05-18-2020, 06:28 AM
TSF - Enthusiast
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: The Internet™
OS: Windows 7 Ultimate 64bit
I'm looking to set up a raid for my desktop. I only have some general questions. Hoping somebody may be of assistance
I have about 3.5tb used among two 3tb disks. I currently have flat backups on another machine, so in one way or another, I will be able to move everything off both of these disks to set up a raid. I also have another 3tb disks that I would be wanting to add into the raid.
Ideally I think I might want to go with two sets of raid1, but this would need me to buy another disk
- Is it a good idea to mix brands and models of disks in a raid, as long as they are of the same size?
I don't have a raid card, so this is going to be managed by my motherboard.
- If my board does end up failing, is there any way to recover a raid5 setup if it was managed by the board?
- Generally speaking, how does the hardware differentiate between disks? Based off of the sata port they are plugged in to, or the serial number of the disk?
- Would there be an issue if, for example, I moved which sata ports the disks were plugged in to?
- Should I buy a dedicated raid card?
If I do opt to buy another disk, I will most certainly go for two raid1 volumes. However that serves the question,
- Is it possible to mount multiple volumes on a single raid5/10 array?
Thanks for your answers. I'll try to check back later today or tomorrow
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