

Then hardware mirroring (raid) is the best option

Though software mirroring also available. It's mostly uses in laptop comes with pre Installed OS, named recovery partition..


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Originally Posted by prosenjit View Post
If you want to recover your OS at anytime..

Then hardware mirroring (raid) is the best option

Though software mirroring also available. It's mostly uses in laptop comes with pre Installed OS, named recovery partition..


Thanks, well I will go for hardware raid. I have to install many software everytime there is a crash, its a huge pain.
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