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have 3 external hd's equal to 6TB of data that needs to be consolidated

By dbycrash ·
I am currently running win7 off a so-so laptop which is running via usb 3 external hd's which contain data very close to my heart ... so i am asking those in the know(more than myself) ... on this date(3/26/2010).. what would be the best possible solution to maintain this data while upping my compu-arsenel. first thought... just get a 6-10 TB drive(lacie and others sell them with NAS and RAID included)... second... data robotics.. as in.. the drobo pro... looks like a great piece of gear but a bit pricey... third solution.. and this is where i really need feedback... building a new computer that can handle up to 8TB of hard drive space controlled under RAID... for the first option(id be willing to spend $1500 but it is basically just a glorified raid box).. second solution... the drobo pro is a great piece of gear.. but after installing hd's up to 8TB i will be $2599 out of pocket... which led me to think.. why not just have a computer build that could do the same thing the drobo pro can, but pop another grand, grand and a half on top and have a half server/half workstation hybrid ... this is the option i really want, but have no idea who would be the best pick to make my dream a reality. help me out techrepublic.

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You are talking about maintenance only?

by Tig2 In reply to have 3 external hd's equa ...

From where I sit, you need a server and a good back up plan.

Just me, but I would never leave my critical data on a laptop- especially one that you identify as being "so-so". I would have that data backed up on something other than the laptop and it's numerous USB devices.

I'm going to admit frankly that I don't believe that I am really understanding the crux of your question.

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Not sure that I really understand what you are asking either

by OH Smeg In reply to have 3 external hd's equa ...

But if you use 2 X 2 TB Drives in most RAID Arrays you only have a total capacity of 2 TB not 4.

So to use 8 TB with the current biggest freely available drives in anything but a stripped array is going to require 8 Drives. I don't know of any current M'Board that can connect that many drives natively. The biggest number that I have run across is 6 SATA Connections on a Gigabyte M'Board.

As SCSI is out of the question as there isn't big enough drives for 8 TB of Storage on any Dual Channel SCSI M'Board not to mention the costs involved you are sort of at a loose end here.

As I'm assuming that you mean that you are using 3 USB Drives to store this Data on it is effectively a Backup of the Files that you want or need here and to get them off USB Drives that are prone to early failure.

As Stripped RAID Array only offers a performance Boost to reading/writing the Data and very little in the way of Data Redundancy I don't see any advantage in using this type of array for your stated needs but maybe I'm missing something here.

So here for just straight 8 TB of Storage without any form of RAID you would need something like a Gigabyte GA-X58A-UD3R with a SATA Optical Drive to load the beast and then the remaining 5 SATA Connectors could have 2 TB Drives fitted one for the OS and the remaining 4 for Storage. That would give you the required capacity but it's not going to be cheap as you'll need a decent case to fit all of this in not to mention a Top of the Range PS to power it safely and I would suggest a 64 bit OS to make the best use of this type of M'Board with the up to 24 GIG of RAM Capacity. If you stick with a 32 Bit OS it's limited to just 3.25 GIG or there abouts of Total System RAM and this includes Video RAM.

Personally I would just buy 4 X 2 TB SATA Drives and find a suitable Actively Cooled USB Enclosure to mount them in. Antec has the MX1 here

http://www.antec.com/Believe_it/product.php?id=NDc=

But they claim it only supports up to 1 TB Drives so you would need one that can accept larger drives and still have the Active Cooling. Then when the data is written to these drives dismount them and store them till you need to backup again or recover from a failed HDD.

But as I said previously I may be missing something here.

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