Need redundancy data options.. [opinions]

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  1. jDMJeRk

    jDMJeRk Turbocharging Specialist

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    I've got an Intel server box that is a Xeon dual processor running two 2.0ghz dual cores, 2gb of memory... I picked it up from a friend brand new for $235 in hopes to either use it or double my money.

    Its sitting doing nothing (since I've bought it) and my workstation computer has about 2.5tb of data and of that data I figure about 1tb of it needs to be backed up. I'd like to come up with a 2tb RAID (I dont need the striping) but I'm not sure if its smarter to buy some SATA drives and apply it to the server box OR if I should buy one of the new external HDD devices that support RAID already. I dont need to take the data anywhere either... However it would be nice, but I dont see that being important if its portable... But I would like to access it on my network.

    Cliffs: Do I utilize this server or do I buy an external drive device?

    Thanks!
     
  2. XR250rdr

    XR250rdr OT Supporter

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    I would just use the server. If it doesnt have one already, pick up a decent SAS RAID card and 5 WD RE2 500GB drives. I normally recommend Seagate drives, but the WD RE & RE2 series drives' controllers are designed for RAID use.
     
  3. jDMJeRk

    jDMJeRk Turbocharging Specialist

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    Cool. I'll look into it... I was thinking the same thing (using the server) but I wasnt sure if it would be cheaper in the long haul. Probably more efficient too I would bet.
     
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    the RE/RE2 drives are basically built like the seagates...
     
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    I like using a server because you can end up using it to do other things in addition to just serving files.

    I havent been able to find any specs on how long the Seagates attempt error recovery though.

    I'm assuming the use of a RAID card that has on board error recovery.
     
  6. deusexaethera

    deusexaethera OT Supporter

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    Double your money? Two dual-core Xeons with 2TB of storage? You could get $1000 for that on a bad day.
     
  7. XR250rdr

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    Read it again, he's adding the 2TB himself.
     

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